Los Alamitos Unified School District to close schools for two weeks starting March 16

In response to COVID-19, all schools in Los Alamitos Unified School District will be closed for at least two weeks starting Monday, March 16. Superintendent Andrew Pulver addressed the community in a letter:

As the coronavirus crisis has grown, we have depended on public health experts to guide us in how to keep our students, staff, families, and visitors safe. We now have received guidance from state and county officials that we should close our schools as a means of slowing the spread of the disease in the community.

Effective Monday, March 16, all of our campuses will close to students for at least two weeks while we monitor events and decide the appropriate path forward.

While our schools will be closed, our work goes on. We will do everything we can to make sure our students stay connected and continue learning. On Monday and Tuesday of next week, teachers will prepare a system called the Los Alamitos Unified Learning Connection so that by Wednesday, March 18, students will resume their studies on the alternative platform. On Wednesday morning, we will share a link for you and your students to access the new system.

For those who need them, Chromebooks will be available for checkout at each school. More information on how to obtain and use them will be sent to you by Tuesday. If you don’t have home internet access, please contact your principal at your schoolfor assistance.

We understand that school meals are important in meeting the nutritional needsof many of our students. We are preparing a drive-up meal distribution system at Los Alamitos High School for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch beginning Wednesday, March 18. Specific information about pickup instructions will be sent out to qualified families by Tuesday.

We will continue to operate our parent-paid Extended Day Care Program (Kids Korner/Outpost) each day from 6:30 AM to 6 PM beginning Wednesday, March 18, for families who are already enrolled in the EDC program. Please click here and complete the survey by noon Monday, March 16, if you want to continue using this service during the school closure period. Information about locations will be sent out by Tuesday.

Our preschool programs WILL NOT operate during the closure period.

For families of students with disabilities, our Educational Services department is exploring alternative instructional models that can be modified to ensure equal access, and we will provide more information to parents by later next week.

We will continue to keep you informed through messages such as this, our Coronavirus Awareness webpage and social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.)

We realize that coping with an abrupt change like this presents an extraordinary challenge for all of us and that it would not be possible without your steadfast patience and trust in our efforts. Given the rapidly evolving nature of this crisis, we cannot be certain about the weeks ahead, but we know that together we will do our absolute best for kids.