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LAUSD logoThe July 2020 Family and Student Handbook is now available from LAUSD. It covers:

  • The School Calendar
  • Student enrollment
  • Sample instructional schedules
  • Technology
  • Accessing classes online
  • Steps to a successful first week of school
  • Student-parent-teacher-school expectations
  • Free resources for extended learning
  • The parent portal
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Additional resources

Download the Family and Student Handbook:


Posted 8/11/20

8th grade

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 is 8th grade Parent Check-In Day.

One parent should come to school during your appointment period, with or without the student. Enter through the gate near the Student Cafeteria, on the north side of Palms Blvd.

  • Student last name A-G: 8:30am to 10:00am
  • Student last name H-N: 10:30am to noon
  • Student last name O-Z: 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Bring the completed and signed English or Spanish forms from your Orientation Packet. If you don't have the forms, download them from the Parent Check-In page:

  1. Student Emergency Information Form
  2. LAUSD Student Health Policies
  3. Responsible Use Policy for District Computer Systems
  4. Cell Phone/Electronic Device Policy
  5. Student Housing Questionnaire
  6. Parent/Guardian Publicity Authorization and Release (photo release form)

You will pick up the student's Fall 2020 schedule, new iPad, and textbooks. You can purchase PE uniforms but this is not required during distance learning.

Please remember:

  • Wear a cloth face covering (students too).
  • Practice social distancing while waiting.
  • Bring a bag to carry student items.
  • Turn in any textbooks or older iPad.
Posted 8/11/20

Make New Friends

The Palms Middle School Meet and Greet is Saturday, August 8 2020, at 10:00am.

This virtual event, for new Palms students and their family members, gives you a chance to meet new friends and families before school starts for the Fall semester.

Meeting details

Zoom meeting ID: 927 6772 7247

Password: 035908

Posted 8/7/20

palms tree

Virtual Camp Palms, originally scheduled to begin on Monday, August 10, 2020, will be delayed to make sure that all of the preparations are complete.

Virtual Camp Palms will take place sometime during the week of August 10, but the days are yet to be announced. We'll post the new dates as soon as we know them, here and on the Virtual Camp Palms page.

The evening meeting for parents and adult community members on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30pm will proceed as planned.

Posted 8/7/20

calendar​​​​​​​The Fall semester begins on Tuesday August 18, 2020, with two pupil-free days.

The first day of instruction for students is Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Students will receive their schedules the week before, at the Parent Check-In on August 12, 13, and 14.

Posted 8/6/20

Parent Portal and Schoology are key online tools to help parents and students stay connected to school, teachers, grades, and assignments.

Click here for instructions on how to access Parent Portal.

On August 6 and 7, 2020, LAUSD will be hosting a Parent Portal webinar. The webinar will help parents learn how to create a Parent Portal login, how to navigate the system, and how to set up notifications in Schoology.

Posted 8/5/20

papersIf you did not receive the packet of forms to turn in during the Parent Check-In on August 12-14, 2020, or you no longer have the forms that were sent to you, you can download and print the forms from the Parent Check-In page.

Fill out the forms in advance and bring them with you.

Parent Check-In Schedule
Date Wed Aug 12 Thu Aug 13 Fri Aug 14
Grade 8 6 7
Student's last name A-G


Posted 8/5/20

backpackParent Check-In will take place on

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020
  • Friday, August 14, 2020

The schedule has been revised. Your appointment day and time depend on grade and last name. You must wear a mask. Enter campus through the gate on the north side of Palms Blvd.

Important Note
The schedule is based on the student's last name, not the parent's last name.

For details, see the Parent Check-In page or download the flyer.

Posted 8/4/20

Welcome New Palms FamiliesAll incoming Palms families and prospective families are invited to the 2020 Palms Meet and Greet on Saturday, August 8, 2020 starting at 10:00am.

Students, siblings, parents, and other family members can join our virtual meeting (using Zoom) to meet new friends and families before schools starts.

Principal Mr. Choi, Palms teachers, and current families will join to welcome you!

We will post the Zoom meeting details very soon.

Meanwhile, be sure to sign up for our mailing list, fill out the Volunteer Form, and read about Camp Palms.

Meet & Greet

Saturday, August 8, 2020, 10:00

Zoom-based virtual online gathering

Download flyer: EnglishSpanish

Posted 8/4/20

Superintendent Austin Beutner gave an update on Monday, August 3, about what the start of school will look like in a few weeks.

LAUSD published transcripts of the speech in English and Spanish.

A few highlights:

  • LAUSD has now provided more than 50 million meals and will continue to provide them until students can return to schools
  • Entercom is hosting a fundraiser throughout the month of August to raise money for meals. $20 buys a week of lunches. Text NEED to 76278 or visit for more information
  • LAUSD is advocation for federal, state, and local funding to support this effort
  • The school board is considering a bond initiative to support updating school facilities
  • Both Coronavirus cases and testing are leading indicators of when LAUSD can consider bringing students back to schools
  • One goal for 2020-21 school year is to have as much teacher-led interaction as possible
  • Online instruction will have more structure and standards and increased interaction this year
  • Many measures have been put in place to clean and sanitize schools daily/nightly
  • The first few days of school will focus on continuing to train teachers, ensuring students are connected, and giving students a chance to meet their teachers and receive appropriate materials
  • Childcare will be provided for those working at school sites
  • Another goal is to maximize the time in school for students. One-on-one tutoring will be provided for those who need it most
Posted 8/4/20