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After School Recreational Enrichment Program

Registration is open for the After School Recreational Enrichment Program offered by the San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA and the City at Hesse Park!

Register your child today at bit.ly/sppyenrichment

The after school program is for grades K-5 and will take place from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday at Hesse Park through June 11.

This program is 100% outdoors and features activities covering science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), individual conditioning physical exercise, enrichment, and much more, all designed to maintain physical distancing and follow Los Angeles County Department of Public Health protocols. Fees are $100 per week, per child.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in programs, services, activities and meetings, contact the City's ADA Coordinator/Risk Manager at 310-683-3157, adarequests@rpvca.gov, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, at least 48 hours in advance to request an auxiliary aid or accommodation.

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Having trouble with your internet connection?

The City has received inquiries from residents who are experiencing problems with their internet connection and are concerned about staying connected for distance learning. Any Cox Communications customers who are having trouble with their internet connection are advised to contact Government Affairs Manager Michael Hadland directly at michael.hadland@cox.com. Please provide your address. Customers can also report problems to Customer Support at 1-800-234-3993. The following are links to Cox Communication's troubleshooting FAQs and videos, a Wifi Optimization Guide including a helpful Infographic and Internet Experience Customer Resources.

K-12 Schools

Schools

L.A. County Meets Threshold to Reopen Grades TK-6

California permits elementary schools to reopen as soon as counties reach an adjusted COVID-19 case rate of 25 per 100,000 residents for five days. Los Angeles County reached that much-anticipated milestone on February 15.

On February 16, the L.A. County Department of Public Health announced that students in grades TK – 6 are permitted on-site learning if the school is in full compliance with state and county directives. Many of the directives are not new and very familiar to schools that re-opened under the waiver program or for services for high-need students. 

Elementary schools in L.A. County fall into two groups: those that are already open for in-classroom instruction for an entire class of students in grades TK-2 through the waiver program and those that are not open for full-grade in class instruction.

Schools already open through an approved waiver need to post their COVID Safety Plan prior to expanding in-class instruction to students grades 3-6. There are 297 elementary schools with approved waivers, including Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District elementary schools.

Schools not yet open need to submit their required COVID Safety Plan for review by CDPH and L.A. County Public Health, along with completing the county re-opening protocol checklist. If no concerns are noted in seven working days by either the state or county health departments, they are permitted to open on day eight as long as they follow the safety requirements and protocols detailed in state and county directives.

For grades 7 through 12, reopening will not be permitted until L.A. County’s case rate drops below 7 per 100,000 people.

Read the Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools (PDF)

Read the Protocol for COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan in K-12 Schools (PDF)

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School DistrictPVPUSD

On February 19, Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss provided an update on the return to school timeline for K-12 hybrid programs for elementary, middle, and high schools. Grades 3 to 6 will be phased in through March 15, and hybrid grade 6 students will have the opportunity to come to school for a portion of the week beginning March 15. Grades 7-12 are targeted to return April 12, provided that L.A. County enters the Red Tier in the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy by then. Read the update on the PVPUSD website.

PVPUSD has compiled information on its school reopening plans that is available online, including:

  1. A Guidebook for Reopening Schools for students, parents, staff and the community, which outlines plans for distance learning, hybrid distance learning/in-person instruction, safety protocols and more.
  2. A dedicated webpage of Return to School Frequently Asked Questions about the distance learning model, the hybrid distance learning/in-person instruction model, and more.
  3. Notes from meetings of five Return to School Committees made up of elementary, intermediate and high school parents, school staff, medical professionals and special education personnel.
  4. Video of the July 1, July 27 and August 18, 2020 town hall meetings on school reopening plans
  5. Video of the August 24, 2020 Distance Learning Parent Meeting for Grade 6-8
  6. Video of the Fall Parent Education Series in partnership with South Bay Families Connected:
    1. Managing the Emotions of Distance Learning - Parenting in 2020
    2. Teens, Stress and Anxiety: How Parents Can Help
    3. Building Resilience & Paving a Path for Success: Tips for Elementary Parents

For the latest information, follow PVPUSD on Twitter, visit the district website at pvpusd.net and watch virtual Board of Education meetings every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. online or on PVPtv Cox 35/FiOS 39.

PVPUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

In an effort to provide accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases on PVPUSD campuses while also maintaining privacy and confidentiality for students and staff, PVPUSD has created a COVID-19 Dashboard for confirmed positive cases among district students and staff. The data shared on the dashboard will be updated regularly as COVID-19 positive cases are confirmed at campuses for in-person instruction only. The data for a positive case will be removed from the dashboard when the individual is cleared to return to campus.

To access the dashboard, please visit www.pvpusd.net/dashboard/

Free Breakfast and Lunch Curbside Pickup

Any adolescent 18 years of age and under may pick up a FREE breakfast and lunch! This program will run through the end of the school year in June 2021.

Curbside pickup is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Miraleste Intermediate School, Palos Verdes Intermediate School, Ridgecrest Intermediate School, Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. No pre-order required! For more information, visit pvpusdschoolnutrition.net.

South Bay Families Connected

South Bay Families Connected is a not-for-profit whose mission is to improve the social and emotional wellness of area youth by supporting parents in their efforts to help their kids reach their full potential and live healthy, fulfilled lives. For online youth wellness resources, including resources to support youths during distance learning, please visit southbayfamiliesconnected.org/pvpusd.

Los Angeles Unified School District

LAUSD

Los Angeles Unified School District schools remain closed, but the new school year began August 18 with distance learning instruction. LAUSD has released a Back to School Plan (PDF), which outlines plans for distance learning, hybrid distance learning/in-person instruction, safety protocols, and more. For more information, visit lausd.net.

LAUSD announced the launch of a program that will provide regular COVID-19 testing and contact tracing to school staff, students and their families. As part of this plan, research will commence to study the impact and effects of reopening and this data will be available to the general public. Learn more at achieve.lausd.net/covidtesting.

Higher Education

According to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, colleges and universities may continue their essential operations, but most academic instruction must continue to be done via distance-learning. Institutions may continue to offer in person training and instruction only for students who are or will become part of the essential workforce and only for required activities that cannot be accomplished through virtual learning. All other academic instruction must continue to be done via distance-learning. Faculty and other staff may come to campus for the purpose of providing distance learning, and other activities related to the purposes above, as well as maintaining minimum basic operations. Colleges and universities should limit their on-campus student residency to only providing housing for students who have no alternative housing options. Collegiate sports may only proceed in compliance with all the California Department of Public Health Specific Interim Guidance for Collegiate Athletics.

MCU

Marymount California University

Marymount California University is closed and instruction will continue online through the spring 2021 semester. The university also anticipates a continuation of fewer limits on students in campus housing. MCU’s physical campus remains closed with the exception of essential limited employee activity. All offices, however, are fully operational and available remotely, and will continue to be through spring. University services remain available to all students. Staff and faculty are continuing to work remotely, with the ability to serve students in most capacities through email, phone and videoconferencing. The university has increased the number of units a student can take per semester from 20 to 24 at no additional charge for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, and reduced some fees related to housing, orientation, campus services and labs. MCU has suspended plans to allow students to move into The Villas, its student housing campus, in accordance with county guidelines. For more information, visit marymountcalifornia.edu

El Camino College

El Camino College

Courses for the 2021 Winter Intersession are being held remotely for the entirety of the Intersession period. A limited number of programs that prepare students for employment in essential industries will be allowed to hold face-to-face classes on campus during the fall semester. These classes will be held following all appropriate social distancing and safety protocols. For more information, vist elcamino.edu or laccd.edu