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    News - Guidance on Novel Coronavirus

    April 2, 2020
    Dear Staff and Families, 
     
    You might have seen or heard that at the Governor's press conference yesterday and the remarks he made to the press, the day before, he stated that "school" will not resume before the end of the school year. "School" meaning we will not be delivering instruction face to face. 
     
    We recently communicated to our stakeholders that we would take public health's direction again and extend dismissal of students to May 1 as shelter in place was extended to May 3rd. 
     
    This extension of dismissal of students to the end of the year is new and not anticipated  information. The way this information was shared might have caused some additional stress for families.  
     
    It might appear that this decision is final and was made final by the Governor and State Superintendent. However, short of public health direction (which has been the direction we have taken thus far) and or an executive order from the Governor, the decision to extend dismissal of students until the end of the year is not final until each local education association/district makes it so. It is possible  that the Governor is requesting that school districts and counties follow his lead on this matter. However, I believe it is in our best interest to wait before acting on the Governor's lead until we are aligned with the public health department's direction around extending shelter in place, which also seems imminent.
     
    I know this is confusing. I have been working with Capital Advisors, ACSA, San Mateo County Superintendent Association and our County Superintendent to determine how best to interpret direction from different sources regarding our educational response to a health crisis. 
     
    All of that being said, it is probable that we will not resume face to face instruction prior to the end of the school year. 
     
    Our distance learning program will continue. We now have a longer runway. I am completely confident that we can do this for our kids and families. For those of you who are trying to work and support your students with distance learning, I can only say that I feel for you every single day. The stress of managing both the isolation and the fear are tough to manage.  We want to hear from you about how we can best support your family.
     
    You will have received an invitation to a parent support group that will be hosted weekly starting tonight. I can only imagine that the thought of juggling for even longer might encourage you to reach out to such a resource. I hope you do.
     
    When we return to distance learning Tuesday, April 7th you should expect new, detailed direction from your student's teacher(s) and increased opportunities to connect. I also anticipate that we will continue to get new information from the health department that will align with the closure of campuses through the end of the school year. 
     
    I have nothing but respect for how our staff has risen to the occasion for our students and families. I am sure you will get the best support they can possibly provide for as long as this situation lasts.
      
    Best,
     
    Dr. Beth Polito
    Superintendent
    March 31, 2020
    Dear Families,
     
    There is so much going on right now; unexpected events around us, trying to manage, for many of us, working from home, trying to support our children as they navigate distance learning and the underlying stress of a health crisis. During this unusual time it might be helpful to have some support from each other and district resources such as our counselors from Adolescent Counseling Services. We hope this service will become a weekly zoom opportunity for 10-12 families and our facilitators from ACS.
     
    Catherine Wohlwend, AMFT (Associate Marriage and Family Therapist) and her colleague Andrea Delariyala, La Entrada Counselor Intern will co-facilitate a parent group starting this Thursday, April 2nd from 7:00 pm. To 8:30 p.m. 
     
    The intent of the session is to focus on some concrete skills, get to know each other a bit and have time to dialogue and support each other. 
     
    Here is a little bit about Catherine and Andrea:
     
    Catherine has been the Site Manager at La Entrada since the start of this current school year. Her clinical focus is mainly on anxiety, perfectionism and relationship issues. "Mindfulness and self-compassion always guide my work. I, of course, adore working with adolescents due to their curiosity and energy, but I also have extensive training in couples counseling and when I'm not supporting La Entrada students, I work at a group practice called Empathi, in San Francisco where we specialize in couples counseling".
     
    Andrea has several years of experience working with kids with social-emotional struggles, even working in a therapeutic day school. She is passionate about supporting adolescents and has been supporting a full caseload this year at La Entrada while finishing her master's thesis. She is known for her attention to planning her sessions; down to ensuring we have the best glitter in stock for her art therapy interventions.
    We are thinking of you and hope you are taking care of yourselves as you care for others.
     
    Best,
     
    Dr. Beth Polito
    Superintendent
    Dear Families,
     
    Just to be clear, tomorrow and Friday remain teaching and learning days. April 6th will be a teacher planning day.
     
    Best,
     
    Dr. Beth Polito
    Superintendent
                                    March 25, 2020    
    Dear Families, 
     
    I hope this message finds you and your families well and managing this situation to the best of your ability. As I am sure you have heard, the dismissal of students and shelter in place have been extended to May 1st.
     
    Our spring break is next week, March 30-April 3rd. I am going to strongly encourage staff to take the entire week off to rest and rejuvenate for the four weeks of distance learning we will embark upon when we return.
     
    Per direction from the health department we are going to start locking the campuses to the best of our ability. While we also encourage you to get out and take walks, we do not want our efforts at social distancing to be hampered by people accessing our outdoor equipment and play structures as they are not cleaned daily and could increase exposure to families.
     
    During Shelter in Place the district and school offices will remain open for limited hours 10-1:00, with only essential employees present. If you wish to reach us please do so via email if at all possible. All staff members will be checking their email regularly.
     
    Our first foray into distance learning has gone well and I cannot thank the teachers and staff enough for their very thoughtful work supporting students, families and each other. We now have another four weeks of distance learning ahead of us.
     
    So what does that mean for Las Lomitas Elementary School District?
     
    In preparation for this, we have been working on a second phase plan that we are calling Distance Learning 2.0 (DL 2.0). We have gathered information on the successes and challenges of our first 8 days, considered feedback from staff, students, and families, reviewed state and county recommendations, and collaborated with other Districts who are on this journey with us.
     
    The need for planning time is essential for the successful roll out of this phase of teaching and learning. Teachers and staff will be allowed onto campuses on Thursday/Friday of this week and Monday, April 6th to gather materials and prepare for DL 2.0. It is likely we will also take another planning day April 20th as we plan for the last two weeks of distance learning.
     
    You will be receiving a message from your site principal on Friday about how to gain access to additional materials your student may need for the next couple of weeks.
     
    Please be on the alert for a message from your student's teacher about the detailed plan for the next two weeks of DL 2.0. It is likely that this direction will not come until teachers have had a chance to gather materials and do some planning.
     
    Lastly, a district team is meeting Friday to pull together a plan to provide support and resources for family emotional well-being during this time of uncertainty and isolation.
     
    Hang in there and know that we miss your students terribly and cannot wait to resume our traditional schooling model as soon as it is safe to do so.
     
    Best,
     
    Dr. Beth Polito
    Superintendent

    CHILD CARE: CHAMPIONS INVITATION

    March 19, 2020   

    Dear Staff and Families,

    New COVID-19 guidance from the California Department of Education indicates that child care and student supervision is a significant concern and area of concentration.

    We are lucky here in Las Lomitas Elementary District to partner with Champions to provide onsite child care at Las Lomitas School. During Shelter in Place, Champions can serve 12 students per class of which we have three (we could expand to other classes should the need arise).

    Champions has enough staff to support all three classes as well and could staff more classes again, should the need arise.

    Child care programs are being charged with providing support for essential worker children.

    Essential workers include those in these lines of work:

    What are "Essential Businesses"?

    The Order provides the following list of "Essential Businesses":

    1. Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure;

    2. Grocery stores, certified farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;

    3. Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;

    4. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;

    5. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;

    6. Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities;

    7. Banks and related financial institutions;

    8. Hardware stores;

    9. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;

    10. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;

    11. Educational institutions-including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities-for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible;

    12. Laundromats, drycleaners, and laundry service providers;

    13. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site;

    14. Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home;

    15. Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate;

    16. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences;

    17. Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;

    18. Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;

    19. Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children;

    20. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;

    21. Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions:

    • Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer ("stable" means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day).

    • Children shall not change from one group to another.

    • If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other.

    • Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.

    Champions will take children of the essential workers listed above starting Monday, March 23rd. The first 36 students who register will get the existing spaces. If we have a larger need, we will work together to expand to more classrooms on site. Families will not be able to "drop in". The same 36 students will have access in those classrooms for the duration of Shelter in Place. 

    If you are interested in registering for child care please register via this link. Sharon Pfeiffer, Champions Director, will then follow up with you shortly thereafter.

    Best,

     

    Dr. Beth Polito

    Superintendent

     

    March 16, 2020   

    Dear Staff and Families,

    You will have heard that new direction has been provided to us by the San Mateo County Public Health Department as of 1:00 p.m. today. 

    The order, which requires self isolation for all community members except essential business and services starting tomorrow and ending April 7th, will minimally impact our current plan for distance learning.

    School and district staff are considered essential when preparing or implementing distance learning. It is our plan to continue with our work of preparing for now 9 days of distance learning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th. All certificated and classified staff are invited to work on campuses if needed to continue preparing materials for both digital and in person distribution. 

    District office leadership will be sending out parent guidance about distance learning, a structure for the collection or delivery of materials including student medication, specialized equipment for a small number of students with specific needs and instructional materials for some students that may not have easy access to digital learning programs. Please keep your eyes open for this communication that will come out this afternoon.

    For the nine days that we are operating with only essential employees the school and district offices will be open modified business hours 10-2 and site administrators and teachers will be available via email. 

    We will continue to be available to families and staff and will do our best to respond to those needs in a timely fashion.

    Please take care of yourself,

    Dr. Beth Polito

    Superintendent

    Dear Staff and Families,

    The landscape of navigating COVID-19 took a significant turn this morning. We have been directed by public health order to transition from at-school group learning to distance learning starting Monday, March 16th. Schools are required to adopt a new instructional model in order to maintain proper social distancing as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    Our team has been planning for the inevitability of this action and as you know we have a staff planning day scheduled for Monday to work on the details of our instructional program in this new format. Due to this quick change in direction we will have no student days Monday and Tuesday next week and begin Distance Learning Wednesday, March 18th. Our staff needs more than one day to properly prepare for this significant shift in instructional practice.

    While we cannot predict how long the health crisis will last, we are hopeful that we will be able to resume regular classes on-campus on April 6th immediately following our spring break March 30-April 3. Should this change, we will keep you updated. 

    It is likely after our training/preparation days on Monday and Tuesday that we will establish a plan for one campus to remain open to staff and for students receiving unique or specialized services.  District and site staff will continue to work on our campuses to develop and implement Distance Learning Plans, while implementing social distancing protocols to protect their safety. Our staff will be working to create flexible learning options for students to use while away from school. These resources are not intended to replicate the in-class learning experience, but simply provide a small degree of educational continuity during the current public health situation.  We know that different families will have different time windows when students may be able to work on assignments. More details on the opportunities to join teachers in video chats, online discussions, and/ or office hours to support the at home learning will be communicated early next week. 

    We will also provide sack lunches for students who qualify for free and reduced lunches.
    We will update you with a schedule to pick up lunches, specialized services, and Distance Learning support materials, and medication by the end of the day Monday, March 16th.

    This landscape is rapidly changing and we are navigating it as best we can.  We anticipate that much in our plans will need to shift as a new reality becomes apparent and we will attempt to regularly communicate these changes to you.

    We need your help in helping your student to understand these decisions. It is expected that children, whether our youngest learners or our adolescent learners, will feel the pain of disappointment and loss when they think about aspects of school that they had been looking forward to that are now canceled. We understand that Distance Learning is not the same as the in-person learning they have come to know and love. And we can anticipate that some students may take this very personal impact of COVID-19 and realize the immense weight of the pandemic that they have been reading or hearing about. Be there, be present, and love your children. They may need you right now more than they are showing.

    We also ask for your patience, understanding, and grace as we adjust to the Distance Learning model.

    Remember, in order to slow the spread of this virus, we need to put into place practices that support the slowing of the spread such as:

    •     If you are sick, stay home and away from the non-sick especially if you have fever,            cough or sneezing.
    •     Cancel or postpone non-essential activities.
    •     Minimize your time in the general public (mall, theatres, other locations) especially large events.
    •     Wash or sanitize your hands regularly throughout your day.
    •     Avoid touching your face especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
    •     Be aware of your neighbors who live alone and provide support if needed.
    •     Together we can slow and maybe stop this spread but we each need to do our part and encourage one another to do the same.

    Thank you for your continued patience and support. I will remain the point of contact should you have any questions about the district’s program response to this Public Health directive.

    Best,

    Dr. Beth Polito

    Dear Staff and Families,

    I hope this message finds you and your family well. Updates regarding COVID-19 are coming in daily and sometimes more often than that and we are making every effort to keep all constituents informed to the best of our ability.

    No Student Day - Monday March 16th
    The district leadership team has decided to take a full day without students on Monday to work with our staff to prepare for a potential school closure and subsequent distance learning. 

    Sick Student/Staff Protocol - New Direction
    The SMC Health Department and other health officials are clear that the same precautions you would use for the seasonal flu, you should employ to guard against COVID-19. As recommended by San Mateo County Health:

    1. Cover your cough and sneeze. 
    2. Wash your hands frequently.  
    3. Avoid shaking hands and touching your face with unwashed hands. 
    4. If you are not feeling well or are experiencing cold, flu, or other symptoms, contact your primary care provider and stay home from school or work.  
    5. Like washing your hands, wearing a surgical mask may help a bit but you need to know that surgical masks don’t offer much protection when they are worn by people who are well. They are most helpful when worn by those who are already sick, so that they are less likely to transmit the disease to others. Surgical masks are already in short supply and should be prioritized for use in health care settings.  
    6. You should use a barrier, such as a paper towel or tissue, to touch commonly touched surfaces, such as bathroom door handles or elevator buttons.

    If your student is experiencing any (previous advice was about a fever only) flu symptoms, please keep your children home.

    Again, thank you for your patience.

    Best,

    Dr. Beth Polito

    Dear Families and Staff, 

    Non-Essential Meetings/Events

    The Board Meeting Wednesday, March 11th
    This meeting will take place at the District Office. Closed Session will begin at 6:30 and Open Session at 7:00. Our agenda has been amended to only include time sensitive item to reduce the need for more than essential staff participation.

    League Activities/Vendor use of Facilities/Field Trips
    We have decided to postpone League, sports and field trip events until spring break. Non school district entities who had scheduled to use our facilities for meetings will be asked to cancel or postpone them for the foreseeable future.

    Champions
    Champions will continue to provide on site child care and will work with the district to ensure students and staff are following the personal hygiene protocols set up recently.

    Thank you for your continued patience.

    Best,

    Dr. Beth Polito
    Superintendent

    Dear Staff and Families,
     
    I hope this message finds you and your family well. Updates regarding COVID-19 are coming in daily and sometimes more often than that and we are making every effort to keep all constituents informed to the best of our ability. I am in regular contact with the County Office of Education and San Mateo County Health Department regarding current guidance around our plans for essential and non-essential group events, facility/classroom cleanliness maintenance, potential exposure to COVID-19 and the district's response, dismissal of students/school closure and personal hygiene.
     
    Essential Group Events: Daily instruction will continue as normal
     
    Non Essential Group Events: Events that are deemed outside of daily instruction will be modified, postponed or canceled for the foreseeable future
     
    The following events will be postponed
     
    Week of March 16:
                -Parent education Night March 18th
                -LE Middle School Dance March 20th
     
    Facility/Classroom Cleanliness
    We have no new information about best practice in terms of keeping our schools and classrooms clean. We are continuing to take direction from our San Mateo insurance group, County Office of Education and Public Health.
     
    That being said, we are going to take advantage of the weekend to do a commonly touched surface cleaning with a bleach based disinfectant in all the classrooms and common spaces and starting next week custodians will be cleaning all classroom surfaces nightly.
     
    Potential Exposure
    Regardless of the reason why someone within our community might have had contact with someone presumed or tested positive with COVID-19, we are taking guidance from SMCOE and the Public Health department about providing access to our schools. On a case by case basis we are working with families as questions arise about those who have traveled, are arriving new to us or have had potential contact with a presumed or confirmed COVID-19 victim. In an abundance of caution we have made a couple of decisions this week to ask families to work with us to keep their students home in voluntary isolation.
     
    We have also been advised that sharing detailed information about individual family circumstances is not only inappropriate, it violates that family's confidentially rights.
     
    Dismissal of Students/School Closure
    While businesses and some non-public schools have chosen to close school for specific and short term interventions, nothing has changed for this topic for us. In the event of closure we will take guidance from the San Mateo Public Health Department.
     
    Personal Hygiene
    Your school Principal will be sending out a message to all staff this weekend to outline a hand washing protocol and schedule that will be initiated starting Monday. As I mentioned in the last message we have ordered more hand sanitizer for each classroom and common areas. We hope those items will arrive next week.
     
    Lastly, the San Mateo County Health Department has a public call center for general, non-medical questions about the virus that will operate from 7:00am to 7:00pm from Monday through Friday. Currently the contact number is 650-363-442, however we have been notified that the contact number will change to 211 in the coming days.
     
    Again, thank you for your patience.

    Best,
     
    Dr. Beth Polito
    Superintendent

    Dear families and staff,

    As many of you know there was a local school closure due to COVID-19 today at Menlo School (independent school). A staff member there had contact with a family member who tested positive for COVID-19. The closure through the weekend is intended for deep cleaning of the facility.

    I also just received the following message from the San Mateo County Office of Education regarding declaring local emergencies in order to help the county agencies to combat the impact of COVID-19. While the notice encourages sick students to stay home, we will continue to follow the protocol of sending students home  if they have a fever of 100.00 degrees or higher.  Our nurses and school leaders are trained to recognize a wide variety of  medical problems.  When necessary, a student's parent is contacted and the child will be sent home. We will continue to be vigilant in assessing and responding to student health concerns.  We are fortunate to have highly capable nursing with the expertise and information to make reliable health assessments during this unsettling time.

    The local emergency announcement highlights the need to keep our facilities clean. Our schools and school district are working tirelessly to ensure all classrooms, restrooms, water fountains and common spaces are cleaned and disinfected daily using approved, effective and safe methods. 

    We do not anticipate changing course unless directed by San Mateo County Health Leadership. While awaiting possible change in direction, district staff is working together to anticipate ways to provide distance learning. Lastly, district nurses, wellness coordinator and administration are meeting with all students this week to review personal hygiene protocols and appropriate and kind peer interactions during this health situation.

    Impact of San Mateo County’s 
    Local Emergency Announcements on Schools

    Redwood City, CA—The San Mateo County Office of Education will continue to collaborate closely with its partners in San Mateo County government to support the county’s 23 school districts, private schools, early learning community, and Community College District as they work to mitigate the evolving impact of COVID-19 in the Bay Area. Today’s announcement of the County’s two declarations of local emergencies will help the County step up those efforts.

    Yesterday, County Manager Mike Callagy proclaimed a local emergency in San Mateo County, and County Health Officer Scott Morrow declared a local health emergency. The Board of Supervisors will ratify both documents at its March 10 regular meeting. The declarations, which are part of the County’s COVID-19 response efforts, may help make the County eligible for certain state and federal financial and technical resources. Several other Bay Area counties have made similar proclamations. 

    While the declarations may help the County in its prevention and planning efforts, they do not represent a change in direction of how schools will operate at this time. Schools will continue to follow recommended hygiene and health prevention measures. For example, school campuses will remain vigilant in cleaning common areas such as bathrooms, water faucets, classrooms, playground equipment, and cafeterias to minimize the spread of germs. Staff and students who are sick will be encouraged to stay home. Schools will remind students and staff to wash their hands often, avoid touching their faces with unwashed hands, and cover their sneezes and coughs. 

    If San Mateo County Health releases additional or new guidance for schools, the County Office of Education will help schools and educators adopt new practices and communicate with families and staff.

    “Even though the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak is currently low, we are grateful the County of San Mateo is taking this important step to increase its prevention and planning efforts. We turn to San Mateo County Health for guidance and assistance in helping us support schools, so we are pleased they may have more resources to do this important work,” commented San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee. 

    The County Office of Education provides schools with communication, prevention, planning, and other support; coordinates school district planning efforts; and maintains a website with resources for educators and families. A PDF of this release can be found here.

    Thank you for your continued patience. 

    Dr. Beth Polito

    Dear Families and Staff,

    I hope this message finds you and your family well. News around COVID-19 seems to be changing quickly. Therefore please find up-to-date guidance and direction below:

    1. Travel and Student Registration

    Students who are arriving to us from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified countries will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days starting with the last person in the home's arrival. Anyone who is known to travel to any of the identified countries will be asked to initiate the same self-quarantine. Anyone who is arriving to us or traveling from identified countries will also be asked about their family's current health status by school staff. The school and district staff may make recommendations about start dates based on the information shared with us from each family.

    As you may become aware of other family's international travel please encourage them to contact the school to check in. I would impress upon you that each family's personal choices are just that and we all have very little control over what each other chooses to do. We can only control our own choices and our reaction to others. 

    2. Personal Hygiene and facility cleanliness guidelines

    Nothing has changed from the previous message about how best to combat contracting the flu of any variety. The CDC recommends the use of personal masks for those exhibiting flu symptoms and see no benefit of those who are healthy in wearing them. 

    As for classroom and school cleanliness, while current practices around janitorial and classroom teacher efforts are the only proven ways to kill germs, we have secured classroom sanitizers for every classroom and standing hand sanitizers for common spaces to supplement our current efforts.

    3. Student Absences

    Families who choose to keep their children home due to illness or concern about contracting an illness will be granted an excused absence. School staff will work with families regarding make up work using current absence related procedures. 

    4. School Closures

    In the event that a closure is directed by the County Health Department, we will make the necessary arrangements to continue teaching and learning to the best of our ability.  The Leadership Team has discussed multiple forms of delivery for primary, upper elementary and middle school students under such conditions and we will be prepared should the need arise.

    Thank you for your continued patience.

     

    Dr. Beth Polito

    Superintendent

    Dear Staff and Families,
     
    As you have likely noticed there seems to be an uptick in news coverage and subsequent concern over the progression of COVID-19. I have just met with the San Mateo County Superintendent Association, County Office of Education Superintendent Nancy Magee and County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow.
     
    We discussed the evolution of the virus, how it compares to previous pre pandemic/pandemic scares in the past and what, if any guidance has changed for schools and districts.
     
    While things may change quickly in terms of how the virus might impact our work, as of now, we are being guided to continue our programs as normal.
     
    That being said, our focus will likely be more strategic to the things we can control, such as:
     
    -Work with district and county resources to ensure our facilities and cleanliness procedures are in line with current recommendations
    -Continue to reinforce personal hygiene strategies that are in line with flu season protocols
    -Monitor, to the degree we can, student arrivals from high risk countries and ensure school/district support for any student who may need to receive home instruction
     
    A vital aspect of our work is to maintain a calm and safe learning environment for our students and staff. It is incumbent upon us all to set that standard of calm and positivity for our students.
     
    School closures have been discussed in the media and within our community. As of today we have no guidance or criteria to make such a decision to close schools. Despite the lack of direction at this time district staff is working collaboratively with districts across the county to prepare for continued instruction in the event of a closure.
     
    We commit to communicating with all our constituents factual and timely updates whenever possible.
     
    I am encouraged we operate in a county that has close relationships with our county office of education, county health department and all our neighboring districts. We will rely on each other for support and guidance as we navigate this difficult situation.
     
    I am including a message from the County of San Mateo Health Department. It includes very practical guidance for everyone now and if circumstances were to escalate.
     
    Thank you for your patience and support.
     
    Dr. Beth Polito
     

    Statement from the Health Officer

     Leer en español

    I share the concerns of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): we all need to be prepared for COVID-19 to spread within the United States. Our lives may be significantly disrupted by the measures needed to respond to a global pandemic. A pandemic is a global occurrence of an infectious disease. A pandemic is a disaster with unique characteristics. The two most important differences between a pandemic and other disasters are that the whole world is going through this disaster at the same time and people may become fearful of other people. The current COVID-19 outbreak clearly has the potential to turn into a severe pandemic. This is a difficult message to share, but it is important to recognize how difficult the times ahead may be.

    County Health continues to work with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our state and local partners to manage testing and monitoring of persons who have been exposed to COVID-19. But our focus is changing from a containment strategy to one of community mitigation-taking steps to lessen the impact of the disease. County Health and our public and private partners are increasing our ability to respond and are planning for a sustained response to COVID-19. I advise that individuals, schools, business and all other sectors of our community take immediate steps to be prepared. Now is the time for you to prepare.

    How the world operates during a pandemic is different from how the world operates normally. This is not business as usual. With a pandemic comes significant disruption to supply chains (the process of how things get from where they are made to where they are used), transportation, and travel. Even if the disease is not spreading in our area, we may face difficulty obtaining the goods and services we are accustomed to, public events may be cancelled, and our ability to travel might be restricted.

    San Mateo County Health continues to advise that the steps to prevent the spread of flu will also guard against the spread of COVID-19: cover your cough and sneeze, wash your hands frequently, avoid shaking hands and touching your face with unwashed hands, and if you are not feeling well or are experiencing cold, flu, or other symptoms, contact your primary care provider and stay home from school or work.

    Here are the most important things for you to consider to improve your personal and organizational preparedness:

    • What matters most is how households, neighborhoods, community groups, businesses, and other organizations prepare. What does that mean? Preparedness equals self-sufficiency.  Government will help where it can, but it may have a limited ability to respond directly due to the scale of the disruptions. 
    • Individual and community preparations should focus on three tasks-reducing each person's chance of getting sick (see both individual and more general public health recommendations below), helping households with basic survival needs during a pandemic, and minimizing and coping with larger disruptions in how the normal day-to-day world works.
    • All businesses and other organizations should now review their continuity of operations plans for how they will operate if their employees are unable to work and how they will interact with members of the public and prepare to implement these plans soon.
    • All medical facilities and providers should review their surge plans for how to handle increased numbers of patients and be prepared to implement.
    • Getting ready for a pandemic is largely about preparing for possible shortages. In a pandemic, supply chain disruptions are inevitable, but are also unpredictable.
    • Since it contains vital supplies, a good start is to make sure your earthquake kit is up to date and ready to go. Of course, having supplies beyond the typical earthquake kit is a good idea. What you decide to have on hand is based on your individual and family situation.
    • One likely shortage will be medications. You should attempt to obtain a couple of months supply for your critical meds.
    • If you have other critical supply needs, you should conserve them and stock up on them now.
    • Now is also the time to think about how you will care for loved ones at home if they or you are sick and how you would limit spread within the family.
    • Frequent and appropriate hand-washing is far from a perfect solution, but it's easy, under your control, and has no significant downside.
    • Like washing your hands, wearing a surgical mask may help a bit but you need to know that surgical masks don't offer much protection when they are worn by people who are well. They are most helpful when worn by those who are already sick, so that they are less likely to transmit the disease to others. Surgical masks are already in short supply and should be prioritized for use in health care settings.
    • You should use a barrier, such as a paper towel or tissue, to touch commonly touched surfaces, such as bathroom door handles or elevator buttons.

    I am not asking for implementation of the activities below at this time, and the implementation of these activities is not imminent, but these are the types of activities we may need to implement in the future:

    • Social distancing-staying at least 6 feet away from all other people and avoiding shaking hands-will be important
    • School closings present a particularly vexing social distancing dilemma but may be necessary to protect public health. These closings may be extensive and extended.
    • Event/mass gathering cancellation
    • Extensive increase in the amount of remote working or teleworking.
    • Under all circumstances, stop touching you face, eyes, nose, or mouth with your unwashed hands.
    • Rationing (a process of prioritizing distribution and use) of critical supplies may need to occur.
    • To get ourselves through the hard times that may be coming, your community may need volunteers. Think now about the skills you have and how can you help your community.
    • Other public health interventions that have been used with some effect in other countries include commandeering of both real estate or personal property, conscription, curfew, and cordons. It is unlikely that these interventions would be used here due to practical considerations.

    Scott Morrow, MD, MPH

    San Mateo County Health Officer

    February 27, 2020

    Welcome to the Las Lomitas Elementary School District

    The Las Lomitas Elementary School District (LLESD) is comprised of two award-winning schools in Atherton and Menlo Park, California.  Thriving in the community surrounded by Stanford University and many of Silicon Valley’s world-renowned corporations, entrepreneurs, and scientists, Las Lomitas Elementary (K-3rd grade) and La Entrada Middle (4th-8th grades) consistently rank among the top in the state.


    Please take a tour of our website to learn more about the district, our schools, and the people who make up this close-knit community.

    The Las Lomitas Elementary School District Adopts Statement on Diversity

    On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the LLESD Board of Trustees adopted an official statement on diversity for the district.

    Special thanks to everyone that contributed to the input process. 

    LLESD Diversity and Inclusion Statement

    Diversity makes all of us stronger.

    The Las Lomitas Elementary School District recognizes and celebrates diversity in the academic environment to foster cultural awareness, promote mutual understanding and respect, and provide role models for all students.  We value the many cultures, ethnicities, national origins, socio-economic backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, ages, religions, abilities, political views, and other perspectives that are represented in our staff and student body.  Learning and work environments are enriched and improved by the contributions, perspectives and presence of diverse participants and views.

    In the classroom, the District supports the use of curriculum and practical experiences that reflect the diversity both within and beyond our school community in order to prepare its students to succeed in a multicultural world.  

    We strive to reflect this diversity in our faculty and staff by hiring the best employees of all backgrounds who bring their unique talents and skills into our District. We are proud to have a diverse group of educators and staff who provide students with the highest quality education.  This commitment to diversity is reflected in District practices and activities that promote diversity and mutual respect within the District workforce and student body.

    As part of our educational mission, we will continue to develop and support culturally competent, transformational educational leaders who exhibit the cultural awareness, attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to create a welcoming and inclusive learning environment.  We believe that these leaders will create inspirational learning experiences that encourage and motivate all students and staff to achieve their highest levels of performance.


     

    Important Notice Regarding Immunization Requirements

    All students enrolling in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District (LLESD) must satisfy California State Immunization Requirements prior to enrollment. Please see the Shots for School website for a guide to the requirements.

    Students enrolling in LLESD from outside of the United States are also subject to the immunization requirements of the State of California and will not be admitted until all requirements are met. We will need proper documentation of your child's immunization with English translation as necessary to verify the records.

    Please note: Your child will not receive class placement until all state required immunizations have been met.

    For additional questions about the requirements, please call Las Lomitas School at 650-854-5900 or La Entrada School at 650-854-3962.

    Las Lomitas Elementary School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    Students, parents, staff, and dignitaries joined Las Lomitas Elementary School District Superintendent Dr. Beth Polito to celebrate the opening of the district’s newest school buildings by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to show off the renovated campus.  Las Lomitas Principal Alain Camou kicked-off the event with an inspirational speech thanking the community for their support.       Front of Las Lomitas School

    To view highlights from this event, please click here.                             

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    For LLESD District Budget for 2019-20, please visit the Departments/Finance & Business Services section of this site.

    For LLESD 2019-20 LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan), please visit the Departments/Finance & Business section of this site.

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