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Dear Laguna Beach Unified Staff,

I want to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation to all of our staff who united together to help our students, families, and each other as we come to the end of this very unique and challenging school year.

Almost every aspect of our lives changed due to this pandemic, and I am grateful for the way we worked collaboratively to put our students first. Your willingness to change direction at almost a moment’s notice speaks volumes to the incredible human beings that work in Laguna Beach Unified. We pulled together to completely rethink how we lead and serve – from instruction and office support to maintenance and food service.

There is no doubt the pandemic has provided us with the opportunity to think about all aspects of our work differently. It has allowed us to examine how we can leverage technology to meet the needs of every student every day. Nothing will ever take away the need for, and the value of, the personal connections and relationships vital to the work we do. The creativity you have displayed in sustaining that work both remotely and in person has been exemplary.

During this special week, let’s all be mindful of the dedication, sacrifice, and love of the profession that it takes to thrive and lead, always keeping our students at the heart of our work. I’m honored to be working beside the quality and professional learning community that we have here in Laguna Beach Unified. The POWER OF LBUSD is stronger than ever! As we end the 2020-2021 school year, we encourage our staff to Recharge, Renew, and Reimagine and enjoy the praise you get during this week as we celebrate the incredible staff of LBUSD. Please take a moment to watch the 2021 Staff Appreciation Video.


Jason Viloria, Ed.D.