August 13, 2020

  • Dear Families, Students, and Employees:

    We look forward to starting school on Monday, August 17th. Now that school is starting you will receive direct communications from your teachers and principals; therefore, in the coming weeks, I will not be sending a weekly Superintendent’s Update. However, I will provide updates when new information is available.

    As we plan for the beginning of a new school year that is truly like no other we have seen in the past, our focus remains on providing “Excellence and Equity” for our students, parents, and employees. At Burbank Unified, we strive to ensure that every child, every day is finding a way to feel connected, challenged by new learning and experiences, and guided with academic rigor and support.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to develop a new learning model. We greatly appreciate the dedication and expertise of our employees, the resilience of our students, and the partnership with our parents. Burbank is a special place and we are lucky to have the opportunity to educate our future leaders in such a caring community.

    The District created four committees comprised of parents, students, staff, and Board of Education Members to work on reopening plans for this fall: (1) Instruction, (2) Social-Emotional Well-Being, (3) Family and Community Engagement, and (4) Operations and Health and Safety. While the decision was made to begin the school year with a distance learning model, we all look forward to returning to in-person instruction when it is deemed safe.

    I believe Burbank Unified is uniquely positioned to build on our reputation of excellence and equity, while partnering with local officials, our supportive business community, and the committed and hardworking members of the Burbank Council PTA, to provide our students with the best educational experience possible.

    Technology Support for Families Webinars in English, Spanish and Armenian: On Tuesday, August 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Instructional Services will be hosting a support session online in English for Elementary families who are interested in learning more about supporting their child with technology needed for instruction at home. The webinar will be presented the same night to Secondary families from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. The same webinar will be offered on August 19 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in Spanish, and on August 20 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in Armenian. Please click here to RSVP for the event and receive information to attend. We will highlight support videos, walk parents through technology support tutorials, and provide time for Q & A. Parents can access these materials as they become available here.

    Current reopening information is available on this website: https://www.burbankusd.org/Reopening. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found at https://www.burbankusd.org/reopeningfaqs.

    You may also email your comments to re-opening@burbankusd.org. Please note that all reopening documents can be found on our website in English, Spanish, and Armenian at https://www.burbankusd.org/Reopening.

    Previous Superintendent’s updates, on the Coronavirus, can be viewed at https://www.burbankusd.org/COVID-19

    By continuing to work together, we will build a stronger BUSD.

    Take care,

    Matt Hill, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

August 6, 2020

  • Dear Families, Students, and Employees:

    Tonight at 7:00pm the Board of Education will discuss and vote on the Memo of Understanding (MOU) with the Burbank Teachers Association (BTA) for distance learning in the fall. You can watch the meeting by clicking here.

    We are continuing to work with the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) to finalize our MOU.

    Technology Support for Families Webinar: On Tuesday, August 18, at 7:00pm Instructional Services will be hosting a support session online for families who are interested in learning more about supporting their child with technology needed for instruction at home. Please click here to RSVP for the event and receive information to attend. Translation will be provided for the event as we will highlight support videos, walk parents through technology support tutorials, and provide time for Q & A. Parents can access these materials as they become available here.

    Food Distribution & Meal Benefits: The first day of food distribution will be Friday, August 14, from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Every Friday each school will have a drive through/walk-up distribution pick-up opportunity where families will receive 5 days’ worth of nutrition and lunch meals for their student. Meals must be picked up from the school site the student attends. Students do not need to be present to collect their meals on the distribution day. Families who qualify for Free benefits will not have to pay for these meals. Families who qualify for Reduced benefits will need to pay the reduced rate for these meals. Look for the large black and white Food Distribution sign at each school site for pick up location.

    The application for meal benefits is now available online. It is important that all families, who believe they qualify for these benefits fill out an application for their student/s every year. One application per family. Please click here to fill out your application online https://www.busdfoodservices.com/index.php?sid=1101131625567654&page=lunchapps

    Current reopening information is available on this website: https://www.burbankusd.org/Reopening. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found at https://www.burbankusd.org/reopeningfaqs.

    You may also email your comments to re-opening@burbankusd.org. Please note that all reopening documents can be found on our website in English, Spanish, and Armenian at https://www.burbankusd.org/Reopening.

    Previous Superintendent’s updates, on the Coronavirus, can be viewed at https://www.burbankusd.org/COVID-19

    By continuing to work together, we will build a stronger BUSD.

    Take care,

    Matt Hill, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

July 30, 2020

  • Dear Families, Students, and Employees:

    With the start of school (August 17) quickly approaching, you will start to receive more direct communication from your school sites. Now is also a good time to establish good sleep schedules and school routines. Start to think about quiet places for learning, technology set ups, and standard school supplies needed (schools and teachers will be providing more details). It is also a great time to pick a final family summer book to read and discuss before school starts. My family is currently reading Just Mercy and Unbroken.

    We have reached a tentative agreement on a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with the Burbank Teachers Association (BTA) for distance learning in the fall. Teachers will be voting on the MOU next week, and the Board of Education will discuss and vote on the MOU at the August 6 Board Meeting at 7pm. You can watch the meeting by clicking here.

    We are continuing to work with the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) to finalize our MOU.

    Parent Data Confirmation (Registration): You will receive an email from Student Services providing directions for Parent Data Confirmation (registration). They also will be available to answer any questions.

    Technology Support for Families Webinar: On Tuesday, August 18, at 7:00pm Instructional Services will be hosting a support session online for families who are interested in learning more about supporting their child with technology needed for instruction at home. The webinar will highlight support videos, walk parents through technology support tutorials, and provide time for Q & A. Videos and a recording of the session will be available after the session is complete and translation will be provided of materials and the live presentation. Links to the presentation and materials will be shared in next week’s update.

    Technology: Schools sites are starting to distribute technology to individuals who requested devices. You will receive specific information from your principals.

    Child Care: Tomorrow, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will be releasing new guidelines for offering child care on school campuses. After we have reviewed this guidance we will be sending out specific information regarding child care options for the fall.

    Independent Learning Academy (ILA): If you are interested in the ILA model, please email johnparamo@burbankusd.org for more information by July 31.

    Current reopening information is available on this website: https://www.burbankusd.org/Reopening. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found at https://www.burbankusd.org/reopeningfaqs.

    You may also email your comments to re-opening@burbankusd.org. Please note that all reopening documents can be found on our website in English, Spanish, and Armenian at https://www.burbankusd.org/Reopening.

    Previous Superintendent’s updates, on the Coronavirus, can be viewed at https://www.burbankusd.org/COVID-19

    By continuing to work together, we will build a stronger BUSD.

    Take care,

    Matt Hill, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

July 23, 2020

  • Dear Families, Students, and Employees:

    Please note that all reopening documents can be found on our website in English, Spanish and Armenian at https://www.burbankusd.org/Reopening. Previous updates, on the Coronavirus, can be viewed at https://www.burbankusd.org/COVID-19

    Reopening of School 2020-21

    We are continuing to work with the Burbank Teachers Association (BTA) and the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) to develop our new distance learning model for the fall and we will share more information over the course of the next several weeks.

    Independent Learning Academy (ILA): If you are interested in the ILA model, please email johnparamo@burbankusd.org for more information by July 31.

    Updated information will be presented during the Board of Education meeting on August 6 at 7pm. 

    Current information is available on this website https://www.burbankusd.org/Reopening. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found at https://www.burbankusd.org/reopeningfaqs. You may also email your comments to re-opening@burbankusd.org.

    By continuing to work together, we will build a stronger BUSD.

    Take care,

    Matt Hill, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

July 16, 2020

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    Dear Families, Students, and Employees:

    Please note that all reopening documents can be found on our website in English, Spanish and Armenian at https://www.burbankusd.org/Reopening. Previous updates, on the Coronavirus, can be viewed at https://www.burbankusd.org/COVID-19

    Reopening of School 2020-21

    As announced on Monday, we will start the school year on August 17 via a 100% Distance Learning model. We are monitoring health conditions and we are implementing the recently released Los Angeles County Department of Public Health orders for education to determine when we can offer a hybrid option. We will survey families in advance of providing a hybrid option.

    Technology Needs: If you did not complete the model selection survey last week and you are in need of a Chromebook, a hot spot or child care, please click on the appropriate link(s) below to indicate your technology and child care needs per child. The survey will be open until 7/21/20. If you already completed the survey or you do not need technology or child care, you do not need to complete the survey.

    Elementary Survey (English)

    Secondary Survey (English)

    Distance Learning Model: We are continuing to work with the Burbank Teachers Association to develop our new distance learning model for the fall and we will share more information over the course of the next several weeks.

    Independent Learning Academy (ILA): If you are interested in the ILA model, please email johnparamo@burbankusd.org for more information.

    Meal Benefits for 2020/2021: The application for meal benefits is now available online. It is important that all families, who believe they qualify for these benefits, fill out an application for their student/s every year. One application per family. Please click here to fill out your application online https://www.busdfoodservices.com/index.php?sid=1101131625567654&page=lunchapps

    The updated reopening document can be found by clicking here. Please note that this information is subject to change based on local health conditions and negotiations with our collective bargaining partners.

    Updated information will be presented during our August 6 Board of Education meeting at 7pm. 

    Current information is available on this website https://www.burbankusd.org/Reopening. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found at https://www.burbankusd.org/reopeningfaqs. You may also email your comments to re-opening@burbankusd.org.

    By continuing to work together, we will build a stronger BUSD.

    Take care,

    Matt Hill, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

July 9, 2020

  • Dear Families, Students, and Employees:

    Please note that all reopening updates can be found on our website in English, Spanish and Armenian at https://www.burbankusd.org/Reopening. Previous updates, on the Coronavirus, can be viewed at https://www.burbankusd.org/COVID-19

    Reopening of School 2020-21

    We are continuing to monitor health guidelines and we are planning for multiple scenarios based on health conditions. Here are a couple of key updates for this week:

    Distance Learning Model: We have worked in partnership with the Burbank Teachers Association to develop our new distance learning model for the fall. Here are some highlights:

    • The primary platform for virtual instruction will be Google Classroom.
    • Live virtual instruction includes platforms like Google Meet and Zoom in which teachers are interacting live with their students. Such live virtual instruction will be recorded for students who are absent and posted on Google Classroom for at 72 hours (3 days).

    High School 100% Distance Learning Schedule

     Live Virtual Instruction: 50 minutes per class

     Monday/Wednesday

    Tuesday/Thursday

    Friday

     Per 1: 8:00 – 8:50

    Per 4: 8:00 – 8:50

    Distance learning assignments for students with one hour of virtual interaction with students (state instructional requirement)

    ·       Pupil Free workday for teachers

    ·       Attendance to be determined

     Per 2: 9:03 – 9:53

    Per 5: 9:03 – 9:53

     Per 3: 10:06 – 10:56

    Per 6: 10:06 – 10:56

     Lunch

    11:04 – 11:56

    At Home Assignments:
    90 minutes per day

     12:00 – 3:00

    30 minutes per class

     

    Middle School 100% Distance Learning Schedule

    Live Virtual Instruction: 45 minutes per class

    Monday/Wednesday

    Tuesday/Thursday

    Friday

    Per 1: 8:00 – 8:45

    Per 4: 8:00 – 8:45

    Distance learning assignments for students with one hour of virtual interaction with students (state instructional requirement)

    ·       Pupil Free workday for teachers

    ·       Attendance to be determined

    Per 2: 9:03 – 9:48

    Per 5: 9:03 – 9:48

    Per 3: 10:06 – 10:51

    Per 6: 10:06 – 10:51

    Lunch

    11:04 – 11:56

    At Home Assignments:
    105 minutes per day

    12:00 – 3:00

    35 minutes per class

     

    Sample Typical Day Elementary Distance Learning Schedule - Grade 2: 230 required minutes

    Time

    Subject

    Activity, Assignment

    8:30 – 8:50

    ELA

    20 minutes Live Instruction

    8:50 – 9:30

    ELA

    40 minutes Independent Assignment/Activities

    9:30-10:00

    Break or extra time for some students if needed for the ELA assignment

    10:00 – 10:20

    Math

    20 minutes Live Instruction

    10:20 – 11:00

    Math

    40 minutes Independent Assignment/Activities

    11:00-11:30

    Break or extra time for some students if needed for Math assignment

    11:30 – 12:10

    Reading

    40 minutes Assignment/Activities

    12:10 – 1:00 (Break for all)

    Lunch

    1:00 – 1:20

    PE

    20 minutes Activities

    1:25 – 1:45

    Review Reading/ELA/Math

    Intro. Other topics if needed

    20 minutes Live Small Group

    1:45 – 2:15

    Social Studies/Science/Art/Music

    30 minutes Assignment/Activities

    Independent Learning Academy (ILA) – in addition to the secondary Distance Learning model highlighted above, students in grades 7-12 will still have the opportunity to enroll in our separate ILA model that uses APEX. Selection process for ILA students will be consistent with our standard selection procedures. 

    Model Selection: Please click on the appropriate link(s) below (or via the email that will be sent to you) to select the school model for the fall - either 100% distance learning or hybrid. We need this information so that we can start planning our class rosters and schedules for August 17. If you do not complete the model selection by Wednesday, July 15, you will automatically be placed in the hybrid model.

    Elementary Survey (English)

    Secondary Survey (English)

    As mentioned last week, the Reopening Committee has created an overview document highlighting the work so far. Click here to review the document. Please note that this information is subject to change based on local health conditions and negotiations with our collective bargaining partners. We are still waiting on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health orders to be released for education. We will be reviewing these orders and will be updating our plans as necessary. These orders are the official health documents that we must abide by as we reopen schools.

    Updated information will be presented during our July 16th Board of Education meeting at 7pm.

    Current information is available on this website https://www.burbankusd.org/Reopening. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found at https://www.burbankusd.org/reopeningfaqs. You may also email your comments to re-opening@burbankusd.org.

    By continuing to work together, we will build a stronger BUSD.

    Take care,

    Matt Hill, Ed.D.
    Superintendent