On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo recommended that schools remain physically closed for the rest of the academic year. Based on that recommendation, Arcadia Unified (AUSD) school campuses will be physically closed for the remainder of the school year, but distance learning and support for students will continue.
“Our public health leaders have made it clear that the peak of this pandemic is yet to come. As social distancing practices remain vital, the safety of students and staff must continue to be our top priority,” Duardo said. “Deciding now to keep campuses closed for the remainder of the school year allows our education community to focus on accelerating learning in a remote environment and finding new ways to engage and connect with students.”
District officials recognize the challenges of distance learning. “Remote learning is a new experience for all of us. Our leadership team, in collaboration with our teachers and staff, work each day with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) to continue to identify solutions and innovations to support this new learning environment.”
The district will seek guidance from LACOE on question regarding graduation, grades, and other scheduled events and campus activities. As additional guidance is provided and logistics are coordinated, AUSD will provide further information as soon as possible.
The district plans to continue to provide free meals for students who need them. The grab-and-go meals are available Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Arcadia Performing Arts Center parking lot, located on the Arcadia High School campus. For more information, click here. The free meal service will halt for Spring Break, but resume after the break.
Spring Break is April 6-10. Further guidance on distance learning will be provided after Spring Break.