Education

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.


After School Recreational Enrichment Program

In partnership with the San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA, the City is offering an After School Recreational Enrichment Program for grades K-5 at various City parks from September 14 - December 18. Activities include individual conditioning physical exercise, sports, games, arts and crafts, enrichment, science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), recreation, service learning, nature appreciation and so much more, all designed to maintain physical distancing and follow Los Angeles County Department of Public Health protocols. This program will take place Monday – Friday (except where noted) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on school days only. The program is 100% outdoors and will not operate on days with inclement weather. Fees are $100 per week, per child. Registration is now open! For more information and to register for the After School Recreational Enrichment Program, visit bit.ly/3jg58gA or ymcala.org. Download a program flyer at: bit.ly/3gunjxl

**UPDATE 9/9/2020: Due to lower than anticipated enrollment at Ryan Park and Eastview Park, these locations will be placed on hold until there is more interest.**

K-12 Schools

Beginning Monday, September 14, 2020, K-12 schools may offer in-school services for small cohorts of (up to 12) students with:

  • Individualized Education Plans (IEP);
  • Requiring instruction for English as a Second Language;
  • Or needing assessments or specialized in-school services

As long as the school is able to fully implement the Health Officer's guidance and protocols and submits an operational plan. This change will get children who are in the most need of in-person learning back into their classrooms.

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

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

L.A. County will not be opening the waiver program for instruction of students in grades TK-6 as we monitor the implementation of this effort to safely get students needing specialized in-school services back at school.

On July 17, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a directive that schools in 32 counties on the state’s monitoring list, including Los Angeles County, could not resume in-person learning in August. The state also announced a process to allow schools with TK-6 students to apply for a waiver to this order if they want to resume classes at school. The metrics for the waiver were defined in on August 3, when CDPH recommended that counties with case rates at (or above) 200 cases per 100,000 residents do not extend waivers. On August 26, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that L.A. County’s 14-day COVID-19 case rate has decreased to 198 cases per 100,000 residents. Although this falls just below the state threshold, L.A. County will not be opening the waiver process at this time. Read Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer’s full statement below: 


“At this point, Public Health will not be opening up our waiver process for schools. We will be closely reviewing the guidance from the state and will be reviewing all the options with the Board (of Supervisors) to ensure that schools are able to open as safely as possible for all children and staff.”

PVPUSD

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District schools remain closed, but the new school year began August 26 with distance learning instruction. Back to school registration information and packets are now available at pvpusd.net/registration


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

For the latest information, follow PVPUSD on Twitter, 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.

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 until winter break.

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.

Back to School with Dr. Alex Cherniss on RPVtv

RPVtv’s Maria Serrao discusses all things back-to-school with Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss in a virtual edition of “Around the Peninsula.”

LAUSDLos Angeles Unified School District

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 resumes online when the fall semester began August 24. 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

The fall semester began August 22, with courses held online for the duration of the semester. Likewise, courses for the 2021 Winter Intersession will be delivered 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