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Parent Survey

We ask all Palms parents to fill out the Fall 2021 Parent Survey:

Parent Survey

The survey asks about your distance learning experience this past year, your child's experience, technology needs, social-emotional needs, how you'd like to see new funds spent, and your level of interest in a Palms Success Academy.

The survey also gives you a chance to provide comments and suggestions or to ask questions.

If you ask questions in your survey form, please be sure to fill in the optional email address field at the end of the survey.

Posted 8/3/21

Mr. Leonard Choi

Palms Principal Mr. Choi sends regular messages to Palms parents. You can read or re-read this year's first emailed message on the Weekly Email page.

Mr. Choi also held a Welcome Back to School Town Hall Zoom meeting on July 30, 2021.

Download the meeting slides

Here are the website links from the email and the meeting slides:

Posted 8/2/21

doctor checkup

LAUSD has the highest level of health safety of any school district in the nation, and Palms Middle School is part of that program. This includes daily health checks, weekly COVID-19 tests, appropriate air filtering, masking, and social distancing.

However, everyone must do their part while the pandemic remains.

Things to remember:

  • Students should use Daily Pass before school each day, and show their QR code at the school entrance. If you do not have a QR code, you'll be interviewed.
  • Everyone on campus must wear a mask. Students should bring a spare mask too.
  • If your student does not feel well, DO NOT send them to school. Don't take chances with their health or the health of everyone else on campus. Follow the normal absence procedure.
  • If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school, they will be directed to the school's isolation and quarantine room and you will be notified.
Posted 7/31/21


LAUSD, Palms Middle School, and Friend of Palms are ready to help you with any problems, concerns, or questions that you may have.

LAUSD Family Vaccination Hotline (appointments too)


LAUSD COVID-19 Helpdesk

Monday to Friday, 6:00am to 6:00pm


California Youth Crisis Line
Call or text, English or Spanish


LAUSD Student Wellness Hotline

For support with mental health, immunizations, health insurance, food & housing, enrollment, and more.

Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm


LAUSD Magnet Transportation


LAUSD help with DailyPass issues

Information Technology Division (ITD)

Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4:45pm


Palms Middle School

Monday to Friday, school hours


Friends of Palms

askfriends @

Posted 7/31/21


All students must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before attending Camp Palms or starting school on Monday August 16, 2021. Students can get free COVID-19 tests at Palms Middle School, at other LAUSD testing sites, or privately at another site or from their own doctor. Don't wait until the last minute!

Testing at Palms (a mobile team will be on-site)

Monday, August 2, 2021 and Monday, August 9, 2021

8:30am to 2:00pm

No appointment necessary.

Enter through the gate on Palms Blvd. and go to the Student Cafeteria. See campus map.

Download flyer: ⬇ English  ⬇ Spanish

Testing at other LAUSD Sites

Mark Twain Middle School or Audubon Middle School

Make your appointment at

Regular days and hours:

August 2 to 6 and August 9 to 13, 2021

7:15am to 3:15pm

Extended Wednesday hours:

August 4 and August 11

7:15am to 7:00pm

Extended Saturday hours:

August 7 and August 14

8:00am to 4:00pm

Download flyer: ⬇English  ⬇Spanish

Private Testing

Take a COVID-19 test at any other location, including from your own doctor. You must then upload a record of the negative result at

Posted 7/30/21


All Palms families are invited to our first Zoom meeting of the year:

Welcome Back to Palms Middle School Town Hall

Town Hall Zoom Meeting

Friday, July 30, 2021


Zoom link

A message from Principal Mr. Choi:

We’re excited as the start of the 2021-22 school year approaches on Monday, August 16 at 8:00am.

We will be back in school, in person with full-day instruction, five days a week. This includes after-school programs and athletic and extracurricular activities! LAUSD is prepared to welcome everyone back with the highest standard of safety protocols at every campus.

We look forward to having everyone back together, learning safely. You should be receiving our Back To School Family Guide in the mail very soon. Please take a look and learn more about our academic, social, and safety plans. You can also visit for additional information on everything we’re doing to prepare for Monday, August 16.

Posted 7/29/21

student and counselor

The Palms counselors are student advocates. Throughout the school year, they assist with communication between parents, teachers and students. They assess student academic progress and address any issues that interfere with learning.

At the start of the school year, the first priority of your counselor is making sure that you are placed into the correct academic program, best suited to meet your needs.

Your counselor assignment depends on your magnet status and your grade level.


  • Ms. Cohen (Magnet Office, extension 7642)


  • 6th grade: Ms.Shin (Counseling Office, extension 7625)
  • 7th grade: Mr. Rodriguez (Counseling Office, extension 7643)
  • 8th grade: Mrs. Bradshaw (Counseling Office, extension 7622)

You will have the same counselor for all of your years at Palms.

Our counselors look forward to meeting you!

Posted 7/29/21

students with masks

For the upcoming school year, students can return to campus for a full 5-day-a-week instructional program. This is LAUSD's recommendation.

Daily health checks will still be required and masks will be worn while on campus. Rules for social distancing will follow Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines. COVID-19 vaccinations will continue to be available. Students who are unvaccinated will receive regular COVID-19 tests. These tests will not be required for vaccinated students.

If families choose to have a student continue with remote learning, they should enroll in the City of Angels independent study program.

Student in this online program will not have teachers from Palms. Instead, there will be three 70-minute online periods per day, each with at least 40 minutes of direct interaction with City of Angels teachers. This program does not include the clubs or sports available at Palms. Students will retain their SAS or Magnet status (points) and their position at Palms.

Switching between on-campus and remote learning will be possible, but could be disruptive to the student's progress during the school year.

You can register for the City of Angels program through the Parent Portal through Friday, August 6, 2021 (extended from July 30).

Posted 7/27/21

Back to School Family Guide

LAUSD's Back to School Family Guide covers many topics of interest to parents and students, including

  • The school schedule
  • New spending on instruction and wellness support
  • Safety protocols: face masks, distancing, health checks, COVID-19 testing, and vaccinations
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • After-school programs
  • Athletics
  • The online program for students who continue to rely on remote learning

Download the Back to School Family Guide

⬇ English   ⬇ Spanish

Read Frequently Asked Questions

➡ English   ➡ Spanish

Posted 7/25/21

Palms logo

Mr. Choi, the Principal of Palms Middle School, welcomes you back to school with an informative letter in English and Spanish.

Read his welcome-back letter:


Posted 7/24/21