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  • Free Summer Meal Distribution for El Monte, Rosemead, South El Monte (6/17/20)

    Posted by Juliette Funes on 6/17/2020 12:00:00 PM

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    Summer grab-and-go meals will be available to community members 18 years of age and younger. 

    Meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis based on availability.

    No ID is required for students. It is recommended that children be present when parents are picking up meals. For parents who cannot bring their children to pick up meals, the District may limit the number of meals and school staff may seek verification of student enrollment to avoid duplicate meals. Please wear facial coverings.

    Summer meals will be distributed at the following locations:

    MONDAYS, 9 A.M. TO NOON

    • Payne Elementary School, 2850 Mountain View Road, El Monte 91732
    • MADRID School, 3300 Gilman Road, El Monte, 91732
    • Twin Lakes Elementary School, 3900 Gilman Road, El Monte 91732

    TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS, 10 A.M. TO NOON

    • El Monte High School, 3048 Tyler Ave., El Monte 91731
    • Arroyo High School, 4921 Cedar Ave., El Monte 91732
    • Mountain View High School, 2900 Parkway, El Monte 91732

    MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 9 A.M. TO NOON

    • Durfee School, 12233 Star St., El Monte 91732
    • Gidley School, 10226 E. Lower Azusa Ave., El Monte 91731
    • Potrero School, 2611 N. Potrero Ave., El Monte 91733
    • Shirpser School, 4020 Gibson Road, El Monte 91731

    MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 9 A.M. TO NOON

    • Savannah Elementary School, 3720 Rio Hondo Ave., Rosemead 91770
    • Muscatel School, 4201 Ivar Ave., Rosemead 91770

    MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 9 A.M. TO NOON

    • Shively Middle School, 1431 Central Ave., South El Monte 91733 

    Food banks in the community will be available to families: 

    • Our Savior Center, 4368 Santa Anita Ave., is open Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • ERA (Emergency Resource Center) at the Jeff Seymour Family Center, 10900 Mulhall St., is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
    • God’s Pantry (delivery available), 151 N. Fenimore Ave., Azusa. First Saturday of the month
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  • UPDATE: Car Parade Diploma Events to Commemorate Class of 2020 (5/26/20)

    Posted by Juliette Funes on 5/26/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Dear Class of 2020 and Families,

    Over the next few days, your school administration team will be providing you with specific guidelines for the Class of 2020 Car Parade Celebration, during which seniors will officially receive their diplomas and have their photos taken. We are looking forward to seeing all graduating seniors and their immediate families on June 4. 

    Please remember that these events are made possible as a result of last week’s decision by the LA County Department of Public Health to allow schools to proceed with car parades as long as participants adhere to all health orders, including social distancing and the wearing of face masks at all times.  

    To help you prepare for the event, I am providing you with the following important guidelines, which will be enforced at all school sites:

    • One vehicle will only be allowed for each graduate and their immediate family.
    • No over-sized vehicles, including motor homes, “party buses” or limousines, will be permitted.
    • Riding on the back of a truck is not permitted. Vehicles must be enclosed (no motorcycles, convertibles with the top open, golf carts or bicycles).
    • Transportation will be provided to graduates and their immediate family if they are in need of a vehicle. Please contact your school principal for more information.  
    • Each graduate will receive a scheduled time to arrive on campus for the car parade. Early arrivals will not be permitted to enter.   
    • All graduates will wear their cap and gown upon arrival. Please contact your school administration if you are in need of a cap and gown.  
    • All family members must remain in their vehicles at all times. Family members will not be permitted to leave the vehicle to take photos. Schools will have a photographer available to take pictures of each graduate.  
    • Face masks must be worn if any windows in the vehicles are open. 
    • Graduates must wear face masks upon exiting their vehicles to receive a diploma, including while having photos taken.
    • The District has a zero-tolerance policy on the possession, consumption, or sale of alcoholic beverages or any restricted substances, including tobacco.

     

    Plan ahead - there may be delays during the parade route. It is recommended that you stay hydrated and use the restroom prior to arriving.

    For more information on the LA County parade rules, please click here.

    The streaming of a virtual celebration program will follow at 7:30 p.m., enabling families to watch from home. More information will be provided by your schools.

    Although these events will allow us to safely celebrate our graduates in the interim, please know that we have every intention of holding traditional in-person commencement ceremonies in November, or as soon as it is safe to do so. 

    Thank you all for your cooperation, support and understanding as we close out the 2019-20 school year. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Edward Zuniga
    Superintendent 

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  • Car Parade Events to Commemorate El Monte Union Class of 2020 (5/22/20)

    Posted by Juliette Funes on 5/22/2020 9:00:00 PM

    To our El Monte Union students, families and school community:

    As you may know, Los Angeles County announced today that it has relaxed some of its public health restrictions and will now allow school districts and other organizations to host car parades celebrating graduations and other special achievements.

    We are elated to hear this news and are excited at the opportunity to celebrate our Class of 2020 with our community! 

    As such, we are working with our principals and administrative teams to carefully plan events that adhere to social distancing requirements and safely recognize this special class of seniors. 

    (Please click here to learn more about LA County’s specific regulations.)

    Our plans are very preliminary at this stage, but we anticipate planning car parade events – which would be restricted to individual graduates and their immediate families only (no spectators) – at each of our school sites on June 4.

    As part of the requirements, only one vehicle per graduate will be permitted throughout the event. Graduates, donned in their caps and gowns, will receive their diplomas during the parade. All individuals – parents, students and staff – will be required to wear masks. 

    To ensure crowd/vehicle control and safe flow of traffic, graduates and families will receive a scheduled time to report to their respective sites.

    The streaming of a virtual celebration program will follow at 7:30 p.m., enabling families to watch from home.

    Again, we are still in the planning stages and hope to share more information with you all next week.

    We look forward to celebrating with our Class of 2020!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Edward Zuniga
    Superintendent 

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  • A Message to Our Class of 2020 Families: Graduation (5/15/20)

    Posted by Juliette Funes on 5/15/2020 2:20:00 PM

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    Dear Class of 2020 and Senior Families,

    We are in the final leg of the 2019-20 academic year, usually a joyous and celebratory time during which our seniors close the final chapter of their high school careers and look forward to the next stage of their academic and personal endeavors. 

    Unfortunately, as Los Angeles County Public Health Safer at Home orders continue to prohibit large public gatherings and mandate social/physical distancing for the foreseeable future to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is clear to me that we are a ways from being able to safely gather groups of students, staff, and families. 

    The current order does not allow any exemptions for graduation gatherings of any type –  the use of cars for drive-by events, even if it is one student at a time, for example, are considered public gatherings and therefore prohibited.

    The health and safety of students, staff and families are our top priority and we must adhere to these orders. As such, we have no choice but to postpone our June 4 commencement ceremonies.

    Please know that El Monte Union High School District remains committed to having traditional graduation ceremonies when it is safe to do so. After taking this new information into account and working in collaboration with student leadership, principals, and district administration, I want to share plans for El Monte Union High School’s Class of 2020’s graduations:

    • We will postpone all traditional graduation ceremonies until November 2020 (week of Thanksgiving Break).
    • On June 4, schools will commemorate graduation through a virtual senior activity paying tribute to the Class of 2020. Each school will provide details and information about the activity to all seniors and their families.  
    • All senior activities will adhere to the current Safer at Home Order.  
    • The District has worked with each high school on a schedule for seniors to pick up their cap and gown and other senior memorabilia.
    • Based on a recent survey completed by nearly 900 seniors, the District will plan activities and events to celebrate seniors if and when it is safe to do so. 
    • Diploma pick up will be done at each school site by APPOINTMENT ONLY on June 4 and June 5.

     

    Please monitor your email, school, and district social media accounts and emuhsd.org for updates and information regarding graduation and information for seniors. 

    I want to thank everyone who brought their best thinking and creative problem-solving in contributing to this decision, especially our senior student leaders who brought the voices of their classmates to the table. I know how important this time of year is and the significance of graduation merits. I also acknowledge this has not been the senior year that our students have been looking forward to in so many ways, both large and small.

    To our seniors, I thank you for your sacrifice, resilience, and continued optimism in the face of unprecedented adversity. I remain inspired by you and look forward to celebrating graduation with you.

    We are #SeniorStrong!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Edward Zuniga
    Superintendent 

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  • District to Extend Distance Learning for 2019-20 School Year (4/2/20)

    Posted by Juliette Funes on 4/2/2020 5:10:00 PM

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    Dear El Monte Union Community,

    The health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and community is our top priority and drives every decision we make. As we do our best to anticipate the challenges that come with this public health crisis, we know that ongoing social distancing is critical to protecting our community.

    As we mentioned yesterday, El Monte Union will follow the latest guidance from the governor and state and county education leaders to keep our campuses physically closed to students for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We will continue to provide all students with rigorous instruction through our distance learning program until the end of the spring semester, which concludes June 4.

    This decision was not made lightly and we understand that it poses hardships for our students, working parents and our District team. It is not an ideal situation, nor is it one we would have wanted for our students, who we believe are best served in the classroom. But we also believe it is the best option for slowing the spread of COVID-19, protecting our community’s health and ending this crisis sooner rather than later.

    Continuity of instruction                                                                                                     

    Although our students will not be returning to campuses, our team of educators are putting all efforts into strengthening our delivery of instruction through a robust, high-quality distance learning program and ensuring continuity through virtual tools.

    We are mindful of the obstacles that may get in the way for some students, including limited internet access, the responsibility of having to care for siblings and the lack of school structure. We are working to address some of those issues, and our educators are revising lesson plans and innovating ways to deliver those lessons to support achievement

    Students will have the opportunity to master standards that have been presented over the school year and improve their grades for the spring semester from the safety of their own homes. It is crucial that students engage in their learning and communicate with their teachers on how to excel academically.

    Second grading period spring semester grades will not be posted or mailed home, but student progress will continue to be available through School Loop. Second grading reports for seniors will not be reported to colleges or universities.

    California institutions have agreed to accept credit/no-credit or pass/fail grading for college entrance courses and other courses without impacting GPAs. The state is also extending flexibility on such items as testing requirements, timing of transcripts and considerations about financial aid.

    Class of 2020 Commencement

    We are committed to celebrating the achievements of our Class of 2020 and are doing everything in our power to ensure our graduates get the recognition they deserve as they conclude their high school journey.

    Due to circumstances beyond our control, however, we are postponing graduation ceremonies. With the continued health and safety of our community in mind, we are assessing best options and are putting together a senior student leader advisory committee to explore ways in which to celebrate our seniors, both virtually and in a public setting, if it is safe.

    To our seniors, we know concluding your last year of high school from home isn't what you wanted. It's not what we wanted. We know how important these moments of joy – including senior activities, prom and especially graduation – are to you, your friends and families. But we are committed to recognizing your achievements and will keep you updated. In the meantime, we will be launching a Senior Spotlight e-newsletter, featuring student academic updates, co-curricular and post-secondary successes.

    We are committed to you

    Despite the disruption this pandemic has caused to all of our lives, please know that El Monte Union stands with you.

    Our administrative leaders and essential staff are working to ensure the business of the District, including its grab-and-go meal distribution program, is carried out faithfully. Our educators are working from the safety of their homes as we prepare our facilities for a safe return in fall 2020. And our dedicated Board of Trustees continues to support our community and guide our efforts.

    It has been a trying time for us all, but I want to thank you for your understanding and support as we learn to adapt to this new, but temporary, way of life.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Edward Zuniga
    Superintendent

     

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  • An Update for Our El Monte Union Community (4/1/20)

    Posted by Juliette Funes on 4/1/2020 5:00:00 PM

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    Dear El Monte Union Community:

    State education leaders this week released guidance to school districts that they close their campuses for the remainder of the school year, but continue providing instruction through a strong distance learning program.

    Today, Los Angeles Office of Education Superintendent Debra Duardo recommended that school campuses remain physically closed through the end of the academic year.

    El Monte Union, along with our K-8 education partners, had initially set May 5 as our tentative return date. However, as a collective, we anticipate moving forward with the county’s recommendations to physically close our schools as it appears to be the best – and safest – path forward for our students, families and staff. Additional details will be provided tomorrow.

    Please know that like you, we want our students to return to our campuses, engage in regular academic and social activities and celebrate milestones, such as graduation, together. But the safety and well-being of our students and staff remain our top priority and we will explore our alternatives to celebrate our students, including our seniors, the way they deserve to be.

    As we continue our school dismissal period, our team of educators are strengthening our delivery of instruction through distance learning and ensuring continuity through remote tools, blended online learning programs and printed materials.

    To ensure a safe return to school sooner rather than later, it is incumbent on us as members of this community to practice safe social distancing and stay home as much as possible.

    I want to thank you for your patience, support and understanding as we navigate this fluid and dynamic situation. We will get through this together.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Edward Zuniga
    Superintendent

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  • El Monte Union to Extend School Dismissal through May 4 (3/20/20)

    Posted by Juliette Funes on 3/20/2020 3:10:00 PM

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    Dear El Monte Union Parents and Students:

    I want to begin by thanking you for your patience and support as we navigate this fluid and dynamic situation and learn to adapt to a distance learning instructional model. 

    Our team of educators and support staff – from our teachers and counselors to our nutrition services staff and custodial teams – have worked incredibly hard to ensure our students have access to a robust learning program and the resources necessary to ensure their success while at home.

    To protect the health and well-being of our students and staff, and in response to the new “Stay at Home” and “Safer at Home” orders issued by the state and county, respectively, on March 19, only essential employees will be required to report to work. All other employees will continue to work from home and remain on call.  

    In keeping with the orders and to promote social distancing efforts, we will be extending the temporary school dismissal period through May 4, with a tentative return date of Tuesday, May 5, assuming the county’s order is lifted April 19. We plan to observe our scheduled Spring Break from April 13-17 and are hopeful to return the first week of May, if not sooner.

    This decision is supported by the Governor’s Office, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. 

    During the extended school dismissal period, we will continue to provide high quality learning opportunities, support and stability for all of our students. Our teachers and counselors are available to students through our online and digital platforms, including email and teacher websites.

    We will continue to distribute meals to children 18 years and younger from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday throughout the dismissal period at Arroyo, El Monte and South El Monte high schools.

    Please note that state assessments have been suspended. Please CLICK HERE for additional testing details (Español, Vietnamese, Chinese).

    To ensure these measures remain temporary, it is critical that everybody does their part to stem the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to the guidelines issued by federal, state and local authorities. These recommendations include practicing social distancing, avoiding public places, limiting contact with others and practicing good hygiene, including regular hand-washing.  

    We continue to work with public health and education officials to find the best course of action. We will keep you posted on any changes that may come. 

    As always, I want to thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support of our schools and District. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Edward Zuniga

    Superintendent  

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  • Meal Programs During Dismissal Period (3/20/20)

    Posted by Juliette Funes on 3/20/2020 3:05:00 PM
    During the extended dismissal period (March 16-May 4), El Monte Union - in conjunction with our partner elementary school districts - will continue to provide breakfast and lunch "Grab-and-go" meals to all children 18 years or younger from 9 a.m. to noon.

    A drive-up/walk-up curbside service will be available at the front of the schools. The student name and identification card are NOT required for access to school meals during this time, but they must be present. All students are eligible to receive a meal at one of the following locations:
     
    El Monte Union High School District
    • El Monte High School, 3048 Tyler Ave., El Monte, 91731
    • Arroyo High School, 4921 Cedar Ave., El Monte, 91732
    • South El Monte High School, 1001 Durfee Ave., South El Monte, 91733

     

    El Monte City School District

    • Potrero School, 2611 N. Potrero Ave., El Monte, 91733
    • Durfee School, 12233 Star St., El Monte, 91732
    • Gidley School, 10226 E. Lower Azusa Road, El Monte, 91731
    • Shirpser School, 4020 Gibson Road, El Monte, 91731
     
    Mountain View School District
    • Payne School, 2850 Mountain View Road, El Monte, 91732
    • Kranz Intermediate, 12460 Fineview St., El Monte,  91732
    • Twin Lakes School, 3900 Gilman Road, El Monte, 91732

     

    Rosemead School District

    • Encinita School, 4515 Encinita Ave., Rosemead, 91770
    • Savannah School, 3720 Rio Hondo Ave., Rosemead, 91770
    • Muscatel School, 4201 Ivar Ave., Rosemead, 91770

     

    Valle Lindo School District

    • Shively School, 1431 Central Ave., South El Monte, 91733
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  • An Update for our Families and Students (3/18/20)

    Posted by Juliette Funes on 3/18/2020 5:55:00 PM

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    To our El Monte Union students and families:

    The challenges that we are facing today are unprecedented – but even in times of crisis, I want to assure you that our teachers and staff are working hard to ensure our students continue to receive the best education possible and have access to the resources necessary for their success.

    Although our schools are on dismissal through March 27, we continue to support our students in various ways, providing assignments and continued enrichment opportunities through our distance learning program and providing daily meals through our nutrition program. Our teachers and counselors are available to students through our online and digital platforms, including email and teacher websites.  

    To do our part to promote social distancing, reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and well-being of our staff, we will be closing all school offices starting Thursday, March 19. Parents may continue to leave messages and we will respond as soon as possible.

    Please note, we will continue to distribute meals to children 18 years and younger from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday throughout the dismissal period at Arroyo, El Monte and South El Monte high schools. See our website for details.

    Many of you have inquired about the date for students to return to school. The Los Angeles County Office of Education had initially recommended a two-week school dismissal period until further notice.

    We anticipate an update on school closures from the County Superintendent of Schools by next week. 

    At this time, it is uncertain on whether we will return to school on Monday, March 30, but we are continuing with our scheduled Spring Break from April 13-17.

    However, I know our governor recently suggested that we should prepare for schools to be closed for the rest of the school year. Given the uncertainty we’re facing as a county, state and country in combatting the virus, we do not know if that will happen.

    We continue to work with public health and education officials to find the best course of action. We will keep you posted on any changes that may come.

    Our students and families are at the forefront of everything we do. I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this delicate situation that we are all facing.

    In the meantime, please stay safe, practice social distancing and follow the guidelines set forth by our public health officials.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Edward Zuniga, Superintendent

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  • El Monte Union Initiates Extended Dismissal of Students March 16-27 (3/13/20)

    Posted by Erick Steelman on 3/13/2020 4:30:00 PM

    Acting on the recommendation from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, El Monte Union High School District will be initiating an extended dismissal of students from March 16-27 to limit the spread of COVID-19.

     
    We would like to emphasize that at this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in our District.
     
    We know this decision will have a tremendous impact on our families, students and community.
     
    The District will take every step possible to ensure that students continue to receive instructional services and access to our free and reduced-price meal plans. Below, see answers to specific questions about our continuity plan.
     
    What is a dismissal?
    During this time, students will remain home. Teachers and staff will report to their worksites on Monday, March 16, at their normally scheduled time. More information will be provided at that time.
     
    Why a two-week dismissal?
    This allows the district to slow transmission of the illness while giving us reasonable time to re-assess the situation going forward.
     
    Will there be a spring break?
    At this time, we expect to hold spring break as scheduled. Spring break will run from April 13-17, 2020.
     
    Who does this affect?
    All high school students, including after-school programs and other extended learning options. The Adult Education instructional program and operating hours will continue until further notice.
     
    Does the District have an instructional plan in place?
    The District has been working for several weeks on a comprehensive instructional plan to address school closures. Students and parents will receive direct communication about this plan, through school email, and the District website by March 17.

    How will meals programs be provided?
    The District will continue to provide free and reduced-price meals that families may pick up and take with them at the following locations from 9 a.m. to noon: 
     

    El Monte Union High School District
    El Monte High School
    Arroyo High School
    South El Monte High School
     
    El Monte City School District
    Potrero School
    Durfee School
    Gidley School
     
    Mountain View School District
    Payne School
    Kranz Intermediate
    Twin Lakes School
     
    Rosemead School District
    Encinita School
    Savannah School
    Muscatel School
     
    Valle Lindo School District
    Shively School 

    Will state testing continue?
    At this time, this is unknown. However, the federal government, which requires such testing, has said it will consider waivers for districts if dismissals impact testing windows.
     
    What are the financial impacts?
    These are not fully determined, but the state indicates it will continue funding during these closures. There may be additional impacts related to providing services during the extended dismissal period.
     
    Will the Board of Education continue to meet?
    Yes, the Board will continue to maintain its regular Board meeting schedule but may hold meetings via teleconference under new authorization allowed by the Governor via Executive Order N-25-20. Members of the public will have the opportunity to make public comment during the Board meetings.
     
    How will I know if the dismissal is extended or other changes are being made?
    The District will continue to provide regular updates via our District and school websites, as well as through our other regular channels of communication – phone calls, email and social media.
      
    We would like to thank our staff, teachers and administrators for their dedication to our students and the community for its unwavering support.
     
    We know this is an incredibly difficult time for everyone.
     
    Our schools are the heart of our community, a second family to so many of us. But we know this is the right decision at this time.

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