November 9, 2021


We hope that you all are safe and well. It’s been an exciting three months of full, in-person instruction, and our network could not have made it this far without your trust and support. This month I would like to share a few updates with you regarding upcoming breaks, health and safety, and academics.

Upcoming Holidays

Our schools will close for Fall Break from Monday, November 22, to Friday, November 26. Across all 19 of our school campuses, our 11,000+ students have worked hard to earn this break in their academics. Our school campuses will resume instruction on Monday, November 29. We hope that our students will be able to use this time to recharge and reconnect before the final stretch of the fall semester. 

Health and Safety 

Fifteen weeks into the fall semester, our schools have continued to demonstrate a low Covid-19 positivity rate. Green Dot California continues to have a total positivity rate under .2%. We will continue to enforce the same Covid-19 staff and student policies that have kept our schools safe. 

We take safety seriously. Beginning on December 10, 2021, 100% of Green Dot Public Schools California employees, including teachers, principals, and support staff on every campus, will be fully vaccinated. Our schools have prioritized the health and safety of our families, students, and employees. If you’re interested in learning more about the ways we’re reducing the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses, please read our recently updated student and staff Covid-19 policies.

Earlier this semester, California State Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to mandate the COVID-19 vaccination for all in-person middle and high school students when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully approves the vaccine for additional age groups. We will continue our partnership with United Parents and Students and St. John's Well Child & Family Center to host mobile, accessible vaccination sites at our schools. If you’re interested in the Covid-19 vaccine, but have been unable to attend these local clinics, please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s website to locate a clinic near you. The department of public health also publishes content on frequently asked questions about the Covid-19 vaccine, Q&As on the Covid-19 with a medical doctor, and community vaccination rates across the county.    

Students are still required to undergo regular testing, and are encouraged to submit proof of vaccination to our school leaders. However, in accordance with our network’s Covid-19 vaccination policy for students, all Green Dot student athletes ages 16 and older will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide their school with proof of vaccination to participate in athletics. The following deadlines for student athletes to submit proof of vaccination are as follows: 

  • November 15, 2021 for fall and winter sports
  • December 27, 2021 for spring sports

Note: All students attending Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School and Ánimo Venice Charter High School are required to be fully vaccinated and to submit proof of vaccination to attend in-person classes by Monday, January 10, 2021.

If you have any questions about our network’s Covid-19 student policy, please reach out to your child’s school site. Visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s website to learn more about the Covid-19 vaccine. 


Within the coming weeks, your schools will physically mail your child’s 15-week progress report. If you have any questions about your child’s marks, please contact the main office of your child’s school directly. 

Families, your continued support has been key to the success of our schools. We look forward to finding new ways to work together to better prepare our students for success in college, leadership, and life. 


Dr. Cristina de Jesus
CEO & President of Green Dot Public Schools California

Important Information

  • Full day, in-person instruction — five days a week.
  • New health and safety protocols to keep your child safe.
  • More social, academic, and emotional support for your child.
  • Transparent data on Covid-19 testing available to all stakeholders.
  • New, personalized accelerated learning opportunities. 

Health & Safety

Click here for up-to-date Covid-19 data across our schools. 

Click here to see our Covid-19 health and safety policies for our teachers and staff.

Click here to see our Covid-19 health and safety policies for our students.

Click here for Los Angeles County Department of Public Health information on Covid-19 vaccines.

What You Can Expect This School Year

Community Resources

Please visit https://www.211la.org/resources for a directory of resources by category or call 211 for individual support finding the resources you need!

Unemployment Resources

Employment Development Department

The EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs, had their hours reduced, or had their businesses affected due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California.

Learn about the rights of undocumented workers here >>  https://legalaidatwork.org/factsheet/undocumented-workers-employment-rights/

Resources for workers >>

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/

School Closures

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.

 File an Unemployment Insurance claim

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:

LA Jobs Portal – English


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 



South LA WorkSource Center

1512 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047

(323) 730-7900



LA-HOP is designed to assist people experiencing homelessness in LA County with outreach services

Homeless Shelters

Families with Children:

Youth (If you are a young person living on your own and need stable housing.)


         135 North Mission Road Los Angeles, CA 90033

         Phone: 323-604-9985

         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

         Phone: 323-231-1711

Maternity Shelters 

         954 Koleeta Drive, Harbor City

         Phone 310-325-8208

         25520 Woodward Ave., Lomita

         Phone 310-534-4040

Inner City Law Center:

(213) 891-2880



Eviction Defense Network: 

(213) 385-8112

Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles: 

(800) 399-4529

Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA)
LAHSA is working with the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health along with the Department of Health Services, Department of Mental Health and other key Federal partners to promote effective hygiene, to prevent and address potential Coronavirus infections among those experiencing homelessness, and how to keep staff safe.
Call at 800-548-6047

Social supports

211 LA Food Resource Directory >> https://211la.org/resources/subcategory/food


A web and mobile app that helps you find your closest food bank.

LA Food Bank

An online food locator that can find a nearby food pantry.


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.



  • Apply for WIC Online or text APPLY to 91997.
    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. Immigration status does not affect eligibility. 

Receive online nutrition education and support here

Los Angeles County
Get in touch with an operator who can connect you with free resources, including childcare.

New Freedom - Transportation Resources in Los Angeles County

A list of transportation resources available in LA County
New Freedom Transportation Hotline: 1-888-863-7411

CHIRLA-Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights LA: https://www.chirla.org/

Catholic Charities LA Immigration Serviceshttps://catholiccharitiesla.org/immigration-services/

Immigrants Rising Education Hub: https://immigrantsrising.org/

LA County Office of Immigrant Affairs: https://oia.lacounty.gov/

LA City Office of Immigrant Affairs: https://www.lamayor.org/sites/g/files/wph1781/files/page/file/Updated%20Comm%20Resource%20Guide%20Sep%202020%20Spanish%20-%20FINAL%20R%20%281%29.pdf

Recursos Legales:

Health & Insurance

Covid Testing & Treatment for Uninsured LA County Residents


Here are the steps for getting a test appointment: 

  • Visit the website https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/
  • 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 https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/.

The following factors do not affect eligibility for a COVID-19 test: 

  • Immigration status
  • Insurance status
  • Age
  • Underlying health issues

Find Vaccination Sites: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/HCWSignup/

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.

CHAMP  1-866-742-2273

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.

Wellness Centers

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
Find a clinic in your area

Metro LA/East LA: 

Jefferson High School Wellness Center:  Operated by South Central Family Health Center (SCFHC)
323.908.4200 x4402
3410 S. Hooper Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90011

South LA: 

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

Crenshaw High School Wellness Center: Operated by T.H.E. Health & Wellness Centers

3206 W. 50th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90043

South Bay Family Healthcare-Dr. Claudia Hampton Clinic
1091 South La Brea Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301

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
(310) 392-8636
905 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291

Mental Health Resources

LA WarmLine

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.

Teen Line
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

Internet & Connectivity