March 5, 2021
Dear PUSD Community
Our goal has always been that we would reopen schools when it was safe to do so, and that time has come for the return of in-person learning.
At the Board of Education special meeting on Thursday, March 4, the Board voted to set a date for the gradual and careful return of students to our campuses.
Students in PreK-2nd grades will begin returning the week of March 29 (March 30 for pre-kindergarten through kindergarten; April 1 for first and second grade); students in grades 3-5 will return April 13.
As we take this step, I want to recognize the hard work that our teachers and staff have put in over the past year to support our students, families, and community.
While I fully understand there may still be concerns, I want to stress that we are putting into place strong and rigorous measures to keep everyone safe and healthy. I also understand that parents must do what they think is best for their children, and can choose either to remain in distance learning or return in person.
At this point, nearly half of PUSD employees have now been vaccinated with first or second doses. Working with the Pasadena Public Health Department, vaccination appointments continue to be available for all PUSD staff.
I am very proud of what we as the PUSD community have accomplished together. The Board of Education and I thank you for your patience, understanding, and support through this extraordinary crisis.
More information is available on the PUSD website at pusd.us/reopening
Brian McDonald, Ed.D.