Learning and play spaces across the Long Beach Unified School District will soon see enhancements designed to move the needle on student learning and safety. Facilities upgrades are one of several infrastructure improvements outlined in the LBUSD's Learning Acceleration and Support Plan, which aims to elevate the educational experience for all students and offer interventions to learners who need additional support.
Upgrades to areas outside of the classroom start this summer and will be completed before the 2022-23 school year.
Bottle filling stations will be installed at all 85 district schools, providing students access to cool, clean drinking water and the hydration needed for a full day of learning and activities. More than 200 stations will be installed by December.
Elementary teachers will have more opportunities to take their curriculum beyond the classroom with new outdoor shade structures that work as open-air learning spaces. Shade structures will be installed at all 45 district elementary schools, shielding students from harmful UV rays during learning, lunch and play. In addition, 25 elementary schools will get new slides, climbing frames, matting and other outdoor play structures.
By the start of the 2024-25 school year, indoor learning will take place in classrooms outfitted with all new furniture.
Over the next three years, desks, chairs, bookshelves and other furniture in every K-12 classroom throughout LBUSD will be replaced with contemporary furnishings that facilitate 21st century teaching and learning. The new, flexible furniture will seamlessly reconfigure to accommodate traditional classroom lectures, collaborative projects and independent learning. Students in the same grade level across the district will learn in classrooms equipped with the same type of furniture, ensuring all learners have equitable access to engaging indoor learning spaces.
Campus upgrades included in the district's Learning Acceleration and Support Plan are budgeted at $18 million for the 2021-22 school year, with costs covered by some of the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund allocated to LBUSD. Other infrastructure improvements in the district's comprehensive, multiyear plan include programs to increase teacher quality and diversity and investments in technology.