Preparing for the 2020-21 School Year

Dear El Monte Union Families,

As we launch into the summer season, El Monte Union will continue its distance learning program for summer school 2020, which begins June 26 for returning students and July 27 for incoming freshmen. By now, you should have received information regarding the summer school schedule.Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions regarding summer school.

Looking ahead to fall 2020, we understand that the question of what school will look like once it reopens on Aug. 18 is one many in our community are asking right now.

The education, safety and well-being of our students continue to be our top priority.

We value our parents’ input and are asking you to take a few minutes to share your thoughts regarding your child’s return to school in our reopening survey (which can be found at www.emuhsd.org/reopenschools).

The results of this survey will help us provide the very best educational programs to meet your child’s needs and help us anticipate staffing needs for the various options.

Please respond by Friday, June 26.

In the meantime, I would like to inform you that we are in the planning stages for the 2020-21 school year and are working with our El Monte Union Reopening of Schools Task Force (RSTF) – which includes principals, teachers, classified staff, parents and students – to design a plan that meets the needs of all students.

The plan will include different scenarios that will allow for adaptability to an ever-changing environment.

We understand this will not be an easy task, but we are optimistic that the work of our RSTF will successfully prevail.

To help guide our efforts to create safe learning environments for all students and staff, we are working with the California Health Department, which has released initial guidelines for re-opening schools; the Los Angeles County Office of Education, which released its planning framework; and the LA County Department of Public Health, which will soon release guidance for schools within the county. We anticipate several more updates over the next few weeks.

The plan is to reopen our schools as normal on Aug. 18 for students and staff who can safely return.

We are evaluating all school operations and facilities, including classroom usage, methods of transportation, and preparation of student meals.

As the guidelines continue to evolve, adjustments will be made for EMUHSD’s reopening of school plans. Specific plans for the distancing of students, cleaning of classrooms and equipment, and testing and tracing protocols will be released later this summer.

I would like to share with you our tentative plans and options for teaching and learning in fall 2020 during a virtual community forum at 4 p.m. Monday, June 29. We will be sending out a separate invitation to you in the next few days.

I want to thank everyone – students, teachers, parents, administrators and community partners – for your amazing strength in getting through an exceedingly difficult spring.

This crisis has proven the resilience of our community and their determination to rise to a challenge in support of our students.

I will continue to share new information as we get closer to the fall. On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to thank you for your continued support of our schools.

I know we all look forward to having a healthy and much-deserved summer and returning in the fall and reunite as a school community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Edward A. Zuniga

Superintendent

Superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga