The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) is welcoming students back to in-person learning on April 13, starting with the youngest students.
By News Desk
Approximately 1,980 preschool, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first, and second grade students return to 14 elementary schools this week. The District’s early childhood education programs also open April 12. Students in grades 3-12 will return to campuses April 20.
Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D., said:
We’re excited to welcome students to the first day on campus and can’t wait to see them learn and grow.
We’ve been working to make our schools safer and better for more than a year, and never stopped teaching and learning.
Students have the option of returning to campus or staying in distance learning for the rest of the school year. Approximately 58% (1,980 of 3,400) of students in preschool – 2nd grade students chose to return to elementary schools and children’s centers this week.
PUSD schools will operate in a hybrid schedule, with groups or cohorts of students learning in classrooms at the same time as their classmates stay online. All students will be in distance learning on Mondays, with student cohorts on campus two to four days from Tuesday to Friday. In most cases, students with disabilities will be on campus for four days.
Rigorous safety measures will be in place with:
- fewer students on campus at the same time,
- physical distancing
- face masks,
- health screenings,
- handwashing/hand sanitizers,
- and upgraded air filtration.
Since schools closed because of the pandemic in March 2020, PUSD has served 3,000,000 free meals; distributed thousands of Chromebooks, laptops, and WiFi hotspots; reworked curriculum for distance learning; hosted small group in-person learning for the most vulnerable students; and held numerous parent meetings and workshops.
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