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EMCSD Update - Mask Guidance
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 25, 2021
Dear EMCSD Community,
Below you will find our official 7th and 8th grade schedules for our 2021 Spring Reopening Plan. We have also provided videos that break down each schedule in more detail. The videos are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
If you have any questions regarding the 7th and 8th grade schedules, please reach out to your school site.
Group A In-person 7th & 8th Schedule
Group B Distance learning 7th & 8th grade schedule
Group A In-person 7th & 8th Schedule - SPANISH
Group B Distance Learning 7th & 8th Schedule - SPANISH
7th and 8th Grade Group A Schedule CHINESE
7th and 8th Grade Group B Schedule CHINESE
7th and 8th Grade Group A Schedule VIETNAMESE
7th and 8th Grade Group B Schedule VIETNAMESE
Archived Announcements 
March 22, 2021
Dear EMCSD Community,
On Friday, March 19, 2021, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its guidelines regarding student physical distancing in a classroom. Based on recent data, the new recommendations state that there can be a minimum of 3 feet of physical distance between students instead of the original 6 feet.
Although it's encouraging to know that students can be just as safe 3 feet apart as long as everyone continues practicing COVID-safe guidelines, the El Monte City School District will not be adopting the CDC’s new physical distancing recommendations for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Students and staff will still be required to keep 6 feet of physical distancing while on our campuses.
Our decision to continue with the 6 feet of physical distancing was made largely in part due to our commitment to honor and follow the safety parameters which were a factor in our Spring 2021 Reopening Plans. These are the safety parameters that were shared with all of you at our recent Reopening Town Hall Meetings last week.
As parents complete their Spring Commitment Forms to decide whether to keep their children in Distance Learning or have them return to school in our hybrid model and as our staff prepares for the eventual return of students on April 19, 2021, please note that classroom occupancy will still be determined by how many students we can fit into a given space with 6 feet of physical distancing.
Spring Commitment Forms are due on Wednesday, March 24, and you can find them on ParentSquare. As a reminder, the information from these forms will help us effectively implement our reopening plan. If you have any questions, concerns, or have trouble accessing the forms on ParentSquare, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school office for assistance.
Thank you for your patience and understanding,
Dr. Maribel Garcia
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!
Dr. Maribel Garcia