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Fall 2020 Planning & School Reopening Update

Dear Da Vinci Families,

I wish everyone a good start to summer. I also recognize the challenges that so many in our community are facing. The 2019-20 school year was anything but typical. I am deeply proud of our Da Vinci community of students, families, faculty and staff who have done exceptional work to keep our students engaged, learning and connected during this challenging time.

Today, I am writing to update you about our plans for welcoming students back to our campuses in Fall 2020, informed by guidelines from the L.A. County Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the CDC, the California Department of Public Health, and the California Department of Education.

Summer Planning

Our school leaders and Central Office team are dedicating themselves to thoughtfully preparing for the reopening of our schools in Fall 2020. Our primary goals are to: (1) keep our students and faculty/staff healthy and safe; (2) bring our community together; and (3) optimize our learning environments to deliver high quality learning experiences within the required health and safety guidelines for school reopening.

Families play an important role in informing our decision-making. Organization-wide and school site surveys have been sent to all families. The org-wide survey received 538 responses and 167 parents/guardians volunteered to provide additional input to our reopening committees.

Fall Instruction

Given the information that we have at this time, we are preparing for all Da Vinci schools to re-open in mid-August in a hybrid (in-person + remote) format, within the guidelines established by county and state health officials.

We are currently planning for possible hybrid options in which students are divided into cohorts, with some instruction provided on campus, and some instruction provided remote. More details will follow in the next few weeks about potential hybrid schedules after gaining more insight from stakeholders.

We also are planning with flexibility in mind. Current plans for in-person classes in Fall may need to be adjusted or we may need to return to a 100% remote learning program should the L.A. County Department of Public Health direct us to do so. If so, Da Vinci Schools will be ready for any option, whether it is on-campus, a hybrid schedule, or a full-time remote schedule.

A full distance learning option also will be a choice for all Da Vinci students/families who, due to personal circumstances or elevated health risks associated with COVID-19, are unable to return to their school site physically for the Fall.

Planning for Healthy and Safe Campuses 

Da Vinci is still developing specific protocols, but all on-campus activities will be conducted under the following health and safety guidance (contingent upon direction from the L.A. County Department of Public Health):

  • Staggered start times and assigned entrances to keep students entering in a cohort made up of only their school-specific students and teachers. New drop off and pick up procedures also will keep students from congregating.
  • Active and/or passive wellness screening and symptom checking will occur daily for all entering the school. Students with symptoms or fever will not be allowed to enter school.
  • No large gatherings or assemblies will be held.
  • Minimal use of indoor common space.
  • Floor markings indicating 6 feet will be utilized at all Da Vinci facilities. Physical distancing of 6 feet or more required while in buildings/classrooms. Desks will be set up to promote distancing.
  • Physical barriers will be installed (plastic/plexiglass barriers) to maintain physical distancing in places that are high-frequency areas such as front offices.
  • Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings while at school.
  • Increased hand sanitizer stations.
  • Increased cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.
  • Staggered schedules to pick up grab-n-go style meals and go directly outdoors to designated areas with social distancing in place for lunch.
  • Other health and safety guidelines that may be directed by state and local health officials.

Supporting our Community

We each have a role to play in keeping our community safe and healthy. Please protect yourself and those you interact with by wearing a face covering, practicing frequent handwashing, and honoring social distancing guidelines.

Thank you for your flexibility, patience and trust as we prepare for the safe reopening of our schools. I truly believe our Da Vinci family will continue to emerge even stronger.

With gratitude,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Fall 2020 Parent/Guardian Input Meeting

Greetings DVD families,

We are currently in the process of making plans for what school may look like in the Fall and would like to gather input from you. We will be hosting a virtual meeting for parents/guardians on Thursday, July 2nd at 2:00 pm (Zoom meeting link). In order to help us prepare for the meeting, please complete this short survey: Fall 2020 Parent/Guardian Input Meeting.

Thank you,

Veronica Rodriguez

Technology Return Day: Tuesday, June 16th

Hello DVD Families!

We would like to use the summer months as an opportunity to service all of our Chromebooks issued to students during the year. As such, we are asking you to bring your student’s Chromebook and charger to Da Vinci (201 N. Douglas St.) on Tuesday, June 16th between 9am and 5pm. 

If your student is enrolled in summer school, they may hold onto their Chromebook and charger for the duration of summer school.

Thank you,



Class of 2020 Diploma Pick Up – Wednesday, June 17th

Hello, Class of 2020 Graduates!

If you have not done so already, you may pick up your diploma and drop off gowns, school-issued Chromebooks, chargers, and fob’s this Wednesday, June 17th between the hours of 10 am – 12 pm. Please place your gowns in the clear plastic bag provided during the cap and gown pick up prior to returning them, to ensure everyone’s safety.

End of Year Videos and Student Survey

Hello Designers,

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank our students, staff, and families. This has been a year of many unexpected challenges and although we were not able to physically see each other to say goodbye, each grade level team recording messages for their students.

Grade 9 CD

Grade 10 Message

Grade 11 Message

Grade 12 Message and All-Stars

Students, please take a moment to complete the following survey: DVD Student Survey




DVD Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation!

Congratulations Class of 2020! Please click here for the link to the DVD Virtual Graduation Ceremony: Class of 2020 Graduation and the Graduation Program. We are so proud of you! (You can also click here to view the graduation video if the original file is too large).

We look forward to seeing our graduates and families between 4:30 and 6:30 pm at the 201 campus for the Class of 2020 Photo-Op and Senior Farewell. Please view the following map and follow the guidelines provided.

Class of 2020

Da Vinci Design 2020 Yearbook Delivery Options

Hello!  By now, I hope you have already seen the virtual, online version of this year’s yearbook.  If you have not, please take a look at it here:

2020 Da Vinci Design Yearbook link

If you have not ordered a yearbook, there are still a few available.  Please go to the website below and enter our school code ( 17693 ) and just follow the prompts on the screen.

Herff Jones Yearbook Order Center link

If you have ordered a yearbook, you have a few options for getting your copy.

Option #1:  Just wait for the books to be delivered to the school in July, and then come and pick up your copy in person.  We will announce the pick-up date once the books arrive at the school.

Option #2:  Pay $7.00 to have the book delivered to your home address.  If you choose this option, you will need to go to the Yearbook Order Center and pay for the cost of shipping there.  Use the Herff Jones Yearbook Order Center link above.

Once there, choose this option (Buy a Yearbook, Yearbook Packages):


On the next screen, choose the Shipping Option only (if you have already purchased a yearbook)

yearbook 2

Once you have selected this option, you will be prompted to provide some further information so that the yearbook can be shipped to the location of your choice.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can reach me by email, even during the summer, at

Thank you, take care, and stay safe!

Jason White

Da Vinci Design Yearbook Adviser

Last Day of School!

Greetings Designers,

Wednesday is the last day of the 2019-20 school year!

Teachers will be posting special messages and videos for students on Google Classroom tomorrow! Please see below for a few end-of-year announcements:

  • PowerSchool access will be turned off Tuesday evening while grades are being finalized. Report cards with final grades for the semester will be mailed out during the week of Monday, June 15th.
  • Students will be asked to return school-issued Chromebooks and chargers on Tuesday, June 16th. More details to come soon.
  • Seniors may pick up their diplomas and drop off gowns, school-issued Chromebooks, chargers, and FOB’s on Friday, June 12th between the hours of 12 pm – 3 pm. Please place your gowns in the clear plastic bag provided during the cap and gown pick up prior to returning them, to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Parents, we are requesting your feedback. If you have not done already, please take the following survey before Monday, June 15thDa Vinci Schools: Parent/Guardian Return to Campus Survey



Class of 2020 Cap & Gown Photo Opportunity

On Thursday, June 11th, 2020, our Seniors are invited to come to the parking lot of our campus at 201 N. Douglas Street from 4:30 – 6:30 pm during which time members of our school staff will be present to bid them “Farewell!”. The graduates who wish to participate in this event will have an opportunity to have a professional picture taken on a decorated stage wearing their cap and gown.

This event will be in addition to the virtual graduation ceremony that will take place at 11:30 am

In order to keep the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to a minimum and promote the safety of all the participants involved, everyone will be asked to follow the protocol and guidelines that can be found on this document, and we ask that all graduates and families follow the guidelines that are provided there.

Resources for Families – Discussing Community Trauma

Hello DVD families,

As our students turn to adults in their lives for answers, it is important that we listen and respond with honesty and empathy. Students may be feeling an array of emotions, including anger, fear, and anxiety and we need to help students recognize and acknowledge their emotions.

On Wednesday, June 3rd, we will be offering an opportunity for our students to participate in community circles, where we can come together to try and process what has happened. Tomorrow, teachers will be posting links to sign-up for circles.

Please encourage students to complete the following survey: Connections Survey: DVD 2020. We would like to know how to best support our students at this time.

Following are tips and resources to support our students:

Tips for Talking to Your Student(s) About Current Events: 

  • Listen with your full attention
  • Inform through age-appropriate conversations
  • Acknowledge feelings
  • Watch for signs of distress
  • Model self-care

We will continue to share resources and to keep the dialogue going amongst our school community.



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