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BHUSD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Fall 2020
 

The purpose of this document is to provide answers to some common questions regarding the reopening of BHUSD schools. All planning and protocols are consistent with and will adjust to changing applicable state and local public health orders. 

 

IMPORTANT: Please be advised that some of these items listed in the Frequently Asked Questions are subject to negotiations with our union groups.

 

We will be adding to the page as more information becomes available and changing areas that are impacted by the LACDPH order.

 

We understand there will be childcare and scheduling issues for parents and staff, we are doing the best we can to operate within the confines of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the law in CA. 

 

A specific ILC FAQ can be found here - https://www.ilc.bhusd.org/faq

 

Now that LIVE@BHUSD has been announced I would like to revoke my application for the ILC, what do I need to do?

On Monday morning, July 27th, after the 8am deadline to apply, you will receive an email asking you to either move forward to revoke your application. This will be your final opportunity to do this. 

Who is making health and policy decisions related to COVID-19 for our County?

The executive order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, calling for California residents to stay at home, with exceptions for attending to essential needs, is a statewide order. A presidential Major Disaster Declaration also acknowledged the scope of this crisis and bolstered California’s emergency response efforts.

In line with these orders and measures, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) recently tightened restrictions on public and private gatherings. LACDPH is required by California law to take measures necessary to prevent the spread or occurrence of additional cases of specific diseases or any other contagious, infectious, or communicable disease. As part of this mandate, LACDPH is responsible for health and related policy decisions.

LACDPH is working with and taking guidance from the Governor, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to inform and support our state and county, including BHUSD. For questions about COVID-19, County health guidelines, travel advisories, quarantines and other government agency related questions, visit or call:

Roadmap to Recovery - Click Here

Learn More About COVID-19 - Click Here

CDE Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California's Public Schools - Stronger Together - Click Here

LA County Road to Recovery Most Current Health Officer Order: See What It Means for You - Click Here

Public Health Order - Click Here

Why did BHUSD physically close schools to students and the public?

The Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) physically closed our schools and facilities to students and the public in alignment with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines and the Executive Order N-33-20 on March 19 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom. The pandemic warranted swift action to prevent the spread of illness. The public health crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic continues throughout Los Angeles County and the State of California.

What if conditions change?

The district will continue to monitor closely the guidance from federal, state, and local authorities and coordinate our actions and responses with expert health agencies and other Los Angeles County school districts.

What is the anticipated opening date of schools?

School starts on Monday, August 17.

How will I receive information from BHUSD and schools, and where do I go for questions?
 
Although the district office and school sites are closed to the public, education is an essential service and our district office remains open with some staff while following all health agency guidelines. For questions related to your child specifically, please email your principal. Please review the information on the BHUSD website
bhusd.org and the Independent Learning Center website ilc.bhusd.org.

BHUSD and school principals will continue to stay in touch with families during this time through email or other forms of established communications. Updates will be regularly posted on BHUSD website social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in the BHUSD Aeries Parent Portal. If you have unsubscribed to District or school emails, you will not receive updates. To re-subscribe, connect
through the following link: https://beverlyhillsusd.asp.aeries.net/Student/LoginParent.aspx
What schooling options are available for my child?

BHUSD is currently planning on offering students two options: a virtual learning option called the Independent Learning Center and the LIVE@BHUSD model. Click here for more information. More details will follow once they are determined pending negotiations with our teachers.  

To summarize:
 
Option 1 - The ILC
 
 

 

Option 2 - LIVE@BHUSD

Click Here For More Information 

 

If I don't choose an option what will happen?

 

Your child will be placed in the LIVE@BHUSD Option. 

 
What support will my child have if we choose the 100% virtual learning (online-only) option - Independent Learning Center?
 
ILC FAQ: Click Here
 
What if APEX doesn't offer an elective my child is enrolled in?
 
You will be asked to change for this semester to something APEX does offer and we will do our best to ensure you can take that elective next semester or next school year depending on availability. 
 
Can my child take non BHUSD electives offered by APEX?
 
No, even though APEX offers options outside the current curriculum, for example, German and Latin in middle school, students will not be able to take them because those courses won’t be supported when school goes back to regular in-building classes. So they would end up taking German 1, but there’s no German 2 offered in BHUSD, which is not the available foreign language instruction at BHUSD.
 
Has APEX been successful in the past by BHUSD and over the summer by BHEF?
 

Yes, BHUSD and BHEF Summer School teachers have delivered instruction through the APEX Learning curriculum, which was very successfully received

 

Can my child return to school full time? 

 

No. Due to the restrictions dictated by the order from the LACDPH, we cannot facilitate all students full time. We cannot deviate from an order. Click here for the order.

 
When do I have to make a final decision on whether my child will be in the ILC or LIVE@BHUSD Option?
 
July 27th at 8am. 

What if we start in the ILC option, but decide that we would prefer to put our child in the LIVE@BHUSD or vice versa?

By applying and agreeing to enroll your student in the Independent Learning Center, you have agreed to keep your student there for the first semester - to minimize disruption for all students. In extenuating circumstances such as a confirmed case of COVID-19 or should the teachers deem the option chosen entirely unsuitable we will allow a transfer depending on availability of seats. Caution should be taken in moving from one model to the next as the pacing of both models, while similar, is not the same.
 
What if I want to Homeschool my child?

Each person between the age of 6 and 18 is subject to compulsory full-time education. Parents who opt to privately educate or homeschool their children must first properly file a Private School Affidavit (PSA) with the CDE (California Department of Education) Ed Code 33190. Then the BHUSD Director of Student Services, Ms. Chism, will verify that an affidavit was properly filed. For more information, parents/guardians may access the CDE’s “Schooling at Home” web page located at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ps/homeschool.asp which includes information about filing the PSA as well as educational resources.

If my child has an IEP, how will they receive their accommodations and services in the ILC? 

Students with active IEPs or 504s may participate in the ILC. If that choice is made, the IEP or 504 team should schedule a meeting to reevaluate present goals and accommodations.


Additionally, under the guidance of the California Department of Education (CDE) and the U.S. Department of Education, the District is collaborating with our teachers and support staff as we work to meet the needs of students with IEPs. CDE has established a workgroup of special education practitioners and other experts to help brainstorm best practices that they plan to share in the coming weeks. We’ll continue to keep our families informed and continually review how we can best support our students with special needs. For questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher(s) and/or principal.

How will grades be determined?
 
Grades will be determined based on the student’s mastery of the content standards, as shown through their performance on assessments, projects, and assignments. Attendance will also be taken in both models. 

Will elective options and classes be the same if we choose online-only?
 
Not all the elective courses offered by BHUSD in the LIVE@BHUSD model will be offered through the - APEX curriculum. There are also a wide variety of elective courses that are only offered in the Independent Learning Center.
 
If my child is enrolled in the online-only model, can they still participate in extracurricular activities?

Yes, if the activities are permitted.
Does the District provide technology for us?
 
Yes, at BHUSD we provide every student with a device, iPads for TK-2nd grades, and laptops for the 3rd-12th grades.
 
I do not have wifi access, what do I do?
 
If you are without internet access/wifi please contact David Damico, Executive Director of Technology at ddamico@bhusd.org
 
Are you providing tech support?
 
Yes, even throughout the summer, from 7:30am - 4pm, Monday to Friday, you can go to your school website and click on the blue "Tech Support" button. Alternatively, you can email tech@bhusd.org for troubleshooting help. 
What counseling services will be available for students if they need someone to talk to? 
 
The district will continue to provide counseling via both models. We have expanded our offerings to BVMS students also. Please see the Reopening Plan for more information. Through the ILC online appointments can be made in collaboration with our NormanAid Wellness Center and the Maple Counseling Center. More information about the ILC support can be found here - https://www.ilc.bhusd.org/wellness-at-home
 
What support can parents receive?
 
The Maple Counseling Center has offered consistent free support to all BHUSD parents. To access this please call 310-271-9999, X3 or 310-271-9999, X5.
 
How will you address the Social-Emotional impacts of COVID-19?
 
Within the classroom, whether virtual or physical, our staff will continue to be actively engaged with students both academically and in support of social-emotional wellness. This will be done through age-level appropriate interactions and sessions from our school counselors. 
 

The outbreak of COVID-19 can result in various forms of stress, especially for students who may be struggling to process all of the implications of this health challenge and the impact of physical and social distancing. We have identified resources that may be helpful for students and families. This includes information about available BHUSD supports, how to talk with children and teens about COVID-19, community mental health providers and resources, maintaining a sense of connection, and other healthy practices. Please visit this resource at http://bhusd.org/covid19/. Please see the Reopening Plan for more information. 

 

If you have serious and immediate concerns regarding a student (yourself or a friend), please call 9-1-1.

 

Support is also available here:

 

- 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

Is BHUSD working with local organizations? 

BHUSD continues to work hand in hand with expert health officials and other local and state organizations. Furthermore, we are in constant communication with our surrounding school districts, private schools, the Maple Counseling Center, the City of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) and Beverly Hills Fire Department (BHPD) and governing bodies such as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), the California Department of Education (CDE), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Los Angeles County of Education (LACOE).

Communication related to the 2020-2021 school year and updates may be found by clicking here.

Communication related to the 2019-2020 school year and updates may be found by clicking here.

Do I need to re-enroll my child for school?
 
To be able to enter fully virtual ILC - ilc.bhusd.org - you need to apply through this website, you must already be enrolled in BHUSD which can be done by clicking here
What support is the District offering through the summer and beyond?
 
Any student, including both free and free/reduced groups, may receive their to-go lunches at Horace Mann Elementary School every day between 10:30am - 12pm through the Hamel Drive Auditorium Gate only. This is a drive-up service, please don't exit your car. All lunches include an entree, milk, fruits, and vegetables. When we physically return to school recess and lunches will likely be staggered. If you are an ILC student you can still receive your lunch through the system above. 
When will students be able to participate in extracurricular sports? 
 

BHUSD wants to return students to activities as soon as it is safe to do so, but we are required to follow health and legal guidelines. This is not a decision that BHUSD can make alone. At this time, CIF has indicated the December is the earliest this will return. 

What will the classroom look like?


When students come back physically, per the order from the LACDPH our plan is to set up each classroom to ensure that everyone is maintaining a physical distance from one another. This means more space and fewer students in the room than what we’ve had in the past. The most recent recommendations are for a range of 10-16 individuals in any given space at any given time. With that said it will depend on the size of each classroom. A team, including site principals, experts from our Think Tank and District Administration is visiting each school to discuss classroom physical distancing measures and plans. Desks will be facing the same direction per public health recommendations. Furthermore, plans for student pathways are in progress at sites including egress/ingress, hallways and common areas like bathrooms and drinking fountains. Visual reminders like dots, X’s, and signs are being planned in preparation for the return to school. 

 

How often will air filters be changed? Are classrooms able to keep doors and/or windows open? If so, will the air conditioning/heat still work?


Air filters will be changed on a regular basis. We will continue working closely with the Beverly Hills Fire Department once we receive the LACDPH order to assess the feasibility of allowing doors to be left open for both the decrease in doorknob touching and air circulation. We are aware that many windows at Horace Mann Elementary do not open, this is being addressed currently.  Teachers who can open windows may for added air circulation but this will impact the air conditioning and/or heating air filtration and performance depending on the weather conditions.

 

How is the district preparing our school facilities for reopening?

 

Sanitizing procedures using special sanitizing products have been put in place to keep high touch areas such as doorknobs, doors, handrails, drinking fountains, classrooms and bathroom facilities as clean as possible. Hand Soap and paper towels will be available where there are handwash sinks. Easy to clean furnishings will be used in classrooms. Soft furnishings that cannot be easily cleaned for the most part will be assessed and potentially removed.

 

Will students be able to use the drinking fountains?

 

No, students will not be able to drink directly from a drinking fountain, but drinking fountains at all four schools have been fitted with refrigerated, filtered bottle filling dispensers. Students will have access to water on campuses, but we strongly recommend parents send their child with a labeled, refillable water bottle each day.

 

How often will the classrooms be cleaned?


Cleaning protocols are being developed in order to provide for the health and safety of all students and staff. Cleaning supplies and PPE have been purchased in order to maintain health and safety in our schools. The facilities department is also reviewing protocols and purchasing equipment to keep our schools clean and sanitized.

 

Will visitors and volunteers be allowed on campuses?


Currently, non-essential visitors, including parent volunteers, will be limited and essential workers will be required to adhere to all health and safety guidelines. BHUSD will ask parents to assist staff in providing a safe environment. Preferred routes of communication with school personnel are via email, phone, or virtual remote meetings. In extreme cases, in-person meetings will be conducted by appointment only. Communications regarding excusing absences will need to be made via email or a phone call.

 

What will physical distancing look like when students enter and leave the school?


The goal of the school is to provide physical distancing throughout the school day, including arrival and dismissal. Steps will be taken to educate students about physical distancing. Staff are planning and coordinating gates, lineup procedures and pathways that will encourage physical distancing among students. These guidelines will be continually reviewed with health experts and updated to respond to any changing health conditions.

 

Will staff and students be required to wear face coverings, is it masks or shields?


Currently, face coverings are required in all public places in Los Angeles County. If they do not already have them, teachers and students will be provided face masks (and/or shields) for instructional purposes as well as health and safety. 

 

Will students be required to wash their hands?


Frequent handwashing with soap and water is recommended in preventing the spread of the virus. All staff and students will be encouraged and given time to wash their hands throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will be available, over Spring Break we installed multiple additional hand sanitizer stations, we also encourage students to bring their own hand sanitizer if age-appropriate.

 

What other health and safety protocols will be in place?


Public Health officials continue to promote handwashing as one of the best ways to reduce infection. Communication and training will be provided to all students and staff on the importance of frequent handwashing, physical distancing, PPE and the use of hand sanitizer.

 

How will the schools ensure that students maintain physical distance outside of the classroom?


Each school will focus on keeping students in cohorts (the same smaller group of students), whenever possible, to reduce the number of students mingling with one another. Schools will utilize multiple locations for students to enter and exit the campus, this change in our safety procedure is being reviewed to ensure security is maintained at all times. The number of students allowed in a restroom at any point will also be limited. Students will be reminded and encouraged to practice good habits when it comes to health and safety.

 

Will the District provide individual materials for each student (scissors, pencils, glue, sharpeners, erasers, etc.)?


Students will be encouraged to bring their own individual supplies that they use in the classroom and keep with them from day to day. Families are encouraged to provide a small materials bag. If students are unable to bring their own supplies, we will support alternative arrangements. The district also recommends that each student bring their own labeled refillable water bottle and personal face covering.

Will afterschool activities be running? 
 
Please contact each entity directly for up to date information.