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Happy Halloween Boo Challenge
The Hawthorne Police Department will be doing the Halloween, “You’ve been Boo’d” challenge for 10 neighborhood kids in our city. We are recognizing kids with the help of your school principals and teachers. From
good grades, attendance, etc. Look out for a basket of treats from the Hawthorne Police Department. We’re also challenging other PD’s. If we tagged you, you’re it. Photo courtesy Hawthorne Police Department.
Final WUSD Candidates Q&A
By Duane Plank
With the implementation of distance
learning, what are your thoughts on the
best way for the District to move forward?
Joanne Kaneda: The COVID impact to
education is unprecedented. Safely educating
our WUSD students is always a priority, mandating
People Can’t Agree on Halloween
By Rob McCarthy
It’s decision week for El Segundo citizens,
with the opening of local polling places from
Friday through Election Day for registered
voters who want to cast their ballots in
person. But politics aside, there is another
decision to be made about trick-or-treating
this Halloween, and a lively discussion on
social media over the weekend exposed a
difference in opinion this year on whether
handing out candy at the door is allowed.
Do we pass out candy? Are trick-or-treaters
encouraged to don costumes and make the
rounds in El Segundo’s neighborhoods?
Does the city have an official policy on
whether to open the door if there’s a knock
on Saturday? The short answer is just like
Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day;
this next holiday will look and feel differently.
Haunted houses and outdoor festivals
are banned in Los Angeles County, which
remains in the purple tier that indicates
COVID-19 remains a widespread threat.
The county Public Health Department
discourages trick-or-treating this year.
It’s not possible to avoid close physical
contact with people who aren’t members
of a household, making it unsafe. Local
health officials made the argument for
safe, alternative Halloween activities in a
bulletin issued October 18; however, that
recommendation wasn’t enough to persuade
everyone to go dark this Halloween night.
Trick-or-treating isn’t banned, per se. It
is discouraged in favor of the trunk-or-treat
and other community activities planned this
year by El Segundo Parks and Recreation,
See Halloween, page 5
the distance learning model during the
pandemic. All provisions for returning to our
classrooms must follow LA County health regulations
and be approved by WUSD leadership.
While LA County remains in the “purple,”
most restricted tier, distance learning continues
as the safe education solution for most students.
However, with full approval by the LA County
Health Department and WUSD leadership,
WUSD is launching the first phase of our plan
to return some students with specialized learning
needs for in-person assessments starting
November 2. WUSD will of course require
health screening protocols and other safety
measures for staff, students, and visitors.
As your WUSD Board Member, I am
proud that WUSD is ready with a Five-Stage
Reopening Plan to be implemented when our
LA County COVID tier level improves. More
info at https://kaneda4wiseburn.com/.
Neil Goldman: WUSD is in the Education
business. Like any business today, we must
contend with myriad COVID-19 constraints,
competition, new technologies, legacy practices,
employee safety/engagement, and, of course,
limited budgets. Most vitally, we must serve
our “customers” (students and families) well.
As such, we must provide rigorous and robust
hybrid learning options moving forward. This
means bringing back in-person learning options
ASAP (especially TK-2 – through a waiver),
with investments in PPE, and all safety precautions.
We must (and are) investing in tools
(like digital screens) that enable teaching to
students in class and at home simultaneously.
We should also leverage new technologies to
drive increasingly personalized education plans
and resources for each student. And we must
continually bolster our teachers with supports
and training. We need to simultaneously move
back to the classroom and forward to the future
with flexible, responsive practices that best
provide a “life-ready” future for our students.
Jessica Daugherty: First, I want to thank
the administration for working through the
summer in order to have an entirely new
learning system, teaching process, and content
available this fall!
Even so, distance learning is extremely
difficult for teachers, students, administrators,
and families. As a working mom with two
elementary students, I have been bumbling
my way through distance learning and I think
we can improve. Teachers have been asked to
entirely change their curriculum, process, and
expectations. We need to ensure that they feel
supported, heard, and valued. Provide in-person
supports and learning for students with disabilities,
English-language-learners, and students
with IEPs. Provides families with flexibility
that is necessary while juggling working and
schooling our children by providing lowerelementary
grades with a weekly packet that
is stapled and clear.
Provide app-based tools and subscriptions
that can be set to each individual student’s
What didn’t I ask you that you think
is important to address?
Jessica Daugherty: As an engaged community
member who has sought out opportunities
to get students involved, I wish you had asked
about my engagement with students. In the
words of current/former students:
“Jessica has given students like me a real
voice in our community and has guided us on how
to achieve real impact in our community without
limiting us just because we are not “adults!”
If I was old enough to vote, I would definitely
vote for Jessica for the Wiseburn Board.”
– Andrew Garcia
“Jessica taught my Political Science class
at Da Vinci Extension and she changed my
perspective on what it means to be in a diverse
community and communicate effectively about
hard topics concerning politics and diversity
and inclusion. My semester in her class was
insightful and shaped my current career goals.
She is an inspiration and works tirelessly to
leave her mark in our community.”
– Samiyah Hall, Graduate
Neil Goldman: Experience. Expertise.
I believe among the most powerful gifts we
can give each child is the gift of a great education.
Education answers virtually any question;
how to solve problems, understand issues,
learn to cook, fix a car, or gain new skills. At
any age, education creates more opportunities.
As a board member since 2015, I’m proud
See Wiseburn Q & A, page 8