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Superintendent Communication

Dr. Michael Bregy
Dr. Michael Bregy
Superintendent of Schools
Dear BHUSD Families,

Today I can answer the top three questions I get in my inbox on a daily basis:

  1. When are students returning to physical school?
  2. What will the schedule be when we return to physical school?
  3. What will the calendar be for the next three years?
I want to start by sincerely thanking you for your endless patience and support throughout this ongoing Pandemic. We know how hard you have been working at home during the Zoom classes, from managing multiple platforms to navigating technology issues, we understand this has been tough. Whether you are a parent, guardian, or student you have all been juggling so many challenges and I can’t begin to imagine how difficult it has been. You might be a working parent or a student with parents working on the front lines, whatever your circumstances, this Pandemic has impacted each and every one of you. This letter, at least for the first two questions, is for families who are not in the ILC (Independent Learning Center).

Just today, the Board of Education voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the Pandemic Response MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) Addendum #5– Return 2 Learn: Small Group Cohorts TK-12 and the Collective Bargaining Agreement (including 3-year calendar) with the Beverly Hills Education Association (BHEA). I would like to thank BHEA, the BHEA Bargaining Team, and the Cabinet along with both the previous and current Board of Education for reaching this outcome. Both agreements are pending the approval of BHEA membership.

Why are you telling us this now when COVID-19 cases are the highest they have ever been in LA?

We are sharing all of this information with you because it was just approved by the Board of Education. In no way does the timing of this information have a direct correlation with the timing of the Red Tier metrics which allows the physical return to school. As indicated below, the conditions in the community, per LA County & the State of California, will dictate when our schools will allow in-person learning.

When are students returning to physical school?

We have developed a visual representation (below) using the State and County metrics to better explain when schools will physically reopen this semester. The graphic also shows when we will move from Distance Learning to a Hybrid Model as conditions improve in our community. The important factor to note here is the Adjusted Case Rate, so when you are watching the news please keep an eye on that number for LA County. If you want to check it yourself please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ scroll down to the map and click on LA County.

Due to BHUSD being awarded the TK-2 Waiver, our youngest learners will be the first students to physically return to campus. As you can see below, TK-2 students will return when the County is at an Adjusted Case Rate of 10 or below. Although this is still in the Purple Widespread Tier, we are permitted to do this as we were awarded the TK-2 Waiver. While the Red Tier begins to allow students in grades 3rd-12th to return to the classroom, the 6 feet physical distance requirement prevents all students from returning to the classroom at the same time.


What will the schedule be when we return to physical school?

All students returning to the physical classroom will be in a Hybrid Model as opposed to full-time in-person instruction. This is per the Health Order from LACDPH and their strict 6 feet physical distance requirement preventing all students from returning to the classroom at the same time.

Elementary:

LIVE@BHUSD Elementary students will transition back to physical school 5 days a week for instruction in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. They will attend physical school with their classroom teacher for 2 hours and 20 minutes in-person Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Each Wednesday, students will be in-person for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The remainder of the day (Monday-Friday) is independent learning with once a week virtual instruction from Physical Education, Art, MakerSpace, Vocal Music, and Science Lab teachers.

BHUSD will release the information on whether your student is in the “AM” or “PM” schedules with the virtual schedule for Physical Education, Art, MakerSpace, Vocal Music, and Science Lab when we are closer to transiting into the hybrid model. We have decided to provide 5 days of in-person instruction that is 100% focused rather than a Zoom/live stream model where the teacher’s attention would be divided. Our youngest learners especially need this full-time attention.

 
 

Middle and High School:

LIVE@BHUSD 6th through 12th-grade students will transition back to physical school two days a week in either Cohort A (purple), attending physical school on Monday & Tuesday, or Cohort B (blue), attending physical school on Thursday & Friday. Both cohorts will be virtual on Wednesdays to allow for equitable instruction and deep cleaning due to the larger amount of students moving between classrooms.

The classroom instruction will be live-streamed to the cohort at home. Students in the cohort not on campus (at home) will be expected to log into the instruction via Zoom while the teacher delivers the lesson. When instruction is not occurring, students in the cohort not on campus (at home) may log off ONLY with teacher permission. Teachers can then deliver labs, assessments, and individual support for the students in the physical classroom.

  • Cohorts labeled as “A” and “B.”
    • Cohort A (purple): 
      • Monday & Tuesday students are in-person
      • Thursday & Friday students are streaming virtually into their classes
    • Cohort B (blue): 
      • Monday & Tuesday students are streaming virtually into their classes
      • Thursday & Friday students are in-person
    • Virtual Day: Wednesday students are all virtual


What will the calendar be for the next three years?

Please click here to view the calendars for the next three years. The calendar is very complex and multifaceted and there are specific reasons as to why there is a different look and feel each year.  

The calendar has both requirements and restrictions based on whether the yearly holidays fall on weekends or weekdays. Additionally, the following must be accounted for:

  • 180 days of student instruction and attendance
  • 3 teacher Professional Development days
  • 3 staff Service Days 
  • Final Exams (BHHS and BVMS) must be before winter break
  • Balancing the number of instructional days during the first semester with the second semester - keeping in mind that CAASPP and AP testing occur in April/May
  • Graduation Ceremonies

We realize that by sharing this information with you it may generate a number of additional questions. Please know that we are scheduling several town hall meetings for early January to address these questions. We really want you to take this Holiday Break to unplug from school and it’s important to me that my team can also recharge so rather than emailing please submit your questions by clicking here. We will then address these questions both at the Town Hall Zoom Meetings and in a FAQ.

Happy Holidays,
Dr. Bregy

Dear BHUSD Community,

I want to give you some insight into our decision-making process currently as it has evolved and it’s important to me that you understand where we are at. 

At 11.59pm last night, LA County officially went from our Safer-at-Home to a Stay-at-Home Order. With Intensive Care Unit capacity dropping to 12.5% on Saturday and 10.6% today in the designated Southern California Region we are a part of, we must weigh the risk to our community with in-person learning. Currently, we only have the legal option to bring back our TK-2 students in addition to our specialized services for defined subgroups of children who need in-person services and youth sports. Today it was announced that LAUSD will completely shut down all in-person activities beginning on Thursday, including outdoor conditioning and special services. 

If possible, when we physically reopen we do not want to close again. We have seen that giving students false hope with a yo-yo reopening/closing has been extremely detrimental to their social/emotional health as well as their academic continuity in other schools across the country. 

BHUSD’s youngest learners will be the first large group of students to return. We have just recently secured the TK-2 Waiver which allows us to return TK-2 students at our discretion during the top purple tier (widespread) rather than waiting until we are in the red tier. 

Our employees are critical to the success of our District and as you are aware adults are impacted by COVID-19 more significantly than children. When we bring any students back to in-person learning we must also bring our employees back. In accordance with our Memorandum of Understanding, we will give a 10-day notice to switch from Distance Learning to a Hybrid Model. Remember, the next step will not be full-time in-person learning, it will be hybrid to comply with the 12 person cohorting order. We have been told that new waivers would not be provided until the Stay at Home Order is lifted.

I want to take a moment to reiterate that we wholeheartedly want our students back in their classrooms however, there is a domino effect that takes place when 3 or more people at our school sites have COVID-19. 

  1. Under the current County Health Order, it takes 3 COVID-19 cases within 14 days to close a school. (see here for the current order)

  2. Under the State Health Order if 25% of your schools close the entire District must close. (see here under FAQ)

  3. We currently have 4 school sites operating, ready for in-person instruction. El Rodeo is under construction and Moreno is virtual during COVID-19.  

  4. That means that it only takes 1 school to close our entire District.

  5. That means that it only takes 3 COVID-19 cases (staff or students) at 1 school to close our entire District. 

I can share with you that in a single day last week we were informed of 10 students who had tested positive for COVID-19, 3 at one school, 5 at another school and 2 at another school. This does not account for all unreported cases or employee cases, and is on 1 (single) day not over 14 consecutive days. Had we been in physical school, the District would have closed. We are a small District which means that the chance of closing is much higher for us and we must be mindful of this when making decisions. It would be irresponsible for us to even consider physically reopening with larger numbers of students while COVID-19 case rates are extremely high, especially within our own community. 

Last Monday in LA County, hospitalizations had increased by over 86% since early November. Today it was announced that since November 13th and December 6th, LA County hospitalizations have increased 140%. Over the last 6 calendar days, LA County has averaged 8,295 newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases per day. In LA County last week, over 400 schools had at least 1 student on campus with COVID-19. Over 100 schools had a cluster of 2 or more, and 21 schools had outbreaks. 

The physical reopening of our schools comes down to 3 major factors; the Health Order, the Adjusted Case Rates and our personal choices.

Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy 

Dear TK-2 Parents & Guardians, 

As you are aware, there has been an enormous surge of COVID-19 cases throughout the nation and I am extremely concerned for our community. Your health and safety are paramount. I can inform you that late last night we were granted the TK-2 Waiver (without a start date) from the LA County Department of Public Health. Both Elementary Schools, Hawthorne, and Horace Mann have already successfully passed the onsite County Assessment Team's inspection so we are not required to have another visit. The waiver came with a very strong warning that if our students have access to an equitable Distance Learning program we should continue using it until there is a significant bend in the curve and cases reduce. 

We will continue with our current model of Distance Learning in accordance with this advice being that our TK-2 students have a minimal amount of inequity and considerable access to wifi, devices, and instructional materials. BHUSD was in the last group of waivers granted as the County indicated no additional waivers would be granted until the Safer-at-Home Order is lifted.   

I implore you to please follow the Health Order and I will be in touch as soon as we have a firm timeline to physically return to school for our youngest learners. Everyone wants our children back in school however, we must put health and safety first.

In the coming days, we have been informed as many of you know, that it is likely our healthcare threshold will surpass 85% of intensive care capacity, triggering a much more extensive Safer-at-Home Order from Governor Newson for at least three weeks. We all need to look out for one another and ourselves by taking serious precautions and following this order. 


Don’t forget to inform Mr. Phil Wenker - pwenker@bhusd.org if your student is impacted by COVID-19 so we can support you through this hard time. We are all looking forward to Winter Break shortly!

Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy

Dear BHUSD Community,


I am writing to give you an update on where we are at with our physical reopening plans. 


As you are aware we are still in the “Purple Tier” which is dictated by State metrics that prohibit us from reopening schools in their entirety. There are a few exceptions the LA County Department of Public Health have facilitated that we are assessing to see what is viable for BHUSD. 


1. The physical return for in-person, small group instruction for our high risk, high need special education students.

2. The physical return of TK-2 students should the Waiver be granted by the LA County Department of Public Health. 


All options still require 6ft distancing, face coverings and cohorting (2 cohorts per classroom for TK-2). 


We are fortunate to continue having positive dialogue with our colleagues represented by the Beverly Hills Education Association (BHEA). We have collaborated together and agreed upon the facilitation of special education in-person/on-site assessments in addition to the extension to our current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).


The rules are changing on a daily basis and as of today, we have decided that it is best to proceed with ensuring that all available options are open to us. Accordingly, we have applied for the TK-2 Waiver for Hawthorne Elementary and Horace Mann Elementary. 


At this time Dr. Ferrer, LA County Public Health Director, has indicated the application process may take several weeks and that the County is selecting 30 schools a week based on the percentage of socioeconomically disadvantaged students in each school. In the interest of full transparency, I must impart that we have a relatively low population of socioeconomically disadvantaged students at Hawthorne (2.45%) and Horace Mann (6.37%). It is unlikely that we would be selected right away as each school is processed individually and not as a District.  


For our TK-2 grades to physically return to school we would not only need to be selected but we would need to assess the COVID-19 adjusted case rate at the time of approval. Should numbers continue to climb it is likely that we will not be able to consider in-person instruction until next semester. If we are not selected until December we will likely wait until after the holidays in the interest of educational continuity. Even then, all decisions about reopening are made by the Board of Education in consultation with our community of staff, parents and students. 


In the coming weeks, you will receive a survey to allow us to collect standardized feedback as opposed to anecdotal. Be sure to fill this out to give us as much information to inform our decision-making process as possible. As always, please remember that the health and safety of our school community come first. 


Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy

Dear BHUSD Community,

This evening I am presenting to you our BHUSD Ready Together Plan. We do not have the authority to provide in-person learning for all students per the current State and County mandates. I have been giving regular updates regarding the changing COVID-19 impact on BHUSD at Board Meetings and PTA Meetings and a consistent question I receive is “but, are you ready?” It is important that I specifically show you how we are physically ready to reopen when the time comes. 

BHUSD Ready Together is our comprehensive, uniform plan to physically return as safely as possible. The factors involved in physically reopening range from restrictions from the State and County levels to working with our teachers to bring our students back. 

I must be clear that this BHUSD Ready Together Plan is not an academic reopening plan but instead a physical one based on guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Order, the California Department of Public Health Order, and expert opinions. 

This document is subject to change and should be used as a thorough communication of protocols, procedures, and expectations for students, staff, and parents. It is absolutely imperative that every member of our BHUSD community reads this document. 

Please see attached or visit bhusd.org/readytogether/ to read our Uniform Plan to Safely Reopen our Physical Schools. 

Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy 

COVID-19 Public Health Order Update


Dear BHUSD Community,


We made it through our third week of this crazy school year and I want to thank you! This is a lot for everyone and you are doing a sensational job navigating so many new challenges. 


Today, I have another Public Health Order update to bring you. If you are beginning to feel that just as you understand the information, it changes, you are right! 


Yesterday, the LA Department of Public Health updated their Health Order, linked here, indicating if the District submits an application (which has not yet been made available to us) schools can consider offering in-school services for small cohorts of students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and children who are English Learners (EL) needing assessments and/or specialized in-school services anytime after September 14, 2020.  


In full transparency, I just finished a conference call with Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and she announced some very important information we were not yet aware of both for our high risk, high need students and also our general population:


  1. In order to allow in-school services for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and children who are English Learners (EL) needing assessments and/or specialized in-school services, we must submit an application to the LA County Department of Public Health. This application form for limited in-school services has not yet been made available to anyone in LA County. 
  2. Even when the State announces we (LA County) can move from Tier 1 (purple) to Tier 2 (red) the LA County Department of Public Health may not allow schools to physically reopen. LA County cannot be less restrictive than the State but they can be more restrictive than the State. In fact, they imparted that the current Public Health Order would need to be revised when we change Tiers. 
  3. LA County Department of Public Health does not predict any consideration of physical reopening until early November. This is due to the new more restrictive metrics announced by the State and the trends the County is seeing especially after holiday weekends. Of course, as we know, this situation changes daily and we will continue to monitor and review the LA County data. 

In addition to the mandatory orders, LA County announces, the decision to reopen physically in any way will be made under the direction of the BHUSD Board of Education and Superintendent. The factors to be considered are vast. The health and safety of our entire BHUSD community remains our first priority. 


Lastly, one of the items Dr. Ferrer asked me to impress on you, is the importance of getting the flu shot. We are nearing flu season, and combining this with a global pandemic may make physically reopening schools even more difficult. 


What are the takeaways from this letter? 


  • Students with IEPs, EL students, and high risk, high need students who need assessments and/or specialized in-school services will be the first students to return physically to school however, we need to apply for this privilege through the LA County Department of Public Health and they have NOT made this application available yet. If you are impacted by this update please know that within this group there are a number of constraints and limitations. We are assessing the feasibility of which programs, students, and staff to bring back while working within the cohorting approach dictated by the LA County Department of Public Health. Each individual program and student schedule must be analyzed to ensure as little cross-contamination takes place as possible. 

  • We will be in Tier 1 (purple) for many weeks to come. 

  • Even when we move to Tier 2 (red) by the State, LA County may have more restrictive requirements, additionally, we know there will be an updated Public Health Order when we change Tiers.

We are asking you to understand that LA County is trying to offer us options however, we must maintain its intent which is to lower community transmission.


Have a wonderful long weekend,

Dr. Bregy 


Tiers

Dear BHUSD Community,

As we conclude week two of the school year I am writing to bring you an update from our Governor. Thank you for being so adaptable in this very unique start of school! This update provides clarity for how we will reopen schools from the State but not the County. We do not yet have information from the County about their response to this new system.  

Yesterday, August 28, 2020,  Governor Newsom, announced a new Tier Framework that will guide us as a District regarding the reopening of physical school. Please remember that we are also governed by the LA County Department of Public Health which sometimes has more stringent or can use different restrictions. 

This Tier Framework has changed from six metrics and a Monitoring List to two metrics - Case Rate & Test Positivity Rate and a Color Coded System. Additionally, we must achieve two weeks of stability in the new tier before schools can open for the Red category. 

Moving between tiers does not immediately mean schools will reopen physically. The decision to reopen physically will be made under the direction of the Board of Education. The factors to be considered are vast. The health and safety of our entire BHUSD community remains our first priority. 

What color are we? Right now we are purple but for updates please visit this website by typing in our County - Los Angeles and Activity - Schools - https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.

Please know this situation is extremely important to me. Along with ensuring we are delivering the best possible education, I am working with many members of the BHUSD staff and countless experts to ensure that if we are in a position to physically reopen we are ready to do so in the safest way possible. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Dr. Bregy

Dear BHUSD Community,

 

It is important to me that I balance sharing ever-changing information (literally yesterday the information from the authorities was different) with critical updates. 

 

Some of you may already be aware that there is a “waiver” concept that has been floated publicly which could enable elementary grades to physically open if the waiver was granted. We were informed that should LA County fall below 200 daily positive cases per 100,000 people, the LA County Department of Public Health would open the elementary waiver process to us. 

 

Governor Newsom shared new guidelines for reopening schools on Tuesday, August 25th, including the opening of an elementary waiver process for grades TK-6. This evening, Wednesday, August 26 at around 7 pm, the LA County Department of Public Health’s Director released a statement that they, at this time, are not going to allow any schools to open physically through a waiver process. 

 

“At this point,” said Dr. Ferrer, “Public Health will not be opening up our waiver process for schools. We will be closely reviewing the guidance from the State and will be reviewing all options with the Board to ensure that schools are able to open as safely as possible for all children and staff.”

 

No district in LA County has been granted access to the preliminary paperwork to even consider if this is an appropriate option for their schools. The specific details remain unknown.

 

Please know our reopening plan is extremely important to us. Along with ensuring we are delivering the best possible education, we are working to make certain that if we are in a position to physically reopen we are ready to do so in the safest way possible. 

 

Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy 

First Day of School 2020 2021! Click play below! 

 

Remember, if you are in the ILC, it is your first day too! Your first meeting with your teacher might be later this week if you are in Middle or High School but your first day is tomorrow. Welcome back, everyone!


Dear BHUSD Community,

 

Please see below the registration links for our Zoom Coffees with the District and building staff for parents on Wednesday. I hope you will join us! 


Wednesday, August 12th at 8am - BVMS

This meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to join us.

Please register here:

***Available in email***

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Wednesday, August 12th at 10:30am - Elementary 

This meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to join us.

Please register here:

***Available in email***

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Wednesday, August 12th at 3pm - BHHS

This meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to join us.

Please register here:

***Available in email***

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy

Please see attached the revised 2020-2021 Calendar. 

Both the District and the Association agreed on the importance of providing time to plan, prepare and adjust to the changes needed for the 2020-2021 school year in order to provide teachers with the necessary resources, technology, and professional development. Therefore, the first day of school for students has changed from August 17, 2020, to August 18, 2020. To make up for this day of instruction, January 27, 2021, will change from a professional development day to an instructional day.

8/4/2020 - Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education and Beverly Hills Education Association Unanimously Approve Memorandum of Understanding

 

BHUSD Reaches Agreement with BHEA

 

Tonight the Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Beverly Hills Education Association. Additionally, the BHEA Representative Council also unanimously voted to approve the MOU yesterday, 8/3/2020. 

 

As part of its critical role during COVID-19, the Board of Education approved the MOU, reiterating the importance of moving forward with unity, “as a community we must now look to the upcoming school year joining together in supporting our students, staff, parents and wider BHUSD family,” Board President, Isabel Hacker, said. 

 

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I offer our thanks to BHUSD, Superintendent, Dr. Bregy, the Cabinet, the BHEA Bargaining Team, and BHEA members for such exhaustive work together on this educationally robust agreement,” Board President Isabel Hacker continued. “As we enter the first school year in our history from a Distance Learning model, due to COVID-19, we recognize that we must preemptively mitigate obstructive impacts to ensure the best possible education is made available to our students. I am pleased to see an outcome that so closely mirrors the physical classroom which positively supports the entire District under very trying times. I know that we are ready for this challenge.” 

 

“This is a huge milestone for our community and I want to take a moment to thank the Beverly Hills Education Association bargaining team and BHEA Executive Board and our district bargaining team, including the District Leadership, California Teachers Association Regional UniServe Staff representative, Penny Sevoian, and Board President, Isabel Hacker, for their hours and hours of collaboration in creating an MOU with the common goal to achieve the highest quality outcome for our students in what can only be described as truly unprecedented circumstances,” said Superintendent, Dr. Bregy. 

Key Dates August

Dear BHUSD Community,

 

Can you believe it?! School begins in a couple of weeks and everyone is working around the clock to make sure we have a fantastic start to the upcoming school year. You have heard a lot of information over the last 7 days about our Reopening Plans, options, and recommendations from our expert Think Tank about Physical Reopening. 


I am reaching out with some significant updates about forthcoming dates, coffees with the principals, and the statement made earlier today. We announced with the Beverly Hills Education Association, that a Tentative Agreement of a Memorandum of Understanding has been reached today, August 1st, 2020. 


The Tentative Agreement Memorandum of Understanding is pending Board of Education and BHEA Representative Council approval. The full agreement is available at bhusd.org/mou/. On Wednesday, we will release academic class schedules which include start and stop times and further information about certainties. 


This is a huge milestone for our community and I want to take a moment to thank the Beverly Hills Education Association bargaining team and BHEA Executive Board and our district bargaining team, including the District Leadership, California Teachers Association Regional UniServe Staff representative, Penny Sevoian, and Board President, Isabel Hacker, for their hours and hours of collaboration in creating an MOU with the common goal to achieve the highest quality outcome for our students in what can only be described as truly unprecedented circumstances.


We understand you are eager to know as many details as possible.  We have created a few opportunities below for you to join us to learn more about the 2020 - 2021 school year.


On Tuesday, August 11th at 8am I would like to meet with all of our staff, from teachers to custodians to office support, anyone who works for BHUSD is invited to join me for a voluntary all staff meeting on Zoom. 


Parents, on Wednesday, August 12th our principals and some of our cabinet members will join me in hosting a parent meeting Zoom coffee. I hope you will join us. BVMS will start at 8am, Elementary will start at 10:30am and BHHS will start at 3pm. 


Although this MOU focuses on the change caused by COVID-19 from physical learning to distance education, it is the intent of the District and Association to return to a traditional educational program as soon as is feasible consistent with applicable state and local directives issued in response to this pandemic. It is anticipated that the return to a traditional program may occur in phases and may include remote and hybrid instructional and support models.


Before we share some highlights from this agreement, we want to take a moment to reinforce the importance of fundamental lessons we teach our students. Working together we can create positive, impactful change in this world. When we resort to unkind, divisive behavior, our ability to reach our potential is squandered. We encourage the BHUSD community to join us as teachers, administrators, staff, and parents in leading our students with behavior we expect from them. During a crisis, kindness is critical and we are grateful to be able to achieve unity and strength for both our students and one another through this MOU. 


After weeks of negotiating, now is the time to meet the moment we have all been waiting for, to come together and ensure our students are given the opportunity to learn, grow and achieve their personal success. 


For those of you who may not be familiar with an MOU, it is a Memorandum of Understanding, an agreement between, in this case, the Beverly Hills Education Association (our teachers and other unit members) and the District. There are many people in our community who make sure we can do the best job in delivering exemplary education however the people who create such a strong foundation as the bedrock of our District are our teachers. 


When things change, for example, a pandemic comes along, there is a change to the way our district works and that means we need to come up with a clear agreement to help everyone know what we need to follow to give our students the best possible education. 


The BHEA bargaining team has worked in a partnership with the District and Board of Education to fine-tune and reach an agreement today detailing exactly what the plan is so that we can start the school year with clear expectations for everyone. On Wednesday, we will share very specific schedules and expectations. Live@BHUSD will bring you the very best of Home Learning 2.0 and address what didn’t work so well.


The key elements of the MOU are outlined below:

  • Live@BHUSD will mimic what occurs in a physical classroom as closely as possible connecting in visual and auditory ways providing students, instruction, encouragement, and feedback.

  • Both the District and the Association agreed on the importance of providing time to plan, prepare and adjust to the changes needed for the 2020-2021 school year in order to provide teachers with the necessary resources, technology, and professional development. Therefore, the first day of school for students has changed from August 17, 2020, to August 18, 2020.  To make up for this day of instruction, January 27, 2021, will change from a professional development day to an instructional day.

  • BHEA unit members will have the opportunity to select their preferred worksite from District assigned locations or their determined remote location. 

  • Students will receive daily interaction in real-time. 

  • Students will receive live and synchronous instruction which engages students following the academic class schedule through direct instruction, guided practice, checking for understanding, progress monitoring, and setting the expectations for daily independent practice and homework assignments.

  • Live and synchronous instruction and support occurs when the BHEA member and students are meeting in the same virtual space at the same time using one or more of the audiovisual remote instructional platforms provided by the District.

  • Only students, members, and administrators shall have the right to be present in virtual spaces during synchronous and live instruction.

  • The District will clean and sanitize all necessary facilities and equipment remaining in full compliance with the LA County Department of Public Health Orders. 

  • In the event a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the District will make provisions to support a leave. 


Thank you for your support, your patience, your willingness to challenge us, and give us grace. Thank you for extending each other kindness in a time that can create endless frustration and upset. Thank you for setting the example to our students for how to respond in an ongoing crisis with respect, trust in leadership, and empathy. 


To summarize here are some key dates and times:

  • Wednesday, August 5th - Academic class schedules and start/stop times released

  • Tuesday, August 11th at 8am - All Staff District Wide Voluntary Meeting

  • Wednesday, August 12th

    • 8am BVMS District/School/Parent Zoom

    • 10:30am Elementary District/School/Parent Zoom

    • 3pm BHHS District/School/Parent Zoom 

  • Monday, August 17th - New Staff Professional Development Day 

  • Tuesday, August 18th - School Starts


This pandemic has created challenges for all of us but we are so excited to start the school year on August 18th! Please stay on the lookout for the specific schedules and expectations for your family on Wednesday afternoon. 


Have a great weekend, wear your mask, wash your hands, and keep smiling, we will get through this together! 


Respectfully, 

Dr. Bregy

BHUSD and BHEA Reach Tentative Agreement

Dear BHUSD Community,

 

Thank you for your ongoing patience. Please see here our BHUSD Reopening Plan. Please remember the deadline to apply for the ILC is on Monday at 8am. 


Just before spring break back in March, we were faced with an unprecedented pandemic that would forever change the face of education. We responded with swift action, physical closures, the installation of hand sanitizers district-wide, and immediate cleaning protocols in hopes of a short quarantine and quick return to school. Instead, we implemented Home Learning and then Home Learning 2.0. We ended our school year under stay at home orders with virtual graduations and ongoing meetings, site assessments, pandemic forums, parent surveys, establishing a Think Tank, an Options Committee, consistent board meetings, ever-changing guidelines, and finally a school-specific public health order and guidance from the Governor. All we know with absolute certainty is that school will commence on Monday, August, 17th, 2020. 


Last summer we thought it was a challenge with reconfiguration! We reconfigured four K-8 schools to two TK-5 schools - Horace Mann Elementary School and Hawthorne Elementary School, and one consolidated Middle School Grades 6-8 now known as Beverly Vista Middle School. El Rodeo School was taken off-line for construction. Beverly Hills High School continued construction and the plugging of abandoned oil wells. 


The reconfiguration plan was built on a long process that was rigorous, iterative, challenging, and courageous. Our COVID-19 plans are much the same. I commit wholeheartedly that we will navigate this challenge putting your best interests first. Our top two priorities have and always will be safety and education. I trust this document will help guide you through our intentions but please understand that this situation is changing daily. We are extremely fortunate to have finished our 1:1 device rollout prior to the onset of COVID-19, therefore equity of access to technology is not a problem BHUSD is facing. 


You can find updated information at bhusd.org/return2learn/. Additionally, a Physical Reopening Plan is forthcoming. 


Have a wonderful weekend,

Dr. Bregy

Next Steps for Fall Learning

Dear BHUSD Community,


Please click here to review the most recent Public Health Order released moments ago by the LA County Department of Public Health for schools.

I will be in touch with more information as it becomes available.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bregy 

Dear BHUSD Community,
 

As we promised, “as soon as we have more information we will share it with you”, this evening I have some more information to share. I understand that I cannot begin to know how each one of you is feeling at this moment. Each person, whether you are a student, staff member, or parent, has a different situation with different challenges. 

 

We had an unprecedented conclusion to the 2019-2020 school year and we will have an unprecedented beginning to the 2020-2021 school year. As a former mathematics teacher, we are solving an almost impossible equation with variables changing unpredictably. From the beginning of February, we have shared that current circumstances are developing and our direction is subject to change, grow, and evolve.

 

Priorities: 

 
  1. Health and Safety 

  2. Educational Rigor and Consistency  

  3. Social and Emotional Well-being 

  4. Childcare

 

For each of you, the list above is prioritized in a different order. For many of you, they all have the same level of importance. For some of you, one far outweighs the other. We do not take the responsibility of educating our community lightly.

 

We are facing a divide among demands.

Demands have been made to have all students return to the physical classroom in August.

Demands have been made to have a hybrid schedule that replicates the programs and courses that exist on each student’s schedule.

Demands have been made to assure the safety from COVID-19 for every student.

Demands have been made to assure that students will not remove masks, shields, or face coverings.

Demands have been made to assure students will always be kept 6 ft away from one another.

Demands have been made to provide consistent and rigorous instruction.

Demands have been made to………..

 

Let’s talk for a minute about what we know unequivocally. 

 
  • School will commence on Monday, August 17th, 2020. 

  • The risk of COVID-19 impacting our health as a community is no less today than when we physically closed down in March. In fact, it is higher. 

  • When our Options Committee designed the two options, the trend in COVID-19 cases in LA County was significantly different than today. 

  • We anticipated a higher application number for the ILC to bring down the number of physical bodies in each classroom. 

  • We do not have the updated Order from the LA County Department of Public Health but we have been advised that no restrictions from the current one will be lessened, 6ft distancing is mandatory. This is a mandate, not a guideline. Click Here to View.

  • Should we physically open we cannot offer consistency as education will be disrupted when inevitably a student or staff member tests positive with a confirmed case and the people they were in contact with will remain at home in quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. (We are aware of multiple cases of COVID-19 in BHUSD since Spring Break)

  • Should we pursue the Hybrid Learning Option we will need to offer 3 cohorts (it was 2) for 4th-12th grades, a change since we announced the options. What changed? A detailed explanation is below. In short: 

    • 6ft distancing was mandated by many local and state officials

    • Our classrooms have been surveyed to measure how many students can fit with 6 ft distancing 

    • We can fit 10-12 students on average in each classroom

    • The ILC applications are lower than anticipated  

  • We have not made any decisions about which options will be changed at this time with the exception of the ILC. The ILC option will remain. 

 

Although we cannot replace the experience of being in a classroom, we are concerned about the social emotional well-being of our students attending school with necessary but intense (some have said, draconian) restrictions. Not being able to hang out or play with one another unless 6ft apart, or compete in sports or share in a game with equipment that touches more than one person or see each other's smiles and facial expressions due to mandatory mask wearing is daunting for students of all ages. Although through a screen, expression can be seen and connections can be made. We are privileged to be a 1:1 (student to device) district and will ensure that robust social emotional wellness programming is a part of whichever next step we take as a district. 

 

Well before COVID-19 it was established, per California Ed Code 46200, that for the 2020-2021 school year we are providing 180 instructional days. 

 

Semester 1 = 82 instructional days. 

Semester 2 = 98 instructional days. 

 

We are mandated to follow the LA County Department of Public Health Order which currently states that 6ft distancing must occur. Click Here to view this on page 13

 

“20. For purposes of this Order, the "Social (Physical) Distancing Protocol" that must be implemented and posted must demonstrate how the following infection control measures are being implemented and achieved, as applicable:


Limiting the number of people who may enter into the facility at any one time to ensure that people in the facility can easily maintain a minimum six (6) foot physical distance from others, at all times, except as required to complete a business activity or transaction. Members of a single household or living unit may stand or move together but must be separated from others by a physical distance of at least six (6) feet.“

 

Since we last connected we have more clarity on our ILC numbers which are lower than anticipated. We also surveyed our classrooms taking into consideration removing all non-essential furniture and can fit on average 10-12 students in each classroom. Some classrooms are bigger, some smaller, but the average is 10-12. 

 
  1. On average at the High School, there are 26-28 students in a class. 

 
  1. On average at the Middle School, there are 27-30 students in a class.

 
  1. On average at the Elementary School 4/5th Grades, there are 25-29 students in a class.

 
  1. On average at the Elementary School TK-3rd Grades, there are 19-23 students in a class.

 

Based purely on these averages the High School, Middle School, and Elementary School 4/5th Grade classes need 3 cohorts to ensure we are in compliance with the 6ft mandate. This would require each cohort to be physically on campus for 27.3 days in first semester and the rest of instruction would be provided remotely. 

 

In addition to the points raised above, should one single child or staff member be diagnosed with a case of COVID-19 we are obligated to quarantine every single person they have come in contact with (for more than 15 minutes) for 14 days. This further removes instructional consistency for our students. 

 

Or, we can continue to explore the possibility raised at the most recent Board Study Session and achieve both safety and educational consistency by offering the full 82 days of the first semester with the majority of teaching done remotely. There are endless nuances that will need to be worked out no matter which way we proceed but even with this simple data, it is clear that we are not offering consistent education or guaranteed safety if we return to the Hybrid Learning model at this stage. 

 

We have listened to you (parents and staff) and understand that many of you want more specialists and electives offered virtually. We acknowledge that COVID-19 is impacting our working parents in a very different way than other families. None of this is ideal and we are exploring child care solutions and the viability of what we can offer to those who need this support. 

 

The issues that we run into are continuous as we focus on answering the following questions:  

  • What is the safest environment possible for students and staff?

  • What is the most effective and consistent way to deliver instruction to students?

  • What is the smoothest way to transition back into the classroom when the Public Health Order begins to reduce restrictions?

 

Federal, State, and LA County officials can still provide direction and mandates that could change our plans and/or implementation. The risks are higher today than 4 months ago. School Districts across the country are preparing for the unknown. One thing is for certain, we will need to pivot our program quickly.

 

Please remember that we care about your opinion and if you have something to share you can always send it through our feedback form - bhusd.org/fall/

 

I want to be clear in communicating that we are working diligently on all possibilities and no formal decisions have been made. The Board Study Session offered direction and we are now exploring that guidance while also understanding that we must comply with state and local officials and any new orders that are announced. 

 

Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy

An Important Update Regarding Fall Learning
Dr. Bregy - BHUSD Fall Options Update July 6th
Return 2 Learn

Dear BHUSD Community,

I want to start by saying thank you. I am so grateful for your patience at this time of uncertainty. As you have seen over the last week, all local districts are unveiling very similar fall options. 

Although we wish that COVID-19 would cease to exist and we could return to school full time, we are not allowed to do that under the current order (mask requirement pg 2, social distancing requirement pg 13 - click here) from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH). We are waiting for the latest order which we have been informed will be published this week. I have been told that the new order will not have any less stringent regulations. 

We must also follow the guidelines from the California Department of Education (CDE) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Los Angeles County of Education (LACOE). 

I understand that this situation is extremely difficult for all parents, staff, and students and particularly impacts our working parents in a different way. 

As a District we have two priorities, they have and always will be in the following order. First, Safety. Second, Education. We are working day in and day out with experts and our own staff to make the best decisions for our community. 

We want to help you make the decision by July 15th between Option 1 - ILC and Option 2 - Hybrid Learning by providing as much information as we have. It is important to separate this by age group as it impacts everyone differently. In all actuality, both options will not compare to the experience we provide without a global pandemic. 

There are three main updates I can give you today:

  1. You will hear from me once a week with an update throughout the summer. 

  2. We will publish a BHUSD Frequently Asked Questions document this week. 

  3. Our Primary and Elementary students, being younger learners, have significantly different needs to our Middle and High school students. Therefore, this Friday, July 3rd at 10am for 90 minutes we will hold a virtual Coffee with the Principals of Hawthorne and Horace Mann together. Information about this will be forthcoming.

Please be aware that everything we share is contingent on information from the Department of Public Health, the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with our bargaining teams, and a litany of things that are out of our control. Nothing is concrete and we understand that we are asking you to make a concrete decision about the ILC- click here- by July 15th. 

Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy 

Dear BHUSD Community,

As the country assesses the best way to return to school in the fall BHUSD is proactively working with two critical committees 1. Instruction - Education Experts and 2. Think Tank - Community Experts. These are listed here.  

The Department of Public Health is publishing further restrictions we must follow including social distancing and following strict protocols for example mask-wearing when we return. These protocols are evolving and changing by the day. We must follow this mandate. We have collected your feedback from the fall survey and are intentionally waiting to survey our staff because we need to first have a solid understanding of where you as parents are at in your decision making about returning to school. 

After the BHUSD Study Session on June 17th, we will be able to offer two options for the fall of 2020 due to restrictions set forth from the Department of Public Health:

Option 1: The ILC (Independent Learning Center) - admission closes July 15th, one semester minimum commitment. We strongly encourage you to consider this option. Click here to learn more - www.ilc.bhusd.org/

Option 2: Hybrid Learning - All students are automatically placed in this option unless they apply for the ILC. Click here to learn more - www.bhusd.org/hybridlearning/

These options are contingent on direction from the Department of Public Health. 

You must already be enrolled in BHUSD to participate in these options. If you are not already, please go to bhusd.org to enroll. 

A friendly reminder that if you decide not to return to BHUSD to please notify Maria Fernandez by emailing mfernandezelvira@bhusd.org

Please remember, admissions for the ILC close on July 15th. 

Stay safe,

Dr. Bregy

Superintendent

What is happening with Graduation and Promotion at BHUSD? Press play to find out!
 
Graduation

4/10/2020 - Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education Unanimously Approves Memorandum of Understanding with Beverly Hills Education Association for Home Learning During COVID-19 Physical Shutdown. 

BHUSD Reaches Agreement with BHEA Bargaining Team

Today the Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Beverly Hills Education Association for the further implementation of Home Learning during the COVID-19 Physical Shutdown.

“We have found ourselves in a historic moment to address an unprecedented situation uncovering issues which must be solved together with our union partners,” said Superintendent, Dr. Bregy. 

As part of its oversight of BHUSD, the Board of Education approved the MOU, underscoring the need for the community to, “be magnanimous and devote significant time and understanding to everyone involved to help stabilize the District’s ability to deliver instruction during this global crisis,” Board President, Isabel Hacker, said. 

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I offer our thanks to BHUSD, Superintendent, Dr. Bregy, the Cabinet, the BHEA Bargaining Team and BHEA members for working collaboratively on this mutually beneficial agreement,” Board President Isabel Hacker continued. “We have come together, agreeing on clear expectations that put our students first. We know our children need us to all work together to provide solidarity and strength as we continue to stand with our students, teachers, families and community.”

“Our teachers are the foundation of our mission to provide a safe and supportive community in delivering a rigorous and enriching quality education for every child,” Board President Isabel Hacker concluded. “I believe that the MOU we approved today goes a long way to provide a fair way forward and we give our deepest thanks to the entire BHUSD community for their ongoing support in these uncertain times.”

BHUSD in COVID 19: Home Learning - This is different. This is not unprofessional. This is what life looks like right now, for our students, for our teachers, for our parents and for our administration. Special interruptions happen and we understand! We WILL get through this! #educationreimagined

 

Home Learning Extended Through School Year


Dear BHUSD Students, Staff and Parents, 


Earlier this week Governor Newsom announced that families and educators should operate “with the expectation now that schools will not reopen, but classes are in” for the rest of the school year. In addition, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond released information that stated, “Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.” Superintendent Thurmond urged all school districts in California to move towards and/or continue to strengthen distance learning programs and opportunities for students at this time. 


With this information BHUSD is taking a safety first approach and action to extend the District physical shutdown and Home Learning through the end of the school year​. To be clear, the 2019-20 school year is not over, it has just transitioned from classroom instruction into Home Learning. Home Learning is taking place in different ways throughout our District and we are so grateful to our teachers for their innovative approach in this time. We ask for patience and understanding as we are all quickly transitioning into a new way of teaching and learning to meet the health and safety impacts of COVID-19. 


We are also extremely concerned about the social and emotional well-being of all of our students and are working on ways to stay connected even at a distance. We know that many students, especially our seniors, are looking forward to celebrating promotion and graduation ceremonies and are very concerned about missing out on these momentous celebrations. Please know that district and school leaders will be planning how we might offer these experiences in different formats and/or at a later date. In the coming days and weeks, we will provide you with information regarding how grades, graduation, transcripts, summer school, and continued Home Learning instruction will be handled.


While we recognize this extension of physical shutdown creates hardships for many families and staff in BHUSD, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic is by continuing to implement social distancing practices. We are grateful to community members throughout Beverly Hills for their tremendous prevention efforts during this uncertain time. 


Be safe,

Dr. Bregy

 

Extended

Dear BHUSD Community,

 

I can only begin to imagine the set of challenges each one of you is facing during this time trying to juggle the impact of these unprecedented circumstances.  I want to thank you for your understanding and patience during our first week of Home Learning.  


Due to the Global Pandemic we are extending our physical shutdown. The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) has provided a recommendation regarding a return date for LA County School Districts and BHUSD will be following this recommendation. For staff, the return date (as of today) is Monday, May 4th. For students, the return date (as of today) is Tuesday, May 5th.


We are adopting a philosophy of flexibility during this time. When we announced the physical shutdown it was for 10 days. We created an initial Home Learning Plan based on a 10 day period of time not knowing the full extent of COVID-19. Now that we are extending the physical shutdown of our school District we must significantly change this plan which you will see below. 


We will continue to observe the District calendar pre-planned Local Holidays and Staff Development Days. Between now and May 5th this includes the following:


  • April 1st - Staff Development Day (no student work will be provided) 

  • April 9th & 10th - Local Holidays (no student work will be provided) 




Home Learning Instructional Program Expectations Starting Thursday, April 2: 


Definitions: We are providing these definitions because we will never be able to replicate a true in person classroom environment through Home Learning. The delivery of instruction will look different for every student during Home Learning. 


Curriculum Delivery - This does not mean direct face to face teaching 100% of the time. Blended learning opportunities including; online face to face live (google hangout/meet/zoom), watching live instruction using slides, watching videos of teachers prerecorded, workbook time, independent work, project work, group work, online resources (YouTube/Khan Academy/other video platforms). Curriculum Delivery does not include independent reading that students should be engaging in during the week. 


Independent Reading - We recommend at least 30-45 minutes per day for elementary grade students, 45-60 minutes for middle and high school students. 


Scheduled Time - Below you will see schedules for BHHS and BVMS (elementary schedules will be sent out by the teacher as they are grade level and teacher specific). The times in these schedules provide a macro structure, the specific information for how the teacher will use each allocated time period will be communicated to the students directly.  


Homework - This is a hard one to differentiate right now, independent work may blur the lines however, we encourage your student to reach out to their teacher if they are unclear about expectations. 


Live instruction or meetings are NOT to be recorded in any way by anyone, including staff, students or parents per Ed Code 51512.


BHHS and BVMS 


  • Teachers will provide students with 240 minutes per week of curriculum delivery (myriad of options above) per core and elective subjects they are enrolled in. 

  • On average, during physical school the regular number of minutes provided is 240 per week of curriculum per core and elective subjects. 

  • In our Home Learning schedule (below), we provide 4 periods of 40 minutes equaling 160 minutes per core and elective subjects.

  • This leaves 80 minutes for students to complete outside of this schedule per core and elective subjects.  

  • Students will be given a minimum of two opportunities each week to receive live instruction and/or meet with staff via Google Hangout/Meet/Zoom during the schedule. 

  • The teacher will communicate with the student directly on what time and day the instruction will be delivered. 

  • Students can also receive support through office hours and email communication. 


ELEMENTARY 


Elementary schedules will be sent out by the teacher as they are grade level and teacher specific, these will be implemented starting Thursday, April 2


TK - 5 Grades:

  • Teachers will provide students with 120 minutes per week of curriculum delivery in Math, English, Science and Social Studies.

  • Students must be given a minimum of two opportunities each week to receive live instruction from their Homeroom Teachers and/or meet with staff via Google Hangout/Meet/Zoom during the schedule. 

  • Plus up to 60 minutes per week for MakerSpace, Art, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Science and Physical Education.


Grading/Feedback to Students:


  • Teachers will offer students meaningful feedback and encouragement.

  • Teachers will grade assignments in a timely manner to help students and parents understand where they are in the Home Learning process.

  • Teachers will work with their department chair or School Administration to adjust grading practices to reflect any changes in the way they are delivering curriculum. 


Late Start Wednesdays and Early Release Thursdays will not be observed during this time. The BHHS and BVMS schedules (at the end of this email) will be implemented starting Thursday, April 2nd. 


For more information about Home Learning please click here


Don’t forget - if you are a parent and your child is diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please report this to Student Services (Phil Wenker, pwenker@bhusd.org) and your Principal.


Food Accessibility - If any BHUSD student needs lunch, please pick it up at Horace Mann Elementary School between 10:30am - 12:00pm, Monday - Friday. You must bring your BHUSD student with you. Due to Health and Safety precautions, please stay in your car on Hamel Drive and we will come to you.


I also ask that you please read over the Netiquette Rules below with your children. 


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to:

  1. Your Teacher

  2. Your Grade Level Counselor or Assistant Principals

  3. Your Principal 


I will continue to be in touch with you as the information about this Pandemic evolves and impacts our District. 


Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy

Superintendent 

BHHS HOME LEARNING STUDENT SCHEDULE

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BVMS HOME LEARNING STUDENT SCHEDULE

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Dear BHUSD Community,

 

We hope you had a restful Spring Break however different it may have been compared to other years. During this time we have undertaken a thorough cleaning of all schools. Please continue Social Distancing and all Government Agency recommendations, this is not a time to be lax, the health of our community, state, nation and world depend on it. 


Although we were aware of the virus spreading in other parts of the world and that soon the virus would begin to spread in the United States, it feels unforeseen that this pandemic would physically shut our schools down. Truly, we are navigating uncharted paths in public education.


With that being said, I want to say something about our amazing teachers, staff and administrators that I feel is important for you to know. Our staff is expertly trained to handle crisis situations at school, but this crisis impacts their own families and friends as well. We must share that we are all impacted personally, physically and emotionally. 


This news was delivered to our staff with very little notice and it felt as if we blindsided them.  The shift from classroom teaching to Home Learning teaching has happened seemingly overnight. This is not only a teaching transformation for our staff, but a learning transformation for your children as well. It is a new reality to be thinking about online teaching and for many of our teachers this will be the very first time they deliver curriculum and instruction in this way.


With that said, our entire staff have embraced our District Motto - Education Reimagined - with innovation, enthusiasm and willingness and I am grateful for all of their hard work. 


We all want this new reality to be an effective teaching and learning experience. However, it is important for you to know that Home Learning is not an online teaching program. We simply do not have the design and delivery of an established digital curriculum.  Home Learning is each individual teacher changing the delivery of their instruction to a digital experience. Google Classroom is an incredibly robust platform but methods of teaching and the nature of assignments is up to individual teachers.


It is important for you to understand that we will continue to manage this crisis and our teachers and staff want Home Learning to be a successful and effective experience for students. This is a real test for our school district and I truly believe that our students are ready for some new experiences. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing us into uncharted territories, to that end I ask for your patience and understanding while we learn, adapt and grow in our new reality. In all likelihood, every day and week will look different as we see what is working well and what we need to change.  


On Monday, March 23 our teachers will continue their Education Reimagined Home Learning planning in collaborative online settings. As you are aware, there won’t be any instruction on Monday. Students will hear from teachers on Tuesday, March 24, when Home Learning begins


If you have a device at home that is not BHUSD issued, you may use it. You do not need to collect a BHUSD device for Home Learning. Home Learning is accessible from any device using wifi.


If a student does not have access to a laptop/charger (3-12) or workbooks (TK-2), they can pick these items up at Horace Mann Elementary School on Monday, March 23, between 10:30am - 12:00pm. Access to the campus will be through the Hamel Drive Auditorium Gate only. Stay in your car on Hamel Drive and we will come to you. 


If you are without internet access/wifi at home, please email David Damico our Interim Executive Director of Technology directly at ddamico@bhusd.org


Please read through this communication carefully as it answers a number of questions our community have raised.


Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy


California Department of Education Guidelines for Distance Learning:


BHUSD Home Learning Website:



Communication to Students:

  • Communication to students regarding work and assignments including all other 3rd party applications (eg. Flip Grid) will be communicated through the following:

    • Grades TK-2: Seesaw and Consumables (workbooks)/Parent Email

    • Grades 3-5: Google Classroom/BHUSD Gmail/Google Hangouts/Meet

    • Grades 6-8: Google Classroom/BHUSD Gmail/Google Hangouts/Meet

    • Grades 9-12: Google Classroom/BHUSD Gmail/Google Hangouts/Meet


Communication to Parents:

  • Please keep in mind that ideally, teachers will communicate directly with students so as parents you may not hear from teachers much like at school. We are encouraging you to engage directly with your child and support them reaching out to their teachers with questions. We want to empower our students during this time. TK-2 teachers will communicate directly with parents to reach their students. 


Home Learning:

  • Our goal is to provide families and students with academic resources to continue instruction.

  • You will receive communication regarding Home Learning directly from teachers. 

  • Our attendance will be based off student work completed.

    • If students are not completing assignments and meeting the virtual meeting times/ collaborations, then this must be documented. 

  • All functionality is now active on BHUSD devices. 

  • To help keep your students organized, utilize this planner template - Click Here.  

  • For resources to enhance student learning, tools and more information about Home Learning please Click Here 


Technology:

  • New! For immediate support please click on the Tech Support blue box on the homepage of your school's website from 7:30am-4pm Monday to Friday.

  • Please email tech@bhusd.org for troubleshooting technology issues.


Food Accessibility: 

  • Any BHUSD student that needs food or receives a District provided lunch can receive to-go lunches at Horace Mann Elementary School Monday through Friday between 10:30am - 12:00pm through the Hamel Drive Auditorium Gate only. This is free for both free and free/reduced groups. If you are a parent or guardian, you must bring the student with youStay in your car on Hamel Drive and we will come to you. 


College & Testing: 

  • Please visit bhusd.org/COVID19/ and click on College & Testing for up to date information from our College Counselor as to how we will be impacted. 


Extending School into Summer:

  • Due to the passage of Senate Bill 117 we will not need to extend school into summer. 


Safe Practices, Helpful Tips, How to Talk to Kids and Helpful Links:

  • These are all updated regularly and can be found at bhusd.org/COVID-19 when you click on the relevant areas. 


COVID-19 Diagnosis:

  • If you are an employee and you are diagnosed or if you are a parent and your child is diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please report this to Student Services (Phil Wenker, pwenker@bhusd.org) and your Principal or direct supervisor. 


Emotional Support:

  • Email is not checked outside of school hours. If you are emailing with a serious and immediate concern regarding a student (yourself or a friend), please call 9-1-1. If your concern needs immediate attention, support is also available by contacting the providers listed below.

    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255

    • Crisis Text Line: text word “HOME” to 741-741 

    • Maple Counseling Center (310) 271-9999

    • LA County Mental Health Services: (800) 854-7771

    • The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386

  • For BHHS Students, you will still be able to access the Norman Aid Student Support Center by scheduling a virtual counseling session through the following link. Our virtual counseling sessions will be supported by our Counseling Interns and Maple Counseling Center while being supervised by Mrs. Norman-Franks. For more information visit the Norman Aid website


I need additional help, who do I ask?

  • Please see below. 


Response to Gov Newsom

Dear BHUSD Community, 

 

Thank you for your support over the last 48 hours. Our teachers, parents, staff and students have jumped on board with great attitudes and I am so proud of our school community. We are now officially physically shut down. Home Learning begins on Tuesday, March 24. 

 

Many of our teachers and administrators across the District met in small groups and online in Google Hangouts to plan Home Learning yesterday. Imaginations are running wild with new, innovative ways to bring instruction to all students. This is truly a time for our District motto to ring true - Education Reimagined! 

 

I sincerely hope that you will all take Spring Break to recharge, rest and recuperate. You will not hear from the District Office, staff or administration until Monday, March 23 unless there is an urgent message that must be communicated. Teachers will begin communicating with students and parents regarding Home Learning on Tuesday, March 24. 

 

Don’t forget that all of our COVID-19 communications and information, including new pages such as Safe Practices and Helpful Tips (eg. What is Social Distancing? How to get wifi access if you don’t have it) can be found at bhusd.org/COVID19/

 

Take care,

Dr. Bregy

Superintendent 

 

Social Distancing

Dear BVMS, Hawthorne and Horace Mann Parents,

 

If your child did not bring their device/charger (3-12) or workbooks (TK-2) home yesterday you have 2 opportunities (planned so far) for you to collect them.  

  1. Today, until 1pm you may go to BVMS (library), Hawthorne and Horace Mann (front office) to collect your child’s device/charger or workbooks. 

  1. As per our communication last night, on Monday, March 23, you may go to Horace Mann Elementary School on Monday, March 23, between 10:30am - 12:00pm. Access to the campus will be through the Hamel Drive Auditorium Gate only.  

Please try and enjoy your Spring Break, we will be in touch regarding the launch of Home Learning before it begins on Tuesday, March 24. 

 

Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy

Superintendent

Dear BHUSD Community,

It is important to me that you go into Spring Break tomorrow with some peace of mind regarding how BHUSD will be impacted by the growing concerns around COVID-19. As of today, March 12, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in BHUSD. However, out of an abundance of caution, we must take preventative steps now to ensure our community stays as protected as it can.


Given this, BHUSD is deploying plans to ensure our community is both prepared for the likelihood of long-term disruption and is protected from the virus. To that end, today, each student was sent home with Home Learning (devices/workbooks) in the event that it was necessary to change the delivery of our instruction. That time has come. The following information applies to all users of our facilities, BH City Programs that use BHUSD facilities, the ESL Program, City Pre-School, BHEF, and all events during this time. 

 

This evening, BHUSD is making the following announcements:

  • Starting tomorrow, March 13 at 1pm, BHUSD will be physically shut down until Sunday, April 5. This includes every school site and the District Office. Employees - Please contact your immediate supervisor if you are unsure as to whether you need to physically report to work. 

  • During this time we will undertake a thorough cleaning of all schools.  

  • On Monday, March 23, there will be no instruction. Teachers will utilize this day via online communication tools to collaborate and plan Home Learning. 

  • Any BHUSD student that receives a District provided lunch can continue to receive to-go lunches at Horace Mann Elementary School starting Monday, March 23, between 10:30am - 12:00pm through the Hamel Drive Auditorium Gate only. 

  • If a student needs to access a laptop/charger or they were absent today when their workbooks were made available, they can pick these items up at Horace Mann on Monday, March 23, between 10:30am - 12:00pm. Access to the campus will be through the Hamel Drive Auditorium Gate only. 

  • On Tuesday, March 24, Home Learning for all BHUSD students will begin. See below for more information.  

  • All field trips, activities, concerts, performances, conferences, and gatherings will be suspended through at least Sunday, April 5

  • All athletic events will be canceled through at least Sunday, April 5. This includes both games and practices.   

  • We will physically reopen all BHUSD Schools and the District Office on Monday, April 6, unless we announce otherwise or Government Agencies indicate we must remain physically shut down. 


Home Learning starting Tuesday, March 24:


  • In terms of curriculum, each core subject a student is enrolled in and each elective course will be delivered via Home Learning. For example: 4th grade students will receive curriculum in Math, English, Social Studies, Science and MakerSpace, Art, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, and Physical Education. Middle and High School students will receive curriculum/instruction for every class in which they are enrolled. 


  • Teachers will utilize Monday, March 23 to collaborate and plan Home Learning via online communication tools. Teachers will communicate to all their students by the morning of Tuesday, March 24 with their expectations for that week. For 3-12 graders, their work will be turned back into the teacher electronically (via email or Google Classroom) by Friday, March 27. Every Monday teachers will release additional work to be completed by students and turned in by Friday. BHUSD staff will be able to answer questions regarding instruction and provide technological assistance via email during their regular working hours.


  • Instructional staff that provide services to our students who receive special education and related services will make every effort to deliver the service minutes indicated in each student’s IEP utilizing the platforms available. When services return to the classroom setting, IEP teams can meet to determine if compensatory services are needed. 

 

I know these decisions will introduce some difficulties to many of our families. We have made them with the understanding that the full gravity of this situation is still unknown. Please understand that the purpose of this decision is to fulfill our responsibility to our broader community by taking every possible step to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.


It is imperative that after Spring Break you implement all necessary precautions including self-quarantine, social distancing and all suggested CDC actions. This is not an extended vacation. We all share in the duty and obligation to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 


If you are an employee and you are diagnosed or if you are a parent and your child is diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please report this to Student Services (Phil Wenker, pwenker@bhusd.org) and your Principal or direct supervisor. 

 

Have a safe Spring Break. Be sure to take time to rest and recuperate. Please look out for further communications as more information becomes available.  

 

Respectfully, 

Dr. Bregy

Superintendent

 

BHUSD is physically shut down

Dear BHUSD Community, 

 

Today, March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. As of today, we do not have any confirmed cases at BHUSD. We will take this day by day, our COVID-19 Response Plan has been activated. Until we announce otherwise we look forward to seeing you on Monday, 23rd March refreshed and ready to get back to school! 

 

We are currently experiencing an unpredictable time in our history as a nation and as a school district. I realize you are facing many questions. Thank you for all that you are doing to support BHUSD.

 

As we prepare for Spring Break I need to relay some important things to you. 

  1. Please take all necessary precautions to protect yourselves and our community from COVID-19 and any illness. 

  1. If you visit a country or place (keep in mind, the CDC could declare warning areas within America) that is at Warning Level 3 or Alert Level 2 according to the CDC you must report this to Student Services (Phil Wenker, pwenker@bhusd.org) and your Principal. 

  1. Your child will be required to stay home and away from fellow students for 14 days after your return to Los Angeles and before coming back to school. This is the standard self quarantine period recommended by the CDC. At the moment these countries include China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan. Any absence due to quarantine or illness will be excused.  

Please check here for up to date travel warning information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

  1. We must be prepared for all scenarios which could include Home Learning. Depending on the grade level, this is a mix of online and workbook learning. Just as we have drills for other emergency situations we need to prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore, we will be sending all students home for Spring Break prepared, just in case! 

  • Grades TK - 2 will take home consumable workbooks.

  • Grades 3 - 5 will take home their school laptops. 

  • Grades 6 - 8 will use their devices at home, if they do not have access to a device please contact Kevin Allen and we will provide one to take home. 

  • Grades 9 - 12 - will take home their issued devices. 

  1. Finally, as the CDC continues to communicate, the most important preventative measure is to wash your hands. Our teachers also continue to promote frequent hand washing among students especially before they eat. Please refer to the graphic below if needed. 

Please expect to hear from us if anything changes however, for now, enjoy your Spring Break.

 

Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy 

Superintendent
 
How to wash your hands

Dear BHUSD Community,

 

I hope you had a restful weekend. We want to alert but not alarm you that the number of COVID-19 test kits will likely increase exponentially this week. This may result in many more diagnosed cases. The risk is the same as right now however, the ability to diagnose new cases will give us a much better picture of where we stand in regards to confirmed cases of COVID-19. Please remember that we have plans and protocols in place and we will continue to work side by side with the CDC, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and LACOE to remain prepared and keep you updated. 

 

Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the 4th Grade day trips to Sacramento this week. Over the weekend some school Districts in the Sacramento area decided to close and as always, the health and safety of our students come first. Will will continue to monitor all planned school trips and events and inform you if any further changes are made. 

 

Good News - We now have a dedicated area on all school websites and the District website for COVID-19 Updates. We have deliberately waited to do this as it is paramount that I convey to you that the CDC and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are the best places for you to obtain up to date, verified information pertaining to COVID-19. 

 

The new website area includes all District Communications about COVID-19, a Toolkit for How to Talk to Kids, an FAQ, Spring Break protocols and other helpful information. Please visit bhusd.org/COVID19/ to access this.

 

How to talk to kids

 

As Laura Chism, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, communicated in our update last week, it is inevitable that someone from BHUSD will be exposed to the risk of COVID-19. However, it is important to note that we unknowingly are exposed to threats to our health every day. We will remain vigilant about investigating all reported cases. For example, last week it was brought to our attention that a group of our students from BHHS privately attended the AIPAC conference in Washington DC. Notable political figures including Vice President, Mike Pence, spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy conference. 

 

According to AIPAC President, Betsy Berns Korn, “another group of attendees from New York was potentially in contact prior to the conference with an individual who contracted the coronavirus. The individual did not attend the Policy Conference. The group has been added to the self-quarantine list.” AIPAC worked closely with the DC Department of Health to assess the risk to the other 18,000 attendees of the conference. The DC Health Department considered it a low-risk exposure. 

 

At that time (March 5) BHUSD decided not to recommend self-quarantine for the conference participants as per the guidelines from the CDC and DC Health Department. No student reported coming in contact with these specific people amongst the 18,000 other participants, nor did they report any symptoms of illness. 

 

On Friday, March 6, the District of Columbia Health Department announced that two people who participated in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual conference tested positive for coronavirus. 

 

The District of Columbia Health Department stated, “Based on our investigation thus far, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDH), there is no identified risk to conference attendees at this time,” in the release they went on to say “DC Health has been in communication with NY about the two positive cases. They were asymptomatic, meaning they were not experiencing symptoms like fever or cough, while they were in DC. The information provided to us by NY indicates that both cases have no identifiable risk for anyone exposed to them.”

 

The DC Health Department released the following similar statement:

 

“Based on our investigation thus far, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDH), there is no identified risk to conference attendees at this time. All attendees and members of the public are urged to follow the well-established prevention tips like staying home if sick and calling ahead to a health provider if experiencing symptoms. We will work with AIPAC leadership to keep all attendees informed of any new developments.”

 

BHUSD learned on Saturday, March 7, that 30 George Washington University students who also attended the conference were advised by The DC Health Department that they did not need to self-quarantine. As situations of BHUSD exposure arise each one will be handled on a case by case basis. 

 

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available, especially before Spring Break. 

 

Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy

Superintendent

Dear BHUSD Community,

 

Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty. There is not currently a COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in the United States. There are no known cases of COVID-19 in our District. We continue to participate in daily meetings and calls to best prepare for an outbreak and to support our community. We would like to remind you that the State of Emergency declared on March 4, 2020 by the Governor was preparation-based, not because an outbreak currently exists. An emergency proclamation is designed to focus resources and expedite government response. 

 

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). 

 

We are prepared with plans and protocols in preparation for the possibility of school closures however this is not a current concern. 

 

FAQ

The information we provide to you about COVID-19 will change rapidly. Today, the following FAQ should help provide some clarity however be aware that we will update you with any new information as it evolves. 

 

What is the most important thing to do?

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! 

 

How is Spring Break impacted by COVID-19? 

Remember to rest and recuperate! Please take all necessary precautions to protect yourselves and our community from COVID-19 and any illness. 

 

If you visit a country or place (keep in mind, the CDC could declare warning areas within America) that is at Warning Level 3 or Alert Level 2 according to the CDC you must report this to Student Services (Phil Wenker, pwenker@bhusd.org) and your Principal. Your child will be required to stay home and away from fellow students for 14 days after your return to Los Angeles and before coming back to school. This is the standard self quarantine period recommended by the CDC. At the moment these countries include China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan. Any absence due to quarantine or illness will be excused.  

 

Please check here for up to date travel warning information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

 

Should we stay home if we have a fever? 

This is a great idea. We recommend that all children and staff members with a fever of (>100.4 F / >38C) or higher should remain home from school and other activities until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the assistance of medication.

 

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.

 

What if someone at BHUSD is exposed to the risk of COVID-19? 

This is unfortunately inevitable. However, it is important to note that we unknowingly are exposed to threats to our health every day. We will remain vigilant about investigating all reported cases. Should a confirmed case of COVID-19 exist in BHUSD we will work in consultation with the expert government agencies listed above to take the necessary next steps. This situation will be handled on a case by case basis. 

 

If I decide not to send my student to school or come to BHUSD will absences be excused?

We understand community concern about student health and safety. Some families have asked about keeping their own child home based on the fear of contracting COVID-19 at school. This is certainly an option any family may consider. However, per Education Code at this time, we are unable to mark an absence excused for this reason. Our normal protocol remains in place. If a student is out for an extended period of time, a doctor’s note may be required. We have asked principals to work with teachers to provide makeup work for students. Any absence due to quarantine or illness will be excused. 

 

Will you cancel school activities and events? 

No. Until there is guidance from the expert government agencies listed above or we have an outbreak that warrants this decision we will continue all school activities as scheduled. 

 

Will you cancel school trips?

No. Until a travel advisory is issued for the specific location or advice given by the government agencies listed above or we have an outbreak that warrants this decision, we will not cancel any trips. 

 

Will you close schools?

This is an extreme measure that would be disruptive to our students, staff and families. This decision would be made in consultation with the expert government agencies listed above. 

 

How should I talk to children about Coronavirus?

We are working on a full set of useful tools and will send you an email with this once it is ready. For now, keeping calm and reducing fear is essential. 

 

Where should I check for information?

Please use only official government agency outlets to obtain information, for example:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

 
Who can I call?

Student Services on 310 551 5100 ext. 2250. 


We will continue to update you as soon as additional information becomes available. 

 

Sincerely,

Laura Chism

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services 

Dear BHUSD Community,

As we continue to monitor developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) through information given by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and various public health organizations we are working closely with governmental and local agencies. We assure you that we are preparing plans for various levels of concern.

As of this morning (3/4/20) Los Angeles County has declared a local emergency regarding Coronavirus due to six new cases (for a total of seven in the county) which were reported overnight. This is a routine measure the County is taking to access additional resources and funding and to facilitate inter-departmental communication.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff are our priorities so we want to relay to our families that, at this time, we are continuing to be vigilant about this situation. We will maintain communication with County school and health officials and will provide ongoing updates to you.

Below are some examples of ways we are conducting illness prevention and planning for different levels of concern:

  • We are communicating with BHUSD staff, including groups like Student Services and our Custodial staff, and reviewing procedures and protocols for assessing students and staff with possible fever or flu, and best practices for illness prevention.
  • We are working with sites and our Facilities Department to inventory and maintain supplies like disinfectant, soap, and paper towels.
  • We are working with school principals to encourage best practices among students and staff such as washing hands, covering coughs, encouraging students and staff with fever or flu symptoms to remain home for 24 hours fever free, and making sure that people who are sick are not stigmatized.
  • We are meeting regularly as a Cabinet to update our Pandemic Response Plan should it be required.
  • The CDC and County Public Health Department is not recommending the cancellation of public events or travel within the United States at this time. We will continue to take our recommendations from officials, but parents and students can opt out of events or travel-related school trips, if they choose. In the event that the CDC and public health agencies recommend stronger measures, we want to reassure our community that we are meeting and planning for contingencies to continue student learning and education.
  • We will continue to work with governmental and local agencies so that accurate information is provided to our District community in a timely manner and we will take appropriate action, as needed. Please visit the County of Los Angeles Public Health's webpage for FAQs and other resources: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

Helpful links:
Finally, as a reminder, the best prevention against any virus is to wash our hands often. Please make sure to wash your hands as frequently as possible. As always, we thank you for your ongoing support.

Take care,
Laura Chism
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services

Dear BHUSD Community,

We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation.

 

There is currently no known threat of COVID-19 to Beverly Hills. 

 

You may be aware that the disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concern for South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Travel warnings for China have not changed, and the CDC has lowered its level of concern for travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additional details about these warnings can be found on the CDC website.

 

At this time there have not been any travel advisories pertaining to locations our BHUSD school trips are going. 

 

As a parent/guardian it is, as per every trip, at your discretion as to whether you send your child. Until we receive warning from the CDC, LACOE, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health or other states and governing bodies regarding traveling to the locations we will be going, no trips are canceled. 

 

We have increased the cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. We remain diligent in our efforts to clean frequently touched surfaces and objects such as desks, keyboard and doorknobs. Additionally, you will see a significant increase in hand sanitizer throughout our schools over the next week. There is a mix of dispensers to maximize efficaciousness. 

 

The CDC also recently shared that the coronavirus may begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now. We are working with county school and health officials to establish protocols for schools in the event that coronavirus does spread in Beverly Hills. More information will be shared as this plan develops. In the meantime, current information about the coronavirus/COVID-19 is available on the CDC and The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health websites.

 

At this time, students and school staff should go about their daily lives and practice the same precautions they normally take during cold and flu season. To help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, follow these important tips: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

 

As a reminder, all children and staff members with a fever of (>100.4 F / >38C) or higher should remain home from school and other activities until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the assistance of medication. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus/COVID-19 and flu, follow these important tips:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

  • Get vaccinated every year

 

Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.

 

BHUSD will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. If you have questions about these topics, please contact Student Services on 310 551 5100 ext. 2250.

 

The safety of our students and staff is a priority, and we thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us maintain a healthy and safe learning environment.

 

Sincerely,

Laura Chism

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services 

Dear BHUSD Community,

As promised we are staying in contact with you regarding the coronavirus. Currently, there is no threat of the coronavirus in BHUSD, should this change we will contact you immediately. Please see below an infographic and the most recent press release from The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

If you have any concern that you may be impacted please follow the infographic and inform the District immediately. If you have further questions please contact Student Services on (310) 551-5100 ext. 2250/2241 or see http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.

Take care,
Beverly Hills Unified School District 


"Public Health Confirms First Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in Los Angeles County

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed the first case of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Los Angeles County. The infected person presented themselves for care once they noticed that they were not feeling well and is currently receiving medical treatment. There is no immediate threat to the general public, no special precautions are required, and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel if they do not have symptoms of respiratory illness. Los Angeles residents, students, workers, and visitors should continue to engage in their regular activities and practice good public health hygiene as this is the height of flu season across the County. Public Health is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal, state and local agencies to monitor this novel coronavirus that has emerged from Wuhan, China over the past few weeks. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

Additional information about the case
• This person is a returning traveler from Wuhan City, China.
• The person has been confirmed to have this new strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by the CDC.
• The person is currently receiving appropriate care at a local hospital. In order to protect patient privacy/confidentiality, Public Health is not releasing the location.
• Public Health officials are working to identify persons who may have had close personal contact with this individual, including any friends, family members or health care professionals, to monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness and to take measures to prevent spread of the virus."

Dear BHUSD Community,

Here at BHUSD your health and safety is our number one prioritytherefore, it is important that we communicate with you whenever there is concern. As you may be aware there is a new coronavirus (explained below). Currently, there is no threat of the coronavirus in BHUSD, should this change we will contact you immediately. Please see below some information from The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health regarding the coronavirus and important information about staying healthy. If you have any concern that you may be impacted please follow the steps below and inform the District immediately. If you have further questions please contact Student Services on (310) 551-5100 ext. 2250/2241 or see http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.

"The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is cooperating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to recent reports of a novel (new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others that circulate mostly among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Common symptoms in an infected person include a fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Since December 2019, Chinese authorities preliminarily identified more than 440 human infections, including 17 deaths, associated with this novel (new) coronavirus in an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. In addition, novel coronavirus infections have been confirmed in four travelers who traveled to or came from Wuhan City, including one traveler in the United States located in Washington State.

Because this is a new virus that we know little about, and person to person spread has been confirmed, on January 18, the CDC initiated screening of travelers from Wuhan City at JFK airport in NYC, SFO airport in San Francisco, and LAX airport in Los Angeles. These three airports were selected because they are the initial U.S. destinations for the vast majority of travelers from Wuhan City. Beginning this upcoming weekend, CDC anticipates expanding airport screenings to Atlanta and Chicago and requiring all travelers from Wuhan City to enter the United States through one of the 5 airports in the U.S. where there is enhanced screening.

Public Health staff is assisting the CDC to ensure that travelers from Wuhan City that have a fever or respiratory illness symptoms upon arrival to LAX are appropriately screened, tested and receive care. Travelers from Wuhan City who are not ill upon arrival are being provided with a card that includes information on symptoms and advised to seek care if they become ill while visiting LA County. While there is no cure for this virus, our hospital partners and clinical providers will be able to test and care for ill travelers to minimize transmission and severe illness. Public Health issued a new health advisory informing local healthcare providers in LA County of the current situation on January 17, 2020. Our team from Acute Communicable Disease Control (ACDC) will continue providing updates and working with local healthcare providers as the situation evolves.

While there is much more to learn about the severity and other features associated with this novel coronavirus, and investigations are ongoing in China, based on current information, the risk from the novel coronavirus 2019 to spread in Los Angeles County residents is deemed to be low at this time.

If you or someone you know is planning on traveling to Wuhan, the following are important steps to take:

  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

If you or someone you know has traveled to Wuhan and feel sick, please:
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others, except for seeking medical care.
  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

If you work at a hospital, it is recommended that you:
  • Follow standard environmental infection control procedures for healthcare settings.
  • Ask all patients about recent travel.
  • Post signs that ask students and families to follow standard hygiene practices, such as:
    • Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not on hand.
    • Covering their nose and mouth with their elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoiding touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Limiting close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick." The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health