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Safe Return to in-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

Los Angeles College Prep Academy

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

 

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

 

  • Describe how the LEA will maintain, or continue to maintain, health and safety policies and procedures. Include a description of any adopted policies and procedures regarding the CDC’s safety recommendations (or available LEA website links to such policies). Include descriptions of appropriate accommodations adopted and coordination efforts conducted with outside State and local health officials. Please include or describe current public health conditions, applicable State and local rules and restrictions, and other contemporaneous information that informs your decision-making process. 

Los Angeles College Prep Academy created its Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan in accordance with the available CDC guidelines, California Department of Public Health guidance for K-12 schools, and the LA County Department of Public Health’s K-12 Health and Safety protocol. 


The entire school community is committed to facilitating a safe, smooth, and supportive return to campus for students, families, and staff. This will be achieved through implementing crucial health and safety protocols recommended by public health experts and providing clarity, transparency, and consistent communication to and engagement with families, students and staff to build trust around returning to campus. In particular, these communications will focus on conveying that the adopted health and safety protocols support a safe return to full in-person learning.


The policies proposed for 2021-22 health and safety guidelines includes:

  • 3 feet of distancing where possible, which is what the state of California (the “State”) recommends, with a suggestion of a closer focus on other measures (such as masking or other barriers) in cases where 3 feet cannot be maintained. 
  • Masking required (except in limited circumstances where masking is not possible, for example, meal time)

  • Continued regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and use of disinfection chemicals in the case of a known occurrence of COVID-19. The State recommends only disinfecting spaces in the case of an occurrence due to the health risk from disinfecting chemicals. 
  • Supporting students and families in getting vaccinated, while respecting family choices and making them feel welcome regardless of vaccination status.
  • Strengthening mental health supports, including increased counselor services, mental health professionals, and partnerships with outside organizations as needed and tightening systems and structures.

The California Department of Public Health and the LA County Department of Public Health have both announced that further guidance will continue to be issued. Once updated guidance is released, we will review our policies to determine where updates should be made. We will also monitor additional factors including parent perspective and comfort level with sending their students back to school and the health and safety guidelines they would like to see in place to do so through another round of family surveys. 



  1. The LEA will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address students’ academic needs and students’ and staff social, emotional, mental health and other needs, which may include student health and food services.  Describe how the LEA will ensure continuity of services in case isolation, quarantine, or future school closures are required, including how the LEA will meet the needs of students with disabilities and English learners.

In order to assess and address student’s academic needs, during the 2021-2022 academic school year, all students will take: (input in house test we will use)  (input amount of times) times per year; interim assessments in the form of (insert type of test) and (insert type of test) at the end of the fall semester; and general unit assessments to determine their level of proficiency across core subjects. These assessments, in conjunction with attendance data and teacher recommendations, will: (1) help to identify and understand the needs of our students, including those that will need supplemental instruction and support in addressing unfinished learning in the form of additional intervention / acceleration courses; and (2) support teachers in embedding deliberate scaffolds into their unit and lesson planning to ensure students are accelerating their learning and assessing grade level content, and conducting student work analysis on a biweekly basis to monitor their progress and growth. Particular attention will be given to student groups including but not limited to: English learners, foster youth, homeless scholars, and scholars with disabilities. Once these students have been identified, we will notify their parents and guardians about the supplemental instruction and support opportunities available. This communication will be provided in the parents’ and guardians’ primary language.


Extending instructional learning time will also be offered by providing summer school during summers 2021 and 2022 and by providing tutoring and additional small group support. 


In addition, integrated student supports will support the mental and social emotional health of our scholars. We will increase counseling services, including partnering with outside organizations, to increase the availability of services to students. We will also implement school wide trauma-informed practices within a de-colonial wellness framework.



  1. The LEA sought public comments in the development of its plan and took those comments into account in the development of its plan. Describe the LEA’s policy or practice that provided the public with an opportunity to provide comments and feedback and the collection process. Describe how any feedback was incorporated into the development of the plan.

 

Los Angeles College Prep Academy created its Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan through student and family surveys to gauge plans for return to in-person learning and families’ prioritization of various health and safety guidelines.