In-Person Learning Safely Guidelines
The following message is from PUSD Chief Academic Officer Dr. Elizabeth J. Blanco, Ed.D.
“We have taken steps to increase safety in light of the spike in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant. As always, it is our top priority to continue in-person learning safely and in order to do so, we are following guidelines from state and local health officials. Guidelines from public health authorities are being issued almost every day, and we know it has been confusing for everyone. Below are some key points:
Universal masking is still required indoors and for all outdoor activities where physical distancing is not feasible, except while eating or drinking.
- Cloth face coverings alone do not provide the same level of personal protection as a proper surgical mask or higher level PPE. Better options include a double mask (cloth mask worn over a surgical mask), a fitted medical mask (surgical mask). The best protection is offered by N95, KN95, or KF94 masks which are not recommended for small children. The new masking options are not required but strongly recommended for our students at this time.
- We’ve made 3-ply surgical masks with nose wires available at every school to meet the new mask guidance for students and employees.
- Please refer to the LA County update for more details. Masking Updates for Students
PUSD IN-PERSON PARENT MEETINGS NOW VIRTUAL
In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and in consultation with local public health, PUSD has opted to move all in-person parent meetings to virtual until further notice.
We are reminding parents and guardians to keep students home if they are experiencing any symptoms. Until further notice, our schools are following the PUSD isolation and quarantine procedures that have been in place for several months and are stricter than the newest local, LA County and State guidelines. We are working with Pasadena Public Health officials to determine the best way to implement the recently released local, LA county and state guidelines. We will work together to create a plan that can be implemented safely and we will communicate the changes as soon as they are made available. We are continuing to follow our guidelines as these guidelines reduce the risk of transmission.
As a reminder, here are PUSD’s current quarantine and isolation protocols:
- ISOLATION - Any student with COVID-19 may not return to school until they have met criteria to discontinue home isolation, including at least 24 hours with no fever and no use of fever-reducing medication, other symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. For persons who never developed symptoms, isolation can be discontinued 10 days after the date of testing positive.
- QUARANTINE - Any student who is not fully vaccinated and boosted if eligible and has been exposed to an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may return to school after 10 days, if they do not test. However, if your child takes a laboratory-confirmed FDA authorized viral COVID-19 test on or after the 5th day post exposure and receives a negative result AND they have no symptoms, they can return after the 7th day past exposure. Test results must be verified by school personnel. These tests are offered at our District Health Clinic everyday M-F 8:00 am-3:30 pm, no appointment necessary.
Students sent home for isolation or quarantine may be engaged in short-term independent study. They can access their class content and assignments through the Canvas platform. Please contact your child’s teacher and school site for specific information, if needed. We need to keep instruction at the forefront and continue to support students in every way possible.
ACCESS TO RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
PUSD’s Office of Student Wellness and Support Services works to ensure that students have the necessary resources to access learning
These resources include:
- Student Wellness and Support Services: Access PUSD’s School Support Referral form to help children get the support and services. For Mental Health services, please contact Lara Choulakian, Manager of Mental Health, for further information at x 88233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Resources for Supporting Pasadena Unified Students and Families during Safe Return to School (Summer/Fall 2021) (English/Espanol)
- PUSD Families in Transition (FIT) is PUSD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance program for student and family support addressing socioeconomic barriers to student success like housing and food insecurities, lack of access to health and mental health care, recent immigration, and other educational challenges. For assistance or an appointment, please call 626.396.5782 or text the FIT cell at 626.720.2476.
TESTING AND VACCINE CLINICS
Since the beginning of the school year, PUSD has conducted thousands of tests each week through our robust PUSD COVID-19 Testing Program, which includes weekly tests at mobile testing clinics at each school. We have also held weekly drive-through testing/vaccination clinics at the PUSD Education Center since August. Weekly Mobile Testing Clinic
Students and staff can get tested at regularly scheduled weekly mobile testing at their campuses. If you cannot attend one of our District or mobile testing clinics, there are several local options for testing and vaccinations.
Appointments are available through myturn.ca.gov.
Thank you for all you are doing to support our students. It has been a challenging week for everyone, and I am grateful for the PUSD team who have worked so hard to offer our students an opportunity to learn in-person.”
COVID-19 Testing at Marshall Fundamental
The COVID-19 Response Team will be at Marshall to offer testing to students and staff every Monday from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, in front of our Sports Complex. The time has been extended to accommodate varying schedules.
Students and staff will have to register with the COLOR system prior to arriving for testing. Informed consent will be collected through the electronic registration process.
If your student has tested with PUSD before, they will not have to register again.
To register for COVID-19 testing, please use this link: https://home.color.com/covid/
The COVID-19 test is a nasal swab PCR test that the students can self-administer under the supervision of a PUSD nurse. Testing materials are provided by Valencia Lab and results will be received within 24-48 hours.
Students and staff will need to go to the testing location outside of the Marshall Sports Complex.
Please bring a form of identification to check in for testing.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to school for testing.
Other testing locations include:
- Monday, 8:00am to 3:30pm: Drive Through Testing Clinic at the PUSD Education Center at 351 S. Hudson Ave. Please enter from Oak Knoll Ave. No appointment needed.
- Tuesday - Friday, 8:00am to 3:30pm: PUSD Primary Care Clinic at 351 S. Hudson Ave. Please call 626-396-3600 xt 88180 for an appointment.
- Monday - Sunday, 8:00am to 5:00pm: ChapCare’s Kathryn Barger Health Center at 1595 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, by appointment only, (888) 634-1123
- Tuesday to Saturday: First AME Church of Pasadena at 1700 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena; This is a drive-up only testing location. ID required; pre-register at http://bit.ly/aacec-
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months, recovered, and are not showing any symptoms, it is not recommended for you to test. [updated 11/02/2021]
Pruebas de COVID-19 en Marshall Fundamental
El equipo de respuesta de emergencias COVID-19 estará en Marshall para ofrecer exámenes a los estudiantes y al personal. El horario es: todos los lunes de 8:00 am a 2:00 pm enfrente de nuestro complejo deportivo. Note que las horas de servicio se modificaron para apoyar los horarios estudiantiles.
Los estudiantes y el personal deberán registrarse en el sistema COLOR antes de llegar a la prueba. El consentimiento de los padres o tutores legales serán revisados a través del registro electrónico. Si usted a registrado a su estudiante anteriormente no tiene que volver hacerlo.
Para la registración de pruebas COVID-19, presione este enlace: https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=cdph094
La prueba COVID-19 es una prueba de PCR con hisopo nasal que los estudiantes pueden auto-administrarse bajo la supervisión de una enfermera de PUSD. Los laboratorios Valencia proporcionan los materiales de prueba y los resultados los dan de 24 a 48 horas.
Los estudiantes y el personal deberán presentar una identificación para recibir o registrarse a las pruebas Covid-19.
Si tiene sintomas de COVID-19, no venga a la escuela para hacerse la prueba.
Tienen que ir a otras ubicaciones de prueba. Los sitios de pruebas Covid-19 si tienen síntomas son los siguientes:
- Los lunes de 8:00am - 3:30pm: Clínica de pruebas en el Centro de Educación del PUSD en 351 S. Hudson Ave. No se necesita cita.
- De martes a viernes de 8: 00am - 3: 30pm: Clínica de atención primaria del PUSD en 351 S. Hudson Ave. Llame al 626-396-3600 extensión 88180 para hacer una cita.
- De lunes a domingo de 8:00am - 5 :00pm: Centro de salud Kathryn Barger de ChapCare en 1595 N. Lake Ave. Pasadena. Solo con cita, llame al (888) 634-1123
- De martes a sábado: En la Iglesia AME de Pasadena en 1700 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena; Este es un lugar de prueba en su carro “sin bajarse.” Se requiere identificación y registración previa. Registrarse aquí: http://bit.ly/aacec-famepasadena.
Si salio positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 en los últimos 3 meses, se recuperó y no muestra ningún síntoma, no se recomienda que se vuelva hacer la prueba. [actualizado el 2 de noviembre de 2021]
PUSD COVID-19 Vaccination
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) announced on Nov. 3rd, 2021, that it recommends the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old. This expands vaccination coverage to about 28 million children in the United States and allows providers to begin inoculating newly eligible children as soon as possible.
Pasadena Unified will make it easier for eligible students to be vaccinated. Following this week’s CDC recommendation, PUSD would also like families to know the district is finalizing plans with the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) for District vaccination clinics not only at our PUSD Primary Clinic but also at multiple school sites. The goal is to offer opportunities for the first dose before Thanksgiving and the second dose three weeks later which will allow our students to be fully vaccinated before they return from winter break.
According to the CDC, COVID cases in children can result in hospitalizations, deaths, and long-term complications. The spread of the Delta variant resulted in a surge among children throughout the summer. COVID-19 vaccines have undergone – and will continue to undergo – the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.
Getting your children vaccinated can help protect them, reduce disruptions to in-person learning, and curb community transmission. PPHD will begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 on Monday, November 8. Those seeking the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 can make an appointment at MyTurn.CA.gov or check with your local pharmacy.
Volunteer to help at weekly PUSD Health Services vaccination and testing clinics by greeting patients and supporting clinic staff.
Click here for volunteer opportunity information: https://pasedfoundation.org/get-involved/volunteer/help-at-pusd-covid-vac-clinics/