PUSD Update

August 15, 2021

A Message from Superintendent Brian McDonald

What an exciting first day of the school year! It was great to see the enthusiasm of the students, teachers, and parents as Pasadena Unified schools welcomed an estimated 14,500 students back to in-person learning. I had the pleasure of visiting several schools over the first two days of school and was very impressed by how well our dedicated staff is creating a safe and nurturing environment for our students. PUSD teachers like Julie Silk, PUSD’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, began forging connections with students back to in-person learning.

Our focus at this point is on the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff above all else. Safety protocols such as masks, ventilation, hand sanitizers, and testing, are in place. We continue to inoculate staff, students, and the community through our Medical Point of Dispensing (MPOD) at the Education Center. We are proud of the fact that upwards of an estimated 96% of our employees are vaccinated and we continue to urge our school community and the community at large to get vaccinated. We have developed a robust testing program that will add an important layer of protection for our students and staff.

We’re all in this together to go the distance and make this year a success for everyone on campus. PUSD is stronger together. We are Pasadena Unified proud!


Brian McDonald, Ed.D.


‘All In: Schools L.A. County Can Count On’ reflects PUSD’s commitment to our students, staff, and the community we serve. It means enhanced safety measures, increased availability of testing and vaccinations, and mental health support as we navigate this pandemic. It is an adherence to the State, County, and City of Pasadena health and safety guidelines, and the readiness to adjust as recommendations develop.

Early Childhood Education

PUSD’s Early Childhood Education Programs welcome our youngest students back to in-person learning. Check the welcome letter for more information. https://www.pusd.us/Page/7449

PUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan

Check https://www.pusd.us/Page/9469 for the latest safety updates and to see the most recent PUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Self-Screening Before You Leave Home

Stay home if you’re sick and get tested

  • Before leaving home all students, employees, and parents must conduct a self-check. Ask yourself these questions:

    • Do I have a fever?

    • Do I have a cough?

    • Am I experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?

    • Am I experiencing any other symptoms?

    • Have I been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

    • In the last two weeks, have I been directed to quarantine, isolate or take a COVID-19 test?

  • If you respond "yes" to any of the questions, you must stay home and contact your school or office. It is recommended that you contact your primary care physician for further medical advice. If you have a fever with cough or shortness of breath, you are urged to contact your primary care physician as these symptoms may be attributed to COVID-19.

  • Upon arrival at school, school staff will perform a brief check-in to verify that students have completed a symptom screening.


  • Masks are required at all PUSD schools unless exempted. Make sure your mask covers your mouth, nose, and chin!

  • Based on CDPH recommendation, PUSD is requiring that masks be worn during outdoor school events/activities when 3 feet of distance cannot be maintained at all times.

COVID-19 Tests

We strongly encourage all students not yet eligible for vaccination to get tested.
How and Where PUSD Students and Staff Can Get Tested

See PUSD's Testing Implementation Plan


Getting the vaccine will help protect our students and staff. COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone ages 12 and over. Get the COVID-19 vaccine to keep our community safe! www.pusd.us/vaccine

#VaccinatePasadena #PUSDproud @CityOfPasadena

COVID-19 Dashboard

PUSD is committed to providing accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases on its campuses and work locations while also maintaining privacy and confidentiality for its students and staff. See the Dashboard