Students and staff members in the Long Beach Public Schools were excited to have their highly-anticipated return to the classrooms starting on Sept. 11. Despite a slightly postponed opening due to the previous day’s weather conditions, the district’s initial days were filled with enthusiasm as a productive new year of learning took flight.
The schools held staggered orientations in order to provide students with time to adjust to the new health and safety protocols for arrival and dismissal. Students were familiarized with health and hygiene procedures and other important measures that have been implemented. Sept. 14 marked the first full day for all, and while faces were covered, the excitement was obvious. Students were eager to see their friends, get to know new classmates and meet their teachers, and staff members were happy to be back in their instructional environments.
This year, elementary students attend school daily while students at the secondary level are on a hybrid schedule that alternates in-person and remote instruction days. A fully remote learning option is being utilized by some students at all levels.
Hallways are marked in order to maintain social distancing and handwashing and sanitizing stations are available. In the classrooms, desks are spaced 6 feet apart. Students and staff members wear masks throughout the day with breaks permitted at select times. The custodial staff is diligently sanitizing desks, doors and all classroom materials following each school day, using a product that is proven effective against COVID-19.
A newly launched transportation blog can be viewed here and provides the latest updates on bus delays and route changes. The district looks forward to sharing highlights and achievements as the 2020-21 school year continues.