• BUSD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the Reopening of School

    The purpose of this document is to provide answers to some common questions regarding the reopening of BUSD schools. The evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic requires the need to rethink common protocols in the educational setting with the understanding that these guidelines could change as the situation evolves. All planning and protocols are consistent with and will adjust to changing applicable state and local public health orders. 

    IMPORTANT: Please be advised that many of these items listed in the Frequently Asked Questions are subject to negotiations with the Burbank Teachers Association (BTA) and the California School Employees Association (CSEA).

BUSD Closures and Reopening

  • Why did BUSD close schools to students and the public?

  • What if conditions change?

  • What is the anticipated opening date of schools?

  • How will I receive information from BUSD and schools, and where do I go for questions?

Academics - Curriculum and Instruction

  • If my child has an IEP, how will they receive their accommodations and services in the hybrid model? In the online-only model?

  • How will my child receive their special education supports and service in a hybrid model?

  • How will my child receive their special education supports and services in a distance only model?

  • When will my student’s assessment and/or IEP from spring be completed?

  • If my child has a 504, how will students be supported in a hybrid model? In the online-only model?

  • How will grades be determined?

  • What will secondary school electives like for choir, band and culinary arts look like?

  • If my child is enrolled in the online-only model, can they still participate in extracurricular activities?

  • What if I want to Homeschool my child?

Health and Safety

Mental Health and Wellness Supports

  • What counseling services will be available for students if they need someone to talk to?

  • If my child/student needs mental health and wellness support, where can I find information?

  • My child regularly sees a therapist from Family Services Agency – Burbank while at school. Will this still be possible in a hybrid or online-only model?


  • When will students be able to participate in extracurricular sports?

Food Services

  • My child is on the free or reduced meal plan. How will they receive their food when school reopens?


  • What is the priority for Chromebooks or hotspot as the district does not have unlimited resources?

  • How does my child get a Chromebook?

  • How does my child get a hotspot for internet connection?

  • How do I get help if my district-issued Chromebook or hotspot is not working?

  • How do I get help to connect my student to a classroom or to a district curriculum?

Child Care

  • How do I register my child for BUSD Child Care Programs (Around The Bell, Horace Mann Child Care and/or Monterey Child Care)?

  • Do I need to re-register for childcare if my child is returning?

  • When is registration for childcare?

  • How do I know if I completed my child’s registration for childcare?

  • Does the district offer subsidized childcare for low income families?

  • What other childcare options are available if I am unable to enroll in a BUSD childcare program for before and after school care?

Community / Family Resources

  • Community/Family Resources

  • Resources

  • Directives from LA County Health Department

  • Superintendent’s Messages