February 15, 2021

A Message from Superintendent Brian McDonald

Celebrating Black History Month - Dr. Brian McDonald, PUSD Superintendent


The declining rates of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County are a very positive sign. Under the State’s Framework for Reopening Schools, elementary schools may begin with a phased reopening plan when the COVID-19 adjusted case rate for the county is at or below 25 cases per 100,000 people per day for at least five consecutive days.

Because reaching the COVID-19 rate threshold is just one of the several factors we have to consider before beginning to re-open in-person instruction, at this time there is no set date for reopening. PUSD met the state’s deadline to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan and we are in conversations with our labor partners.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our approach has been to act thoughtfully and carefully with the safety and well-being of our students and staff at the forefront. We are applying the same approach to the phased reopening of our schools.

When conditions allow, in-person learning will begin with students in PreK-2nd grades, followed by grades 3-5. In-person instruction for students in grades three through five will follow after PreK-2nd grade students successfully return to in-person learning. Opening plans for grades 6-12 will be addressed after elementary school grades successfully return.

State and local guidance are ever changing and we will keep you informed as the situation evolves.

Small-Group Learning Programs Reopen

LEARNS supervised care programs resumed in-person services on February 10 at elementary and middle school campuses. More information at www.pusd.us/learns Small cohorts, or groups, of students in the Blair Viking Scholars and Rose City Phoenix programs resumed in-person learning programs in late January. Conditioning for PUSD high school athletes also began last week. Two more programs for eligible students with disabilities and English learners will reopen on February 23, 2021.

Black Parent Empowerment Session

African American parents or parents of African American students are invited to attend Black Parent empowerment sessions. The sessions are designed to provide parents with strategies and approaches that will enhance the achievement of African American students in PUSD. The third session in the series will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:15 pm. We are asking you to make your presence felt at this meeting. You can access the meeting via this Zoom link


Meeting ID: 810 6731 8818

Passcode: 7g9907

COVID-19 Vaccines for Employees

In partnership with the Pasadena Public Health Department, PUSD is providing COVID-19 vaccines to district employees according to the state’s revised priorities. Doses of the vaccine are supplied to PUSD by Pasadena Public Health and are administered by PUSD nurses. pusd.us/covidvaccine

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