LAUSD Celebrates Successful Start of 2015-16 School Year

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 18, 2015) – Los Angeles Unified started the 2015-16 school year smoothly, with its computer network functioning, its schools fully staffed, and its expanded kindergarten program that jump-started the District’s focus on student success.

The day started early at the command center overseeing the My Integrated Student Information System (MiSiS), where computer experts worked to ensure the network could handle scheduling classes and taking attendance for nearly 650,000 students. Although some schools requested additional administrative support, those issues were unrelated to MiSiS. The first day ended with no major glitches.

“Compared with last year, we’re more prepared and more proactive, and we’re doing better because we addressed issues early on,” said Diane Pappas, CEO, Strategic Planning and Digital Innovation. “I’m grateful to Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines for his strong support and to the entire MiSiS team for going above and beyond every single day to make sure that our schools and students have everything they need.”

The District was reorganized this year into six smaller districts, each with its own superintendent and instructional plan tailored to their community. Combined, they are overseeing more than 1,000 campuses, and starting the school year with a full contingent of permanent administrators and teachers, along with counselors, librarians and other support staff needed to provide a supportive learning environment.

The District expanded its transitional kindergarten classes to 117 schools, providing a rigorous academic program to thousands of 4-year-olds. It’s also pushing ahead with its Instructional Technology Initiative, deploying about 70,000 iPads, laptops and Chromebooks to students at 103 schools piloting the one-to-one device program.

Maintenance crews have been working to get schools ready for today’s opening, repairing aging air-conditioning systems and upgrading campuses to support student success.

“Our theme this year is ‘Investing in LAUSD,’” Cortines said. “This means investing in the resources that that our students, parents, teachers and other employees need to support excellent teaching and learning in every one of our classrooms.”

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Photos:
Group photo at City Terrace Elementary School
Parents checking-in their children at Manchester Elementary School
Expanded Transitional Kindergarten students playing "Duck, Duck, Goose" at 1986th Street Elementary School
 
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