Education

After School Recreational Enrichment Program Canceled

In accordance with Los Angeles County’s Targeted Safer at Home Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes is temporarily canceling all in-person outdoor recreational programming, including the YMCA After School Recreational Enrichment Program at Hesse Park.

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

In early October, the L.A. County Department of Public Health began accepting applications from schools for waivers for in-person instruction for grades TK-2. Waivers will be granted to 30 schools per week, prioritizing those with higher percentages of students qualified for free/reduced meals. Learn how to apply at publichealth.lacounty.gov

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)

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. On October 23, PVPUSD announced it submitted an application for a waiver for in-person instruction for grades TK-2. Read the announcement and other updates on the school district website.

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.

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 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.”

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.

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 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

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