As of now, the Viewpoint School campus is safe, no longer under evacuation, and environmental testing indicates the air quality is healthful for students and teachers to return. Today and tomorrow, our employees are preparing the campus for the reopening of school.
Viewpoint School will be open on Friday, November 16, for all who are able to attend. This decision is informed by safety first and by the wide range of needs in our community, including the need to return to a sense of normalcy as soon as it is safe. For all students, and especially those whose neighborhoods have been significantly impacted or who have suffered losses, please know that attendance Friday through Tuesday is optional. We support any decision you make, if you choose not to attend out of necessity or in your child’s best interest. We will be in free dress until the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no tests, and our teachers and staff will plan activities and expectations with sensitivity and consideration for making the return to school a positive experience and ensuring that those unable to attend do not miss anything essential. Our purpose is to come together as a center of community for students and families to begin the process of recovery and to unite the wide range of impacts our families have experienced.
On Friday, we will run a late start schedule. Carpool drop-off will run from 8:30 to 9:00 am. We will start the school day at 9:00 am with homeroom meetings and cross-divisional student gatherings for Primary/Lower and Middle/Upper Schools, before going on to a modified Day Four schedule.
-For parents who want a chance to connect with one another and with us, we will host a coffee cart with refreshments in the Lower/Middle School parking lot from 8:30 to 9:00 am. We want to offer this gesture of hospitality, listening, and connection as we welcome you back to school.
-As we do with other Late Start days, Extended Care will be available beginning at 7:00 am.
-All bus routes except Malibu will run as on other late start days. If canyon roads are not open, the Palisades bus will utilize alternate routes. The Malibu bus will not run Friday or next week.
Our schoolwide food drive to support the West Valley Food Pantry will go forward as planned. In fact, we believe this effort is more important than ever. The WVFP counts on the support of the Viewpoint community at this time of year, and we will have lost days to collect donations on their behalf. The collection runs through Tuesday, November 20, and if you wish to do something to help those in need, consider participating in this effort, an annual Viewpoint tradition.
Upcoming school events will be adjusted to address a balance of circumstances and needs. For example:
The Upper School production of The Crucible will be rescheduled for January.
Admission Preview Day activities Saturday will be rescheduled and will not take place this weekend.
Monday’s Fourth Grade field trip to Dana Point has been rescheduled to Tuesday 12/18.
Athletic contests on campus Thursday have been canceled, but Friday games will take place unless otherwise called.
We are creating a platform for our community to come together to support one another. If you are on Facebook, you are invited to join a private group called Viewpoint Connect, as a way to share resources and stories and to bring our community closer together. Search Viewpoint Connect on Facebook or click here and you can request to be added to the group. More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page.
All families, please complete the following survey to help us understand the impacts of the Woolsey Fire event: www.surveymonkey.com/r/QV2SVYT. We want to hear from you! We continue to receive offers of support and assistance on firstname.lastname@example.org, and we want to continue to help match resources and offers to help with needs. We expect that we may learn of more losses and impacts as families are able to return to their neighborhoods. Parent volunteers have already worked with us to help assemble school supplies for those who lost everything in the fires, we will have PE clothes and other supplies donated courtesy of the Patriot Store, and Dennis Uniform has pledged free or heavily discounted uniforms to impacted families. We know that our community will continue to face a wide range of needs in weeks to come, and we want to ensure that our school and community efforts are able to assist our families and our local community in coming together in the wake of this disaster.
I continue to appreciate the heroic first responders, firefighters, and civil servants, whose actions mitigated the losses from this massive event. I also appreciate the hard work, loyalty and dedication of our campus safety, operations, and administration teams, who have responded thoughtfully and energetically to preserve our mission and values and protect our people and our campus. Our community is a strong and generous one, and we will continue to come together through the process of recovery. This Thanksgiving, we will have even more cause to give thanks for what matters most.