Welcome to the 2021/22 school year! The Hart District welcomes students back to in-person learning and a full restoration of student athletics and activities. The District is focused on preserving the ability for students to continue to meet safely with their teachers by following county, state, and federal directives. Masks are required at all times while indoors on K-12 school campuses. (See Los Angeles County's current numbers here.)
10/1/21 - Governor Newsom Announces New Vaccination Requirement
On October 1, Governor Newsom announced that after full FDA approval of the COVID vaccine for ages 12 and up, the vaccine will be added to the existing list of vaccines required for school for grades 7-12. This requirement will take effect the January or July immediately following full FDA approval. For more information please see the Governor's press release here.
8/20/21 - Virtual Back to School Night
8/2/21 - Grade Change Application for the 2020/21 School Year
7/16/21 - Independent Study Alternative
7/16/21 - Indoor Masking Requirement on all California School Campuses
State and County officials recently ruled that masks will be required for all individuals while inside buildings on campuses. Masks are recommended but not required while outside.
We recognize that the issue of masking is a topic of great concern for many families in our community. Given the strong interest in this subject, it’s important to understand who makes the rules when it comes to masking requirements.
Who Makes the Masking Rules?
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) calls for universal masking indoors on school campuses. This is a requirement for California public schools. CDPH requirements on masking can be found HERE. Currently LA County requirements align with state mandates. Local school boards and district staff do not have the authority to defy the orders of State and County regulatory agencies.
5/19/21 - The Hart District is planning for full-time, five days a week instruction for the 2021/22 school year
At the 5/19/21 Governing Board Meeting, Superintendent Kuhlman confirmed that the Hart District is planning for full-time, five days a week instruction for the 2021/22 school year (barring an unforeseen turn with the pandemic). Masking and social distancing requirements for schools have yet to be announced by the state and county. We are hoping to receive more information on June 15.
Parents will receive a survey in June asking for their instructional preference for the fall semester: in-person instruction or an independent study option through the award-winning Learning Post Academy.
Messages from the 2020/21 School Year
Dear Hart District families,
We are thrilled to share that we have been given the authorization to schedule in-person graduation ceremonies for all Hart District senior classes!
Together with our colleagues at College of the Canyons, we have been working behind the scenes for months to obtain the go-ahead from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. This week, we received verbal and written approval for our plans.
Graduations will begin at 7:00 pm and will be located at the COC stadium (unless otherwise noted). Graduation dates are as follows:
May 26 – Bowman (6:00 pm)
May 27 – Golden Valley
May 28 – Hart
June 1 – Canyon
June 2 – West Ranch
June 3 – Saugus
June 4 – Valencia
June 5 (Sat.) – Academy of the Canyons (time and specific location at COC to be determined)
Learning Post Academy (location and time TBD)
Our plan was only authorized after we demonstrated that we will comply with state and county guidelines for outdoor activities. Your senior’s individual school site will share details in the days to come, but we want you to be aware that masks will be required at all times and spectators will be assigned seats to ensure appropriate spacing (county health officials determine masking requirements). Health orders limit venues to a reduced maximum capacity. As a result, we will have to restrict each graduate to a minimum of two spectator tickets. A random lottery will be offered to those interested in obtaining additional seats. As always, the graduations will be live-streamed so everyone can enjoy the celebrations.
I would like to extend a special thank you to our partners at COC who supported our efforts throughout this entire planning process. Without their help we would not be able to offer this special opportunity to our graduating seniors.
Each of your individual school sites will be sharing more information soon.
Good evening Hart District Families,
I’m writing today to provide an update on our plans for re-opening to blended-learning. Today we learned the good news that LA County’s adjusted case rate has dipped below 7/100k. The new rate is 5.2/100k. Meeting this threshold opens the door for the start of in-person learning. We are close to welcoming more students back on campus.
So when will students be eligible to return? The LA County Office of Education recently said “two weeks.” LA County then countered that it could be sooner. Now we learn the State could change the criteria to further accelerate eligibility due to increasing vaccination rates.
While this is all good news, the lack of clarity presents challenges to those of us working to organize a safe and successful start to blended-learning. Therefore, to ensure an orderly transition, I am writing to confirm that (assuming there are no additional curveballs) March 29 will be the date that we launch our blended-learning model.
Families are currently being asked to confirm their choice of either the blended or the online-only options. In the next three weeks we will share invitations for exclusive campus tours for 7th and 9th grade students. Hart District teachers will familiarize themselves with redesigned classrooms and will trouble-shoot new technology. We are finalizing the return of our School Resource Officers. Be on the lookout for videos which will familiarize students with new expectations on campus.
We need all of your help to make this a successful transition. There are other schools in California who have been offering blended-learning for many months. Their success has been dependent upon everyone’s commitment to following the rules. Masking, social distancing and good hand hygiene remain the keys to our continued progress. Thank you for doing your part!
With hope and enthusiasm for what lies ahead,