UCLA Lab School is in full remote learning mode, which will continue until at least November, pursuant to public health orders.

We will reassess our model based on local and state health ordinances and guidance from the university as new information emerges.

Currently our school and offices are being staffed by essential personnel only. Teachers and staff, please refer to the guidelines that have been shared with you.

For COVID-19 resources for the UCLA community, please visit UCLA COVID-19Bruins Safe Online and the CDC.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Dear UCLA Lab School Community,

Congratulations on a successful first week of school! I want to thank you all for your spirit and support and for keeping the children’s wellbeing at the heart of all you do.

As we adjust to starting the school year in remote learning, thoughts of in-person learning are also on our minds. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced yesterday that no campus in LA County will be allowed to reopen to all K-12 students until at least November. One reason for this decision is that the County hasn’t met all the health benchmarks for reopening schools, and the trajectory shows we won’t be able to meet and sustain them in time to open earlier. I know this news comes as a disappointment to some and a comfort to others. My hope is that having information in hand at least provides some relief from uncertainty and gives you an opportunity to plan.

I know many of you have questions about further implications of the announcement. I will have more information to share, and I will be able provide a status update, at our Town Hall Meeting on September 25.

I will also hold a separate meeting for the Upper Level and the Intermediate Level Dual Language Program, which are slated to be in Dodd Hall for in-person learning when we return. I will provide information about logistics and answer questions at the meeting. Please look for a separate message with the date and time.

It hardly needs repeating, but we truly are in unprecedented times. The rapid pace of information, the visible consequences of climate change, our national reckoning with institutional and structural racism, the enormous toll of the pandemic – each of these is daunting. Together they can seem overwhelming. We are fortunate to be part of a caring community, where we can share our concerns and provide support for one another.

In spite of the challenges, we have much to look forward to. We can take heart in knowing we will get through this together with resilience, creativity, imagination and care.

Sending you all strength, peace and love.

Warmly,

Georgia

Georgia Ann Lazo
Carol L. Collins Principal’s Chair

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Dear UCLA Lab School Community,

The health and safety of our students, families and employees have been and continue to be at the forefront of our decision-making about the upcoming school year. Given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and in accordance with Governor Newsom’s directives, UCLA Lab School plans to open the 2020-2021 school year with remote learning. Our first day of instruction is September 8.

For some of you, this announcement may come as a relief; for many, unfortunately, it brings understandable frustration. Please know that my heart is with each of you and that the decision to start remotely was not an easy one to make.

This pandemic and the unknowns surrounding it have challenged us in ways we have never before experienced. We are very fortunate to be part of a school that is well-suited to address these challenges with the necessary analysis, innovation and spirit of scholarship and community. I appreciate your flexibility, patience and collaboration as we continue to navigate this territory together.

Log in to the portal for an update on our plans for fall given the work of our task force and in the context of the changing trends in COVID-19 cases.

With warmest regards,

Georgia

Georgia Ann Lazo
Carol L. Collins Principal’s Chair

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April 7, 2020

Dear UCLA PreK-12 Families,

I hope this note finds you as well as can be given the many challenges we are facing as parents as a result of COVID-19 and our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus. Our decision to transition to remote learning was guided by our top priority to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Consistent with guidance from California Governor Newsom, we have made the decision to continue with remote learning through the end of the academic school year. In addition, our schools are working on plans for remote learning options for the summer.

As a mother of two boys, I understand how challenging it is having your children learning from home, while working from home at the same time. We are all finding new ways of working in response to the public health emergency.

We will continue to work with you and our amazing educators and staff to support the learning and growth of our students. As Chancellor Block expressed last week, we will get through this together because we are Bruins and our spirit is strong.

In Partnership,

Devin Dillon, Ph.D.
Superintendent PreK-12 Operations

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco
UCLA Wasserman Dean & Distinguished Professor of Education

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March 19, 2020

How “Safer at Home” Orders Affect UCLA

Chancellor Block and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carter sent the following message to the UCLA campus community.

Today, Los Angeles County (PDF) and the City of Los Angeles (PDF), among other nearby jurisdictions, ordered all residents to stay home starting 11:59 p.m. tonight, March 19, through April 19, 2020, which are actions similar to those of other large metropolitan areas attempting to limit the spread of COVID-19. Educational institutions, like UCLA, are subject to these orders but are considered essential businesses. This means we will suspend all on-campus operations with the exception of those that are essential and cannot be conducted remotely, effective 11:59 p.m. on March 20, 2020.

Read full update

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March 19, 2020

Dear UCLA PreK-12 Families and Staff,

We hope this note finds you well during these challenging times. We want to commend everyone for their adaptability and resourcefulness as we are presented with daily changes to the way we live, work, learn and care for our children and loved ones.

In light of the Chancellor’s announcement to extend remote learning at UCLA through the spring quarter, we wanted to let you know what this means for our centers and schools.

Our plan as of today is that our schools will continue with remote learning and our early care and education centers will remain closed until the end of April, with the exact date to be determined. We will reassess mid-April and determine the best path forward given the direction of UCLA and our surrounding schools and districts.

We understand the significant challenges these decisions present for families. Our top priority is to return to in-person learning and operational early care and education centers as soon as it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your support during this uncertain time.

In partnership,

Devin Dillon
Superintendent, PreK-12 Operations

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco
UCLA Wasserman Dean & Distinguished Professor of Education

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March 10, 2020

Dear UCLA Lab School Families,

Given the news about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in consultation with experts on the best course of action for UCLA, Chancellor Block has announced that UCLA will suspend in-person classes wherever possible, and transition to online platforms, starting tomorrow, March 11, and continuing through April 10.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UCLA at this time.

UCLA Lab School will also move to remote learning methods starting March 11.

Teachers will communicate with you tomorrow about alternative learning plans. They will be in communication with you daily. Look for an email message with more information from them about the timing and expectations for these daily communications.

For students who do not have a computer at home, we will make a computer available for loan. If your child does not have access to a computer at home, please contact Renata Williams to arrange to pick up a loaner computer: rwilliams@labschool.ucla.edu

We understand that this plan may cause feelings of anxiety for some children. Support is available by contacting School Psychologist Megan Ceja: mceja@labschool.ucla.edu

We understand that these arrangements present challenges for our families. We appreciate your patience and support. You can expect to receive a communication from the school on a daily basis, one from your teachers regarding instruction and one from administration providing updates.

With best regards,

Georgia

Georgia Ann Lazo
Carol L. Collins Principal’s Chair