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  • Update on March 27th


    Schools have now been closed for two weeks. While little has been predictable during this time, our focus remains on helping students continue to learn, taking care of students and families most in need and making sure our employees who do the work are okay themselves.

    I'll be providing a further update to the entire school community at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 30. This will be shown on KLCS as well as online on our website. Please join us if you can.

    In the meantime, I hope you and your family are safe and well in these most trying of times.

    Thank you for your continued patience and support.

    Austin Beutner
    Superintendent

    Actualización del 27 de marzo

    Las escuelas han estado cerradas ya por dos semanas.  Aunque muy poco ha sido predecible durante este tiempo, nuestro enfoque sigue siendo ayudar a los estudiantes para que sigan aprendiendo, cuidar de los estudiantes y las familias más necesitadas, y asegurarnos de que nuestros empleados que están haciendo el trabajo se encuentren bien.

    Estaré dando una nueva actualización a toda la comunidad escolar el lunes 30 de marzo a las 11 de la mañana. Se transmitirá por KLCS y en línea a través de nuestro sitio web. Por favor, únanse a nosotros si pueden.

    Mientras tanto, espero que ustedes y sus familias se mantengan seguros y que se encuentren bien en estos tiempos tan difíciles.

    Gracias por su continuo apoyo y paciencia.

    Austin Beutner
    Superintendente

  • Update from the Superintendent: A Toy Story


    March 25, 2020

    To the Los Angeles Unified School Community,

    We’ve been working during the past year to reconnect the communities we serve to our public schools and find ways for business and philanthropy to help.

    One of the organizations to embrace the effort has been Creative Artists Agency, a global powerhouse in connecting people and ideas. Last November, they agreed to take on me and our schools as pro bono clients. One of the first things CAA did was introduce us to Mattel, who are committed to helping kids.

    In the past few weeks, the world has changed, but not the effort to find ways for business and philanthropy to help. Today Mattel generously donated thousands of toys and art supplies, Baby2Baby provided families with diapers, wipes, baby food and blankets, and Teamsters Local 572 worked through the night to deliver much-needed items to students and families at Los Angeles Unified’s 64 Grab & Go Food Centers.

    These are extraordinary times and it will take extraordinary efforts of all of us working together, like CAA, Mattel, Baby2Baby and the Teamsters, to help us through.

    Our mission at Los Angeles Unified is to do our best to help students learn and support students and families most in need. The faces of children who received toys today remind us how important it is in these most difficult of times to create some sort of stability, and even a few moments of happiness, in the lives of the children we serve.

    Austin Beutner
    Superintendent

  • Los Angeles Unified, Mattel, Baby2Baby And Teamsters Work Together to Support Students and Families Most In Need


    March 25, 2020

    Mattel Toys, Diapers and Wipes Provided to Children and Parents At 64 Los Angeles Unified Grab & Go Food Centers

    Trucking and Distribution Provided by Teamsters Volunteers

    Los Angeles Unified School District, the largest school district in California and the second largest in the nation, announced today that Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) has donated toys and art supplies to children as part of Los Angeles Unified’s “LA Students Most in Need” charitable effort. Baby2Baby provided families with diapers, wipes, baby food and blankets, and Teamsters Local 572 worked through the night to deliver much-needed items to students and families at Los Angeles Unified’s Grab & Go Food Centers.

    “Our mission at Los Angeles Unified is to help students learn and support students and families most in need,” said Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner. “The faces of the children as they received a new toy remind us all how important it is, during these most difficult of times, to create a sense of stability and even a few moments of happiness, in the lives of those we serve.”

    After closing schools due to the potential spread of the coronavirus, Los Angeles Unified has been working to help almost 700,000 students, almost 80% of whom are from families living in poverty. Children and their families are provided two meals each weekday at the Grab & Go Centers, ensuring students receive nutritious meals while schools are closed. Today, Los Angeles Unified served 374,052 meals and helped more people than any food bank in the country.
    The commitment to help students and families in need of a meal is what brought all of these partners together.

    “Mattel’s mission is to create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. At no time in our 75-year history has this mission been more vital than now, when schools across the country remain closed, while parents, caregivers and educators seek new ways to encourage children to continue to reach their full potential,” said Ynon Kreiz, Chairman and CEO, Mattel. “Our company’s mission has now become a shared mission with households across the country. Taking this opportunity to deliver what we hope will be added sources of happiness and comfort to children across the Los Angeles Unified School District, who are relying on the Grab & Go sites for their meals and other necessities, is a reflection of our broader commitment to giving back to our communities. We salute educators, parents and caregivers, who are striving to keep up the spirits of children despite the uncertainties we all face, and we want them to know that Mattel stands with them in these efforts.”

    "We have worked with Los Angeles Unified for many years, and this time is even more critical,” said Baby2Baby Co-Presidents Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof. “While their staff works tirelessly to make food available to tens of thousands of low- income students, we are here to provide the basic essentials that these children deserve beyond meals, including diapers, wipes, hygiene and more. We are grateful to have the opportunity to distribute these necessities that will better allow these families to keep their lights on and pay their rent during this unprecedented time."

    “We are happy to be part of the team working to support students and families most in need,” said Rick Middleton, Secretary/Treasurer for Teamsters Local 572.

    “Our members stand with all of those working hard to bring meals and needed supplies to our students and communities.”

    Creative Artists Agency, a global powerhouse in connecting people and ideas, provides pro bono services to Superintendent Beutner and Los Angeles Unified and helped to facilitate the donation from Mattel.

    Teamsters Local 572 donated their time and equipment to pick up donations and organize and deliver items to all 64 Grab & Go Food Centers.

    Baby2Baby provided families with thousands of diapers, wipes, baby food pouches and blankets.

  • Update from the Superintendent


    March 23, 2020

    To the Los Angeles Unified School Community,

    This past week marks the start of a new chapter for all who are part of our school community. Students are learning in different ways, teachers are teaching in different ways and families are struggling to support their children in their studies while balancing other responsibilities.

    I wish I could tell you it will all be back to normal sometime soon but it does not look like that will be the case.

    Schools will remain closed through May 1st and we will provide additional updates well before May 1st on what will come next.

    In the interim, we want to continue to help all students learn and will be making a significant effort to help this happen.

    I will provide a more complete update to our entire school community today at 11 a.m. My remarks will be broadcast on KLCS-TV as well as on our website. Please tune in if your schedule permits.

    Thank you for your continued patience and support.

    Austin Beutner
    Superintendent


    Actualización del 23 de marzo

    A la Comunidad del Distrito Unificado Escolar de Los Ángeles,

    La semana pasada marcó el comienzo de un nuevo capítulo para todos los que forman parte de nuestra comunidad escolar. Los estudiantes están aprendiendo de diferentes maneras, los maestros están enseñando de diferentes maneras y las familias están batallando para apoyar a sus hijos en sus estudios mientras que equilibran otras responsabilidades.

    Me gustaría poder decirles que todo pronto volverá a la normalidad pero no parece que ese será el caso.

    Las escuelas permanecerán cerradas hasta el primero de mayo, pero mucho antes del primero les daremos información adicional al día sobre lo que seguirá después.

    Mientras tanto, queremos seguir ayudando a todos los estudiantes a aprender, y haremos un esfuerzo significativo para ayudar a que esto suceda.

    Voy a dar una actualización más completa a toda nuestra comunidad escolar hoy a las 11 de la mañana. Mis comentarios se transmitirán por KLCS-TV y en nuetro sitio web. Por favor sintonícense si su horario lo permite.

    Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo continuo.

    Austin Beutner
    Superintendente de Escuelas

     

  • News Release: Los Angeles Unified and Verizon Reach Agreement to Provide Unlimited Internet to All Students Currently Lacking Access


    LOS ANGELES – MARCH 23, 2020 – Los Angeles Unified School District and Verizon announced today that they have reached an agreement to provide Internet connectivity for all students who have no Internet connectivity at home. This agreement is a critical component in the district’s plan for students to continue learning as campuses remain closed in response to COVID-19. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
     
    “The digital divide is very real, as many as 100,000 of our students lack access to the internet at home,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “We must find a way for all students to continue to learn while schools are closed and this partnership with Verizon will help to do that.”
     
    “Access to distance learning and reliable connectivity is a critical component to the success of the LAUSD’s mission,” said Andrés Irlando, Senior Vice President & President Public Sector and Verizon Connect at Verizon. “Verizon is proud to partner with LAUSD to help bridge the digital divide and keep students connected to their teachers, schools and each other during this unprecedented time.”
     
    ABOUT LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
    Second largest in the nation, Los Angeles Unified serves over 700,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, early education and adult education at close to 1,400 schools. The District has authorized over 200 independently-operated public charter schools. Additional details are available on the Fingertip Facts page. Los Angeles Unified's boundaries stretch across 720 square miles and include the City of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 municipalities and several unincorporated regions of Southern California.
     
    ABOUT VERIZON
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is celebrating its 20th year as one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $131.9 billion in 2019.  The company offers voice, data and video services and solutions on its award winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

  • Update from the Superintendent


    March 20, 2020

    This past week was unlike any most of us have experienced in our lifetimes. Despite these difficulties, students continued to learn from home, we are working to help those most in need and we have tried to adapt to an ever-changing world around us.

    Today, Los Angeles Unified, together with the Red Cross, World Central Kitchen and Snap Inc. helped provide almost 250,000 meals to families who are struggling to get by. Our collective effort is helping more people than any other food bank in the country.

    All of this would not be possible without the extraordinary dedication and commitment from those who work at Los Angeles Unified.

    We are planning to provide an update to our entire school community – students, families and all who work in our schools – at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 23rd. The update will be broadcast live on KLCS-TV, as well as online in both English and Spanish.

    Thank you for your patience and support.

    Austin Beutner
    Superintendent

     

    Actualización del 20 de marzo

    A la Comunidad Escolar de Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles,
     
    Esta semana que pasó fue como ninguna otra semana que la mayoría de nosotros hemos experimentado en nuestras vidas. A pesar de estas dificultades, los estudiantes siguieron aprendiendo desde sus casas, y nosotros estamos trabajando para ayudar a los más necesitados y hemos tratado de adaptarnos al mundo que nos rodea en constante cambio.
     
    El día de hoy, el Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles, junto con la Cruz Roja, World Central Kitchen y Snap Inc. ayudaron a proporcionar casi 250,000 comidas a familias que están luchando por salir adelante. Nuestro esfuerzo colectivo está ayudando a más personas que cualquier otro banco de comidas en el país.
     
    Todo esto no sería posible sin la extraordinaria dedicación y compromiso de los que trabajan en el Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles.
     
    Estamos planeando proveer una actualización a toda nuestra comunidad escolar - estudiantes, familias y todos los que trabajan en nuestras escuelas - a las 11 a.m. del lunes 23 de marzo. La actualización será transmitida en vivo por KLCS-TV, así como en línea tanto en inglés como en español.
     
    Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo.
     
    Austin Beutner
    Superintendente

  • Update from the Superintendent


    March 19, 2020

    To the Los Angeles Unified School Community,

    Today, Los Angeles Unified provided more than 90,000 meals (up from 40,000 on Wednesday) to students and families in need throughout the communities we serve. As more families learn about the effort and understand they will be safe and welcome at our Grab & Go Food Centers, we expect the numbers to continue to grow.

    We’re seeing great examples of how students can continue to learn even in these most difficult of circumstances. Teachers and students using Zoom to share thoughts and ideas about a lesson they read. Families and their children watching a show on PBS and discussing what they learned. We know there’s no substitute for a school setting, but learning can happen in many different ways. We are working to improve the opportunity for all students to continue to learn from home and will share more in our update to the school community on March 23rd.

    Thank you.

    Austin Beutner
    Superintendent

     

    El día de hoy, el Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles proporcionó más de 90.000 comidas (aumentando de 40.000 el miércoles) a estudiantes y familias necesitadas en todas las comunidades a las que brindamos servicio. A medida que más familias se enteren sobre este esfuerzo y entiendan que estarán seguras y que son bienvenidas en nuestros Centros de Comida para Llevar, esperamos que las cifras continúen creciendo.

    Estamos viendo grandes ejemplos de cómo los estudiantes pueden seguir aprendiendo incluso en estas circunstancias tan difíciles. Maestros y estudiantes usando Zoom para compartir sus pensamientos e ideas sobre una lección que leyeron. Familias viendo con sus hijos un programa en PBS y discutiendo lo que aprendieron. Sabemos que no hay un sustituto para un ambiente escolar, pero el aprendizaje puede ocurrir de muchas maneras diferentes. Estamos trabajando para mejorar las oportunidades para que todos los estudiantes sigan aprendiendo desde casa, y compartiremos más en nuestra actualización a la comunidad escolar el 23 de marzo.

    Gracias y les deseo un excelente día.
    Austin

  • Fund Started to Help LA Students Most in Need


    March 19, 2020

    Today, Superintendent Austin Beutner announced the creation of a fund raising effort to help students most in need who attend schools in Los Angeles Unified. Los Angeles Unified serves almost 700,000 students, 80% of whom are from families who live in poverty. In addition to instruction, schools provide many services to support children including nutrition, counseling and health services and enrichment activities before and after school.

    The Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, the Ballmer Group and Richard Lovett, president of Creative Artists Agency, have each contributed $250,000 to start the effort.  They are joined by a commitment from Matthew McConaughey and by the support of Creative Artists Agency, who have been providing pro bono services to Superintendent Beutner and Los Angeles Unified.

    LA Students Most in Need will support students who no longer have the benefit of being in school every day. Funds will be used to provide meals and urgently needed supplies for students and family members.  Funds will also be used to address the digital divide, providing devices and digital libraries and books to enable students to continue learning during the crisis caused by COVID-19.

    “Schools are the center of the communities we serve, and provide an important part of the social safety net for many families and their children,” Superintendent Beutner said. “On an ordinary day, we serve more than one million meals to children. These are not ordinary days and we must continue to support those most in need.”

    "This moment reminds us of how much more our schools do for our communities beyond teaching our children,” said Tony Pritzker.  “In schools throughout Los Angeles Unified, people work tirelessly to give each student the tools to succeed, the security of receiving a warm meal, and safety and shelter for kids who may not have it anywhere else. During the coming weeks and months, it's never been more important for all of us to come together to support our schools to ensure that every child can continue to achieve their full potential."

    “I hope anyone who can donate any amount, large or small, will pitch in to help - this is about feeding children in our city,” said Richard Lovett, President, CAA.

    “Since LA’s schools are closed, many Los Angeles students and families are going without the resources they depend on to get through the day. That’s why I’m donating to LA Students Most in Need. The money pays for meals, snacks, supplies, access to technology…everything these kids need to learn and to thrive. Join us in helping out our students,” said Matthew McConaughey, Founder of just keep livin foundation, currently providing after-school programs in Los Angeles Unified.

    Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the California Community Foundation for LA Students Most in Need at https://www.calfund.org/lastudentsmostinneed/

    LA Students Most in Need is a component fund of the California Community Foundation

     

    Creación de un Fondo para Ayudar a los Estudiantes Más Necesitados de LA

    Hoy, el Superintendente Austin Beutner anunció la creación de una campaña de recaudación de fondos con el fin de ayudar a los estudiantes más necesitados que asisten a las escuelas del Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles. El Distrito Unificado presta servicio a casi 700,000 estudiantes, el 80% de los cuales provienen de familias que viven en la pobreza. Además de la instrucción, las escuelas proporcionan muchos servicios de apoyo para los niños, incluyendo nutrición, asesoría y servicios de salud, y actividades de enriquecimiento antes y después de la escuela.

    La Fundación de la Familia Anthony y Jeanne Pritzker y el Grupo Ballmer y Richard Lovett, presidente de Creative Artists Agency, cada uno contribuyó $250,000 para comenzar este esfuerzo. A ellos se unen los compromisos por parte de Matthew McConaughey y Creative Artists Agency, quienes han estado apoyando al Superintendente Beutner y al Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles en forma gratuita.  

    LA Students Most in Need apoyará a los estudiantes que ya no tienen el beneficio de estar en la escuela todos los días. Los fondos se utilizarán para proporcionar comidas y suministros urgentemente necesarios para los estudiantes y los miembros de su familia. Los fondos también se utilizarán para hacer frente a la división digital, proporcionando dispositivos y bibliotecas y libros digitales con el fin de que los estudiantes puedan seguir aprendiendo durante la crisis causada por COVID-19.
     
    "Las escuelas son el centro de las comunidades a las que brindamos servicios, y constituyen una parte importante de la red de seguridad social para muchas familias y sus niños", dijo el Superintendente Beutner. "En un día normal, servimos más de 1 millón de comidas a los niños. Estos no son días normales y debemos seguir apoyando a los más necesitados."
     
    "Este momento nos recuerda de qué tanto más hacen nuestras escuelas por nuestras comunidades, más allá de enseñar a nuestros hijos", dijo Tony Pritzker.  "En las escuelas del Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles, las personas trabajan incansablemente para dar a cada estudiante las herramientas para tener éxito, la seguridad de recibir una comida caliente, y la protección y el refugio para los niños que tal vez no lo tengan en ningún otro lugar. En las siguientes semanas y meses, nunca antes ha sido más importante para todos unirnos en apoyo de nuestras escuelas a fin de asegurar que todos los niños puedan seguir alcanzando su máximo potencial.”

    "Espero que cualquier persona que pueda donar cualquier cantidad, ya sea grande o pequeña, echen una mano para ayudar – el objetivo es alimentar a los niños de nuestra ciudad", dijo Richard Lovett, Presidente, CAA.

    “Debido a que las escuelas de Los Ángeles están cerradas, muchos de los estudiantes y familias de Los Ángeles están sin los recursos en los que dependen para pasar sus días. Es por esta razón que estoy donando a LA Students Most in Need. El dinero pagará las comidas, los refrigerios, los útiles, el acceso a la tecnología... todo lo que necesitan los niños para aprender y sobresalir. “Únanse a nosotros para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes”, expresó Matthew McConaughey, fundador de la fundación just keep livin, que actualmente provee programas para después de la escuela en el Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles.

    Se pueden hacer contribuciones deducibles de impuestos a la fundación California Community Foundation for LA Students Most in Need en https://www.calfund.org/lastudentsmostinneed/
     
    LA Students Most in Need es un fondo componente de California Community Foundation.

  • Message to Families


    March 17, 2020

    To the Los Angeles Unified School Community,

    Tomorrow, March 18, we will open 60 Grab & Go Food Centers in the communities we serve. On an ordinary day in Los Angeles Unified we serve our students more than 1 million meals. These are not ordinary days and we know many children still need help. The Centers will be open 7 am - 10 am weekdays to provide 2 meals to each child to take home. Locations of the 60 centers can be found on our website, lausd.net.
     
    I would like to encourage any of you who have not yet had the opportunity to view the educational programming we are offering on PBS to take a look. You’ll find age-appropriate shows and lessons which can be a supplement to any student’s learning plan. The shows may also provide an opportunity for family members to share in the learning with your children. In these uncertain times, we hope it can provide some time for your family to share a few moments together and escape from the hardship we are all experiencing.

    Thank you for your patience and continued support.

    Austin Beutner
    Superintendent


    A la Comunidad del Distrito Unificado Escolar de Los Ángeles,

    Mañana, 18 de marzo, abriremos 60 centros de comida para llevar "Grab & Go" en las comunidades a las que brindamos servicio. En un día normal en el Distrito Unificado de Los Ángeles servimos  más de 1 millón de comidas para nuestros estudiantes. Estos no son días ordinarios y sabemos que muchos niños aún necesitan ayuda. Los centros estarán abiertos de 7 a 10 de la mañana los días de semana para proporcionar 2 comidas a cada niño para llevar a casa. Las ubicaciones de los 60 centros se pueden encontrar en nuestro sitio web, lausd.net.

    Me gustaría pedirle a cualquiera de ustedes que aún no haya tenido la oportunidad de ver la programación educativa que estamos ofreciendo en PBS, a darle un vistazo. Encontrarán programas y lecciones apropiadas para cada edad, las cuales pueden ser un suplemento al plan de aprendizaje de cualquier estudiante. Los programas también pueden ser una oportunidad para que los miembros de la familia compartan el aprendizaje con sus hijos. En estos tiempos de incertidumbre, esperamos que esto pueda proporcionarles un tiempo para que sus familias compartan unos momentos juntos y escapen de las dificultades que todos estamos experimentando.

    Gracias por su paciencia y su apoyo continuo.

    Austin Beutner
    Superintendente de Escuelas