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The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program Act of 2002, enacted by initiative statute, establishes the ASES Program to serve pupils in kinder and grades 1 to 9, inclusive, at participating public elementary, middle, junior high and charter schools. Pupils who are identified by the program as homeless youth or as being in foster care will be given first priority.

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School Year 2021-2022 Application

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The student must be enrolled at the LAUSD school where you are applying to send your child.

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Household/Guardian Information

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Submission of this application does not guarantee enrollment in the program. Students must stay in LA’s BEST during the hours of operation.

The following information applies to all children included in this application. You must answer all of the following questions.

LA’s BEST Parent/Guardian Agreement 2021-2022

In an effort to ensure safety for all children, we will need to work together on the requirements listed below.

LA’s BEST Application: Each child must have an application form on file with the names and phone numbers of three adults, 18 years or older, who are authorized to pick up the child. In order to keep your child safe, your child will only be released to the adults you have authorized on the application form. It is important that this form is kept current with updated information; you can do so by connecting with the Site Coordinator. Only parents/guardians may update information via an in-person conversation with the Site Coordinator. Application information cannot be changed over the phone or by a third party.

Sign In: Children will be signed into the LA’s BEST program by staff each day they attend. Reinforce to your children that they are to come directly to the LA’s BEST designated sign-in area at the end of the school day.

Sign Out: All children must be signed out at the end of the day by a parent/guardian or authorized adult, 18 years of age or older, who is listed on the application form. Children will not be released to those under 18 years of age or persons not listed on the application form. All adults listed on the application form may be asked for identification before a child is released.

Program Hours:  Program hours are from the time school ends until 6:00pm. Children are encouraged to attend daily to receive the full benefits of the LA’s BEST program. Attending afterschool programs lead to improvement in class participation, better adjustment as young people move to the next phase of schooling, less likely to participate in risky behavior, increased school participation, and reduced school dropout rates.

LAUSD Safety Guidelines: LA’s BEST aligns to LAUSD safety practices, policies and procedures. It is recommended that you review the LAUSD Parent/Student handbook provided to you by LAUSD.

Early Release Policy: When picking up a child before 6:00pm, the authorized adult must complete an Early Release Form. This form includes student’s name, birthdate, grade, appropriate release code, date and signature. If a parent/guardian or authorized adult is unwilling to complete the Early Release Form, this may result in the child being removed from the program.

Behavior on LAUSD Campuses: It is LAUSD/LA’s BEST policy that anyone who enters a campus maintain a respectful presence and approach with students, staff and others.

Parent/Guardian Meetings: Quarterly parent/guardian meetings will be scheduled via zoom. These meetings will provide updates and space for parent/guardians to provide feedback on programming.

Attendance: LA’s BEST funding is based on the number of days and hours children attend the program. Therefore, children are required to attend daily and remain in the program until 6:00pm. Children may be removed from the program for excessive unexcused absences in order to provide the opportunity for children who need the program on a daily basis to attend. If your child is going to be absent, please notify the Site Coordinator. Children absent from the regular school day may not attend LA’s BEST.

Illnesses: Parent/guardians will be notified in the event a child becomes ill during the program. Arrangements are to be made by a parent/guardian or authorized adult to have the child picked up.

Allergies: Parents/guardians are to include on the application form any food allergies or other medical conditions that might affect their child’s participation in the program. LA’s BEST staff are not permitted to dispense or administer medication to students unless cleared and trained by LAUSD.

Court Orders: All court orders are to be shared with the school administrator and the LA’s BEST Site Coordinator. A copy of the current court order must be filed with LA’s BEST and school’s main office.

ValuablesLA’s BEST staff are not responsible for valuables such as cell phones, electronics or jewelry.

Requesting Student Attendance: Parent/guardians can request student attendance information through the LA’s BEST Operations Office with the “Data Request Form” which can be provided by the Site Coordinator. Please allow 2 weeks when requesting student information. Student information will be released only to parents/legal guardians. Parent/guardian must provide an I.D. to receive documents.

Discipline Policies: All children and adults must follow the school’s code of conduct while on the school campus or during an LA’s BEST event. LA’s BEST follows all LAUSD/School discipline policies outlined in the LAUSD Parent/Student Handbook. A positive approach and collaboration will support the success of students.

Staff will not release a child under the following circumstances:

  • The parent/guardian or authorized adult is behaving in a way that poses a risk to anyone in the program.
  • Person is not an authorized adult on the application and/or is under the age of 18.
  • A court order has been provided to the program by the custodial parent/guardian to restrict access by the non-custodial adult.

Children may be given a break from the LA’s BEST program for the following reasons:

  • Violating the rules in the LAUSD Parent/Student Handbook.
  • Disruption of the operation of the program by children, parents/guardians, or authorized adults.
  • Excessive absences, early pickups, and/or late pickups of children after 6:00pm.
  • Parent unwilling to complete the Early Release Form

Breaks will be determined by the school administrator and the LA’s BEST Operations office.

Support System and Resources: LA’s BEST in partnership with the School Mental Health (SMH) and Student Health and Human Services offers a range of mental health services and supports to help children, youth, and families become better equipped to thrive and live successfully. For additional information, call Student Health and Human Services, School Mental Health at 213 241-3841 or visit School Mental Health Crisis Counseling and Intervention Services staff are available for consultation during the school year, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Questions or concerns regarding this Parent/Guardian Agreement are first to be directed to the LA’s BEST Site Coordinator. If further explanation is required feel free to contact the LA’s BEST Operations Office.

Questions, concerns, and/or feedback may also be submitted via the LA’s BEST website at We welcome your input and hope to hear from you!

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A Fact Sheet for Youth Sports Parents

This sheet has information to help protect your children or teens from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Why do heart conditions that put kids at risk go undetected?

While a youth may display no warning signs of a heart condition, studies do show that symptoms are typically present but go unrecognized, unreported, missed or misdiagnosed.

Symptoms can be misinterpreted as typical in active youth.

  • Protect Your Kid’s Heart
  • Educate yourself about sudden cardiac arrest, talk with your kids about warning signs, and create a culture of prevention in your youth’s sports organization.
  • Know the warning signs
  • Document your family’s heart health history as some conditions can be inherited
  • If symptoms/risk factors present, ask your doctor for follow-up heart/genetic testing
  • Don’t just “check the box” on health history forms—ask your youth how they feel
  • Take a cardiac risk assessment with your youth each season
  • Encourage youth to speak up if any of the symptoms are present
  • Check in with your coach to see if they’ve noticed any warning signs
  • Active youth should be shaping up, not breaking down
  • As a parent on the sidelines, know the cardiac chain of survival
  • Be sure your school and sports organizations comply with state law to have administrators, coaches and officials trained to respond to a cardiac emergency
  • Help fund an onsite AED

Fainting is often mistakenly attributed to stress, heat, or lack of food or water

  • Youth experiencing symptoms regularly don’t recognize them as unusual – it’s their normal
  • Symptoms are not shared with an adult because youth are embarrassed they can’t keep up

Youth mistakenly think they’re out of shape and just need to train harder

  • Youth (or their parents) don’t want to jeopardize playing time
  • Youth ignore symptoms thinking they’ll just go away
  • Adults assume youth are OK and just “check the box” on health forms without asking them

Medical practitioners and parents alike often miss warning signs
Families don’t know or don’t report heart health history or warning signs to their medical practitioner

  • Well-child exams and sports physicals do not check for conditions that can put youth at risk
  • Stethoscopes are not a comprehensive diagnostic test for heart conditions

What happens if my child has warning signs or risk factors?

● State law requires youth who faint or exhibit other cardio-related symptoms to be re-cleared to play by a licensed medical practitioner.
● Ask your health care provider for diagnostic or genetic testing to rule out a possible heart condition.
Electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG) record the electrical activity of the heart. ECGs have been shown to detect a majority of heart conditions more effectively than physical and health history alone. Echocardiograms (ECHO) capture a live picture of the heart.
● Your youth should be seen by a health care provider who is experienced in evaluating cardiovascular (heart) conditions.
● Follow your providers instructions for recommended activity limitations until testing is complete.

What if my youth is diagnosed with a heart condition that puts them at risk?

There are many precautionary steps that can be taken to prevent the onset of SCA including activity modifications, medication, surgical treatments, or implanting a pacemaker and/or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Your practitioner should discuss the treatment options with you and any recommended activity modifications while undergoing treatment. In many cases, the abnormality can be corrected and youth can return to normal activity.


What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a life-threatening emergency that occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating. It strikes people of all ages who may seem to be healthy, even children and teens. When SCA happens, the person collapses and doesn’t respond or breathe normally. They may gasp or shake as if having a seizure, but their heart has stopped. SCA leads to death in minutes if the person does not get help right away. Survival depends on people nearby calling 911, starting CPR, and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) as soon as possible.


  • Ask Your Coach and Consult Your
  • Doctor if These Conditions are
  • Present in Your Youth
  • Potential Indicators That SCA May Occur
  • Fainting or seizure, especially during or right after exercise
  • Fainting repeatedly or with excitement or startle
  • Excessive shortness of breath during exercise
  • Racing or fluttering heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
  • Repeated dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Chest pain or discomfort with exercise
  • Excessive, unexpected fatigue during or after exercise


As a leading cause of death in the U.S., most people are surprised to learn that SCA is also the #1 killer of student athletes and the leading cause of death on school campuses. Studies show that 1 in 300 youth has an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk.



SCA occurs because of a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system or structure. The malfunction is caused by an abnormality the person is born with, and may have inherited, or a condition that develops as young hearts grow. A virus in the heart or a hard blow to the chest can also cause a malfunction that can lead to SCA.


Factors That Increase the Risk of SCA

  •  Family history of known heart abnormalities or sudden death before age 50
  • Specific family history of Long QT Syndrome, Brugada Syndrome, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, or Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD)
  • Family members with known unexplained fainting, seizures, drowning or near drowning or car accidents
  • Family members with known structural heart abnormality, repaired or unrepaired
  • Use of drugs, such as cocaine, inhalants, “recreational” drugs, excessive energy drinks, diet pills or performance-enhancing supplements

Cardiac Chain of Survival

  • Their life depends on your quick action!
  • CPR can triple the chance of survival.
  • Start immediately and use the onsite AED. A Fact Sheet for Youth Sports Parents. This sheet has information to help protect your children or teens from Sudden Cardiac Arrest To learn more, go to Get free tools to help create a culture of prevention at home, in school, on the field and at the doctor’s office. Discuss the warning signs of a possible heart condition with your child or teen and have each person sign below.
Detach this section below and return to your sports organization/LA’s BEST. Keep the fact sheet to use at your kids’ games and practices to help protect them from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

While missing a game may be inconvenient, it would be a tragedy to lose a young athlete because warning signs were
unrecognized or because sports communities were not prepared to respond to a cardiac emergency.

I learned about warning signs and talked with my parent or coach about what to do if I have any symptoms. I have read this fact sheet on sudden cardiac arrest prevention with my youth and talked about what to do if they experience any warning signs, and what to do should we witness a cardiac arrest.

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