2021-22 School Year Updates
October 1, 2021
Dear Norwalk-La Mirada Families,
I hope this message finds you and your families safe and healthy. I thank you for your continued support and dedication to keeping our students, families, and staff safe as we continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic.
Recently, Governor Newsom has unveiled a mandate adding COVID-19 vaccination as a requirement for in-person attendance in both public and private schools. This action adds the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of other vaccinations, such as measles, mumps, and rubella, required for school attendance as stated by Health and Safety Code Section 120338.
The mandate relies on full FDA approval of age groups within a grade span which is defined as K-6th and 7-12th. Based on current information, Governor Newsom anticipates the vaccine requirement may be implemented on or before July 1, 2022, for grades 7-12th, with a date to be determined for grades K-6th. A mandate for vaccination would also be in place for all K-12 staff, effective the same date as the students in grades 7-12th. Per the Health and Safety Code, exemptions are allowable for medical and/or religious and personal beliefs. In addition, as this mandate is a condition of in-person attendance, students who are not vaccinated may enroll in independent study. A link to the Governor’s order is also available below.
I will send additional updates as more information becomes available about the mandates. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate forward.
With NLM Pride,
John M. Lopez
Dear NLMUSD Families,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We hope you all had a wonderful summer and are ready to return to school. We look forward to welcoming back our students, families, and staff to our campuses to launch the 2021-22 school year. Our first day of school will be on Thursday, August 12, 2021. NLM staff has been working hard to ensure a safe environment and planning for a positive learning experience for all students. We are committed to student success by supporting their social-emotional development and providing rigorous academic learning activities. However, this can only be accomplished with your continued engagement and partnership.
We will continue to implement a variety of safety measures as we reopen our schools for full in-person instruction during the 2021-22 school year. These safety measures include:
All of these safety measures are being implemented to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In addition, please continue to communicate with your principal if your child tests positive for COVID-19 or is required to quarantine as a result of being exposed to someone who has tested positive. This is critical to ensure that appropriate contact tracing is implemented per mandated protocols. Lastly, we encourage you to provide drinking water for your child; however, drinking water will be available at school for our students.
I look forward to continuing to work with each of you as we partner to provide the quality education that all of our students deserve. Click on the following link COVID-19 Safety, to view a graphic on the safety measures that will be implemented this school year. Should you have any questions, please contact your school’s office.
John M. Lopez
Dear NLMUSD Families,
I hope you are enjoying your summer and have had an opportunity to do the things that bring you joy. We are excited to build upon the positive momentum we have created despite the COVID-19 pandemic. I also want to extend a warm and special welcome to the students and families who are new to the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.
As we welcome students back this year, I am excited to share with you our plans to resume full in-person learning for all students. We are confident that our schools are ready for this to happen in the safest way possible.
Our commitment to safety includes adhering to the most recent COVID-19 requirements issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and the State of California. Robust safety protocols are in place at all campuses, including:
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your School Principal or the appropriate District Office Department.Frequently Asked Questions:
We will continue to monitor LACDPH guidelines and update you with any changes related to safety measures.
To all NLMUSD parents, we are honored you have chosen to be part of the NLMUSD family. To our students, we are ready to support you through your educational journey and encourage you to give your very best in the upcoming school year. We look forward to seeing everyone on August 12, 2021 to deliver on Our Promise to make Every Student Future Ready!
2020-21 School Year
Dear Norwalk-La Mirada USD Families,
As we plan for the 2021-2022 school year, I want to provide you with a preliminary update on what school will look like next year. Based on the steady decline of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, we are optimistic about returning to school in our traditional in-person instructional model. Learning in this model will follow the “pre-pandemic” regular school day schedule, where students attend school full-day, five days a week.
The in-person model will include all grade levels, TK – 12th grade. Rest assured, we will continue to follow the guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and adjust our health and safety protocols based on the most current information.
For those families who prefer to keep their student(s) home, we will provide three different options based on student needs:
For planning purposes, you will receive a link from your site principal to complete a Learning Model Interest survey regarding your preferences for next school year. Your response will be greatly appreciated. Please note, our State Preschool/Head Start services are pending further guidance from county and state officials. Additionally, our Adult School will provide updates pertaining to their learning options within their program. We will continue to monitor and follow all health and safety guidelines to ensure a safe school environment for our students and staff.
I want to thank you for your continued support as we continue to navigate through this pandemic.
John M. Lopez
Dear NLMUSD Middle and High School Families,
With the encouraging news of the number of COVID-19 cases declining in Los Angeles County, I am excited to announce a tentative reopening plan for our secondary schools. The Board of Education and I are truly grateful for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the pandemic and safe reopening of secondary schools. We are anticipating that our secondary schools will reopen on April 19 or April 26, 2021. Once a final decision has been made, we will provide an update.
Families will have the option either to remain in Distance Learning or select a Hybrid Model for the remainder of the school year. Students returning in person will be divided into two cohorts and maintain the following safety measures: complete a daily health screening prior to the start of the school day, have their temperatures taken upon entry, wear masks, and maintain six feet of distance from others.
Please view the presentation that was presented to the Board of Education on Monday, March 29, 2021 for additional updates regarding high school activities. Click here for the presentation. If you have specific questions regarding secondary activities, please contact your student’s school directly.
We will be providing more information after Spring Break. On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to thank you for your continued support. We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to all of our schools.
John M. Lopez
Dear Norwalk-La Mirada Families,
The Board of Education and I are truly grateful to serve such an amazing and supportive community. Your patience and can-do attitude during these unprecedented times are a true reflection of our community’s tenacity and grit. I am pleased to inform you that during our Board of Education Meeting last night, it was decided to gradually reopen our elementary schools and state preschool in a Hybrid model, beginning on Monday, March 29, 2021.
The decision to reopen schools coincides with the opportunity for our staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in phases. Each week, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District will be allocated vaccines, dependent upon vaccine availability, from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. In addition, all education sector employees in Los Angeles County are now eligible to receive the vaccine as of yesterday and can pursue vaccination through other available resources beyond the District’s partnerships.
Parents will have a choice for the education of their student(s), either to remain in Distance Learning or to select the Hybrid model. However, regardless of the model you select, our goal is that most students will remain with their current teacher for the remainder of the year. Although the decision to keep students with their current teacher limits the amount of time for in-person instruction, it ensures instructional continuity for all students and families.
The reopening of schools will be staggered to allow our students and staff an opportunity to acclimate to school with physical distancing requirements and other safety measures we must follow. The return to school schedule will be as follows:
Families who have students in early education or elementary school can expect the following over the next few weeks as we finalize school reopening plans:
For your reference and to review pertinent information regarding reopening and our safety measures, you can click on the following links to access the presentations made to the Board of Education at the last two Board Meetings: February 22, 2021 and March 1, 2021.
Once again, the Board of Education and I would to thank you for your continued flexibility and grace as we continue to navigate and adjust during this unique time. We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to campus very soon.
John M. Lopez
John M. Lopez
Dear Norwalk-La Mirada Families,
I would like to begin my message by thanking you for your support in facing the many challenges that COVID-19 has presented. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Los Angeles County remains in the State’s Purple Tier which indicates that the virus is widespread in the County. As shared with you in a previous communication, in order for us to move to the less-restrictive Red Tier, Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 numbers must meet the threshold for the Red Tier for 14 consecutive days. Once in the Red Tier, Los Angeles County must maintain the threshold for an additional 14 days in order for Los Angeles County schools to be eligible to reopen for in-person instruction. Our goal is to transition our students back to campus in a Hybrid Learning Model with safety measures in place once we meet the threshold of the Red Tier and following the guidance of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health when it is appropriate to return for in-person instruction. The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority.
I want to reassure you that we are here for you and working tirelessly to continue to provide the level of academic excellence and social emotional supports that our students, your children, deserve. I encourage you to click on the following hyperlinks and take advantage of the additional Homework Support and Live Tutoring, and the Social Emotional and Wellness resources. In addition, our Web Family Portal can be accessed for technical support, webinars, and other resources as we partner with you in the success of our scholars.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the immense and unexpected pressures that our school community has experienced over the last several months, we have moved forward with our steadfast 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.
Please stay safe by following all public health guidance.
John M. Lopez
Dear Norwalk-La Mirada Families and Staff,
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.
Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten - Click Here
Grades 1st-5th - Click Here
Grades 6th-12th - Click Here
Benton Middle School - Click Here
Students will receive live synchronous instruction 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
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.
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:
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.||Jude Cazares|
|Superintendent||President, Board of Education|
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:
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:
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.
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.
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
Use “respiratory etiquette”
Wash hands frequently
For further information on the Coronavirus, please refer to the following links:
It's a time to be prepared but not to panic:
Dr. Debra Duardo offers a message for school communities on proper hygiene and other ways to limit
the spread of the coronavirus.
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