The Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) has granted approval to Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) to re-open two small learning pods, one at Blair High School and one at Rose City High School. They are the Blair HS Viking Scholars and the Rose City HS Phoenix Flyers.
By Albert Martin
These learning pods follow the health regulations determined by PPHD. Their programs were closed on January 15, 2021 as a result of significant increase of COVID-19 cases. Each distance learning pod has a 12:1 ratio with credentialed teachers providing virtual instruction and in-person substitute teachers facilitating the pods. The two in-person learning pods will reopen on January 25, 2021.
These two small student cohorts need academic and social-emotional support. They experienced circumstances beyond their control, which prevents access to learning. PUSD staff consulted with Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, director of PPHD. She agreed to the reopening of these two small pods as the closure impacts student wellness and ability to attain credits necessary for graduation.
There is no fiscal impact to reopening these programs. Programs costs are funded using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSR). Funds were allocated at the beginning of both programs.
The anticipated effect on student outcomes is to mitigate learning loss and need for credit recovery.
At the Special Board meeting on January 23, 2020, the board approved the re-opening of the pods 6-1. All were in favor with the exception of Tina Fredericks, who voted against it.
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