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20-21 Family Orientation

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Dear Equitas Academy 4 Families,


We are so excited to welcome you for the 2020-2021 school year! Of course, this school year kickoff will look different than in years past, as COVID-19 has created unique circumstances through which we must all navigate. We have created this special Orientation page to put together all the information that is requested from our families all in one location. 


The Virtual Orientation is a pre-recorded video (see below) that covers general topics ranging from Distance Learning to submission of required documents in order for your scholar to start the school year off right! Additionally, I’d like to share here the following documents, to ensure you have access to them and can read them on your own time: 

  • EQ4 2020-21 Virtual Orientation (LINK)
  • 2020-21 Equitas Family and Scholar Handbook (LINK)
  • 2020-21 Code of Conduct and Family Contract (LINK)


START DATE: Our school year officially begins on Tuesday, September 8th. We will begin the year through remote, or distance learning. Distance learning will continue at least until October 5th and possibly longer depending on the progression of the pandemic. We will keep you informed as decisions are made.


REQUIRED PAPERWORK: Office staff has already begun individually contacting you, our new incoming families, by phone, regarding required paperwork so that your scholar can get their school year started off on the right foot! The purpose of these calls is to offer assistance with filling out the required forms and instructions on how to submit required documents needed for our records (i.e. immunization records, birth certificates, etc).

  • For those who have made an appointment with the Office Staff for assistance with paperwork (if you haven’t yet made one, but would like to, contact us at 213-271-5454), we recommend that you do the following in advance to prepare: 
    • Read the 2020-21 Equitas Family and Scholar Handbook AND the 2020-21 Code of Conduct (linked on this page); AND
    • Create an email account - an email address is required to navigate several of our communication platforms, please have one ready before your scheduled appointment. 
  • Tutorial videos for Parents - we have uploaded to our YouTube page videos on how to do the following: 


IMPORTANT DATES - We are listing below upcoming important dates pertaining to you, our families: 

  • Distance Learning Workshop 1 - Expectations of Scholars and Families: Friday, August 21, 3pm (Click here to join our LIVE ZOOM Call)
  • Distance Learning Workshop 2 - Logistics of Distance Learning for Families: Friday, August 28, 3pm (Click here to join our LIVE ZOOM Call)
  • Technology & Student Materials Distribution:
    • WHEN: Sept. 1 - Sept. 4, 2020
    • TIME: 8A-12P; 1P-4P
    • WHERE: 1612 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • Virtual Teacher Meet & Greet - Individual Homeroom Teacher + Parent Meetings: Sept. 8 - Sept. 18 (Exact time will be scheduled by our Culture Coordinators. They will reach out to you individually in the coming weeks.)
  • Virtual Back to School Night: September 23rd, Time + Platform TBA


LESSONS: During distance learning, scholars will access all of their required assignments online. We will have a combination of asynchronous lessons (completed independently at the scholar’s own pace) as well as required synchronous lessons (log into Zoom at a scheduled time to complete a live lesson with a teacher). These synchronous lessons are NEW for the 2020-2021 school year and will be different from what scholars experienced in the spring of last school year (2019-2020).


SCHOOL YEAR KICKOFF: On Tuesday, September 8th, we will host a 2020-2021 School Year Kick Off. As the start of the school year approaches, be on the lookout for more details as we plan what this Kick Off will entail. We look forward to welcoming your scholar to EQ4 and setting them up for success on their distance learning journey!


EQ4 INSTAGRAM: In the meantime, stay updated by following us on our EQ4 Instagram (click HERE to access/follow), where we will begin posting updates on all things EQ4! Additionally, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions. This is a time of uncertainty, but together, we can navigate it successfully. Here’s to a fantastic 2020-2021 school year!


In partnership and solidarity,


Corrie Janssens

School Director




Jasmine Ruiz

School Operations Manager 


Equitas Academy 4

(213) 271-5454