The Los Angeles Unified School District welcomed students, teachers and administrators on Aug. 15 for the 2022-23 school year. With a renewed focus on preparing all students for graduation and careers, schools across the district are implementing Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho’s 2022-26 Strategic Plan.
“As we welcome our school communities back into the classroom, I am driven by our commitment to unlocking the full potential of each Los Angeles Unified student,” Carvalho said. “With the start of the school year, we are renewing our focus on students and remain dedicated to the implementation of our 2022-26 Strategic Plan. Los Angeles Unified will be the premiere urban school district in the nation.”
The 2022-26 Strategic Plan will guide the district as it focuses on ensuring all students graduate ready for the world, fully prepared and inspired to thrive in college, careers and their lives beyond the classroom. The strategic plan ensures that the district is guided by academic excellence, student joy and wellness, engagement and collaboration, operational effectiveness and investments in staff.
“We welcome students and families back with excitement and optimism,” LAUSD Board president Kelly Gonez said. “Our educators and school staff are ready not just to support ongoing recovery, but to renew and sustain the joy of learning and unlock the potential of our students.”
The LAUSD is filling all in-school vacancies with fully credentialed staff members, has launched the All Families Connected initiative to close the digital divide and connect families to reliable high-speed internet, and has expanded early education programs. The district received 1.9 billion in the 2022-23 budget in new investments that will strengthen academic excellence and support student well-being.
“We are thrilled to welcome students and families back to school and I want to thank everyone in our local school communities who have worked tirelessly to get everything ready for the new year,” said Board Vice President Nick Melvoin, who toured schools this week. “Our goal is to ensure all students make academic progress, receive socio-emotional support and stay safe on our school campuses. The start of school is a time of excitement, promise and renewal, and we’re committed to doing whatever it takes to help our kids reach their full potential.”
To address ongoing health concerns, back to school preparations have included maximizing physical distancing as much as possible, strongly encouraging the use of masks, continuing comprehensive sanitizing efforts and upgrading air filtration system. COVID-19 vaccines are required for employees, and the district encourages all eligible students to get vaccinated against the virus. The district will continue to align with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health requirements and guidelines.
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