SMMUSD School Reopening Information 2020-21
September 21, 2020
Superintendent’s Message: Reopening Update
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Community Members,
I provided an update regarding our reopening progress to the school board at the Sept. 17, 2020, meeting and want to share this update with our community.
We are continuing to work on our current distance learning program to ensure the ongoing robust delivery of education to all students. Simultaneously, we are also planning for the eventual reopening of our schools, which will look different than it did before the pandemic.
We have been pleased to hear from many parents that distance learning is far superior to what was experienced in the spring, thanks to our dedicated teachers, who have embraced this challenging situation and continue to provide engaging lessons and support to our students and families. Read more...
September 11, 2020
Superintendent’s Message: Cancellation of survey sent out on Sept. 10, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff,
A survey was circulated via email last night that asked questions about parent preferences for a potential return to in-person instruction, once approved by the local health authorities. The goal was to gather information about which instructional options would be preferred by parents once we are permitted to pursue options other than distance learning.
We apologize for causing concern and alarm among some parents/guardians. The survey was inadvertently worded in a way that did not accurately describe the options being considered for secondary schools once we enter the next phase of instruction for which we are trying to prepare. Therefore, we have decided to cancel this survey and work to create a new survey that better explains the options that will be available once we are permitted to return to in-person learning. We appreciate everyone who completed the survey and hope you will understand and take the next survey as your input is important to us.
August 18, 2020
Distance Learning Guide
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Community,
The 2020-21 school year starts on August 24th in the most untraditional way: full distance learning for all students.
Our guide Succeeding in a digital classroom: A parent and student guide for distance learning 2020-2021 provides families with key information and expectations to best support our students. Your school site will also provide site-specific information on schedules and programs.
Our teachers and administrators have been working hard this summer, and for the week prior to the start of school, to be ready to welcome our students, albeit virtually, and approach this unpresented time in education with enthusiasm and passion to make this a successful experience for all students.
Please read this guide carefully and use it as a reference throughout our distance learning time. You will find answers to many questions here, along with expectations for teachers, parents and students, resources to assist supporting students and families and who to contact if you have a concern or question. Our guide is posted on your school’s website in the What’s Happening section. Other related information regarding this school year is online: www.smmusd.org/School2020-21.
Please stay connected with your schools through social media, our Blackboard Connect communication system and our Peachjar digital flyer service. Make sure your contact information is up to date at your school site. Download our mobile app: Santa Monica-Malibu USD. Follow the district on Twitter @smmusd and @MalibuPathway and on Facebook.
We wish our students, families and staff a successful start of the school year.
Dr. Ben Drati, Superintendent
August 12, 2020
Superintendent's Message: Tentative Agreement Regarding Reopening of Schools and Distance Learning
Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff,
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) and the Santa Monica-Malibu Classroom Teachers Association (SMMCTA) (“the Parties”) reached a Tentative Agreement on August 7, 2020, on a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) regarding the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Subsequently, on August 10, 2020, the MOU was ratified by the SMMCTA Executive Board on behalf of the unit members. The MOU is on the August 13, 2020, Board of Education’s agenda for approval.
As it was previously announced that students shall begin the 2020–2021 school year in distance learning, the Parties agreed teachers will implement the elementary, middle and high school distance learning agreements established by the Teaching and Learning Working group. Members of the collaborative group included teachers and administrators from throughout the District and from every grade span.
The agreements include a commitment that teachers will provide live instruction for 230-240 minutes daily, except for the secondary compressed day. Students' experience with live instruction will vary as “live time” will include whole class and small group instruction, both delivered synchronously and asynchronously, as well as independent work. Classroom teachers will provide specific schedules prior to the first day of school. Additionally, the agreements include a commitment that teachers will communicate weekly what students can expect in the upcoming week.
The MOU includes agreements to add two days for professional development and planning for teachers, to move the first day for students to August 24, 2020 and to extend the school year by two days.
The MOU addresses several other areas including:
- a commitment by the District to fulfill public health protocol requirements before re-opening for in-person instruction,
- allowing teachers to work remotely or at their assigned site,
- • the opportunity to reschedule calendared Back to School Nights,
- • training for substitute teachers,
- • selection criteria in the event the District offers a Virtual Learning Academy option,
- • leaves of absences, and
- • teacher evaluation for 2020–2021, and resolving previously paused evaluations.
I express gratitude to all the educators who worked throughout the summer to develop the distance learning agreements. We all look forward to implementation of the MOU and welcoming back our students on August 24.
Please watch for a more detailed description of distance learning expectations in our forthcoming parent guide, that will be emailed and posted next week.
Dr. Ben Drati, Superintendent
August 5, 2020
Superintendent’s Message: Possible School Start Date Change to Aug. 24th
Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff,
Our team is working hard to create a robust distance learning program for all students this fall.
We are in the process of finalizing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Santa Monica-Malibu Classroom Teachers Association (SMMCTA) that includes expectations regarding various aspects of distance learning. Our school board will discuss and take action on the MOU at the August 13, 2020 meeting.
One component of the MOU is professional learning and the appropriate number of days to fully train and empower our teachers with the necessary skills and tools to successfully teach remotely this fall. In addition to the previously planned three days of professional development, consideration is being given to adding two days, potentially moving the school start date to Monday, August 24, 2020. This will add two days to the end of the school year in June. Additionally, this summer, many of our teachers have been engaged in trainings on the various digital platforms and have participated in work groups preparing for the fall. Professional learning will continue during the school year.
We understand that families are anxious for more information regarding distance learning, expectations, potential child care, schedules and more. We are finalizing all details and will have more information for you soon.
Dr. Ben Drati, Superintendent
July 21, 2020
July 17, 2020
SMMUSD School Board Approves Distance Learning to Start the 2020-21 School Year, July 17, 2020
Continuation of board discussion scheduled for July 21st
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved distance learning to begin the 2020-21 school year. This model was selected as the most health-protective model for students and staff to begin the new year, scheduled for August 20, 2020. Read more...
La junta escolar de SMMUSD aprobó el aprendizaje a distancia para iniciar el año escolar 2020-21, 17 de julio de 2020
Se programó la continuación de la reunión de la junta directiva para el día 21 de julio
La Junta de Educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Mónica-Malibu aprobó el aprendizaje a distancia para comenzar el año escolar 2020-21. Este modelo fue seleccionado como el modelo que más protege la salud de los estudiantes y el personal para comenzar el nuevo año, programado para el día 20 de agosto de 2020. Lee mas...
Distance Learning Plan Announcement July 14, 2020
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District staff will recommend that the School Board announce a plan to reopen with distance learning, following recent state and local health recommendations and a surge in Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles County. Staff will recommend that we adopt Model C as previously described in materials and recent town hall meetings. Read more...
SMMUSD Información de reapertura de escuelas 2020-21
El personal del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Mónica-Malibu recomendará que la Junta Escolar anuncie un plan para la reapertura de las escuelas con el aprendizaje a distancia, siguiendo las recomendaciones de salud estatales y locales recientes y un aumento de los casos de Covid-19 en el condado de Los Ángeles. El personal recomendará que adoptemos el Modelo C como se describió anteriormente en los materiales y las asambleas públicas recientes, las cuales se pueden encontrar en línea. Lee mas...
Town Hall meetings:
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School held a series of virtual town hall-style meetings in late June and early July to share with our school district community three potential models for reopening schools in the fall and to answer questions from parents and staff. Parents are completing a survey, due July 12, 2020 and the school board will review survey data and discuss at its July 16, 2020 regular meeting.
La Junta Educativa del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Mónica-Malibu, organizó una serie de asambleas públicas a fines de junio y a principios de julio, con el fin de compartir con nuestra comunidad escolar los tres posibles modelos para reabrir las escuelas en el otoño, y para responder las preguntas de los padres y del personal.
July 7, 2020 -
Town Hall meeting for Malibu schools video recording
In conjunction with our three town hall meetings on June 30, July 1 and July 7, we would like your feedback on a parent survey regarding the reopening of our schools. The primary goal of this survey is to gather data about potential student attendance. Complete by Sunday, July 12, 2020 at midnight.
Results of Parent Suvey
News Release: SMMUSD to Hold Town Hall Meetings to Present Potential Models for Reopening Schools
June 19, 2020
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will hold a series of virtual town hall-style meetings in late June and early July to share with our school district community three potential models for reopening schools in the fall and to answer questions from parents and staff.
19 de junio, 2020
La Junta Educativa del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Mónica-Malibu, celebrará una serie de asambleas públicas a fines de junio y a principios de julio, con el fin de compartir con nuestra comunidad escolar los tres posibles modelos para reabrir las escuelas en el otoño, y para responder las preguntas de los padres y del personal.
Superintendent’s Message: Three Options for School Reopening and Town Hall Meetings
June 24, 2020
I want to provide an update on the ongoing progress toward our school reopening plan. I realize that many people want specific details now, but we ask for your patience to allow for a more thorough process that will address our community’s needs as much as possible. As of the date of this letter, here is what we know.
24 de junio, 2020
Me dirijo a ustedes para proporcionarles una actualización sobre el continuo progreso realizado hacia el plan de reapertura de las escuelas. Sé que mucha gente desea tener detalles específicos en este momento, pero les pedimos que tengan paciencia para dar lugar a un proceso exhaustivo que abordará las necesidades de nuestra comunidad, en la medida de lo posible. A continuación, compartimos lo que sabemos al día de la fecha.