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Hotline: 626-396-3680
 
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Pasadena Unified School District
March 26, 2020
 

City of Pasadena & Pasadena Unified Partner To Provide Meals for Students 7 Days a Week

Pasadena, CA --- “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch service for children 18 and younger will extend to weekends starting March 28, thanks to the continuing partnership between the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and the City of Pasadena.  Pre-packed meals are available for pick up at seven PUSD schools from 9 - 11 a.m. Meal service will continue during PUSD’s spring recess March 30-April 3, 2020. 

PUSD began offering the weekday meal service to all children after schools closed to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Since the meal service started on March 17, PUSD has served more than 7,000 pre-packaged breakfast and lunches. “Grab and Go” Food Centers are staffed by PUSD Food Service workers and community volunteers. 

Weekend meals are provided through special one-time funding by the Pasadena City Council to address unforeseen and unmet food needs for our PUSD students.  The Rose Bowl Operating Company and Pasadena Convention Operating Company are instrumental in supporting with logistical and staff support.

Weekend meal service will be provided by the City of Pasadena at the same seven school sites until classes resume.  Meals will follow the same nutritional guidelines as PUSD meals offered during the week.

“I am pleased to partner with the City of Pasadena to extend vital support to our students and families during this time when we are all staying home to protect our community.” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “We appreciate our continuing productive relationship with the city, and we are united in our commitment to serving students and their families.”

The seven PUSD Grab and Go Food Centers are:

Eliot Arts Magnet Academy
2184 N. Lake Ave.
Altadena, CA 91101

Field Elementary
3600 E Sierra Madre Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107

John Muir Early College Magnet High School
1905 Lincoln Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Madison Elementary
515 Ashtabula St. 
Pasadena, CA 91104

McKinley K-8 School
325 S Oak Knoll Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Norma Coombs Elementary
2600 Paloma St.
Pasadena, CA 91107

Wilson Middle School
300 S. Madre St.
Pasadena, CA 91107

This program is solely for the pick-up of meals as meals cannot be consumed on site. Families are encouraged to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continuing to wash their hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue or their sleeve and stay home if they are sick.

Community-based organizations Collaborate PASadenaSTARS and the Pasadena/Altadena Coalition of Transformative Leaders (PACTL)  are delivering student meals to homes of children whose parents/caregivers are working, have no transportation or are sick.

Information about PUSD’s Food Services is available at pusd.us or via the PUSD Family Hotline at 626.396.3606


 
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Pasadena Unified School District
March 20, 2020

 


Dear PUSD Community:

Based on recommendations from the L.A. County Office of Education, Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) schools will remain closed until May 5. PUSD has already taken steps in planning for this contingency, and is engaged in planning for the closure to be extended. 

To prevent the spread of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and comply with the State’s “Stay Home” and Los Angeles County “Safer at Home” public health orders, the PUSD Educational Center offices will close effective today.

While we put into effect the public health order to Stay Home and extend the likely date of return,  I want to assure our students, families, and staff that PUSD will continue to provide the vital services such as distance learning, student meals, and social-emotional support -- no matter how long it takes. We are ready to serve you and help keep you healthy and safe. 

Pending the approval of a federal waiver, it is likely that all California school districts will be ordered to cancel all required assessments for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  The College Board has canceled the May 2, 2020, SAT and SAT Subject Test administration.

As essential service providers, District and school staff will work remotely, except for identified employees, and continue serving the students and families of PUSD.  Teachers and all other non-essential site personnel were released to work remotely earlier this week, in addition to those over 65 years of age and employees with underlying health conditions. 

Services will continue with the following modifications:

  • All PUSD schools will remain closed through May 5, pending any changes.
  • School principals and school site personnel will work remotely to support students. School principals will stay in communication with parents regarding learning and technology needs.  School Directory

Central Office Services

  • The PUSD Education Center is closed to the public but staff is available to assist students, staff, and families by phone and email. 626.396.3600
  • The Academics Division will continue to support distance learning at gopusd.com/remote with curriculum and professional development, arts education, and English learner and special education services. Academics Division employees are working remotely. 626.396.3600 ext. 88087. PreK-12 Instructional Services 626.396.3600 ext. 88216. 
  • The Food & Nutrition Services Division will continue to offer “grab and go” pre-packaged breakfast and lunch meals for all children 18 and younger weekdays from 9 - 11 a.m. at seven campuses. Details
  • The School Support Services Division will continue serving students with health and wellness, parent support and education, school safety, enrollment, mental health services, and via telephone, email and online. 626.396.3600 ext. 88238
  • The Facilities Division will serve school sites, with custodians, facilities workers, and other essential personnel deep cleaning school and district sites and completing work orders. 626.396.5850
  • The Enrollment, Permits & Student Records office will continue with Open Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year. New requests for student records and transcripts cannot be accepted at this time. 626.396.3639 
  • The Human Resources Department is closed, but job opportunities continue to be posted online, and the department is accepting online applications. Further, Human Resources Department employees are able to serve employees via phone (626.396.3600 ext. 88700) and email at humanresources@pusd.us 
  • Information Technology Services (ITS) will serve District students and staff via email and phone  (626) 396-3600 ext. 88900 and helpdesk@pusd.us 
  • The Business Services Department will continue to process payroll, accounts payable, and develop budgets via phone and email. 626.396.3600 ext. 88151 
  • Board of Education meetings will continue as scheduled. Agendas and livestream links.

The latest information on PUSD’s response to COVID-19 is posted on our website

Sincerely, 

Brian McDonald
Superintendent


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Pasadena Unified School District
March 17, 2020

Dear PUSD Family,

Public schools are part of the bedrock of our community and that’s why during these unprecedented times, PUSD employees are working to continue delivering the essential services that our children and families rely on. At every level, we as a District have stepped up to make sure that students, families, and community are supported --- no matter how long it takes.

In just days before schools closed to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, the PUSD curriculum team used our existing programs to develop quality instructional content so that student learning can be reinforced at home. This curriculum is already gaining recognition by educators in the region for its forethought and readiness. Yesterday, teachers across PUSD participated in online training to deliver remote learning opportunities for our students. Students began accessing online content today via their secure student accounts.

Today, our Food Service Department, with the help of volunteers, served 668 meals for children in our community.  PUSD is also partnering with the City of Pasadena and local organizations to provide services that support our students and families during this national emergency. Information about this partnership is forthcoming.

I want to share with you one example of the way that Team PUSD is working for students. On March 13, when we decided to close schools, everyone worked to make sure that students went home with Chromebooks and chargers so they had the tools to continue learning at home.  With only 45 minutes before the end of the school day, PUSD employees from multiple district offices descended on our warehouse to unpack, sanitize, and deliver chargers to our schools in time for student dismissal. Video

There are many more stories that show the true and generous spirit of the employees who work in schools day in and day out for our students. We will share more of these stories with you in the coming days. 

Please note the information below.

All Pasadena Unified schools and programs are dismissed, with no students on campus, through Friday, April 3. Classes will resume on Monday, April 6.

Reinforcement of Learning

  • General Content for K-12 on PowerSchool at gopusd.com/remote. Login using your child(ren)’s protected PUSD student account.  Detailed parent letter here
  • For families not able to access content online, we’re preparing packets of printed information that may be picked up from school sites weekdays from 8 - 11 a.m. 
  • PowerSchool Dinner Break Tonight from 6-8 p.m.: PowerSchool will be down for maintenance from 6-8 p.m. tonight, which means you can take a dinner break and go outdoors for a breath of fresh air.
  • An instructional resource hub has been created for PUSD teachers and we have temporarily opened access for parents to view it at gopusd.com/remoteHUB This Hub is a frequently updated site of optional general resources that have been curated to meet PUSD's criteria for standards-based learning. Sections are posted that include directions on how to login to a Chrome Browser when your student is not using a PUSD-issued Chromebook.
  • About grading: During the transition, or first phase, of remote learning from March 16-27, no grades will be submitted for tasks assigned during this time. Grading guidelines will be updated as our circumstances evolve. Students are still expected to complete assigned tasks to maintain reinforcement of learning. However, due to access concerns, students will not be penalized via grades for incomplete work.

School Meals: The Pasadena Unified School District Food and Nutrition Department is providing an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up free pre-packed breakfasts and lunches for students 18 and younger who need them during the school closure. The meals will be served at seven campuses through March 27, 2020 (9 - 11 a.m. Monday-Friday). Details here

Field Elementary
Madison Elementary
Norma Coombs Elementary
Eliot Middle School
Wilson Middle School
McKinley TK-8 School
John Muir High School

*drive-through pick-up will be in the parking lot or student drop-off lanes at each school.

Special Education Services: If you have a child who receives any type of special education services, students will have access to the reinforcement of learning remotely. Materials can be accessed at gopusd.com/remote. To the greatest extent possible, the District will be providing some teletherapy services. For more information, contact the Special Education Department 626-396-3600 Ext. 88600

Talking to Kids about Coronavirus
Children and teens may be feeling scared, confused, or anxious as they hear adults talk about the coronavirus. Children and teens react to anxiety and stress differently than adults. Some may react right away; others may show signs much later that they are having a difficult time. The best way to reduce worry and anxiety is by remaining calm and reassuring. Children will react to what you say and how you say it. Make yourself available to listen and talk. For more information, here is the PUSD Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  For more information, contact  Eric Sahakian, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, School Support Services, at 626-396-3600, ext. 88230.

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. 

Volunteers and Donations
The Pasadena Educational Foundation is coordinating student meal volunteers and a response fund to support our neediest families.

For donation of food and other items, please contact Eric Alvarez at the PUSD Center for Student & Family Services at (626) 396-5782 ext. 40511. Donation guidelines

PUSD Website & Hotline
Please visit our website for the latest messages, videos, and other resourcesOr call our hotline at 626.396.3680.

Sincerely,

Brian McDonald
Superintendent


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March 15, 2020

Starting March 16, Pasadena Unified schools will be closed to students through Friday, April 3. Classes resume April 6. 

Dear Families, 

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we respond to rapid changes related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s a stressful time for everyone and I want to encourage you to take care of yourself, your families, and each other during these unprecedented times. Our goal is to ensure the safety of our students, families, staff, and community staff by limiting contact and helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

We have more details following Friday’s announcement. Not every question will be answered here, but we will continue providing additional information in the following days as key points are worked out. Information will be sent to you via email, phone and/or text and will be posted on our website and social media. You may also call our hotline at 626.396.3680.

Starting Monday, March 16, all Pasadena Unified schools and programs will be dismissed, with no students on campus, through Friday, April 3. Classes will resume on Monday, April 6.

On Monday, March 16, teachers, administrators, and all other staff are reporting to their assigned work location to prepare for remote learning and to continue to support our students and their families.

Family needs

School Meals: The Pasadena Unified School District Food and Nutrition Department will be providing an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up free pre-packed breakfast and lunch for students 18 and younger who need them during the school closure. The meals will be at seven campuses starting March 17 - March 27, 2020 (9 - 11 a.m. Monday-Friday). Details here

Field Elementary
Madison Elementary
Norma Coombs Elementary
Eliot Middle School
Wilson Middle School
McKinley TK-8 School
John Muir High School

*drive-through pick-up will be in the parking lot or student drop-off lanes at each school.

Special Education Services: If you have a child who receives any type of special education services, students will have access to the reinforcement of learning remotely. Materials can be accessed at gopusd.com/remote. To the greatest extent possible, the District will be providing some teletherapy services. There will be more information to come from the Special Education Department.

Addressing Worries About Coronavirus: Children and teens may be feeling scared, confused, or anxious as they hear adults talk about the coronavirus. It’s important during these turbulent times to support their wellness. PUSD’s School Support Services has prepared the Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

Childcare: we are actively exploring ways to partner with other agencies and provide childcare and supervision for PUSD families during this time. We will let you know as soon as something is final.

REINFORCEMENT OF LEARNING

In keeping with our core value of equity in learning, PUSD will provide reinforcement of learning remotely for all students, including students with disabilities. They will have access to materials at gopusd.com/remote by Monday, March 16.  Detailed parent letter here

Stage 1 March 16-27

  • General Content for K-12 on PowerSchool at gopusd.com/remote. Site goes live March 16. Login using your child(ren)’s protected PUSD student account.
  • K-12 students went home with Chromebooks and chargers on Friday. 
  • K-5 students who need Chromebooks or chargers can pick them up from their elementary schools on Monday.  
  • A limited number of printed packets will be available at school sites on Monday.

March 30 - April 3 Spring Recess

Stage 2 If necessary beyond April 3
Teacher-provided Content intended for ongoing use via PowerSchool

Stage 3 Distance Learning may become necessary in the event of prolonged remote learning. Details will be provided as the situation evolves.

Technology Resources
We want to advise our families that:

  • Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.To enroll call 1-844-488-8395 Details
  • AT&T is offering low-cost wireline home Internet service. Details

 Cleaning & Preparing 

  • During this time, we are conducting a deep cleaning of schools so that everyone will have a safe environment when classes resume for students.  
  • School and district staff will be working to support the delivery of remote reinforcement of learning and students and their families. We will also be preparing for students to return to school.

I fully understand that you are experiencing a major disruption in your lives, and I want you to know that we are here to support you in any way we can. The Pasadena Unified community is remarkable for its strength and resilience, and I know that acting together with compassion and understanding, we will get through this.

HOW TO HELP
We are heartened by the many offers of help from our exceptional Pasadena area community. Organizations and individuals are coming forward with offers of donations, supplies, and support for our most vulnerable students.  We sincerely thank you and want you to know that we’re setting up systems so that we can provide avenues for your incredible generosity to make the best use of donations. We will share information with you soon.

Sincerely, 

Brian McDonald
Superintendent

 

 
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Pasadena Unified School District
March 16, 2020

Dear Pasadena Unified staff, families, and community,

In an abundance of caution and in response to widening concerns about COVID-19, all Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) students will be dismissed from attending school on Monday, March 16, 2020; staff will report on Monday, March 16, but no students will be present. This includes all schools and programs in Pasadena Unified including children’s centers, preschools, grades TK-12, and our adult school. Staff will receive additional instructions from your school administrator or director later today. 

Schools remain closed with no students on any campuses from Tuesday, March 17 through April 5, 2020. Schools will reopen for students on April 6, 2020 barring any further developments. Schools will undergo a deep cleaning during the closure period.  Staff will continue to report to their assigned work location until notified otherwise by the District.

Instruction will continue during the closure period of March 17 - April 5, and accommodations are being made for students with disabilities. We are preparing instruction in three phases: 

  1. Standards-based general content packets via Powerschool that will be live on Monday. We will send further details this weekend;
  2. Digital push-out with additional content using Powerschool Online Classrooms, and
  3. Distance learning with two-way flow of work between students and teachers is in development in case it is needed.

We will be providing additional information about services for students with disabilities.

School meals will continue to be provided for students starting Tuesday, March 17. Information and locations is posted here

We are taking this proactive step to protect our students, staff, families, and communities.

We will continue our frequent communications with you.

Please visit our dedicated Coronavirus webpage for all of our previous communication or call our hotline at 626-396-3680.

Please stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Brian McDonald
Superintendent

 

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Pasadena Unified School District
March 12, 2020

Dear PUSD families,

I want to take this opportunity to update you on our ongoing response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). I know this is a very unsettling time, especially since the situation changes day by day. 

I have already shared that we took action this week to implement proactive measures to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. It included postponing or cancelling large events and field trips and restricting visitors and volunteers to our campuses. We have our staff do self-checking before interacting with students and are beginning to stagger recess and lunch times at schools. 

Because the Centers for Disease Control has recently broadened the criteria for testing for COVID-19, more and more individuals will be recommended by their physicians to be tested. When people are being tested, this does not mean they have the COVID-19 infection,so there is no need for immediate concern. If there are people who are confirmed to have COVID-19, this will be communicated quickly and appropriate action will be taken.

It is important to remember that Influenza Types A and B are circulating in the general population so people more are being tested for either the flu or coronavirus. 

We have reports of testing of several PUSD staff and are in ongoing communication with the City of Pasadena Public Health and L.A. County Public Health. As of this point, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in PUSD.

The Board of Education is considering an emergency resolution at its meeting tonight. This action is being taken as a proactive and precautionary measure to allow PUSD quicker access to resources, provide greater flexibility in preparing and responding, and ease coordination with other agencies.

PUSD schools remain open. At this time, Public Health does not recommend proactively closing schools. Per the L.A. County Department of Public Health, because closing schools disrupts so many lives and may put vulnerable children at risk, significant efforts need to be made to create safe school environments. Many of our students’ parents are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. 

School closures also create concerns about child care and possibly exposing at-risk caregivers. There would also be financial impacts to the district if schools were closed without the direction of the Public Health Department. By keeping our doors open, we help ensure that our community stays safe. 

However, should one or more students or school staff members test positive for COVID-19 and they expose others at school, the school will need to close. 

In the event school closures would be ordered, we will ways to continue instruction and ensure that accommodations are made for students with disabilities. We are preparing standards-based general content packets, digital push-out with additional content using appropriate an learning management system, and distance learning with two-way flow of work between students and teachers. We are also making sure that students get school meals, and that staff remain healthy and safe.

We are fully committed to sharing information with our community and are establishing a phone hotline that will open beginning March 13 from 8-5 on weekdays and weekends. The phone number will be published tomorrow at pusd.us. We may expand those hours as needed. All information will also be on our website at pusd.us 

We are working daily with the Pasadena and Los Angeles County Public Health Departments to stay on top of developments and ensure the safety of our students, families, and community, 

We will keep you informed as the situation changes. We deeply appreciate your support and understanding as we all navigate this crisis.

Sincerely,

Brian McDonald
Superintendent



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Pasadena Unified School District

March 11, 2020


Dear PUSD Families & Staff,

The City of Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) has confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a Pasadena resident. The first confirmed case is not a community transmission and has no known contact with PUSD. We were also informed that the Caltech graduate student mentioned in our message of yesterday is not sick with COVID-19. 

We are already implementing proactive measures, initiated yesterday, to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community.  This includes postponing or canceling large events and field trips, limiting visitors and volunteers on our campuses, self-checking by employees before interacting with students each morning, and staggering recess times at schools. We expect these measures to be completed by the end of the week. 

See the video. Learn more about our COVID-19 response on our website.

Because of the immediacy in scheduling, a pre-planned event tonight at one school will be allowed to proceed  with modifications for social distancing, including hand sanitizer stations. Good hygiene habits are being urged for all guests including staying home if they are sick or have underlying conditions that could be complicated by COVID-19.  

Beyond the SAT student testing on Saturday, March 14, where we will implement social distancing, all other events are cancelled or postponed.

At the Board of Education special meeting on Thursday, March 12, the Board will consider the declaration of a state of emergency related to the COVID-19 virus. This action is being taken as a proactive and precautionary measure to allow PUSD quicker access to resources, provide greater flexibility in preparing and responding responding, and ease coordination with other agencies. 

At this time, Public Health does not recommend proactively closing schools. Beyond providing education for our students, public schools are the access point for critical social services for thousands of families. Many of our students’ parents are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. School closures also create concerns about child care and possibly exposing at-risk caregivers. By keeping our doors open, we help ensure that our community stays safe.

We remain vigilant and are working in close cooperation with Pasadena and L.A. County Public Health to ensure the safety of our students, staff, families, and community. Our primary concern is and remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and families in the Pasadena Unified School District. 

We will continue to keep you informed as circumstances change.  The latest updates and information are posted on our website at pusd.us.

Sincerely,

Brian McDonald
Superintendent


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Pasadena Unified School District
March 10, 2020

Dear PUSD Families,

As of this morning, we now understand from Caltech that a graduate student was tested for the Coronavirus, COVID-19. The student, who showed mild symptoms, is currently self-isolating in off-campus housing pending test results. 

According to the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD), because the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recently broadened the criteria for testing for COVID-19, more and more individuals will be recommended by their physicians to be tested. When people are being tested, this does not mean they have the COVID-19 infection, therefore, there is no need for alarm. If there are people who are confirmed to have COVID-19, this will be communicated quickly.

PPHD advised us that we are now in Scenario II of the California Department of Public Health’s guidance for schools. This involves taking more immediate and proactive steps to ensure the safety of our students.  

There are no cases of COVID-19 at PUSD at this time. Even though this case at Caltech has yet to be confirmed, we want to advise you that we are working closely with our Board of Education and PPHD to take the needed actions to help protect our school community if a COVID-19 case is diagnosed. Our first priority is the health and safety of PUSD students, faculty, staff, and community members, including those who may have a greater risk of complications from COVID-19. We will take all precautions recommended by PPHD, L.A. County Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control to prevent or contain the disease from spreading at our schools.

PUSD has been proactively planning for the different scenarios that can develop to protect our students, staff, families, and community members, and we are taking the following immediate steps:

  • Effective Tuesday, March 10 through April 10, PUSD is postponing or canceling all public events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together. Canceled or postponed events may be conducted online. Child care and extended day learning programs are still running to support working parents. This decision was made out of concern for the health of our community as a social distancing measure in light of COVID-19. We will assess and reevaluate extending this decision early in the week of April 6.  These actions include:
    • School assemblies and performances
    • No Boundaries 15 (scheduled to begin March 13)
    • Pasadena LEARNS Cheer competition (March 14)
    • Math Field Day (scheduled March 20)
    • All District and school level parent/community advisory committee meetings, including PTA events
    • School Open House events through April 10. These may move to an online sharing of student work
    • PUSD’s staff Professional Development will continue on March 20 with the format to be developed
  • At this time the SAT testing scheduled this weekend will proceed with precautions and social distancing. If this changes, we will notify you as soon as possible. 
  • Effective immediately, we are limiting visitors to PUSD schools, including volunteers. We look forward to welcoming our dedicated volunteers back to our campus later this spring. 
  • We are moving our schools to schedules that stagger recess and lunch times to limit the number of students who are together. 
  • Teachers and staff with any fever or respiratory infection symptoms should not come to work. Teachers and staff will self-screen (i.e. check themselves for fever 100F or higher and/or respiratory systems such as a productive cough) for respiratory infection symptoms each morning before interacting with students.
  • All District sponsored out-of-state travel scheduled through April 10 is postponed or canceled.
  • All school field trips scheduled through April 10 are postponed or canceled. 
  • Athletics will continue to be evaluated in consultation with CIF. We will have a determination soon.

We are working with community groups that use our facilities during non-school hours to evaluate if these events will proceed as normal. 

At this time, Public Health does not recommend proactively closing schools. Beyond providing education for our students, public schools are the access point for critical social services for thousands of families. Many of our students’ parents are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. School closures also create concerns about child care and possibly exposing at risk caregivers. By keeping our doors open, we help ensure that our community stays safe.

We have strong emergency procedures in place in the event of a school or district closure, including providing lunches to students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Please continue to take all possible precautions to help reduce the risk of spreading germs to others. These include the following recommendations from public health officials:

  • Keep children who are sick at home  and away from others if they have a fever of 100°F or above.
  • #1 prevention method is frequent handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used. Use of soap and water is best.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Face masks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick.
  • Clean frequently used surfaces.
  • Get the flu vaccine if you have not done so this season. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. Being protected against the flu will decrease the number of people using healthcare resources and allow resources to be available for people who may have COVID-19.
  • Practicing simple steps that limit your exposure to others who may be ill (such as verbal salutations instead of handshakes and hugs, not sharing utensils, cups and linens).

You can learn more about our COVID-19 response on our website.

Our primary concern is the health and safety of our students, staff and families in the Pasadena Unified School District. We continue to be in daily contact with the Public Health Department, and will share information on how we will all be meeting the challenges this quickly changing situation presents for PUSD.

These are very fluid circumstances which we are monitoring very closely and prepared to take appropriate action as needed. Thank you for your support and understanding as we all work through this evolving situation. We will continue to provide you regular updates.

Sincerely,

 

Brian McDonald
Superintendent

Patrick Cahalan
Board of Education President  


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Pasadena Unified School District
March 5, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The health and wellbeing of students and staff are always my top priorities.

Both Los Angeles County and Pasadena have declared a local health emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At the time of this writing, there are 11 known cases of the coronavirus in the county. There are no known significant exposures to the general public. 

According to the LA County Department of Public Health (DPH), we can expect more confirmed cases in the near future. The focus continues to be on preventing the spread of the illness by following basic sanitary practices.

It’s a good time for all of us to become prepared, but not to panic.

At PUSD, we’re monitoring the situation on a daily basis and have taken precautionary measures. Please know that we are taking additional steps to support prevention through ongoing review of health and handwashing protocols with students and cleaning of surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as bathrooms, countertops, doorknobs, and faucet handles.

There currently are no school closures. DPH will work with schools to assess and determine, on a case by case basis, if a school needs to dismiss or close. If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in an individual who has been at school, it is not an automatic reason for school dismissal or closure. DPH will make the determination.

Please continue to take all possible precautions to help reduce the risk of spreading germs to others. These include the following recommendations from public health officials:

  • Stay home and away from others if you have a mild illness (with a fever of 100°F or above).
  • #1 prevention method is frequent handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used. Use of soap and water is best.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Face masks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick.
  • Get the flu vaccine if you have not done so this season. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. Being protected against the flu will decrease the number of people using healthcare resources and allow resources to be available for people who may have COVID-19.

DPH states there is no current need for significant “social distancing” measures in LA County and the individual risk for contracting COVID-19 remains low for most individuals. However, DPH encourages everyone to make personal preparations now that include:

  • Having an ample supply of essentials at home (including water, food, hygiene, medications, and pet food).
  • Practicing simple strategies that limit your exposure to others who may be ill (such as verbal salutations in place of handshakes and hugs, not sharing utensils, cups and linens).

Lastly, it is important that we do not act out of fear, but rather focus on treating everyone in our community with kindness. Kindness is a part of our school culture and I know that we will continue to support an environment in which all students, staff, and families feel welcome. Be aware of misinformation surrounding the coronavirus.

You can get the most accurate information on the DPH website here and at the Pasadena Public Health Department here.

Thank you for your support of our school community.

 Sincerely,

Brian McDonald, Ed.D
Superintendent

 
 
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Pasadena Unified School District
March 4, 2020

Dear Pasadena Unified Community,

The City of Pasadena Public Health Department has declared a local public health emergency as a proactive step to more effectively prepare our community to respond to COVID-19 (previously referred to as the “coronavirus”) and prepare for community spread. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pasadena. 

The Pasadena Unified School District will continue to work closely with Pasadena Public Health in a coordinated effort to address the many issues that COVID-19 presents. PUSD is updating protocols and preparing plans for virtual learning in the event of a prolonged emergency of any kind, including COVID-19.

The well-being of PUSD students and staff is our top priority.  Our Health Programs personnel will remain in constant ongoing communication with Public Health to stay current on all of the many developing aspects of the flu and COVID-19.

We will share with you any developments that affect our students, staff, families, schools, and our district. The most current information on PUSD’s response to COVID-19 is posted at pusd.us

In the meantime, as a reminder, the most important thing we can all do is to practice good hygiene habits, including staying home if you feel sick – and the best prevention against any virus is to wash our hands often.

Sincerely,

Brian McDonald
Superintendent