May 7, 2020
Dear SPUSD Community,
As California, Los Angeles, and communities including South Pasadena begin to ease stay-at-home orders, the topic of reopening schools comes up frequently. Please know that our leadership team is continuously researching options, collaborating with our teacher and classified associations, and developing the safest solutions for our nearly 5,500 students and employees. Keep in mind that when general guidance is publicly offered by local or state officials, it can create a false sense of direction that may not be applicable to our District.
Before the end of this school year, SPUSD will be sending several surveys to parents. One of the surveys will offer the opportunity to share your feelings about various return-to-school scenarios that we are developing.
The start date for the 2020-2021 school year is August 13, 2020. Please be advised that schools may or may not physically reopen. We will continue to evaluate the relevant circumstances for our schools including budget impacts caused by the economic downturn. We will share the plans for the start of the next school year when we determine that they are safe, practical, and financially feasible.
Thank you for your commitment to our District, for supporting your children in this new reality, and for helping us keep our community safe. We know that the situation is challenging.
Geoff Yantz, Ed.D.