El Monte Union Adopts 100% Distance Learning Model for Fall 2020

  • Parents and Guardians: We need an updated email address for you.

    Without that email, you will not receive the link to enroll your student.

    Please call the school if we do not have one on file. 

    Padres y tutores: Necesitamos sus correos electronicos actualizados.

    Sin el correo electronico no recibira el link para registrar a su hijo/a.

    El Monte Union High School District’s (EMUHSD) Fall Semester Instruction

    Schedule/Calendar and Registration Process

    El Monte Union’s number one priority is providing every student with the highest quality
    education, while protecting the safety and well-being of all who enter our campuses, which is
    why we will begin the fall 2020 semester with an online distance learning model.

    All EMUHSD schools will start on August 18, 2020, with online distance learning until at least
    October 16, 2020, at which time a review of COVID-19 data will be used to determine whether
    schools can open for in-person instruction or continue with our online distance learning format.

    Given the current health and safety guidelines due to COVID-19, we have eliminated in-person
    registration at this time. Through the combined efforts of our schools and district administrators,
    we created a new online registration process for the 2020-21 school year.

    To streamline the process, the District has created a way for families to submit all required
    registration documents online. The new online tool will be available to students enrolling in any
    school within the El Monte Union High School District. There will be multiple support
    opportunities made available to assist parents with this new registration process if needed.

    Note: For families who may have more than one child registering, families must complete an
    online registration for each child.

  • Details of the Online Distance Learning Model
    ● The fall semester will be divided into 2 terms: Fall 1 & Fall 2.
    ● Students will take 3 classes during each term.
    ● Students will take their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd period classes during Fall 1.
    ○ Fall 1 starts on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, and ends on Friday, October 16, 2020.
    ● Students will take their 4th, 5th, and 6th period classes during Fall 2.
    ○ Fall 2 starts on Monday, October 19, 2020, and ends on Thursday, December 17,

    ● All classes will be 80 Minutes in duration (240 minutes of daily instruction is required by
    Ed. Code)

    Calendar for our Two Term Fall Semester:

    Note: The scheduled start and end dates for the two-term schedule will remain the same for either Hybrid
    or Online Distance Learning models.
    ● Our new online registration system is projected to begin on August 6, 2020.
    EMUHSD’s Online registration will include the following:
    1) Registration Packets will be replaced with an online registration process which features
    formal translation, as well as all documents typically delivered in our paper packets, will
    be delivered via email, once the registration process is fully completed. (Note: All details
    regarding this new streamlined online registration process will be sent out to families
    next week, as well as posted on every school district website.)
    a) Electronic documents to be completed by parents/guardians include:
    i) Student Enrollment Form
    ii) Annual Notification to Parents
    iii) Student Agenda
    iv) Lunch Alternative Income Verification Form
    v) Home Language Survey
    vi) Access for All Learning Initiative

    2) Virtual Counseling Appointments with students will start on the following dates at each
    NOTE: School sites will contact students with virtual appointment details.
    Arroyo HS, El Monte HS, Mountain View HS, Rosemead HS, South El Monte HS:

    ● Seniors: August 6
    ● Juniors: August 7
    ● Sophomores: August 10
    ● Freshmen: August 11
    ● Make-ups: August 12

    Fernando R. Ledesma High School

    ● August 6

    Adult Transition Center

    ● Incoming students: week of Aug 3-7

    Each school site will inform students of when books and instructional materials will be
    available for pick as well as when any other school site paperwork is due.

    On behalf of the entire El Monte Union High School District, we thank our families for
    your patience and understanding of all these necessary adjustments to keep our
    students & staff safe, while honoring social distancing guidelines.

  • El Monte Union High School District will begin the 2020-21 school year on a 100% distance learning schedule, with the option of transitioning to a hybrid model later in fall semester should health conditions improve.

    Under the District’s Reopening of Schools Plan – approved by the Board of Trustees during its July 15 virtual board meeting – students will take three classes from Aug. 18 to Oct. 16 (Fall 1 term) and three classes from Oct. 19 to Dec. 17 (Fall 2 term).

    While Fall 1 term will be completely online, Fall 2 term could see students return to school should conditions improve. The District will monitor local and state health data, reassess the schedule by Sept. 25 and make a recommendation to continue with a distance learning, hybrid or an in-person instructional model on Sept. 28.

    “There is no perfect model that will beat in-person instruction, but under these fluid conditions, we need to rethink, reinvent and reimagine what learning and teaching look like while ensuring the health and well-being of our school community,” Superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga said. “Working in collaboration with our teachers, staff, union partners and administrators, we have developed a rigorous distance learning plan that will allow students to continue their education from home and is adaptable to changing health conditions.”

    Under Senate Bill 98, the District must engage in daily instruction, monitor student progress and maintain school connectedness. To guide its planning efforts, the District created a Reopening of Schools Taskforce, which includes administrators, teachers, union representatives, classified staff, parents and students.

    The District also solicited feedback from students, parents and staff through surveys. A second survey was released earlier this week to gauge their preferences for instruction and comfort level with returning to school given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County. The city of El Monte has the highest number of positive cases in the San Gabriel Valley.

    “Right now, it is clear that is not safe to physically return to our campuses and we want to honor the concerns of our staff, families and students,” Zuniga said. “We will take an incremental approach to our decision-making and use our plan as a blueprint for how to safely move forward.”

    Ongoing updates on the reopening of schools are available here.