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Update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Message to Families

March 17, 2020

To the Los Angeles Unified School Community,

Tomorrow, March 18, we will open 60 Grab & Go Food Centers in the communities we serve. On an ordinary day in Los Angeles Unified we serve our students more than 1 million meals. These are not ordinary days and we know many children still need help. The Centers will be open 7 am - 10 am weekdays to provide 2 meals to each child to take home. Locations of the 60 centers can be found on our website,
I would like to encourage any of you who have not yet had the opportunity to view the educational programming we are offering on PBS to take a look. You’ll find age-appropriate shows and lessons which can be a supplement to any student’s learning plan. The shows may also provide an opportunity for family members to share in the learning with your children. In these uncertain times, we hope it can provide some time for your family to share a few moments together and escape from the hardship we are all experiencing.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Austin Beutner

A la Comunidad del Distrito Unificado Escolar de Los Ángeles,

Mañana, 18 de marzo, abriremos 60 centros de comida para llevar "Grab & Go" en las comunidades a las que brindamos servicio. En un día normal en el Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles servimos  más de 1 millón de comidas para nuestros estudiantes. Estos no son días ordinarios y sabemos que muchos niños aún necesitan ayuda. Los centros estarán abiertos de 7 a 10 de la mañana los días de semana para proporcionar 2 comidas a cada niño para llevar a casa. Las ubicaciones de los 60 centros se pueden encontrar en nuestro sitio web,

Me gustaría pedirle a cualquiera de ustedes que aún no haya tenido la oportunidad de ver la programación educativa que estamos ofreciendo en PBS, a darle un vistazo. Encontrarán programas y lecciones apropiadas para cada edad, las cuales pueden ser un suplemento al plan de aprendizaje de cualquier estudiante. Los programas también pueden ser una oportunidad para que los miembros de la familia compartan el aprendizaje con sus hijos. En estos tiempos de incertidumbre, esperamos que esto pueda proporcionarles un tiempo para que sus familias compartan unos momentos juntos y escapen de las dificultades que todos estamos experimentando.

Gracias por su paciencia y su apoyo continuo.

Austin Beutner
Superintendente de Escuelas

Updated 3/13/2020

The public health crisis created by the coronavirus is not something any of us could reasonably have expected to happen, and we’re in uncharted waters as we work to prevent the spread of the illness. We have been following the guidance of public health experts on how we can keep all who are part of our school community -- students, staff, family members and visitors -- safe in the midst of a growing health crisis. We are now at a point where the balance has shifted and the appropriate path is to close schools. We are taking this step to keep our school communities safe. Effective Monday, March 16, we will close all Los Angeles Unified public schools for two weeks while we evaluate the appropriate path forward. While our school facilities will be closed, plans are in place for students to continue to learn during this time, and we will open 40 family resource centers to provide care for children if families need it.

This is a difficult decision, but necessary, as we try to slow the spread of the virus. Los Angeles Unified serves a high-needs population, and our schools provide a social safety net for our children. The closing of any school has real consequences beyond the loss of instructional time. This is not an easy decision and not one we take lightly.

Each student will have a plan which they will take home with them today and additional support will be provided to assist students as they transition to a different way of learning and teachers to a different way of teaching.

For some students it will be continuing the lesson plan and instruction they have already been working on with their classroom teacher. For others it will be engaging with the curriculum and lessons which we and PBS SoCal will be providing. And for some, it will be a combination of the two.

While our special education centers will also close, students and families will continue to have access to services from the regional centers they currently rely on.

The Family Resource Centers will open on Wednesday, March 18 and will be staffed weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with trained professionals. Children will be able to have a warm meal, engage with their peers and pursue their different studies. And they’ll be safe.

We are developing a family resource guide that we will provide to you before Monday, to help answer your questions.

I want to thank all on our staff who are working tirelessly to help our students and planning for them to remain connected to the school community. We know the adults on a school campus are an important part of a student’s life and will do our best to try and maintain that connection. All employees should rest assured knowing they will still be paid during this time, even if they are not directly involved in providing services to students.

And to our families, we thank you for your patience and trust as we work together to maintain some sense of normalcy in these difficult times. These next two weeks will be difficult and we are not certain what lies ahead after that. You have my unwavering commitment to do all we can do to help you and your children.
We will continue to do our best to keep you informed. Facts and circumstances may change quickly so we encourage you to check our website regularly, my Twitter @AustinLASchools or call the following phone hotlines.

For families: (213) 443-1300
For school leaders: (213) 241-2000
For employees: (213) 241-2700

Thank you for your support.
Austin Beutner, LAUSD Superintendent


Updated 3/12/2020 at 6:56 AM PDT

County health experts tell us:

  1. How many coronavirus cases are there in Los Angeles County?
    There are 28 confirmed cases in Los Angeles County.
  2. Do any of the existing cases have a connection to our school community?
    There is no known connection, at this time, between the individuals with the virus and Los Angeles Unified schools.
  3. Is it appropriate for Los Angeles Unified schools to be on a normal schedule?
    Yes, with the following exceptions:
    •    All large student and staff gatherings are cancelled, as well as off-campus visits by students and staff to public places where crowds may gather.
    •    Student events and competitions may continue, though without spectators.
    •    All use by outside organizations of school facilities is cancelled.
    •    Anyone who has travelled outside of the country in the past 14 days is not allowed on school campuses or in administrative offices.


Actualizado el 12/marzo/2020 a las 6:56 AM Horario del Pacífico

County health experts tell us:

  1. ¿Cuántos casos de Coronavirus hay en el Condado de Los Ángeles?
    Se han confirmado 28 casos en el condado de Los Ángeles.
  2. ¿Alguno de los casos que existen tiene una conexión con nuestra comunidad escolar?
    No se sabe ninguna conexión, por el momento, entre los individuos con el virus y las escuelas del Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles.
  3. ¿Es apropiado que las escuelas del Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles sigan un horario normal?
    Sí, con las siguientes excepciones:
    •    Se han cancelado todas las reuniones grandes de estudiantes y personal, así como las visitas fuera de la escuela a lugares públicos donde se reúna mucha gente.
    •    Los eventos y competencias de los estudiantes podrán continuar, pero sin espectadores.
    •    Se ha cancelado todo el uso de instalaciones escolares por parte de organizaciones externas.
    •    No se permite la entrada en las escuelas o en las oficinas administrativas a personas que hayan viajado fuera del país en los últimos 14 días.

The hotline is open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Please feel free to call with any questions about the COVID-19 virus.

News Release on COVID-19


CONTACT: Shannon Haber, 213-241-6766                   
March 10, 2020

Board of Education Takes Action to Prepare for Coronavirus

The Board of Education will be asked today to declare a state of emergency related to the COVID-19 virus. This administrative action is being taken in an abundance of caution to allow Los Angeles Unified to be more streamlined in its preparations. This will free up resources, make it easier to coordinate with other agencies and provide greater flexibility in responding to any potential occurrence of the illness.
The situation in Los Angeles Unified remains unchanged. There are 19 cases in Los Angeles County and, at this time, there is no known connection between the individuals with the virus and Los Angeles Unified schools. As a cautionary measure, we are asking all schools and all staff to cancel all district-sponsored out-of-state travel. Health authorities tell us travel increases risk and it’s prudent to limit this where possible. Plans are in place for exceptions to this policy, where appropriate. We continue to provide additional cleaning at our schools and to encourage frequent hand-washing and other good hygiene practices.

La Mesa de Educación Toma Acción para Prepararse para el Coronavirus

Hoy, se solicitará a la Junta de Educación que declare un estado de emergencia en conexión con el virus COVID-19. Esta acción administrativa se está tomando como medida de precaución para permitir que el Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles sea más eficiente en sus preparaciones. Esto hará disponibles recursos, facilitará la coordinación con otras agencias y proporcionará mayor flexibilidad para responder ante cualquier posibilidad de que se presente algún caso de la enfermedad.

La situación en el Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles sigue sin cambios. Hay 19 casos en el Condado de Los Ángeles y, en estos momentos, no se conoce ninguna conexión entre las personas con el virus y las escuelas de Los Ángeles. Como medida de precaución, les estamos pidiendo a todas las escuelas y al personal que cancelen todos los viajes fuera del estado en actividades patrocinadas por el Distrito. Las autoridades de la salud nos dicen que viajar aumenta el riesgo y es prudente limitar esto siempre que sea posible. Hemos establecido planes para otorgar excepciones a esta política cuando corresponda. Seguiremos realizando limpiezas adicionales en nuestras escuelas y les pedimos que laven sus manos frecuentemente y que practiquen otros buenos hábitos de higiene.

COVID-19: Information and Updates on the Coronavirus

**Los Angeles Academy Middle School (644 56th St, Los Angeles, CA 90011)** 

Nearest site to Ascot Avenue Elementary distributing free meals for anyone.

Sitio más cercano a Ascot Avenue Elementary distribuyendo comidas gratis para cualquier persona.

PArent resources/Recursos Para Padres

letter from the principal/ Letra del director