Superintendent of Schools
September 30, 2021
Dear Hermosa Families:
I hope you have enjoyed an exciting and eventful September. Students, teachers, staff, and parents have done a great job staying safe and engaged, helping everyone thrive in the classroom.
With your vigilance and commitment, we continue to prevent COVID-19 transmission on campus, but the pandemic and its effects are still present. By October 1, we will have vaccination status for all staff and volunteers and begin weekly testing for unvaccinated adults on campus. We continue to follow the Los Angeles Department of Health’s safety protocols to keep our campuses safe. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to put the health of students first, while finding ways to safely return to a new normal.
Thank you to our Parent Teacher Organization for bringing back the Back to School Picnic. We are excited to return events to campus and get back to what makes our small school district great. I encourage you to get involved and volunteer for the upcoming Halloween Carnival!
As the school year gets into full swing, I want to remind you about a few important updates.
- Today is the last day of the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation Annual Giving month. Your contributions to HBEF support signature programs such as SPARKS lab, IDEA lab, and music, as well as new programs like video production and 5th grade band. Invest in our students today!
- Hermosa schools have partnered with the Hermosa Beach City Police Department and the South Bay Bicycle Coalition to promote bike safety in Hermosa, co-sponsoring safety education for our students in the coming months to help keep kids safe on the streets.
- Recognizing the disrupting effects of COVID-19, the Equity & Inclusion Committee is committed to ensuring all students thrive. Our elementary teachers will soon begin reading assessments to better instruct your child in reading growth, using newly learned teaching practices to help all different types of student learners and their needs in the classroom.
- Beach Cities Health District and Hermosa have teamed up to create the Wellness Council to better support the health and well-being of students. The Council has created several initiatives, including the additional counselor, Parent-Counselor Connection groups, and Start the Week with Hello. Learn more about our HBCSD Wellness Programs.
- Save the date (Wednesday, October 27 @ 5PM) for HBCSD’s State of Education. This year’s theme, “What is Thrive K-Life?” will explore Hermosa’s signature programs and the importance of a small school district experience.
I want to thank everyone for helping to make this school year fantastic. Your volunteerism and patience as we face challenges around staffing changes and shortages is much appreciated. Nothing is more important than the people our students engage with every day and we are committed to having the best teachers and staff around to make this year meaningful for our students. They deserve it.