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Superintendent's Message

March 2021

Dear Whittier Union High School Community, superintendent

This month, Los Angeles County hit a historic metric – one that Whittier Union has been preparing for since the very beginning of remote learning in March of 2020.

As of March 31, Los Angeles County has qualified to move into the orange tier threshold, which will allow for additional re-openings with safety measures and enables Whittier Union to continue implementing its School Opening and Safety Plan. Beginning Tuesday, April 6, we will move into Stage Two of our Four Stage Reopening. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has provided more information regarding what this update means for our local businesses, and you can read the full update here.

Stage Two allows the District to operate with limited in-person instruction and remote learning simultaneously. Our students will be divided into four cohorts and attend campus one day a week, while taking part in remote learning for the remainder of the week.

If the implementation of Stage Two runs smoothly, Whittier Union will look to move to Stage Three (students attending two days a week) before the end of the school year. All of our families will have the option to remain in 100% remote learning for the remainder of the school year if they choose. For more information, please read this month’s Reopening Announcement.

Whittier Union continues to follow the guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which gave us the green light to reopen earlier this month.

Whittier Union has implemented procedures and protocols to ensure the health and safety of our school communities, such as directional signs to manage movement within our campuses, enforcing the use of face coverings, health screenings for students and staff, increased sanitizing stations and establishing appropriate physical distance in the classroom and all other areas that are frequently used on campuses.

I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our students, certificated and classified employees, families and community members for their patience and support during the last year. The sudden change to remote learning was not easy, and though it has not been ideal, our school community has embraced the challenges and persevered together.

Though we know our return to school beginning April 6 will look vastly different than previous years, it is a step toward the light at the end of tunnel. I am proud of our District and the work we have all done to prepare for the reopening of our schools – emphasizing our motto, “To Achieve and Maintain Excellence.”

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Martin J. Plourde

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