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SPUSD COVID-19 Update - March 19, 2021

Dear SPUSD Families, Faculty, Staff, and Administrators,
On Monday, March 15, 2021, Los Angeles County moved to the Red Tier as part of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. In tandem, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised and released the protocols for K-12 schools. The most recent updates to the protocols provided additional guidance for reopening schools and creating stable groups of students on secondary campuses.
Teachers and administrators from South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) and South Pasadena High School (SPHS) worked collaboratively to develop hybrid instructional models that balance the academic and social-emotional needs of students, while also incorporating the required public health guidance and employee concerns.
Building upon extensive discussions and safety presentations during the past several months, the SPUSD Board voted tonight to approve hybrid instructional models for SPMS and SPHS. Here is a link to the approved models. Similar to reopening at the elementary schools, secondary schools must follow detailed public health guidance. To review SPUSD’s Opening & Safety Plan, click here. SPUSD also developed a fact sheet that contains information about extensive planning and preparations undertaken during the past year and helps provide a summary of our progress.
Principal Busick and Principal Anderson will be in touch with families very soon with additional details about student schedules and activities leading up to the reopening of secondary schools. SPMS students will return to in-person learning on April 8, 2021 and SPHS students will return on April 15, 2021.
For SPMS families and students, there will be an informational meeting next week. Principal Busick will be in touch with the details. SPHS families and students are invited to join us on Monday, March 22 for a PTSA-sponsored Tiger Town Hall at 7:15 p.m. Click here to register for this informational meeting about the return to school.
Thank you for your on-going support. Let’s continue to follow all the recommended safety protocols to keep our community safe and well. With Spring Break approaching, please remember to adhere to the Los Angeles County travel advisory including avoiding non-essential travel and self-quarantining for 10 days upon your return to the county if you must travel.
Geoff Yantz, Ed.D.