January 11, 2021
We hope you enjoyed some time to rest and recharge during the holiday season. I am reaching out to share some exciting academic developments that will further prepare our students for college, leadership, and life. The following are a few new changes that will further support our students during distance learning this year.
Grading Policy Update
We understand that there are several factors that can make virtual classrooms challenging, so we have designed more ways to support all students during online learning. Updated grading policies are available on our website.
Starting this semester, our teachers will assign fewer Academic Preparation assignments to give students more time to complete unfinished classwork or homework. All students attend Academic Preparation daily. We encourage all parents and guardians to monitor their child’s Academic Preparation progress, along with all other grades, in PowerSchool.
For Middle Schools: We have also created opportunities for students to make up fall 2020 grades. Students who have received an “F” grade at the end of the last semester will receive a “No Pass” mark on their fall 2020 report card. We are committed to providing additional support to Middle School students who receive a No Pass grade in the second semester.
For High School: We have also created opportunities for students to make up fall 2020 grades during this spring 2021 semester. Students who have received a “D” or “F” grade at the end of last semester will receive an “Incomplete” mark on their fall 2020 final report card. Students will have the opportunity to raise their grade to a “C” grade through our Extended Semester program. We will contact the parents and guardians of all eligible students for this program.
Distance learning has made it difficult to receive assistance with classwork. That is why we have partnered with Tutor.com, a no-cost service for students who need academic assistance outside of office hours and Academic Preparation. Students can access this service online, 24/7, for tutoring in English and Spanish. Within the next few weeks, students will learn how to access this program during their Advisory courses. Please see the attached flyer to learn more about this opportunity.
We will continue to maintain contact throughout the semester through phone and email. While we miss being in the classroom, we are grateful for the opportunity to continue providing our students with tools for success. Together we will build wonderful experiences throughout this school year.
Dr. Cristina de Jesus
Chief Executive Officer and President
Green Dot Public Schools California
All students who received a Chromebook and/or internet hotspot in the spring can keep their devices for the 2020-21 school year. Please reach out to your school if you need to pick up your student’s Chromebook or need assistance with internet connectivity.
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Employment Development Department
Learn about eligibilities if you have been exposed to COVID-19, if you missed work to care for your child because of COVID-19, or if your employer has reduced hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19.
If you become ill due to COVID-19:
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
Learn about the rights of undocumented workers here: https://legalaidatwork.org/factsheet/undocumented-workers-employment-rights/
If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely.
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.
The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
LA's New Job Portal:
Central and East LA
Boyle Heights WorkSource
1505 East 1st Street, Los Angeles CA 90033
Wilshire WorkSource Center
3550 Wilshire Boulevard, #500, Los Angeles CA 90010
South and West Los Angeles
Watts WorkSource Center 2220 East 114th Street, Los Angeles CA 90059
Vernon Central at LATTC WorkSource Center
400 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90015
From the IRS website: “The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020.”
The deadline to file personal California State Taxes is now July 15, 2020. Property taxes however are still due April 10th, 2020.
Free File Resources:
Directly from the Employment Development Department: “Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.
- Because schools are closed due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits. Click here to learn if you need to apply before June 30th.
- Debido a que las escuelas están cerradas por el COVID-19, los niños que son elegibles para recibir comidas gratis o a precio reducido pueden recibir hasta $365 en beneficios de alimentos. Haga clic aquí para saber si necesita aplicar antes del 30 de junio.
A web and mobile app that helps you find your closest food bank.
An online food locator that can find a nearby food pantry.
LAUSD is offering two free meals to all students at 64 Grab and Go Centers throughout Los Angeles, staffed weekdays from 7:00am to 11:00am.
Healthy, affordable grab and go meals are available for purchase at 7 Stores that remain open across LA County. These sites offer curbside pick-up or delivery within a 3 mile radius. Call the Everytable Helpline at 323-458-6487 for questions and more information.
Offering FREE KIDS MEALS for children under the age of 12. View updates on their Facebook page.
310-258-7400 Apply to get up to $192 a month per household member on an EBT card.
The WIC program, which provides cash assistance for groceries to pregnant and postpartum women and families with children under age 5, has recently established an “Apply by text” option. To apply, families can simply text APPLY to 91997, or fill out the online application available here: https://www.phfewic.org/how-wic-works/apply-for-wic/. Immigration status does not affect eligibility. Taking this assistance does not make someone a public charge.
Infant nutrition and healthy foods coaching for mothers and infants. 1-800-852-5770
County governmental services
California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) program.
- DRAI is a one-time, state-funded disaster relief assistance program for undocumented immigrants impacted by COVID-19. The program will provide $500 in direct assistance to those who qualify, and a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household. To qualify, individuals must be able to provide information that they: 1) are an undocumented adult (18 yrs. of age or older); 2) are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance such as the CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and, 3) have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
Eligible individuals who live in Los Angeles County can apply starting on Monday, May 18, 2020 through the following nonprofit organizations:
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA): 213-201-8700
- Central American Resource Center (CARECEN): 213-315-2659
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice : 213-241-8880
The Governor of California just signed this order to expand his previous eviction moratorium.
- The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts.
- It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.
- The tenant would be required to retain documentation but not required to submit it to the landlord in advance. And the tenant would remain obligated to repay full rent in a timely manner and could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted.
- The order takes effect immediately and provides immediate relief to tenants for whom rent is due on April 1st.
- Documentation can include - "termination notices, payroll checks, pay stubs, bank statements, medical bills, or signed letters or statements from an employer or supervisor explaining the tenant’s changed financial circumstances, to support the tenant’s assertion of an inability to pay. This documentation may be provided to the landlord no later than the time upon payment of back-due rent."
The Mayor of Los Angeles has ordered a temporary moratorium on evictions within the city of Los Angeles if you are unable to pay rent due to costs associated with the coronavirus, including childcare costs, loss of income due to workplace closure, or health-related costs. Tenants will have up to 12 months from the expiration of the emergency period to repay any back due rent.
If you are unable to pay your rent, the city and county recommends informing your landlord before you miss a rental payment that you cannot pay full rent because of circumstances related to COVID-19 and try to arrange another payment plan.
You can find a sample letter to send to your landlord here.
Norent.org helps tenants generate a letter to their landlord documenting their inability to pay rent due to covid-19 impacts.
For more information visit: https://hcidla.lacity.org/covid-19-eviction-moratorium
If you live in the County of Los Angeles, the Board of Supervisors issued a temporary moratorium on evictions due to nonpayment of rent through May 31st, 2020. A tenant must provide a notice of their inability to pay to their landlord within 7 days that rent is due. Tenants have 6 months from the expiration of the order to pay back rent due to their landlord.
For more detailed information, click here.
Tenant rights organizations supporting during this time via phone and video:
The Governor of California announced that four national banks (Wells Fargo, US Bank, Citi and JP Morgan Chase) will defer mortgage payments for three months, and Bank of America will defer payments for 30 days. State chartered banks and credit unions will offer similar deferrals. Contact your bank to see what type of documentation is required.
County Rental Assistance Program
The program provides rental assistance funds to low- and moderate-income eligible households economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to be eligible, you must be a renter residing in the unincorporated communities in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, or 5th Supervisorial Districts of LA County. Determine if you reside in those communities and apply here: https://2020.211la.org/form/covid-rental-assistance
The Mayor of Los Angeles has ordered a moratorium on evictions within the city of Los Angeles if you are unable to pay rent due to costs associated with the corona-virus, including childcare costs, loss of income due to workplace closure, or health-related costs. Tenants will have up to 6 months from the expiration of the emergency period to repay any back due rent.
Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority
A one-stop approach to support individuals in need of housing.
LA-HOP is designed to assist people experiencing homelessness in LA County with outreach services
Families with Children:
- Metro LA: PATH → 323-644-2200
- East LA: The Whole Child → 562-204-0640
- South LA: SSG/HOPICS → 323-948-0444
- West LA: St. Joseph’s Center → 310-694-6035
Youth (If you are a young person living on your own and need stable housing.)
- Metro LA: LA LGBT Center → 323-860-3619
- East LA: Jovenes, Inc. → 323-260-8035 x102
- South LA: CRCD (Coalition for Responsible Community Development) → 213-743-6193
- West LA: Safe Place for Youth (Venice) → 310-902-2283
135 North Mission Road Los Angeles, CA 90033
Hours: After 4 pm until space is exhausted
8770 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90003
Phone: (213) 529-0926
3804 Broadway Place Los Angeles, CA 90037
954 Koleeta Drive, Harbor City
25520 Woodward Ave., Lomita
Los Angeles County
Get in touch with an operator who can connect you with free resources, including childcare.
WIN is a free mobile and web app which connects people to essential services, including transportation.
- Free access to L’il Libros worksheets for kids
- Free KCET PBS programming organized by grade level
- Free indoor activities for kids.
- Scholastic offers free, online learning experiences for kids of all ages
- Virtual Trips:
- San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!
- Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip: Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more: Yellowstone National Park!
- Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover They are updating from WEBVR to WEBXR now, but 360 Mode offers a digital view!
- Animal Cameras : Live Cams at the San Diego Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams, Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta, 6 Animal Cams at Houston Zoo, Georgia Aquarium has Jellyfish, Beluga Whales, and more
- Virtual Farm Tour FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.
- Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips, including Polar Bears and the Tundra, Social Emotional Skills, STEM, Manufacturing
- The Louvre:Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip
- The Great Wall of China: This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
- Boston Children’s Museum: Walk through the Boston Children’s Museum thanks to Google Maps!
SAME-DAY COVID-19 TESTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL LA COUNTY RESIDENTS SHOWING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
Here are the steps for getting a test appointment:
- Visit the website lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
- Answer a series of questions. The answers determine if you are eligible for an appointment.
- If you are eligible, you will receive an appointment confirmation number by email.
- Bring the confirmation number and photo ID to your appointment.
- People with no access to the Internet can dial 2-1-1 for help making an appointment.
- People without a car can be tested as long as they have an appointment. The sites can accommodate pedestrians.
- There are NO walk-up appointments available for people who do not register.
- For a full list of locations and answers to questions about testing, go to covid19.lacounty.gov.
The following factors do not affect eligibility for a COVID-19 test:
- Immigration status
- Insurance status
- Underlying health issues
PRUEBAS DE COVID-19 EN EL MISMO DÍA ESTÁN DISPONIBLES PARA TODOS LOS RESIDENTES DEL CONDADO DE LOS ANGELES QUE MOSTRAN SÍNTOMAS DE COVID-19
Estos son los pasos para obtener una cita de prueba:
- Visite el sitio web lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
- Responda una serie de preguntas. Las respuestas determinan si es elegible para una cita.
- Si es elegible, recibirá un número de confirmación de la cita por correo electrónico.
- Traiga el número de confirmación y la identificación con foto a su cita.
- Las personas que no tienen acceso a Internet pueden marcar 2-1-1 para recibir ayuda para programar una cita.
- Las personas sin automóvil pueden hacerse la prueba si tienen una cita. Los sitios pueden acomodar a peatones.
- NO hay citas disponibles para personas que no se registran.
- Para obtener una lista completa de ubicaciones y respuestas a preguntas sobre las pruebas, visite covid19.lacounty.gov.
Los siguientes factores no afectan la elegibilidad para una prueba COVID-19:
- Estado de inmigración
- Estado del seguro medico
- Problemas de salud subyacentes
The County of Los Angeles advises anyone with flu-like symptoms to call their doctor or 2-1-1 to see if they need testing; you should not visit any healthcare facility without checking that it is safe for you to do so.
Call to find a nearby health clinic or for questions about health insurance enrollment, including Medi-Cal. Serves people of all ages and schools across LA County. Leave a message and a Health Care Advocate will call you back Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.
Metro LA/East LA:
Jefferson High School Wellness Center: Operated by South Central Family Health Center (SCFHC)
3410 S. Hooper Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90011
Manual Arts Wellness Center: Operated by St. John’s Well Child & Family Center
4085 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Fremont Wellness Center: Operated by UMMA Community Clinic
7821 S. Avalon Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90003
UMMA Community Clinic
711 West Florence Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Watts Healthcare Corporation
10300 S. Compton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90002
3206 W. 50th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90043
South Bay Family Healthcare-Dr. Claudia Hampton Clinic
1091 South La Brea Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301
Washington Prep Wellness Center: Operated by St. John’s Well Child & Family Center
1555 W. 110th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90047
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center-Compton W.M. Keck Foundation Community Health Center
2115 N. Wilmington Avenue, Compton, CA 90222
West LA Area:
Venice Family Clinic-Lou Colen Children’s Health & Wellness Center
4700 Inglewood Boulevard, #101, Culver City, CA 90230
Venice Family Clinic-Milken Family Foundation Medical Building
604 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
Venice Family Clinic-Robert Levine Family Health Center
905 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
Aids people who are having difficulty coping with the stresses and crises which arise in daily living. Monday - Sunday open 10 p.m. 6 a.m.
Text: TEEN to 839863
Aids teens who are having difficulty coping with the stresses and crises which arise in daily living. Monday - Sunday open 10 p.m. 6 a.m.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Connects you with a crisis worker, available 24/7.
Crisis Text Line
LA to 741741
Connect with a crisis counselor to receive confidential crisis support via text 24/7.
Trevor Project Line
Text: START to 678678
24/7 support for LGBTQ youth in crisis.
LA County Department of Mental Health Access Line: Call 1-800-854-7771
24/7 helpline and crisis counseling.
California Youth Crisis Line: Call or text 1-800-843-5200
24/7 crisis intervention counseling referrals for youth 12-24 and their families.
If you’re worried about quarantining in a home where you don’t feel safe, 24/7 help is available from the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522.
Call or Text 9-1-1 in an emergency
Los Angeles County Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-540-4000
Los Angeles County Elderly Abuse Hotline: 1-877-477-3646
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-467
If you have recently lost your job, even if you are receiving unemployment benefits, you may qualify for 20% off your natural gas bill with our CARE program. Apply here:
Southern California Edison: CARE and FERA Can Reduce Your Monthly Bills: https://www.sce.com/residential/assistance/care-fera