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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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  • Board of Trustees Emergency Meeting (3/13/20)

    Posted by Erick Steelman on 3/13/2020 12:30:00 PM
    I am writing to inform you that the Board of Trustees has called an emergency meeting for today, March 13, 2020, at 1:00 pm at the District Office - Board Room.  The Board will be discussing Resolution No. 31-19/20:
     
    Authorization Needed to Take Any And All Necessary Actions to Prepare and Respond Effectively to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Declaring Emergency Conditions Exist at El Monte Union High School District
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  • Update to Families & Students (3/12/20)

    Posted by Erick Steelman on 3/12/2020 12:00:00 PM

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    Dear El Monte Union Families and Students:
     
    As concerns grow over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are committed to taking every precautionary measure necessary to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students and staff.

    Over the past two weeks, we have been receiving ongoing guidance from state and county public health officials. In that time, District leadership – which includes union presidents, our head nurse and District and site administrators – has met to discuss what actions we must take to maintain the safety and well-being of our school community.

    While there are no known cases of the respiratory illness in El Monte Union, we are dedicated to minimizing exposure. At this time, all EMUHSD schools will remain open and we will continue to provide students with a quality education.
     
    However, out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with guidance from public health officials to limit large public gatherings and nonessential student travel, we are taking the following actions across all schools effective immediately:


    ATHLETICS

    • Mission Valley League scheduled athletic competitions will continue and will be revisited week-by-week.
    • All other scheduled athletic events, including invitationals and tournaments, will be canceled until further notice. 

     

    ASSEMBLIES

    • All assemblies will be canceled or postponed until further notice.
    • Use of facilities, including auditoriums, will be restricted to personnel and students.

     

    CO-CURRICULAR EVENING PROGRAMS/EVENTS

    • All school-sponsored programs and events for students – including dances, plays and performances – will be postponed until further notice.

     

    FIELD TRIPS AND TRAVEL EVENTS

    • All field trips scheduled during the instructional day and after school and overnight or out-of-state/long-distance field trips will be postponed or canceled.

     

    OPEN HOUSE

    • Arroyo, Rosemead and South El Monte high school open houses will be postponed.
    • A decision for El Monte, Mountain View and Fernando R. Ledesma high school open house events will be made by Monday, March 23.

     

    AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

    • After-school programs – including LEARN, library hours and tutoring – will continue until further notice. All LEARN field trips will be canceled until further notice.

     

    PARENT WORKSHOPS

    • School and district parent workshops will be postponed until further notice.

     

    The health, safety and well-being of our students, families, staff and community is our top priority. We want to thank you for your understanding and ongoing support as we navigate this delicate situation, which is new to us all.
     
    We will provide updates as new information becomes available. Please check our website regularly.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Edward Zuniga Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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