School Closure Beginning Monday, March 16

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear Granada Hills Charter Families,

I would like to thank all of you for your support and patience during this difficult time we are facing with the current COVID-19 State of Emergency and Pandemic. 

After careful consideration and monitoring, I am making the decision to suspend on campus classroom instruction and activities and close school starting on Monday, March 16. Granada Hills Charter will remain closed for at least two weeks.  

School closure and on-line learning

On-line and distance instructional program support will begin next week after staff and families have the needed time and space to prepare and take care of more important and essential tasks. Today, Students should plan to take their books and binders home to enable the completion of assignments. Teachers will be instructing students on the expectations for a successful online and distance experience. More information and details will be forthcoming to help with the details of school during the school closure.

We will reevaluate our community situation during the second week that we are closed to determine if we should open for classroom instruction on March 30, or remain closed longer.  

Although there are no cases (presumed or confirmed) of COVID-19 at our School, Granada Hills Charter places a high priority on the health and welfare of our students and staff. We have done our best to process all information that pertains to this issue from the health community and local and state leaders and agencies. We will continue to consult with the Los Angeles County Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Charter School Association, among other sources of information.

Remember that this is a new experience for all of us and the expectation is not to replicate the classroom experience in its entirety. Rather, this experience will enhance the remote and on-line learning process which will be used when classroom normalcy returns.

Lastly, this disruption to our schedule and usual school experience does not come without challenges. Let’s work together to make this experience a valuable one. Communicate quickly, ask questions for understanding and most importantly, let’s show understanding and compassion for one another.

Activities and athletics events cancellation

GHC is cancelling all events including competitions, performances, practices, rehearsals and after-school club meetings beginning on Friday, March 13 until further notice. We recognize the hard-work and dedication that our students, coaches, and staff have committed to preparing for the competitions and performances but we continue to prioritize the health of our entire school and larger community during these unprecedented times. 

Free meals for students and community youth and children will continue

Nutritious breakfast and lunch will continue to be served to all students, youth and children 18 years and younger on both the Zelzah and Devonshire sites, start date to be announced:

Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday

I am very proud of all of our staff as they continue to work in the best interests of our students. I want to thank our families for continuing to support our efforts with patience and flexibility as we work together through these challenging times.

Please continue to monitor your email and the School’s website and social media for additional updates.

Sincerely,

Brian Bauer, Executive Director