Responding to the coronavirus pandemic
Following a series of precautionary measures and directives, WVUSD schools have closed in response to the increasing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) concerns. School closure started Monday, March 16 and will continue for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor announced his decision after an emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees Friday, March 13. The closure, initially scheduled through Sunday, April 19, was extended to Tuesday, May 5, following the directive of the LACOE. After a directive from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on Wednesday, April 1, Taylor announced that WVUSD campuses will remain closed for the rest of the school year. The school year will not be extended and distance learning will resume online.
International Baccalaureate (IB) exams for the Diploma Programme, IB exams for the Career-related Programme, May 2 SAT and SAT Subject Test were canceled. Advanced Placement (AP) students will have the option to take a 45-minute free-response exam online or have their registration fees refunded. Students registered for the April 4 ACT can reschedule to June 13 or a future national test date. The California Department of Education (CDE) also canceled all state testing for the school year, including the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), Science, Physical Fitness and English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).
Additionally, clubs such as Robotics, Science Olympiad, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Future Health Professionals (HOSA) canceled all upcoming competitive events. KINE, a collaboration between Key Club, Interact, National Honors Society (NHS) and Environmental Care and Global Awareness (ECGA) canceled all future fundraising events. Programs including colorguard, choir and band withdrew from competing in all upcoming events. The annual Spring Musical hosted by drama class was also canceled in light of current events.
WVUSD Nutrition Services will continue to provide free meals to students ages 18 and under during the school closure. Students do not need to be enrolled in WVUSD or free and reduced lunch programs to obtain meals, which can be picked up at Walnut High School, Diamond Bar High School or alternate sites.
With the school closure, WVUSD has compiled the Expanded Distance Learning Program, a learning enrichment and resource network to minimize the learning gap. Academic resources are organized by school and allow students to review, enrich and practice their skills. Social-emotional wellness resources, such as breathing and meditation exercises, are intended to help students manage their emotions and cope with social distancing.
WVUSD teachers were authorized to resume their classes and give graded assignments using online platforms starting from Monday, April 20. To help students that are unable to gain access to a device or the internet, a Chromebook and internet access request form was sent to all WVUSD families via email to ensure that all students can participate in the distance-learning process.
By Emily Cao, News editor
Photo courtesy of Charles Kim