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.   Hispanic Heritage Month   Our District is proud to join the nation as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month beginning September 15, 2021 – October 15, 2021. Hispanic Heritage month is dedicated to the many contributions that Hispanics and Latinos have made throughout history and still continue to make today. It traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latin Americans and acknowledges deeply rooted heritage throughout various Latin American countries. It is celebrated in a variety of ways, including, concerts, parades, food fairs, art exhibitions that highlight Latin heroes and more! Please join us as we share a series of Hispanic and Latin American heroes within our weekly newsletter and on social media throughout the month of September and October.  
Student Advisory Council   Our District recently announced that we are in the process of 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. We want to increase students’ involvement in critical conversations so that they can 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 eligibility requirements, please click here. Students should submit their applications no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 30th.     YMCA Launch  In our continued partnership with the Westchester YMCA, our District is launching a freeAfterschool Recreational Enrichment Program for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten (TK/K) students at all IUSD elementary schools. In addition, they are also launching a free Afterschool Teen Drop-in Program at Morningside, City Honors and Inglewood High School. Both programs begin on September 20, 2021 and will only operate on school days. Please submit application as space may be limited. To enroll your child in the TK/K Afterschool Recreational Enrichment program or the  Afterschool Teen Drop-in Program, please click here. To access the informational flyer for the TK/K program, please click here. To access the informational flyer for the high school program, please click here.     P-EBT Parent Workshop   The IUSD Parent and Family Resource Center is hosting a virtual meeting to discuss P-EBT benefits on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. The first session will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and the second session will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Parents/Guardians and families will have an opportunity to learn more about eligibility requirements, how they can receive more funds for groceries, access healthy meals, and more. For more information, contact IUSD Parent Center at 310-419-2788. Please click here to access the informational flyer, including zoom login details. Spanish interpretation will be available. To learn more about P-EBT benefits, please click here.     Health and Safety  Vaccination Clinics   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 second round of vaccine clinics are as follows:    Bennett-Kew P-8 on September 20, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Payne P-8 STEAM Academy on September 21, 2021 from 4:00 pm. – 6:00 p.m. Centinela TK-8 Elementary on September 22, 2021 from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.  Child Development Center (CDC) on September 23, 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 vaccines@inglewoodusd.com.    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.  
October is College and Career Readiness Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month  I am pleased to share with you that IUSD passed two resolutions during the September 15th Board Meeting proclaiming October as College and Career Readiness Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.     College and Career Readiness Awareness Month   We set high standards and expectations for all of our students’ futures and give them the necessary tools to choose either postsecondary college and career opportunities. Our schools will continue to provide innovative programs, such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Advanced Placement (AP) courses, career pathways, dual enrollment, and Career Technical Education (CTE).      To promote college and career readiness, we ask that you wear a t-shirt from a university or college to promote higher education on Wednesdays throughout October. Feel free to take a picture and post on social media using the hashtag: #IUSDCollegeShirtWednesdays. We also invite students to participate in a variety of activities listed here.     Online action required: Click here to view the resolution.  
Breast Cancer Awareness Month   October is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month. As part of our wellness initiative, the district passed a resolution raising awareness regarding one of the leading causes of death in women in the United States: breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.     I encourage staff and students to honor survivors of breast cancer, those being treated and those who have lost their lives as a result of this disease by participating in a variety of activities throughout the month of October listed here. Please take a picture of yourself participating in these activities and share on social media using the hashtag: #IUSDPinktober.    Online action required: Click here to view the resolution.       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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