September 23, 2020
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent Update
Dear Norwalk-La Mirada Families and Staff,
Congratulations on a successful Distance Learning launch. I am proud of our students, families, and staff for
rising to the challenge of Distance Learning. We continue to learn from our experiences to refine our efforts to
create a more rigorous Distance Learning experience. While we know this is a challenging time for all, we are
committed to providing the resources needed for our collective success as we move forward.
California’s Tier Framework
Governor Gavin Newsom and State health officials have instituted a new color-coded, four-tiered system for
monitoring the spread of COVID-19 based on rates of new cases and the percentage of positive tests in
counties. The tiers are designated by colors: Purple, Red, Orange, and Yellow. In order to slow the spread of
COVID-19, each tier carries restrictions on activities in each county.
LA County is in the State’s Purple Tier. Unfortunately, no county can open schools while in the Purple Tier. In
order for us to move to the less restrictive Red Tier, LA County’s COVID-19 numbers must meet the lower tier’s
thresholds for 14 consecutive days. Once in the Red Tier, LA County schools are eligible to reopen for in-person
instruction after it has been in the Red Tier for 14 days.
As a reminder, the LA County Department of Public Health can impose more restrictive guidelines for
reopening schools than the State’s current new tiered structure. Therefore, we need to meet the State’s new
tiered system and receive clearance from LA County Department of Public Health before we determine
when it will be most optimal to reopen schools. You may access the California Department of Public Health’s
webpage for more information about the State’s tiered system by clicking this link
Technical Support for Distance Learning
We also know that many of our families need technical assistance for Distance Learning. As such, we have
created a “Family Support” webpage. Please visit us at NLMUSD.online
to access support for any of the
- NLM device or Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Live telephone support through our help desk
- Managing your Schoology or Seesaw account
- Family webinars to support student learning
Tutoring Support for Students
One of our commitments is to mitigate the learning loss students may have experienced due to the time away
from the classroom. To do this, we will be providing tutoring opportunities to ensure students have additional
support during Distance Learning. More information regarding tutoring opportunities will be forthcoming.
Once again, I commend you for your role in getting students off to a great start during the first several weeks
of Distance Learning. You have demonstrated an extraordinary ability to adapt to the demands caused by this
With NLM Pride,
John M. Lopez
August 6, 2020
Return To School Update
Dear NLMUSD Families,
As we open the 2020-21 school year next week, I am pleased to share more specific information about our revamped Distance Learning Program (pending Board of Education approval), along with other pertinent information. We have collaborated with our teachers to design a learning experience that meets the academic and social-emotional needs of students while keeping everyone safe. Our DistanceLearning Schedule has been designed to provide daily interaction with teachers, the same time for break and lunch for all students, and teacher support at designated times throughout the day. Our ultimate goal is to continue to partner with you and our talented staff to provide a high-quality education for all students. Please review the information contained in this letter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us as we are all here to support you.
First Day of School
The first day of school is Thursday, August 13th.
All students will check in with their teacher(s) online .
Please see the modified schedule below highlighting the schedule for the first two days of school.
Please ensure that you have completed your Online Registration
(click here for Online Registration) before your student attends class.
Elementary and Secondary Schedules for August 13, 2020 and August 14, 2020
*Important: The information about how to access the virtual classes will be available via
Seesaw (Grades TK-2) and Schoology (Grades 3-5) by Wednesday, August 12th.
Beginning on Monday, August 17, 2020
, a full-day Distance Learning Schedule
will be in place.
For complete Distance Learning Schedule information, please click your grade level below:
and be assigned asynchronous learning activities.
Below is a snapshot of the instructional time students will receive daily.
Our teachers are planning to connect with your student each school day. Daily live interaction includes instruction, progress monitoring, and maintaining school connectedness. Instructional time will also be based on the time value of assignments and daily live interactions.
Please remember to complete your Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. You can find the application and meal distribution schedule for this upcoming school year on our website at https://www.yourchew.com/ .
State guidelines make daily attendance mandatory and require student participation daily. We encourage you to ensure that your student is engaging and participating on a daily basis through the following:
● Participation in online activities
● Participation in online instruction
● Completion of regular assignments
● Contact with pupils or parent/guardian
NOTE: A pupil who does not participate daily will be marked absent.
If your student has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), the IEP team will provide all of the services required to the greatest extent possible. Also, when the IEP team reconvenes this year, the team will be addressing how those services will be delivered during Distance Learning or anytime schools are closed for more than ten days.
Due to safety restrictions, athletic practices and competitions have been postponed. Fall Sports will tentatively begin in December 2020, with Spring Sports beginning its season in March 2021. We look forward to the return of these activities and more when it is safe for our students, staff, and community.
All students will receive a device for Distance Learning. Device distribution for students in Grades 6 and 9 began on July 27, 2020 by appointment. If you were unable to obtain a device during this time, please contact your school site. Elementary Principals are communicating the device distribution information directly to TK-5 families.
School sites will distribute necessary materials for Distance Learning. Students who still have textbooks and materials from the 2019-20 school year should return those items to the school sites. Schedules will be posted on school websites and communicated to families via phone and email.
NLMUSD is committed to providing our school community with resources for full-day and/or part-time childcare options to support students and parents during these challenging times. In Norwalk, we are offering the Extended Learning Program (ASES), and in La Mirada the School Age Child Care Program (SACC). Separately, the YMCA may be providing childcare options. Information about these programs including rates, locations, and registration, can be found on our District website by clicking this link or by calling the Supplemental Programs Office at (562) 210-4557.
Thank you again for your support and patience as we transition to a new learning model.
We remain dedicated to ensuring all students are provided with the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Every Student. Future Ready. Our Promise!
John M. Lopez
July 21, 2020
Dear Norwalk-La Mirada Families,
I hope this message finds you well. This past Friday afternoon, California Governor Gavin Newsom directed all schools in Los Angeles County to begin the 2020-21 school year using Distance Learning only. The Governor stated that in order to reopen schools for in-person instruction, counties must be off of the California Department of Public Health’s COVID19 Monitoring List
for 14 consecutive days. Los Angeles County is identified as one of the counties that does not meet the criteria to reopen schools with an in-person format. In addition, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health cautioned school districts against in-person learning at this time.
Staff has been working diligently on our school reopening plans. As I shared in a previous update, we have been planning for two learning models: Hybrid and Distance Learning. Due to current public health guidelines, the Board of Education approved the Distance Learning model to start the 2020-2021 school year. We will remain with Distance Learning until further notice and it is determined we can return safely. I encourage you to click on this link
to view our Return-to-School Update that was recently presented to the Board of Education.
Our District strives to provide the highest-quality learning and ensure social-emotional support through Distance Learning. Soon, our families will be receiving more information about Distance Learning, including workshops and instructional videos to adjust to this new learning environment.
To support our community, we have launched a webpage of resources and information as we move towards the reopening of our schools. This webpage will feature student enrollment information, technology and Distance Learning resources, health and safety information, and more. The webpage can be accessed with the following link: www.nlmusd.org/reopening/
We understand the Distance Learning model impacts many of our families; therefore, we are exploring a variety of childcare options, including working with our local YMCA on a fee-based program. However, it is unlikely that this service will be available prior to school starting on August 13, 2020.
Rest assured, I will send additional updates to families as more information about our plans become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this pandemic. Please stay healthy and safe.
John M. Lopez
July 13, 2020
Dear Norwalk-La Mirada Families,I know you may have questions pertaining to the reopening of schools. Rest assured, we are monitoring all pertinent information on a daily basis; in addition, we are analyzing the most recent information that was released today by the Governor, the LA County Department of Public Health, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.I will be communicating to families as soon as possible on what our final option(s) will be for our students. Thank you for your continued patience and support.Sincerely,John M. LopezSuperintendent
July 2, 2020
Dear Norwalk-La Mirada Families,
I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are doing well. As your new Superintendent, I am committed to communicating regularly about our return-to-school plans for the 2020-21 school year. As you know, the situation we face is ever-evolving as COVID-19 cases in the Los Angeles area have increased recently and the Governor has for the second time closed certain sectors of society. In addition, we are still awaiting the Los County Department of Public Health guidance/directives for reopening schools. While this guidance has not stopped us from actively planning, we will need to adhere to any applicable directives provided.
As you may know, we have formed a Return-to-School Task Force, comprised of over 50 stakeholders, including parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators. The Task Force has been actively meeting to discuss viable learning models and operational plans for the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, on Monday, June 29, 2020, our Board of Education passed a resolution authorizing the District to explore two possible learning models:
1. Hybrid Model
: Students would attend school in person two days per week in smaller classes (with appropriate safety measures, such as symptoms-checks, physical/social distancing, and face masks, when appropriate) with possible modified start and end times. Students would learn from home under the Distance Learning model described below three days per week.
2. Distance Learning:
Students who have health-related concerns and/or other concerns with returning in person would learn from home five days per week with support from a teacher and engage in a combination of online and independent work. We are currently preparing to revamp this model to embed curriculum that matches the essential learning standards that are provided to students in the hybrid model.
While we are still scheduled to start school on August 13, 2020, it is possible, that we will begin with all students engaging in Distance Learning to allow adequate time and necessary training of staff to prepare for the safe return of students.
We recognize that the uncertainty of the pandemic leaves all of us with many questions. Please rest assured that the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District is committed to ensuring the safety of students and staff and providing a high-quality education for all students.
I encourage you to continue visiting our website at www.nlmusd.org
for regular updates. Thank you for your patience and partnership as we navigate this most unprecedented situation.
Have a safe 4th of July weekend!
John M. Lopez
June 1, 2020
Dear NLMUSD Community,
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the immense and unexpected pressures that our school community experienced over the last couple of months, we moved forward with our unwavering commitment to our students and families through Distance Learning. On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to express my sincere gratitude to each and every one of you for your dedication, hard work, and extraordinary partnership during these unprecedented and exceptionally challenging times.
The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District has formed a Return-to-School Task Force comprised of various stakeholders throughout the District to determine how learning will be conducted during the 2020-2021 school year. Parents, certificated and classified staff have volunteered to serve on this important Task Force. Additionally, subcommittees have been created in the following areas:
Budgeting and Financial Operations, Curriculum and Instruction (TK-5, 6-8, and 9-12), Family and Community Engagement, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Maintenance and Facilities, Nutrition Services, Social and Emotional Support Systems, Technology, Transportation, and Student Extra-Curricular Activities and Athletics. Utilizing the framework provided by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), each subcommittee will be analyzing the relevant components of three different possible learning models: Distance Learning (“Learning from home”), attending school in person, and a hybrid model of Distance Learning and attending school in person. The ultimate goal of the Task Force is to develop a Return-to-School blueprint that meets the needs of our District to ensure the safety of students and staff, and to maintain the highest quality educational experience for all students. The work of this Task Force is fluid as guidance from the California Department of Education, Los Angeles County Office of Education, and Department of Public Health continues to be shared with school districts. Also, I want to thank our parents who have already responded to our Return-to-School Parent Survey.
As the 2019-20 school year comes to an end, I want to thank you once again and wish you and your families a restful summer. Stay healthy and be well.
Hasmik Danielian, Ed.D.
April 6, 2020
Dear NLMUSD Community,
In my last communication with you, I shared that we were aiming to return to school on Tuesday, May 5th. Unfortunately, according to our public health leaders, the peak of COVID-19 pandemic is yet to come. As social distancing practices remain vital, the safety of our students and staff continue to be our top priority.
Therefore, this evening, the Board of Education passed a resolution to extend school closures through the end of this academic year (June 2, 2020).
Please be advised that although schools will be physically closed, Distance Learning will continue through the end of the 2019-2020 school year, except during the spring break (April 10-17th). Our teachers and Educational Services professionals will continue to work tirelessly to maximize our virtual learning portal as well as individualized lessons for distance learning.
Despite school closures, our dedicated Nutrition Services staff will continue to provide free grab-and-go meals for all children 18 and under regardless of their school of attendance. Meals are available on Wednesdays. Please see the schedule and location here. Please note that there will be no food distribution during the spring break.
We recognize the importance of end of the year celebrations for our wonderful students and families, especially for our seniors. In the absence of a traditional graduation ceremony, we are considering different options for our amazing seniors to celebrate their well-deserved accomplishments as they enter a new phase in their lives. We will continue to work closely with our students, staff, and families to develop meaningful experiences for our students. I invite you to share your innovative ideas with us.
Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to each and every one of our employees for their unwavering commitment to our students and families during these unprecedented times. You are a blessing to the entire NLMUSD community, and I am honored to be your Superintendent.
Additionally, I would like to thank our Board of Education for their continuous support as we navigate these uncharted waters.
On behalf of the Board of Education, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your patience, support, and partnership during these tumultuous times as we continue to fulfill our mission of Every Student. Future Ready. Our Promise!
Hasmik J. Danielian,
March 23, 2020
Dear NLMUSD Community,
I want to extend my deepest appreciation to each and every one of you for your continued patience and flexibility over the past few weeks. We live in unprecedented times as we face this pandemic caused by the spread of COVID-19.
Last Friday, the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Debra Duardo announced in a media release her recommendation to extend closure of all public schools until Tuesday, May 5, 2020 to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Superintendent Duardo’s action follows new public health orders issued March 19 by Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles County officials instructing people to stay at home and prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.
Therefore, the Board of Education has authorized me to extend school closure until Tuesday, May 5th. Please be advised that this date may be subject to further extension due to the nature of this disease and future developments. I will continue to communicate with you by providing updates during closure. During closure, distance learning will continue except during the spring break, April 10-17th.
Thank you again for your patience. Working together, I am confident that we will overcome this pandemic safely.
March 19, 2020
Dear NLMUSD Families,
My hope is that you are in good health as you are adjusting to the challenges presented by the COVID-19. We thank you for your cooperation and patience as we navigate these challenging times. Rest assured that NLMUSD continues to remain true to its mission of educating every student to be future ready.
Our teachers and staff have done a stellar job of delivering instruction through distance learning. Principals have also communicated with parents on how to stay connected with school and staff during school hours.
Here are some updates:
- The Board of Education has extended the school closure until the end of Spring break, April 17, 2020. This closure may be subject to extension depending upon future developments.
- We will follow State or County-level recommendations/mandates for the length of time for school closures based upon Department of Public Health assessments to flatten the curve for COVID-19 infection.
- School sites and the District offices are closed to the public but operating internally. Our goal is to limit interaction and adhere to social distancing. We encourage you to email your questions to your school office staff and teachers.
- Beginning Monday, March 23rd, the following school sites will continue to serve Grab-&-Go meals to students, between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Chavez, Dolland, Foster Road, Gardenhill, Glazier, Moffitt, Morrison, New River, Sanchez, and Los Alisos Middle School. Parents of students attending other schools not mentioned above, can pick up food from any of these sites.
- Pending approval of a waiver submitted by the State Department of Education, state testing has been suspended for this school year.
- The College Board is canceling the SAT testing on May 2, 2020.
What we learn about the virus is evolving daily, and we will continue to work with federal, state and local authorities to stay informed. This is a rapidly changing situation, so please check our website at www.nlmusd.org
for frequent updates. We will also communicate via email, Facebook and Twitter during the course of this closure.
Thank you for your support and patience during these trying times. We are all in this together and hopefully will get through COVID-19 pandemic safely.
Sincerely and with gratitude,
Hasmik Danielian , Ed.D.
March 18, 2020
With support from the Board of Education, we are extending our two-week school closure which would have ended on March 27th, now to the end of Spring break on April 17. This closure may be subject to further extension depending upon reports and updates from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Governor’s office, California Department of Education, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
Thank you all for your support, cooperation, and patience during these challenging times. We are all in this together and hopefully we will get through this safely.
March 13, 2020
As you know, we are facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). For the past several weeks, our District has been working closely with local and state officials to monitor this concern and determine the response schools should take to ensure the health and well-being of our students and staff.
After careful deliberation, and with approval from the Board of Education, the District will close schools beginning Saturday, March 14, through Friday, March 27. During this time, we will assess whether further measures are needed and will keep you informed. The closure includes all TK-12 schools, preschool programs, supported after-school programs, and adult and continuing education.
Please note that the closure is an extra measure of protection to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. We do not have any presumptive or confirmed cases of the new Coronavirus in our schools, but we are taking this step to help protect public health.
Students should stay home and maintain social distance to keep caregivers and adult family members safe.
The District has been developing appropriate at-home enrichment activities and distance learning to ensure continuity of the education program. Your child’s school will provide you with further information next week. There will also be meals for students available for pick up at each school site Tuesday through Thursday of next week.
Please know that we do not make these decisions lightly, as we know they have a significant impact on our community. We hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time.
|Hasmik Danielian, Ed.D.
||President, Board of Education
March 12, 2020
As we navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19 (Coronavirus), it is imperative that we stay informed and calm. Please be advised that our District is taking additional steps to support prevention through cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.
To date, we have NOT been informed by the Department of Public Health of any individuals (staff or students) in our District who have tested positive for COVID-19. The California Department of Public Health recommends the following:
- Our schools continue to be open.
- It is vital that parents keep their child home from school if he/she is sick with a fever and cough until he/she is fever-free and feeling better. According to Public Health guidelines, students should be fever-free for 72 hours without medication before returning to the school site.
As we continue to closely monitor information and developments regarding COVID-19, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District is taking the additional precautions below. Out of an abundance of caution to further safeguard our students, staff, and campuses, we are temporarily suspending all of the following activities through April 19, 2020, effective immediately:
- Open House events
- School Assemblies
- Theater and Choir Performances
- Band Performances
- All field trips, including out of state
- Athletic events
- Any other large gatherings as determined by each school or the District
We will continue to keep you updated via emails and the District website. Rest assured that we are regularly engaging with public entities to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for all.
Thank you so much for your continued support of our students and our school communities.
March 6, 2020
The safety and wellness of our students, staff, and school community remain a top priority for our District. We have attached some resources in order to assist you with your questions and concerns.
Please be advised that at NLMUSD there have been NO cases of Coronavirus reported to us from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Our district will continue to work closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health should there be any confirmed cases or need for school dismissals or closures.
The Superintendent's office will continue to provide regular updates as they become available.
Thank you all for your dedication to our students and their families.
February 28, 2020
The Norwalk- La Mirada Unified School District considers the health and safety of our students a top priority. Many students, faculty, families, and staff are concerned about the current outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The Center for Disease Control is working hard to learn as much as possible about 2019-nCoV so that we can better understand how it spreads and better characterize its associated illness. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Office of Education are also working hard to develop guidance and education materials in the face of evolving information.
At this time, the health risk to the general public in California from novel coronavirus remains low, but schools can take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. These precautions will be helpful to also prevent the spread of other common illnesses such as influenza and gastroenteritis.
We encourage all students, parents, and staff to take everyday preventive actions as follows:
Stay home when sick
- Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
- Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing.
Use “respiratory etiquette”
Wash hands frequently
- Encourage hand washing by students and staff through education, scheduled time for hand-washing, and the provision of adequate supplies.
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces.
- Separate sick students and staff from others until they can go home. When feasible, identify a “sick room” through which others do not regularly pass.
- Encourage flu vaccine for those who haven’t had it this season to reduce illnesses and absences on campus (but won’t prevent coronavirus illnesses).
For further information on the Coronavirus, please refer to the following links:
We will update you as more information becomes available. Should you have any questions, please contact the Norwalk- La Mirada Unified School District, Student and Family Services Department at (562) 210-2415.