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.
Patriot Day: Remembering 9/11
On the 20-year anniversary of 9/11, our District honors the memory of those we lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and pay tribute to the courage, heroism and resilience Americans displayed on this day and in its aftermath. This date is engraved in our history and our hearts, and we will continue to honor our 9/11 heroes.
REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS: Short Term Independent Study Master Agreement
We have been working diligently to put all safety protocols in place to keep our families and staff as safe and healthy as possible. But as we have seen, even with all of our mitigation strategies in place, we have had cases of COVID-19 in our schools and offices. In an abundance of caution, as we conduct contract tracing, we are having to close more classes than we would like in order to reduce the spread of the virus. In the case your child or class has to be quarantined, it is important for us to continue student learning, as long as they are healthy and able to participate in the program. In order to prepare for this possibility, we are asking families to complete the Short Term Independent Study Master Agreement linked here. By signing this now, if there is an instance where there is a quarantine, we can seamlessly move your child to Short Term Independent Study. Please click here for additional details regarding this process and feel free to reach out to your principal should you have any questions.
Health and Safety
Students ages 12 and older, family members of Inglewood Unified School District students, and community members are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at our school-based community vaccination centers. COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at school sites have begun and each site will be on a rotating schedule, hosting two vaccine clinics per site. The next round of vaccine clinics are as follows:
Highland TK-6 Elementary School on September 13, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hudnall TK-6 Elementary School on September 14, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Inglewood Continuation High School on September 15, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Inglewood High School on September 16, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
For questions regarding the Vaccine Program, please contact Project Coordinator, Marvin Lawton, at (310) 912-9164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here to access additional information regarding the vaccination clinics schedule, COVID-19 testing and more! For questions regarding the COVID-19 Testing Program, please contact Project Coordinator, Jenny Fuentes, at (213) 476-3667 or submit an email to COVIDTaskForce@inglewoodusd.com.
Our Partnership with the Los Angeles Rams
David Long Jr. Backpack Distribution at Warren Lane
On Friday, September 3, 2021, the Los Angeles Rams Cornerback, David Long Jr. and our Los Angeles Rams partners, hosted a backpack distribution for Warren Lane Elementary students. The donated backpacks included a variety of school supplies such as pencils, notebooks, crayons, markers, rulers, pens and more! Students also had a chance to interact with the Rams Mascot, Rampage. Since the Rams returned home to Los Angeles, the team has engaged Warren Lane Elementary students through a variety of community initiatives, including the remodeling of the Warren Lane library by former Rams Quarterback Jared Goff. Our District would like to thank David Long Jr. and our Los Angeles Rams partners for their commitment to our students, families and community.
Countdown to Rams Kickoff
In anticipation of the Los Angeles Rams first regular season game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, September 12, 2021, the team launched a series of community efforts in Inglewood that will support “Certified #RamsHouse”, a program that aims to support businesses throughout the Los Angeles region. As a way to rally the community, the Los Angeles Rams surprised our students and staff with t-shirts, and a visit from the Rams mascot, Rampage and Rams cheerleaders at some of our school sites. Teachers and staff were also entered into a raffle where they had the opportunity to win a game day package which includes two tickets to Sunday’s kickoff game, a parking pass and $100 gift card to the Rams Fan Shop.
In addition, the Inglewood High School drumline, drill team, cheerleaders and tall flags were invited to perform at the American Airlines Plaza at SoFi Stadium during the Rams Countdown to Kickoff show. They were also invited to attend the game against the Bears following their performance. Thank you to the Los Angeles Rams for celebrating their first season game with IUSD!
IUSD Construction Projects
The painting project of Building B started over the weekend at Kelso TK-6 Elementary School. The process included power washing, taping off, priming and painting of the building. Over the course of the week, minor touch ups will be made. Additional painting work is scheduled for the upcoming weekend.
At Woodworth-Monroe the removal of pre-existing paint striping was completed over the weekend. Additional areas will continue to be worked on throughout the campus in preparation for the new striping to be painted. In addition, the service road at the backside of the TK-5 campus is in the process of receiving a new gate. Steel posts were installed this week and fabrication of the gate is now in progress. We will continue to share updates on the construction projects at various IUSD sites in future communications.
Bolt Up Academy
Our District would like to congratulate our amazing Bolt Up Academy scholars for their ad featured in the Gameday Magazine, a network of professionals from a variety of broadcasting, coaching, and production backgrounds that promote high school athletes and young student athletes. In July, a group of our high school students completed the Brother-hood Crusade curriculum training with the Los Angeles Chargers Bolt Up Academy, through a comprehensive training process and curriculum. Through Bolt Up, students are provided with internship opportunities to experience the work environment of a professional NFL team department, and a variety of other paid internships in several vocations. To view the Gameday Magazine ad, please click here.
Student Advisory Council
Our District is excited to announce that we are forming a County Administrator’s Student Advisory Council, where the purpose is to elevate student voices, by providing them with opportunities to share their feedback, insight and ideas with District leadership and external stakeholders. Students will engage in critical conversations and provide useful and actionable feedback to improve experiences for our students. Topics during the Student Advisory Council may include, but are not limited to, equity, social justice, instructional strategies and supports, social and emotional wellbeing, and extracurricular activities. For additional information about the Student Advisory Council, including the deadline to apply, eligibility requirements and more, please click here.
Food Services – Meal Updates
For students returning to in-person, meal distribution will return to normal and students will receive breakfast and lunch during the regular school day, at no charge for all students! Staff will continue to wear masks and gloves during distribution of meals. Meals will be provided in the cafeteria, but students may eat and drink outdoors if available. Students enrolled in Independent Studies will receive 5-Day Grocery Kits. As of September 1, 2021, parents can pick up the grocery kits at the following schools as follows:
In addition, as of September 7, 2021, our District started providing supper to our IUSD students, free of charge! Supper will include the 5 basic components of a meal (Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein, Dairy). Supper will be available as a grab and go meal when students leave for the day. If they participate in ASES, they will receive a warm meal provided at the school site. For additional information regarding meal distribution, 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.
Erika F. Torres, Ed.D., MSW