Letter from Superintendent Symonds

Dear San Gabriel Unified School District Community,


As you are aware, the Governing Board on Wednesday night approved a temporary closure of Gabrielino High School and Jefferson Middle School for Thursday, January 6, 2022 and Friday, January 7, 2022. In-person instruction is scheduled to resume for Gabrielino and Jefferson on Monday, January 10, 2022. At this time, all other SGUSD schools will remain open.


This two-day pause was necessary to give staff the time to complete the necessary contact tracing for the positive cases that are being identified, ensure proper cleaning of facilities, and allow teachers the time to plan lessons and contingency plans for the coming weeks.


Again, this temporary closure does not impact the elementary schools or Del Mar High School in San Gabriel Unified. Those schools will remain open. Because of the number of students testing positive at Jefferson Middle School and Gabrielino High School, a short-term closure was deemed necessary to ensure close contacts were informed in a timely manner. At the secondary level, a single student can have contact with potentially hundreds of students in a single day. Elementary students are in self-contained classrooms and there are fewer close contacts.


Students who need a test kit should contact their school site. Students and staff who test positive MUST remain home, report the positive test result to the District on this form, and follow Los Angeles County Department of Public Health isolation procedures


We appreciate your understanding as we continue to deal with the constantly-changing situation presented by COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. School districts around Los Angeles County and the State are all navigating through these challenges. 


It is going to take a concerted effort to help keep our students, staff and families safe and healthy. In addition to the numerous mitigation strategies on SGUSD campuses, we encourage families to be proactive and to reinforce and follow all health and safety protocols.

 

Be Well,

Jim Symonds

Superintendent