Dear Los Alamitos Unified School District Families and Community,
Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health lifted the regional stay-at-home order that had been in place since December. With the state reinstating the tier system of county-level restrictions, Orange County currently remains in the Purple Tier based on the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
I want to assure you that the lifting of the order and Orange County remaining in the Purple Tier do not affect our operations. Our K-8 schools have remained open in a hybrid pathway and Los Alamitos High School students returned for in-person instruction yesterday. When our second semester begins Monday, February 1, all Los Alamitos Unified schools will remain open for in-person hybrid instruction for families that have selected that pathway.
The comprehensive safety measures that we have put in place to enable our in-person instructional program — reduced number of students on campus, smaller class sizes, maximized distancing in classrooms, face-covering requirements, desk shields, high-efficiency HEPA air purifiers, increased cleaning, additional hand washing and sanitizing — have helped create the safest possible environment for our students and staff during the pandemic. Expert guidance from the California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Orange County Health Care Agency continues to support that with a rigorous program in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, schools are safe and should remain open.
We are all in this together when it comes to combatting COVID-19. We ask that students, employees, and families continue to diligently screen for symptoms of COVID-19 at home before arriving at schools each and every day. Protecting oneself may be an individual choice, but protecting others is a collective effort. Here are some concrete steps our community can take to help these efforts:
- Get tested for COVID-19 if symptomatic or in close contact with an infected person.
- Stay home, especially if you do not feel well and notify the school office.
- Avoid gatherings; stay at least six feet from anyone not in your household.
- Wear a face covering.
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Get vaccinated when permitted by the Orange County Health Care Agency.
As Superintendent, I meet weekly with Dr. Clayton Chau, the Orange County Public Health Director, for updates and guidance from state and county health officials. If new directives prompt us to reconsider or alter any plans, we will continue to keep you informed.
Stay safe, be well and know that we are all Better and Stronger Together.
This article was written by Andrew Pulver, Ed.D, Superintendent of Los Alamitos Unified School District.