• 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

  • What schooling options are available for my child?

  • What support will my child have if we choose the 100% distance learning (online-only) option?

  • When do I have to make a final decision on whether my child will be in the hybrid or online-only model?

  • What if we start in the online-only option, but decide that we would prefer to put our child in the hybrid model or vice versa?

  • What if I want to Homeschool my child?

  • 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?

  • What happens if there is a need to close schools again?

  • How will grades be determined?

  • What will PE look like?

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

  • Will elective options and classes be the same if we choose online-only?

Health and Safety

  • What will the classroom look like?

  • What will physical distancing look like when students enter and leave the school?

  • Will staff and students be required to wear face coverings?

  • Will students be required to wash their hands?

  • Will the District provide plastic dividers to separate students?

  • Will school personnel be conducting health checks or taking temperatures?

  • What other health and safety protocols will be in place?

  • How often will the classrooms be cleaned?

  • How is the district preparing our school facilities for reopening?

  • Will the district be supplying classroom cleaning supplies?

  • Will students be able to use the drinking fountains?

  • How often will air filters be changed? Are classrooms able to keep doors and/or windows open? If so, will the air conditioning/heat still work?

  • Will visitors and volunteers be allowed on campuses?

  • How will the schools ensure that students maintain physical distance outside of the classroom?

  • Will the District provide individual materials for each student (scissors, crayons, glue, sharpeners, erasers, etc.)?

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