A Message from County Administrator Dr. Erika Torres

  Dear Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) Staff, Students, Families and Community:     In our continued commitment to serving our community and providing current information, we have some important updates in this week’s message.    School Reopening Updates   Virtual Parent Town Hall    On Thursday, August 5, 2021, our District hosted a Virtual Parent Town Hall Meeting to provide an update regarding the reopening of schools for the start of school on August 23, 2021. Our District Leadership Team shared important information regarding our reopening preparation and plans, in-person learning, health and safety protocols, curriculum and instruction, attendance, meal distribution, before and after school care, social emotional support, testing and vaccinations. We will also be sharing an update regarding our reopening of schools during our Board Meeting on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. You may access the virtual Board Meeting through our Live Board Meetings page on our IUSD website.     Independent Study Program   As shared in the Virtual Parent Town Hall, the State adopted legislation (AB130) requires all public school districts in California to offer an Independent Study program. The Independent Study program is NOT the same as the “Distance Learning” option that was offered last school year. Please submit the following Interest Survey by August 11th, only if you wish to begin the school year in the Independent Study program. This will allow the District to properly plan and coordinate a viable Independent Study program for your child. If you have any questions regarding the Independent Study program, please email independentstudy@inglewoodusd.com
Alternate Income Form  IUSD is participating in the Seamless Summer Meal Option during the 2021-2022 school year and this program provides students with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks at no additional cost to families. In order to continue receiving additional District funding for this special program, families are required to complete the “Alternate Income Form”. The income form will not only provide free meals, it may also assist with after school academic and enrichment programs, state and federal funding for school budgets, resources for classrooms and much more! In addition, our district is having a competition between elementary and secondary schools where the two winning schools will have the In-N-Out truck for lunch. Be sure to submit your Alternate Income Form to help support your school before the deadline on September 15th. Please click here to complete the form.      IUSD Hosts COVID- 19 Vaccination Clinics   In our commitment to prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff, families and community, IUSD is hosting a vaccination event on August 11, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. La Tijera K-8 Academy of Excellence. COVID-19 testing will also be available and walk-ins are welcome. To schedule a vaccination appointment, please click here. For additional questions or information, please email vaccines@inglewoodusd.com. In addition, Morningside High School will host a vaccination clinic on August 12, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For any additional questions, please email delatorre_claudine@lacoe.edu. Please click here to access the event flyer.  
Sony Animation Studios   The Break, Reinvent, Impact and Change (BRIC) Foundation, where their mission is to help increase diversity within the entertainment, media and technology industry, partnered with our District, Inglewood Teachers Association (ITA) and the Instructional Leadership Corps over the summer to provide an amazing opportunity to high school students interested in animation. Participating students completed the program on July 29, 2021, by pitching their mock animation series to BRIC and Sony Animation representatives. Students were asked to create an animated series which included a plot, characters, location, and explored the various aspects of what it takes to create their own series. Some students described the program as a place that gave them the confidence to write their own thoughts and create their own stories. In addition, gain a greater sense of understanding and appreciation for the development of an animated series. Our District would like to commend all of our incredible students for completing this program and expanding their knowledge in industries that may potentially lead to lifelong careers. To learn more about The BRIC Foundation, please click here.     Inglewood Students Earn Engineer Design & Computer Science Credential from UC San Diego  Our District is excited to announce that 40 of our students from City Honors, Crozier, Inglewood High School, La Tijera, Morningside High School, Frank D. Parent, Payne P-8 and Woodworth-Monroe, were awarded an Engineer Design & Computer Science Credential from UC San Diego for their mastery of the Piper Computer Science curriculum. All 50 students were provided Pipers, and 80% of them completed the 20 plus hours required to complete the five phase Piper curriculum. The Piper curriculum aligns with Next Generation Science Standards Computer Science and California Science Standards and meets the requirements for the University of California, San Diego’s micro credential. In addition to receiving their credential, students will also be recognized by the City of Inglewood for this incredible achievement! Congratulations to our amazing students. You continue to make us proud! To view the credential presentation, please click here. To learn more about the Engineer Factory, please click here.   Enrollment and Family Resource Fair Highlights  Our District would like to thank our families, students, staff and community partners for being a part of our Enrollment and Family Resource Fair on July 31, 2021. The collective effort from every participant is what makes our District and school community so exceptional. With the help of our community partners and IUSD staff, we were able to enroll students, offer various job opportunities, administer 45 vaccinations, provide additional resources to families and more! If you were unable to attend the fair this past weekend, you still have time to enroll your child for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Please click here to access the online enrollment.   
Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway   On Saturday, August 21, 2021, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and 101 Enterprises Foundation is hosting the 62nd Assembly District Back to School-Drive Thru Backpack Giveaway at Crozier Middle School between 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free backpacks and school supplies will be distributed to the first 400 children, ages 5 years and older. In addition, students and families will have an opportunity to receive information regarding the community. The distribution is based on a first- come-first-served basis and children must be present in the car, in order to receive the free backpack and school supplies. To access the event flyer, please here.    Grocery Kits Distribution Update  The last day for the distribution of “Grocery Kits” is Thursday, August 12, 2021. Our District is providing ONE free Grocery Kit per child and we will keep our regular distribution schedule at the following sites:  
The kits contain 7 days of breakfast and lunch, including milk and fresh bulk produce. The kits may include various grocery items each week such as cheese, cherries, apricots, peaches, avocados and cucumbers. Please click here to access additional details regarding grocery kits. For more information, please contact the IUSD Food Services department at (310) 680-4870.    Thank you staff, parents, students, and community members for your ongoing support and commitment to the success of our district.     #WeAreInglewoodUnified     Sincerely,     Erika F. Torres, Ed.D., MSW   County Administrator


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