VIDEO: Message on COVID-19, Remote Learning & Community Unity | Shant Sahakian Glendale School Board Member

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Message from the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education meeting on COVID-19, remote learning, and the importance of being united as we navigate through these challenging days together. 🍽 41,714+ Breakfast/Lunches Served 💻 7,708+ Chromebooks Distributed 📶 500+ Hotspots Ordered ✊️ 1 Glendale Unified Family Source: GUSD Board of Education Meeting April 7, 2020 About Shant Sahakian Shant Sahakian is an Elected Member of the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education representing District D. He was elected in April 2017, becoming the youngest School Board Member elected in Glendale history. Shant is a lifelong resident of Glendale and…

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Glendale News-Press: Glendale Unified School District Extends Campus Shutdowns to the End of the Academic Year

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By Vera Castaneda As teachers begin distance learning this week, Glendale Unified School District announced Wednesday evening that schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year. According to an email sent to parents, the district is considering options for graduation ceremonies and end-of-year celebrations. “We recognize the importance of these momentous life events, especially for our seniors, and we will work closely with our students, staff and families to make these experiences as meaningful as possible for our amazing students,” Glendale Supt. Vivian Ekchian said in the email. The grab-and-go meal service that was set up recently will…

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Glendale Unified School District COVID-19 Update

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Dear Friends, I hope you and your family are safe and healthy! I know we are in uncharted waters and I wanted to take a moment to check in with you. Below is a brief update from the Glendale Unified School District as we collectively work to address the rapidly evolving COVID-19 public health crisis:‬ ‪1️⃣ Schools closed to students through April 3‬ 2️⃣ Remote learning will begin on March 30 ‪3️⃣ Teachers will work remotely‬ ‪4️⃣ Classified and management staff details to be announced‬ ‪5️⃣ All staff who are 65+ or have pre-existing conditions will work remotely 6️⃣ Grab-and-go meal…

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Glendale News-Press: Glendale Unified District to Close All Schools for Students through April 3

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By Vera Castaneda The Glendale Unified Board of Education voted unanimously Friday evening on a resolution to take appropriate action to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The resolution calls for the district’s schools to be closed to students from March 16 to April 3. Spring break is held from March 16 through 20. School sites will undergo deep cleaning during spring break. The break will be extended for students March 23 through 27, but campuses will be open for teachers and staff only on those days. From March 30 to April 3, a remote learning model will be implemented for students…

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Glendale News-Press: Glendale Unified Cancels School Events to Address Coronavirus Concerns

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By Vera Castaneda Glendale Unified announced Thursday the school district is implementing social distance measures, following Gov. Gavin Newsom and California public health officials’ latest policy to postpone or cancel gatherings of more than 250 people across the state. Open House events scheduled for Thursday in Cerritos Elementary, Rosemont and Toll middle schools were postponed. Instead of having a live audience, the Scholastic Bowl will be live streamed from Glendale High Thursday night. Student Voice Panel and Restorative Practices Meeting for parents and community, scheduled in late March, are also postponed. Glendale Supt. Vivian Ekchian requested principals make changes as they…

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Glendale News-Press: Arts Education Takes Center Stage in Glendale Schools

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By Vera Castaneda Arts education — featuring awards and performances — was the headlining act during the Glendale Unified board meeting on Tuesday. In a unanimous vote, the school board approved a resolution designating March 2020 as Arts Education in California Month, which is meant to encourage Glendale schools to celebrate with activities and programs in visual and performing arts. The California State Board of Education adopted the California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, which outlines arts-education criteria. However, the school board report notes the month’s celebration should “give recognition to the state’s young artists, focus on…

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Glendale News-Press: Glendale Unified Updates Black History Month by Adding Black Lives Matter Week

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By Vera Castaneda Glendale Unified board members voted unanimously to observe Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action in February. Black Lives Matter at School is a nationwide effort and part of Glendale Unified’s goal to recognize “the rich culture, contributions and value of our African American students and community members” and it would be “an annual week of action, affirmation and solidarity,” according to the final draft of the resolution. Although Glendale Unified has honored Martin Luther King Jr. in January and Black History Month in February, the resolution comes after students, parents and community members voiced concerns…

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Glendale News-Press: Glendale Unified Discusses Adding Black Lives Matter Week in February

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By Vera Castaneda Black Lives Matter, an activist movement created six years ago, could make its way into the Glendale Unified School District in an official capacity. The Glendale Unified school board discussed last week a resolution that would formally observe Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, which would be held from Feb. 3 to 7, in conjunction with Black History Month. According to a draft of the resolution, the week would be meant “to cultivate in African American students a sense of pride, self-worth, and self-love; and to develop a widespread acknowledgment and appreciation for the contributions of…

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VIDEO: Year in Review 2019 | Shant Sahakian Glendale School Board Member

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Today, our students return to school for the start of a new decade at the Glendale Unified School District! I wish each and every one of our students, families, teachers, staff, and community members a happy, healthy, and prosperous year as we begin a new chapter with exciting and important work ahead of us. Happy 2020! About Shant Sahakian Shant Sahakian is an Elected Member of the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education representing District D. He was elected in April 2017, becoming the youngest School Board Member elected in Glendale history. Shant is a lifelong resident of Glendale and a product of Glendale…

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