Dear Parents/Guardians, Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a wonderful and safe holiday. This update provides information on the District's schedule for reopening its schools. Schools will begin to reopen for in-person instruction in grade-level phases in the next couple weeks. Prior to the Christmas break, families were contacted by their child's classroom teacher regarding the option to continue in distance learning or return to in-person learning. Whether you chose in-person or distance learning, your child will remain with the same teacher. The following is a schedule of what instruction will look like for both learning model options once we start to reopen. Next Week.......January 11 - 15, 2021 No changes for this week. All students will continue in distance learning as they have been all year. Monday, January 18........HOLIDAY, NO SCHOOL In-Person Learning Below are the start dates for each of the grade level phases for those families who opted for in-person instruction. Students will continue in distance learning until their grade level starts. School start time will be 8:00 - 11:30, Monday thru Thursday. Fridays will be distance learning for ALL students. PHASE 1, Grades TK - 1 and 6th............Tuesday, January 19 PHASE 2, Grades 2 - 3...........................Monday, February 1 PHASE 3, Grades 4 - 5...........................Monday, February 8 *Note: Per the guidelines of public health, grades 7-8 will continue in distance learning until Merced County reaches Tier 2- Red Category. Times Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 8:00 Attendance & Breakfast in the Classroom Attendance & Breakfast in the Classroom Attendance & Breakfast in the Classroom Attendance & Breakfast in the Classroom 8:00 - 11:00 Distance Learning (All Students) 8:30 - 11:30 In-Person Teaching In-Person Teaching In-Person Teaching In-Person Teaching 11:30 Dismissal - Grab-n-Go Lunch Dismissal - Grab-n-Go Lunch Dismissal - Grab-n-Go Lunch Dismissal - Grab-n-Go Lunch Distance Learning Families who opted to continue in distance learning will have minor changes to their child's current schedule. Once their grade level opens for in-person instruction, their schedule will be adjusted to the schedule below. Your child's school and teacher will provide reminders and assist with the transition to the new schedule. Students will check-in at 8:00 a.m. with their teacher for attendance and independent class assignments from 8:30 - 11:30. From 12:00 - 2:30, students will have direct teaching from their teacher. Times Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 8:00 - 11:30 Check-in - Independent Class Assignments Check-in - Independent Class Assignments Check-in - Independent Class Assignments Check-in - Independent Class Assignments 8:00 - 11:00 Distance Learning (All Students) 11:30 - 12:00 Lunch Time Lunch Time Lunch Time Lunch Time 12:00 - 2:30 Direct Instruction with their Teacher Direct Instruction with their Teacher Direct Instruction with their Teacher Direct Instruction with their Teacher Schools are ready for students who will be returning for in-person learning. The district and staff are prepared and will adhere to all safety and social distance guidelines. District nurses are working closely with sites and have developed comprehensive contract tracing protocols. Even with all the extensive safety measures in place, we expect that LUSD schools will likely experience COVID-19. If a student or a classroom needs to quarantine, the student or classroom or simply shift from in-person to distance learning with the same class and teacher. In addition, we will continue to send notices through ParentSquare of positive cases in any given school or department. This is to keep you informed of the facts and to avoid undue stress or panic. To protect the privacy rights of our staff and students, no names or specific information will be shared. The safety and well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority. Help us by continuing to follow the safety guidelines by wearing a face mask, wash hands frequently, social distance and minimize gatherings. Together we will make 2021 a better year! If you have any questions regarding the above, please feel free to contact us at (209) 394-5400 or your child's school. Thank you for your support of our schools. Andres Zamora, Superintendent
The following is a message from Merced County Department of Public Health: FREE COVID-19 TESTING STARTS TODAY IN ATWATER! We are pleased to announce that there will be free COVID-19 testing at various locations in the city of Atwater from December 8th through the 30th. See attached flyer for locations. You may register online at lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 1-888-634-1123. To view a full list of testing locations, please visit www.countyofmerced.com/coronavirus or follow us on social media. Stay Safe and Get Tested!
Dear LUSD Families, Yesterday afternoon Governor Newsom issued a “Regional Stay At Home Order” in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. San Joaquin Valley which includes Merced County falls below the 15 percent threshold. The order includes the following: Restricts all non-essential travel (including out of state travel) statewide Prohits private gatherings of any size Closes sector operations (Bars, Restaurants, Salons etc). Requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all sectors Sectors that will remain open when a region is placed on a Stay At Home order, include: Schools that have received a waiver (Livingston USD has received a waiver) & schools that are already open for in-person learning Child care and Pre-K Retail (20% capacity) Critical infrastructure/services Restaurants (take out & delivery) Several Merced school districts that have opened and can remain open. Livingston USD will continue in-person cohort services and planning for a reopen in phases after the holiday break. Next week, your child’s school will provide information specifically related to your student(s) program. We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and encourage all of our families to follow public health guidelines, like wearing a face covering, maintaining physical and social distance and regular handwashing. Thank you, Andrés Zamora, Superintendent Learn more about this order: (Recorded) Gov. Newsom’s Announcement COVID19.CA.GOV California Department of Public Health
The following is a message from Merced County Department of Public Health: We are pleased to announce that there will be free COVID-19 testing at various locations in the city of Atwater from December 8th through the 30th. You may register online at lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 1-888-634-1123. To view a full list of testing locations, please visit www.countyofmerced.com/coronavirus or follow us on social media. Stay Safe and Get Tested!
NOTICE TO ALL PARENTS An employee tested positive for COVID-19 over the holiday break. The individual is an adult, under quarantine at home, and no one was exposed in the workplace (holiday break). The health and safety of our students and employees remains our top priority. We remind everyone that even when not on school campuses, students, staff, and our community should continue to wear face coverings, wash hands frequently, and social distance. This message is for informational purposes only and does not require any action on your part. Thank you, Livingston Union School District
LUSD Parents/Guardians, As the Thanksgiving holiday break fast approaches, I wanted to provide you with an update. Reopening Schools LUSD plans on reopening schools in January. Sites and district administrators are refining the hybrid schedule for in-person instruction with minimal disruption to the hard work and relationships that students and teachers have already built. More details will be shared soon. As part of our reopening plan, each school is currently serving small groups of students in-person that require unique learning needs. Students in Special Day classes, English learners, struggling learners and connectivity needs have begun coming on campus for support. Approximately 137 students are currently being served district-wide. School sites continue to identify other student cohorts to gradually phase in for small group support. Schools are prepared for the transition into reopening at the start of 2021. Even with all the extensive safety measures in place, we expect that LUSD schools will likely experience COVID-19. If a positive case or exposure to a case is identified at any given school or department, a notice will go to all parents. This is to keep you informed of the facts and to avoid undue stress or panic. To protect the privacy rights of our staff and students, no names or specific information will be shared. COVID-19 Status Update As of Tuesday, November 17, Livingston is the highest ranked city in Merced County for positive COVID-19 cases. Merced County has now slipped back to the most restrictive “Purple Tier”. We strongly urge everyone to follow the recommendations of health experts and wear a mask, keep social distancing, avoid large gatherings and wash your hands frequently. Together, we can get Livingston back on track and get all our kids back to school while also ensuring the safety of our students, staff and community. Travel During the Holidays California and local public health officials discourage families from traveling out of the country. It is also strongly recommended that any families who travel out of the country to quarantine for 14 days upon return. If a member in your household and/or the student who is receiving in-person support on campus travels out of the country, the student will need to remain in distance learning for 14 days from the date of return to the country. Supporting Students with Special Needs The district’s Special Education Department is providing essential services to our most neediest students. Small student cohorts receive in-person instruction daily at all four school sites. In-person speech services are provided to our preschoolers. One-on-one in-person assessments, mental health student support and family support nights continue to be offered during distance learning. If you have any questions, regarding these services please contact our Special Education department at (209) 394-5428. Mobile Library in Your Neighborhood LUSD’s library on wheels is a great opportunity for students to continue their love of reading, get free books and enjoy some reading time in their neighborhood. Students in grades TK - 5 from all schools are welcome to stop by. DON'T MISS OUT! NEXT STOP IS TODAY! Wednesday, November 18 (2:00 - 4:00 pm) at Max Foster Sports Complex on Walnut Street Counseling Support LUSD has an amazing team of counselors to support our students and families. Counselors help students cope with stress, feelings, and provide social outlets for students to connect with each other. Did you know there are several ways your child can engage and feel connected to their school and peers? Student clubs, monthly awareness campaigns, and lunch/recess connections with peers are just a few options. For more information on how to participate or would like to reach out to a counselor, please contact your school office or email your school counselor listed here: Campus Park - Lucia Alfaro, firstname.lastname@example.org Selma Herndon - Diego Castro, email@example.com Yamato Colony - Dulce Ruiz, firstname.lastname@example.org Liv. Middle - Alma Lopez, email@example.com Liv. Middle - Wendy Gonzalez, firstname.lastname@example.org If your child needs to speak with a counselor, complete this simple referral form and a counselor will contact you. Campus Park Counseling Referral Form Selma Herndon Counseling Referral Form Yamato Colony Counseling Referral Form LMS Counseling Referral Form Thanksgiving Meal Boxes - Friday, November 20 Drive Thru Service Our food service team continues to work hard in providing meals to our kids. In an effort to ensure student access to meals over the holiday break, meal boxes will be available for families to pick up this Friday, November 20 from 7:00 am - 8:00 am or 12:00 - 1:30 pm. One meal box per child ages 18 and under. Meals can be picked up at one of our four schools regardless of where the child is enrolled. Be sure to stop by and pick up a meal pack. Dates to Remember November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break - No School December 18-January 8 Winter Break - No School January 11 School Resumes January 18 Holiday - No School (Martin L. King’s Birthday) As always, thank you for your cooperation, understanding, and support as we work together toward reopening our schools safely for our students! Have a great Thanksgiving holiday. Be safe and stay healthy. Sincerely, Andres Zamora, Superintendent [Wednesday, Nov 18 at 1:29 PM] A revision to school counselor, Diego Castro's email was made to the Parent Update.
In an effort to ensure student access to meals over the Thanksgiving break, we will be providing meal boxes via DRIVE THRU ONLY on Friday, November 20, 2020, at: Selma Herndon Yamato Colony Campus Park Livingston Middle School Limit one (1) meal box per child ages 18 and under. These meal boxes will replace our normal meal service with pick up times available from: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. -or- 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be no meal deliveries on this day. Please make sure you pick up your meal boxes at ONE of the sites listed above. Reminder that limit is one (1) meal box per child. Picking up meals from multiple sites is prohibited. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
A message from Merced County Department of Public Health: Don’t Wait, Vaccine! The Merced County Department of Public Health will be offering free flu vaccines to the public. The drive-thru flu clinic will take place on: Date: October 20, 2020 Time: 1:00 to 3:30 PM Place: Livingston Veterans Hall, 1605 7th Street in Livingston (next to Livingston High School) Masks are required . For more information visit www.co.merced.ca.us/flu