Updated March 29, 2020
Please be aware that we are taking all direction from primarily the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Decisions are also made in partnership with LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education).
The information we provide to you about COVID-19 will change rapidly. The following FAQ should help provide some clarity however be aware that we will update you with any new information as it evolves.
Should I be actively teaching my child?
Every parent has a different level of desire and ability to work with their children academically. We suggest reassuring your kids that people care about them and that their teachers are doing the best they can during an unprecedented time. If parents can help, it would be appreciated. Learning some life-skills during the closure is also important. It's never too early to discuss budgeting, how to change a tire, how to hang a picture frame, the art of handwriting a letter, or a million other things that people need to know.
Should I make sure my child does their assignments?
To the extent that any parent has the power to make our kids do anything, we would hope that our parents would encourage students to take school and provided Home Learning seriously.
Should I monitor my child's time?
We are typically cautious about providing parenting advice. It's important that we all adhere to the stay-home orders to avoid contributing to the spread of COVID-19. The more structured time is for students, the less likely they will be to engage in behaviors counter to the order.
Will there still be testing for BHUSD?
No, all State Testing has been waived by the Federal Government.
Zoom versus Google Hangouts/Meet:
The District standard is Google Hangouts/Meet. In our Home Learning website, we posted the resources that we as a District can maintain and support via our technology team and budget. We have purchased and can support GSuite/ Hangout/ Meet/ Classroom. When we return teachers will still be able to maintain the work they have completed in GSuite as they transition back into their classroom and we hope they will continue to utilize these platforms. A critical component of staying within the GSuite family is accountability and tracking. There is power in the documentation of instructional delivery. We can download data from GSuite on the number of meetings, who attended, etc. If we were audited by the California Department of Education, this would be essential information. We do not have a District Zoom account. Fiscally, to maintain two platforms that achieve almost the same outcome (Google Hangout/Meet has great features including captions and screen sharing and very similar capabilities to Zoom) would not make sense. To support Zoom after a free trial period if there was a directive to continue to extend our virtual learning would mean paying for two platforms. Also, as stated, we are unable to obtain the data needed to prove the instruction that was delivered by minutes, meeting times/ dates, and who attended in a single report. We would have to work individually with 270+ teachers to get that information. We understand that some staff have already started to implement Zoom. We are adopting a philosophy of flexibility during this time and to that end, we will not direct that Zoom usage must end, however, we as a District can support GSuite.
Will we be extending School into Summer?
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and can stay home we recommend that you do. It is still cold and flu season, COVID-19 is not the only reason for us all to stay vigilant about being healthy!
Hand Sanitizer vs Hand Washing, what wins?
We will not be placing hand sanitizer in each classroom at this time. It simply does not compare to hand washing. The most effective way to keep germs at bay is to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap. We have increased hand sanitizer dispensers significantly at every school and the District Office but this does not replace hand washing.
Do we need masks?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend routine use of a facemask or respirator. It is important that we do not deplete stock from those who need them for other illnesses.
How should I talk to children about Coronavirus?
Click on the toolkit on the sidebar.
Where should I check for information?
Please use only official government agency outlets to obtain information, for example:
Student Services on 310 551 5100 ext. 2250.
How do I wash my hands properly?