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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - August 25th
 
July 30, 2021
 
Dear EMCSD Community,
 
Welcome back! I am so excited to welcome you back to school in person! We are aware of the challenges these times have brought our community and have worked tirelessly throughout the summer to address the anticipated needs of our children - academically and emotionally. I have renewed hope and anticipation for El Monte City School District’s 2021-22 school year, and I would like to take this opportunity to share some of our plans with all of you.
 
When we safely reopened in Spring 2021, we felt so much joy seeing our students, families, and peers. Together, we proved that we could safely provide in-person instruction by following all the COVID-19 safety protocols. We will use the momentum of a successful Spring and Summer session when we welcome our students back to campus. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 25, 2021, and we will be returning full in-person instruction five days a week. Attached to this message, you will find our 2021-22 District Calendar.
 
In anticipation of the first day of school, The El Monte City School District is committed to the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. We will continue to follow the latest COVID-19 safety protocols outlined by the State and Los Angeles County for the 2021-2022 school year as we welcome back all of our students and staff. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released a K-12 COVID-19 School Guidance for the 2021-22 school year and features a Mask Mandate that outlines mask requirements on our campuses. These include:
 
  • K-12 students are required to mask indoors, with exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance.
  • Adults in K-12 school settings are required to mask when sharing indoor spaces with students.
  • Persons exempted from wearing a face-covering due to a medical condition must wear a nonrestrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.
  • Face covering requirements are mandated for all school buses and any vehicle affiliated with the district used to transport students, staff, or teachers to and/or from a school site or school-related activity.

All of our classrooms have medical-grade “High-efficiency Particulate Air” (HEPA) dual filters and an ample supply of PPE and sanitation products. We are partnering with a health provider to provide asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for students and staff. More information on the safe reopening of the 2021-22 school year will be shared in the coming weeks. For current guidance from the California Department of Public Health, please click here or visit CDPH.ca.gov.

We will be offering an Independent Study Program for students who are unable to return to in-person instruction. If you would like information regarding our District’s Independent Study program, please call (626) 453-3741.
 
The El Monte City School District is proud of our effort to keep our community safe throughout this pandemic. We encourage everyone to follow all COVID safety guidelines and receive vaccinations if they are eligible. We have a COVID-19 vaccine clinic available today, July 30, for anyone ages 12 and up from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Cortada School. No appointments are necessary, and the clinic is located by the staff parking lot at 3111 Potrero Ave, El Monte, CA 91733. For information on other available vaccine sites, click here or visit emcsd.org/COVIDVaccineResources/
 
We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer break, and we look forward to seeing everyone on August 25! I am confident that we will provide the BEST educational experience for our students that embodies the human spirit and prioritizes their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the District Office at (626) 453-3700.
 
Kind regards,
 
Dr. Maribel Garcia
Superintendent
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REMINDER: Summer School COVID-19 Safety Protocols
 
June 11, 2021
 
Good afternoon EMCSD Community,
 
On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the state of California is scheduled to reopen which will lift many of the COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place during the pandemic. These restrictions include, but are not limited to: social distancing regulations, occupancy guidelines, and mask wearing. You can view California’s “Beyond the Blueprint” June 15 reopening guidelines on the California Department of Public Health website.
 
While we are excited to see the state move in the direction of reopening, the El Monte City School District must still follow local and workplace safety guidance from the LA County Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA.
Based on this information, for the remainder of our summer school session, which ends on Friday, July 2nd, 2021 our current safety protocols will remain in effect. These include:.
 
  • the wearing of masks by all individuals on campuses and district sites (indoors and outdoors)
  • physical distancing requirements
  • daily health screenings for those reporting to sites
 
The decision to complete our summer session with our current safety protocols not only comes from our requirement to adhere to the guidance of these organizations, but also to honor and follow the safety parameters put into place at the start of our summer school session.
We appreciate your understanding during this time and please contact the District Office at (626) 453-3700 if you have any questions.

Steve Sallenbach
Deputy Superintendent of Personnel and Administrative Services
El Monte City School District
 
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May 14, 2021
 
Dear EMCSD Community,
 
On Thursday, May 13, 2021, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance regarding mask wearing for those that are fully vaccinated. This guidance states that, “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
 
While we are optimistic about the new guidance, our current Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) guidelines still require mask wearing in our workplaces, which include our schools.
 
In addition to following guidelines from LACDPH, we want to continue honoring and following the safety parameters put into place for our Spring 2021 Reopening Plan. For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year and for our 2021 summer instructional programs, El Monte City School District will continue to follow our current guidance with mask wearing being required for all persons who are on campus.
 
We will continue monitoring state, county, and local guidance and will provide updates when there are changes to our current safety protocols.
 
Steve Sallenbach
Deputy Superintendent of Personnel and Administrative Services
March 9, 2021
 
Dear EMCSD Community,
 
This Saturday marks one year since we physically closed our campuses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This virus has impacted everyone’s lives, but in true EMCSD spirit, we adapted and faced the challenges together. Thank you for your unwavering commitment and support. I’m grateful to have such a dedicated and supportive school community.
 
On Monday’s Board Meeting, we presented a comprehensive reopening plan to gradually reopen our schools in a hybrid learning environment starting on Monday, April 19, 2021. Our decision to reopen our schools was based on multiple factors, including, but not limited to: health and safety upgrades made to our campuses, the expansion of access to a vaccine, and LA County trending towards the Red-Tier, which the Department of Public Health expects us to enter this week. After reviewing our Parent and Staff Questionnaire comments, we believe we have developed a reopening plan that best addresses our school community’s needs.
 
Spring Reopening Plan - Parents will have the opportunity to choose whether their children will either remain in Distance Learning or elect to return to school in a Hybrid model. The goal will be to keep students with their current teacher to limit disruptions to student schedules, something many parents and teachers highlighted in their questionnaire responses.
 
Our plan features a phased reopening schedule to allow our students and staff the opportunity to properly acclimate to being back on campus, all while following physical distancing and safety guidelines. The reopening plan is as follows:
  • PALS/ TK/ Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade will return on Monday, April 19, 2021
  • Headstart will have a STAGGERED opening beginning Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (The Headstart Department will share more information.)
  • 4th, 5th, and 6th grade will return on Monday, April 26, 2021
  • 7th and 8th grade will return on Monday, May 3, 2021 (reliant on LA County’s Color tier system - more updates to come as we monitor LA County’s color tier status)
What’s next? - Over the next few weeks, families can expect to receive more information on their individual school’s reopening plan, which includes:
  • School Reopening Overview video
  • Reopening Presentations by your school Principal (week of 3/15). The presentation will include:
    • Safety Protocols
    • Campus entry and exit points
    • Classroom, bathroom, restroom, recess protocols, and more.
    • Details on instructional schedule
  • A commitment form will be shared on Parent Square that gives families the opportunity to either opt-in for the Hybrid model or remain in Distance Learning for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year (commitment forms will be released following your school’s presentation)
I want to thank you for your continued support of the El Monte City School District. Your partnership has been monumental in our efforts to continue serving you and your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office at (626) 453-3798.
 
We are looking forward to welcoming back students to our campuses soon!
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Maribel Garcia
Superintendent
 

A Message from our Superintendent

October 29, 2020
 
Dear EMCSD Parents & Guardians,
 
I hope you all are remaining safe and healthy throughout this time. As we end our first quarter of the year, I wanted to reach out to you to share important information, and give you the opportunity to connect with us. I want to thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate the best educational practices possible amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
Our first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year officially came to an end on October 22, 2020 and as we enter into our second quarter, I wanted to update you on the following sections of our distance learning plan including: 

  • LA County current Covid-19 Tier
  • EMCSD Distance Learning Update
  • Meal Distribution Program
  • Measures to Ensure Health & Safety of Students & Staff
  • Parent Survey
 
Los Angeles County still sits within the purple tier, meaning the county risk level for Covid-19 is still widespread and many non-essential businesses are still closed. We continue to follow guidance from county and state officials as we navigate potential reopening options. As it stands, schools are still closed to in-person instruction. As other counties around us are opening up, we are learning and preparing to plan for our reopening as well, as soon as the science and data allows us to do so.
 
In the meantime, I do want to update you on the wonderful things that are happening throughout the District during Distance Learning:
 
  • Our student attendance for Distance Learning is just over 96%, which is great!
  • We’re proud to say that 94% of our students have a parent or guardian signed up for the ParentSquare app, so thank you for staying connected with us!
  • Last week we announced that we expanded our free meals from five to seven days worth of food per child. You can visit our Nutrition Services page for more information including distribution locations and times. Remember, all children 18 and under qualify.
  • We continue to abide by requirements set forth in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools. These include wearing masks to help ensure the safety of all persons, daily wellness checks for students and staff both at home and at District sites, and physical distancing at all times.
  • Since the start of the school year, our facilities crews have been working daily on:
    • Installing new water-refill stations and new handwashing stations at each of our 14 campuses.
    • Creating and installing custom desk shields for each desk in every classroom and office space on school campuses.
    • Signs have been posted around campus to maintain physical distancing and remind students to wash their hands.
    • Stations for hand sanitizing and taking students' and staff temperatures have been set up at school entrances.
 
Lastly, we have a new Parent Survey to help us understand and address the needs of you and your children during this time. We ask that you take a few minutes to answer questions regarding an array of topics like technical issues, your experience with Distance Learning, and how we can further support you and your child. You can access the survey by clicking here: Online Parent Survey.
 
Our community’s unique history includes generations of families who have attended schools in our District, which has created a lasting partnership. Together we are all committed to supporting our students’ success. This pandemic does not change that. If you have any questions about Distance Learning, our safety procedures, or the services available to you and your children, I encourage you to reach out to your school. You can also visit our website for more information on our current Distance Learning Plan. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Maribel Garcia
Superintendent
(626) 453-3700
 
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29 de octubre de 2020
 
Estimados padres y tutores de EMCSD
 
Espero que todos estén saludables y seguros durante este tiempo. Hemos completado nuestro primer trimestre del año, quiero comunicarme con ustedes para compartir información importante y para brindarles la oportunidad de conectarse con nosotros. Quiero agradecerles por su continuo apoyo y comprensión mientras les proporcionamos las mejores metodologías educativas posibles en medio de la pandemia de Covid-19.
 
Nuestro primer trimestre del año escolar 2020-2021 llegó a su fin oficialmente el 22 de Octubre del 2020 y al entrar a nuestro segundo trimestre, quiero informarles sobre nuestro plan de aprendizaje a distancia que incluye las siguientes secciones:
 
  • Nivel actual de el Covid-19 de el Condado de Los Angeles;
  • Actualización de aprendizaje a distancia del EMCSD;
  • Programa de distribución de comidas;
  • Medidas para garantizar la salud y seguridad de los estudiantes y de el personal; y
  • Encuesta a los padres.
 
El condado de Los Angeles todavía se encuentra dentro del nivel morado, lo que significa que el nivel de riesgo del condado para Covid-19 aún es muy alto y muchas empresas no esenciales aún están cerradas. Continuamos siguiendo la guía de los funcionarios del condado y del estado mientras contemplamos posibles opciones de reapertura. En estos momentos, las escuelas todavía están cerradas a la instrucción en persona. A medida que se abren otros condados a nuestro alrededor, estaremos aprendiendo y preparándonos para planificar nuestra reapertura también, tan pronto como la ciencia y los datos nos lo permitan.
 
Mientras tanto, quiero informarles sobre las cosas maravillosas que están sucediendo en todo el distrito durante el aprendizaje a distancia:
 
  • La asistencia de nuestros estudiantes a distancia es un poco más del 96%, ¡lo cual es maravilloso!
  • Nos enorgullece decir que el 94% de nuestros estudiantes tienen un padre o tutor registrado en la aplicación ParentSquare ¡así que gracias por mantenerse conectados con nosotros!
  • La semana pasada anunciamos que ampliamos nuestras comidas gratuitas de cinco a siete días por cada niño. Por favor visite la página de Servicios de Nutrición para obtener más información, incluyendo los lugares y horarios de distribución. Recuerde que todos los niños menores de 18 años califican.
  • Seguimos cumpliendo con los requisitos establecidos en los Protocolos de reapertura del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Los Angeles para las escuelas K-12. Estos incluyen el uso de mascarillas para ayudar a garantizar la seguridad de todas las personas, controles de bienestar diarios para los estudiantes y el personal tanto en el hogar como en el Distrito, y distancia física en todo momento.
  • Desde el comienzo del año escolar, nuestro personal de mantenimiento han estado trabajando diariamente en:
    • Instalar nuevas estaciones de agua para rellenar botellas y nuevas estaciones de lavado de manos en cada una de nuestras 14 escuelas.
    • Crear e instalar protectores de escritorio personalizados para cada escritorio en cada aula y espacio de oficina en todas las escuelas.
    • Colocar letreros alrededor del campus para mantener la distancia física y recordar a los estudiantes de lavarse las manos.
    • Instalar estaciones para desinfectar las manos y tomar la temperatura de los estudiantes y del personal se han instalado en las entradas de todas las escuelas.
 
Por último, tenemos una nueva encuesta de padres que nos ayudará a comprender y abordar sus necesidades y las de sus hijos durante este tiempo. Le pedimos que se tome unos minutos para responder preguntas sobre una variedad de temas, como problemas técnicos, su experiencia con el aprendizaje a distancia y cómo podemos brindarle más apoyo a usted y a sus hijos. La fecha límite para completar la encuesta es el próximo Viernes 6 de Noviembre a las 9 pm. Usted puede entrar a la página de la encuesta haciendo clic aquí: Encuesta para padres en línea.
 
Nuestra comunidad tiene una historia única que incluye generaciones de familias que han asistido a escuelas de nuestro Distrito durante muchos años, y esto ha creado una amistad duradera. Todos unidos estamos comprometidos a apoyar el éxito de nuestros estudiantes. Esta pandemia no cambia esta meta. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el aprendizaje a distancia, nuestros procedimientos de seguridad o los servicios disponibles para usted y sus hijos, le invito a que se comunique con su escuela. También puede visitar nuestra página web para más información de nuestro actual Plan de Educación a Distancia.Comuníquese conmigo si tiene alguna pregunta.
 
Atentamente,
 
Dra. Maribel García
Superintendente
(626) 453-3700
 
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2020年10月29日
 
尊敬的艾爾蒙地市學區家長和監護人:
 
希望大家在這段時間內保持安全和健康。在我們今年第一學季結束之際,我想與您聯繫以分享重要信息,並為您提供與我們聯繫的機會。正當我們在Covid-19新冠肺炎大流行當中尋求最佳教育實踐的時候,感謝您的持續支持與理解,

我們的2020-2021學年第一學季正式於2020年10月22日結束,在進入第二學季時,我想向您介紹我們遠程學習計劃的最新情況,包括以下部分:
  • 洛杉磯縣當前Covid-19新冠肺炎所處層級
  • 艾爾蒙地市學區遠程學習更新資訊
  • 餐飲分發計劃
  • 確保學生和教職工健康與安全的措施
  • 家長問卷調查
 
洛杉磯縣仍處於紫色層級,這意味著Covid-19新冠肺炎的縣級風險水平仍然很普遍,許多非必要業務仍處於關閉狀態。在尋找潛在的重新開放方案時,我們將繼續遵循縣和州官員的指導。就目前而言,學校仍然不開放當面授課。隨著我們周圍其他縣的開放,我們正在學習並準備重新開放,只要科學和數據允許我們這樣做。
 
同時,我想向您介紹遠程學習期間整個學區正在發生的精彩事情:
 
  • 我們學生的遠程學習出勤率剛剛超過96%,這太好了!
  • 我們很自豪地說,我們94%學生的家長或監護人註冊了ParentSquare(家長廣場)應用程序,因此,感謝您與我們保持聯繫!
  • 上週,我們宣布將我們每個孩子的免費餐飲從五天增加到七天。您可以訪問我們的營養服務頁面 page 以獲取更多信息,包括分發地點和時間。請記住,所有18歲及18歲以下的孩子都符合資格
  • 我們繼續遵守洛杉磯縣公共衛生部針對K-12年級學校的重新開放協議中規定的要求。這些措施包括戴上口罩以確保所有人的安全,在家中和學區現場對學生和教職工進行每日健康檢查,並始終保持身體距離
  • 自學年開始以來,我們的設施工作人員每天都在從事以下工作:
    • 在我們的14個校區中都安裝了新加水站和新洗手站
    • 為學校每個教室和辦公室中的每張桌子創建和安裝定制的辦公桌護板
    • 在每個學校園周樹立了告示牌,以保持身體距離,並提醒學生洗手
    • 每個學校的入口處已經建立了洗手消毒站和學生及教職員工的體溫測試站
 
最後,我們有一項新的家長問卷調查Parent Survey,可以幫助我們了解並重視您和孩子在這段時間的需求。我們要求您花幾分鐘時間回答有關一系列主題的問題,例如技術問題、您的遠程學習經驗以及我們如何進一步為您和您的孩子提供支持。完成調查的截止日期是11月6日,星期五晚上9點。您可以通過單擊此處訪問調查表:Online Parent Survey
 
我們社區的獨特歷史包括幾代人都在本學區的學校上學,從而相互建立了持久的伙伴關係。我們共同致力於支持學生的成功。目前的這種流行疾病不會改變這一狀況。如果您對遠程學習、我們的安全程序或為您和您的孩子提供的服務有任何疑問,我鼓勵您與您的學校聯繫。您也可以訪問我們的網站website, 以了解有關當前遠程學習計劃的更多信息。如有任何疑問,請與我聯繫。
 
此致
 
學監Maribel Garcia博士
(626) 453-3700
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The El Monte City School District is committed to the safety of our staff and students. We would like your feedback on distance learning as well as suggestions on how we can support you and your child as we continue into our second quarter. We want to do what is best for our students and our community.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us. Your feedback is very important to us, and what you share will be used to help guide our planning. Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer our questions. 

Click here to take the survey.

  
 
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