Update from the Superintendent
March 23, 2020
To the Los Angeles Unified School Community,
This past week marks the start of a new chapter for all who are part of our school community. Students are learning in different ways, teachers are teaching in different ways and families are struggling to support their children in their studies while balancing other responsibilities.
I wish I could tell you it will all be back to normal sometime soon but it does not look like that will be the case.
Schools will remain closed through May 1st and we will provide additional updates well before May 1st on what will come next.
In the interim, we want to continue to help all students learn and will be making a significant effort to help this happen.
I will provide a more complete update to our entire school community today at 11 a.m. My remarks will be broadcast on KLCS-TV as well as on our website. Please tune in if your schedule permits.
Thank you for your continued patience and support.
Actualización del 23 de marzo
A la Comunidad del Distrito Unificado Escolar de Los Ángeles,
La semana pasada marcó el comienzo de un nuevo capítulo para todos los que forman parte de nuestra comunidad escolar. Los estudiantes están aprendiendo de diferentes maneras, los maestros están enseñando de diferentes maneras y las familias están batallando para apoyar a sus hijos en sus estudios mientras que equilibran otras responsabilidades.
Me gustaría poder decirles que todo pronto volverá a la normalidad pero no parece que ese será el caso.
Las escuelas permanecerán cerradas hasta el primero de mayo, pero mucho antes del primero les daremos información adicional al día sobre lo que seguirá después.
Mientras tanto, queremos seguir ayudando a todos los estudiantes a aprender, y haremos un esfuerzo significativo para ayudar a que esto suceda.
Voy a dar una actualización más completa a toda nuestra comunidad escolar hoy a las 11 de la mañana. Mis comentarios se transmitirán por KLCS-TV y en nuetro sitio web. Por favor sintonícense si su horario lo permite.
Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo continuo.
Superintendente de Escuelas
News Release: Los Angeles Unified and Verizon Reach Agreement to Provide Unlimited Internet to All Students Currently Lacking Access
LOS ANGELES – MARCH 23, 2020 – Los Angeles Unified School District and Verizon announced today that they have reached an agreement to provide Internet connectivity for all students who have no Internet connectivity at home. This agreement is a critical component in the district’s plan for students to continue learning as campuses remain closed in response to COVID-19. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“The digital divide is very real, as many as 100,000 of our students lack access to the internet at home,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “We must find a way for all students to continue to learn while schools are closed and this partnership with Verizon will help to do that.”
“Access to distance learning and reliable connectivity is a critical component to the success of the LAUSD’s mission,” said Andrés Irlando, Senior Vice President & President Public Sector and Verizon Connect at Verizon. “Verizon is proud to partner with LAUSD to help bridge the digital divide and keep students connected to their teachers, schools and each other during this unprecedented time.”
ABOUT LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Second largest in the nation, Los Angeles Unified serves over 700,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, early education and adult education at close to 1,400 schools. The District has authorized over 200 independently-operated public charter schools. Additional details are available on the Fingertip Facts page. Los Angeles Unified's boundaries stretch across 720 square miles and include the City of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 municipalities and several unincorporated regions of Southern California.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is celebrating its 20th year as one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $131.9 billion in 2019. The company offers voice, data and video services and solutions on its award winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.