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HAPPY NOVEMBER!
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In this month’s newsletter, I am sharing information about our approaching Student Vaccination deadlines, the Superintendent Search, the Redistricting Process, what happened at last month's Board meetings and Family and Community Engagement Committee, as well as to expect at our upcoming Special Education Committee.

I’m excited to share insights from our BD3 Student Advisory Council members, videos from the schools I’ve been visiting lately and showing you how our schools are transforming.

Finally, I'm sharing our Calendar/Events section, a Resources section, a few Job Opportunities, and Something to read.

Latest News

Student Vaccination Deadlines Approaching

I am very pleased to see that nearly all our employees have been vaccinated, a key component in ensuring our safe return to in-person learning. As the deadlines for student vaccinations approach, I want to share links to a few key District sites:

Superintendent Search Reaches Final Stage

I also wanted to share that after many weeks of community meetings, we gathered input from over 28,000 stakeholders regarding the ideal candidate’s qualities, job experiences and aspirations as LAUSD’s next Superintendent. You can access the report here. The deadline for candidates to apply is tomorrow, November 5th by 5 pm.  The Board will be conducting interviews between mid-November and early December. 

Redistricting Commission Recommended Map Moves to City Council

Finally, I want to update you on the redistricting process, as we’re going to see some changes in the Valley. As you may know, the LAUSD Board of Education boundaries are redrawn every ten years. The LAUSD Redistricting Commission voted on their final map recommendation at their meeting and has been shared with the City Council for their consideration. It looks like BD3 will lose some schools, but also gain some new schools. If you wish to view the map, click here.

At the Board of Education

10/12 Board meeting

  • Approval of major modernization at Canoga Park High School, which includes an overview of the key conditions at each project site, and the schedule and budget for the activities

  • The Board approved an expenditure plan to implement prevention and mitigation strategies in school opening and operations, to address the academic impact of lost instructional time, carry out other allowable activities and identify and meet student needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Submitting this plan to the LA County Office of Education is a condition for the District to receive approximately $2,573,562,695 in funding. 
10/26 Board meeting
During the Board President’s Reports, I recognized Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet for receiving the National Blue Ribbon Recognition.  You can watch the video by clicking here.

Committee meetings 

Our next Special Education Committee meeting will take place tonight, at 5 p.m. You can view the meeting by clicking here

  • I am looking forward to taking a deeper dive on the Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services Plan (CCEIS) that was passed by the Board in September.
  • We will also hear information about parents’ rights. about two of our school partner programs (Unified Champion Schools and UCLA Arts and Healing), and a presentation by the Community Advisory Committee Chair. 
Our Family and Community Engagement Committee met for the first time on October 14th, you can read a recap of the meeting here. Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, December 9. If you want to submit topics for this committee’s consideration, click here.
Student Advisory Council
During this month’s Student Advisory Council, students engaged with Student Board Member Parishi Kanuga and LAUSD’s Medical Director, Dr. Smita Malhotra.
  • They agree that being physically at school promotes healthy interactions, engagement and optimum learning which is  what motivated them to be vaccinated against Covid-19. 
  • Ms. Kanuga discussed her experience as Student Board Member, and the importance of elevating student voice, particularly regarding protecting others against Covid-19.  
  • Dr. Smita Malhotra discussed her personal story, vaccine efficacy, vaccine safety, and debunked falsehoods related to the vaccine. 
  • Students had the opportunity to discuss their thoughts on information presented.  They decided the best way to follow up their discussion with action was to promote vaccine awareness at their respective schools. 
Visiting Our Schools

I had a chance to visit many BD3 schools this month, you can see videos of all these visits by clicking here. To see individual schools click here: Colfax ES/North Hollywood HS/Earhart HS, Monlux ES, Dixie CanyonES, Vanalden EEC, Vanalden ES, Emelita ES, Bassett ES, Mulholland MS, Superior ES, Beckford ES, Aggeler HS, Stoney Point HS, Parthenia ES, Shirley ES#1, Shirley ES#2, Reseda ES.

Improving Our Schools
I’m always excited to see our schools  transformed. Take a look at the Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter Library, before and after our Facilities Team work.
And check out this amazing visualization of what Kennedy High School will look like once the Comprehensive Modernization project is complete.
Calendar/Events
You can find all the Board meeting and committee dates (along with links to access them), as well as school holidays in our Calendar here
IMPORTANT DEADLINE - NOVEMBER 12, 2021 - on-time deadline to apply for Magnet Programs, Magnets, Permits With Transportation, Dual Language Education, Schools for Advanced Studies. To learn more, click here.
Resources
Jobs
Opportunities for Students
I wanted to make sure you checked this out.  Please notice that the deadline is tomorrow.
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) advises the Board of Education, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Director and the Superintendent’s Cabinet on the annual priorities addressed in the SELPA local plan and advocates for effective Special Education programs and services. To learn more, click here.
Metro Los Angeles is creating its first Youth Council with the goal of developing the capacity of young people to engage with and participate in Metro’s plans, projects, programs and initiatives.The deadline to apply is November 18. To learn more, click here.
Something to Read

Here are a couple of interesting reports:

Making the Grade 2021: How Fair is School Funding in your State shows that California has moved up from 47th in the nation (in 2012-12) to 30th in per pupil spending though it is still below the national average. The report also shows that it has the 8th most progressive school funding system in the nation.

Renewing our Promise to Long Term English Learners shows that though the numbers of Long Term English Learners in California has decreased (from 52% to 46% among English learners in grades 6-12), this reduction is not enough, considering the state set a goal to reduce this percentage by half by 2030.

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