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This frequently asked questions (FAQs) website is intended to address current topics of interest for our community to reference. Topics and resources will be updated as topics arise.

Added: October 27, 2021

The Huntington  Beach City School District (HBCSD)  is in the process of developing a long-term strategic plan, which includes a refreshed vision, mission, and learner profile. Strategic planning is an important ongoing organizational process to establish the long and short-term goals of the organization.

At the February 16, 2021 Board meeting, the District established priority goals based on stakeholder feedback, that included the development of a process and timeline to launch a refresh of the District’s mission and vision and strategic plan to provide a clear focus for district programs and activities. 

The Board received staff recommendations on a process and timeline by spring 2021 with plan development to commence in fall 2021. A Superintendent’s Subcommittee was established to evaluate various proposals from consultants with expertise in strategic planning to facilitate the District’s process. Based on this information and a cost evaluation, the subcommittee recommended the approval of an agreement with IlluminatED Collective to facilitate the strategic planning process during the 2021-2022 school year.

At the May 18, 2021 Board meeting, the Board approved an agreement with IlluminatED Collective, LLC, to facilitate the District’s strategic planning process and support the development of a multi-year strategic plan.

The agreement included the following scope of work and estimated timeline:

  • Fall 2021: Plan/facilitate four Guiding Coalition sessions to create a compelling mission, vision, and learner profile* that will set the direction for the district 
  • Fall 2021: Collect/examine key data points to uncover HBCSD’s current reality 
  • Spring 2022: Work with Strategic Planning Design Committee to analyze data points, review input, and draw informed conclusions to outline priority goals and strategies for the District’s Strategic Plan which will be presented for Board approval

The final plan will set the direction to set priorities, focus energy and resources, streamline operations, and ensure HBCSD staff and stakeholders are working toward common objectives and intended outcomes for the next several years.

*Learner profile: A limited set of core dispositions/habits of mind that indicate students’ readiness for high school, college, career, and well-lived life.

Added: October 27, 2021

The District has not adopted this concept as part of its curriculum, nor are there plans to do so.  Critical race theory is a concept typically taught in law schools and higher education and is not included in the District’s adopted curriculum used to teach the California State Standards.  

Critical Race Theory FAQ

The HBCSD Board’s policy states that district instructional materials, as a whole, present a broad spectrum of knowledge and viewpoints, reflect society's diversity, and enhance the use of multiple teaching strategies and technologies.  Our current instructional materials are consistent with this policy and state law and do not include any reference to critical race theory which is sometimes conflated with culturally responsive instruction, which promotes a sense of inclusion and respect to ensure all students are able to learn at high levels.

Curriculum adoptions require significant time and study and involve teachers and other subject area experts before being presented for public display and input from parents and the community.  While we do not anticipate adopting any updated curricula for the next several years, any changes will be highly publicized and require Board approval prior to implementation.

Added: October 27, 2021

In October 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 101, which requires completion of a one-semester course in ethnic studies as a graduation requirement for all public high schools, starting with the class of 2030.

Since HBCSD is a Kindergarten through 8th grade District, this legislation does not apply to our curriculum and will have no impact on our instructional program.

The state’s ethnic studies curriculum is intended to provide guidance to school districts and county offices of education that choose to offer ethnic studies courses. As such, it’s not mandatory, and it does not require that specific concepts like critical race theory be taught or included.

To learn more, please visit the Orange County Department of Education Frequently Asked Questions about ethnic studies.

Added: October 27, 2021

The District is required to enforce the universal mask requirement and will be required to enforce the future vaccine requirement.  These requirements carry the force of the law.  It is a misdemeanor to refuse or willfully neglect to obey the CDPH guidance or public health orders.  There is also increased civil liability, and potential for personal liability, for the Board members or District if the District refuses or willfully refuses to enforce these mandates.

The current universal mask requirement is still in place and until the CDPH mandate changes, the District is required to enforce the universal mask requirement, as indicated in this letter from CDPH.

There are still many unknowns about the future vaccination requirement for students announced by Governor Newsom on October 1, 2021.  The announcement stated that COVID-19 vaccines will be added to the list of required vaccinations for children age 12 and older, once the vaccine is fully authorized. Medical, religious, and personal belief exemptions will apply.

For now, all of our current HBCSD COVID-19 precautions and processes remain in place. There are many unknowns regarding this announcement. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

Added: October 27, 2021

The city of Huntington Beach manages all city traffic-related concerns and employs the crossing guards that assist our schools. HBCSD continues to work in partnership with the city to voice concerns regarding crosswalks and traffic safety in regards to the areas surrounding our schools where the city has jurisdiction.  

District staff have monitored various pickup and drop-off activities and are working to evaluate potential options to improve traffic control measures and flow on our school sites, where the District has jurisdiction to make changes.


The Orange County Department of Education has also developed a new website to unpack complex education issues. It’s called The 101, and it can be accessed at