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Superintendent’s Message COVID-19

[Posted March 5, 2020]

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continue to be reported on a global scale, the Hawthorne School District remains vigilant in monitoring the situation and creating contingency plans in the event of a local outbreak.
As shared in a previous letter to families and posted on our website at, basic preventative measures, such as regular hand washing, covering your cough, minimizing physical contact, and keeping children at home when they are sick are the best safeguards against such an outbreak.

Beyond these preventative measures, we are also ensuring that our custodial and maintenance staff are following specific cleaning procedures for surfaces and common areas and that our health clerks are responding appropriately when student illness is reported.

Additionally, we are actively working with the Los Angeles County Office of Education and surrounding school districts to develop a response protocol to ensure the safety and well-being of students, families, and staff.

In the event of a local outbreak resulting in the need for school closure, which would be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, our collective efforts will allow for clear and consistent
communication and minimal disruption. As this fluid situation continues to evolve, we are committed to supporting our community in remaining informed and prepared.

For more information on coronavirus and COVID-19, visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s website. We greatly appreciate your efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of your children and all those around them.


Helen E. Morgan, Ed.D.


[Posted March 3, 2020]

Superintendent Message:

In light of the global health-related concerns of the coronavirus, the Department of Public Health (DPH) has been working closely with the Health Services Division of the Los Angeles County of Education (LACOE) to provide factual information and recommendations to all Los Angeles County public schools. This information includes the following:
What is a coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease.
Who gets coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are normally found in animals, but can be spread to humans. Some coronaviruses are also spread from person to person. Recently, thousands of cases of pneumonia associated with novel (new) coronavirus have been identified in China. Dozens of counties in the United States, including Los Angeles County, have also reported cases.
How is coronavirus spread?
Coronaviruses can be spread through close personal contact or by touching an object or surface with the virus on it.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and severe illness.
How is novel coronavirus treated?
There is no specific treatment for illness caused by a novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. There is no vaccine for novel coronavirus.
How can I protect myself?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean surfaces that are touched often, such as toys and doorknobs.

The Hawthorne School District will continue to work closely with DPH and LACOE to ensure that we have the most current information and up-to-date protocols. We will keep families, staff, and the community informed as more information becomes available.


Helen E. Morgan, Ed.D.