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Frequently Asked Questions

Fall 2020 General Questions and Answers
  • When does the 2020-21 school year begin? 
    The 2020-21 school year is scheduled to begin on August 18, 2020.
  • Where do I go on the first day of school?
    Access the Schoology website at Your child should use their email/password. After logging in, click on
    “Courses” at the top of the page
  • What immunizations are required for the 2020-21 school year?
    Children scheduled to enter Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade must be properly immunized or they will not be allowed to enter school. For more information, visit
  • Why are students not returning to the school for the 2020-21 school year? 
    As Superintendent Austin Beutner has stated in his weekly Monday updates, science will dictate when students and staff
    can safely return to school. Please be sure to continue watching Superintendent Beutner’s briefings at 11a.m. Mondays at or on KLCS-TV (check your local listings). You can also get updates from:
    • Blackboard ConnectEd phone messages sent by your child’s school and the district.
    • Visit
  • What will happen when students can return to school?
    There are several possible scenarios that will reduce the number the of students on campus at one time. That could take the form of half-days, split weeks and other options. Families will be notified well in advance of any shift to move students from Distance Learning to learning at school.
  • How will we be notified when students will return to school?
    Superintendent Beutner will provide this information to parents via his weekly Monday updates. Up-to date information is also provided on the district website at and via phone calls and text messages. I will also send and post messages with this information as soon as it becomes available.
  • Will meals be provided for students during this time of Distance Learning?
    The Grab & Go Food Centers will continue to provide healthy nutritious meals for students and community members until further notice.
  • If I have a concern, who do I call?
    Call the school. Offices will be open from 8am to 4pm Monday - Friday. Parents can always call the Family Hotline at
    (213) 443-1300
  • I am concerned about my child’s well-being since they have been home so long. What do I do?
    Mental Health support is available to students and families. Contact our Psychiatric Social Worker, Ms. Gregory at You can also call the Mental Health Hotline at (213) 241-3840.
  • Will sports and extracurricular activities take place? 
    To be announced.
  • My chromebook doesn't work, what do I do?
    Campus is open for students on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-3:45a for chromebook issues or connectivity issues
  • School is closed, do I still have to do work?
    Yes. “While schools might be physically closed, class is still in session,” said Governor Newsom in a news release.
  • Why do I have to still do my assignments?
    We want to ensure that students are on track to graduate because this semester counts which means every class you're in counts. Please make sure to keep in contact with your teachers and make sure you are completing all your work on Schoology.
  • Do I have to attend the full 90 minutes for Tuesday and Wednesday class?
    Maybe. Some teachers are holding video conferences that may last 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Speak with your teacher. If you cannot make it during the allotted time, please message your teacher and ask them what you missed.
  • Will I still be given grades?
    Yes. Grades were given for the 10 week grading period that ended on March 13, 2020 before the closure. Additional grades including work habits and cooperation will be given. During the school closure in March through June, you should be working to improve your grades. Students should strive for A's and continue to learn the material necessary for the next level.
  • Can I get a Fail on the final 20 week report card for this semester?
    No. The grading scale has been changed to A-D only. However, students that receive a D on the 20 week semester grade, will be enrolled to take summer school to improve your grade and be college-ready.
  • Will I still be taking my AP test?
    Yes. All AP exams have been modified. Exams for AP courses will be a 45 minute free response test. More information on the AP Exam Page.
  • I'm in the 11th grade, will I still be taking the SBAC exams?
    State exams have been suspended for this school year.
  • Answers for Seniors
    Visit the Class of 2020 page