PUSD Reopening Update

March 5, 2021

A Message from Superintendent Brian McDonald

Dear PUSD Community

Our goal has always been that we would reopen schools when it was safe to do so, and that time has come for the return of in-person learning.

At the Board of Education special meeting on Thursday, March 4, the Board voted to set a date for the gradual and careful return of students to our campuses.

Updated: Student cohorts in PreK-2nd grades will begin returning the week of April 13; students in grades 3-5 will return April 20.

As we take this step, I want to recognize the hard work that our teachers and staff have put in over the past year to support our students, families, and community.

While I fully understand there may still be concerns, I want to stress that we are putting into place strong and rigorous measures to keep everyone safe and healthy. I also understand that parents must do what they think is best for their children, and can choose either to remain in distance learning or return in person.

At this point, nearly half of PUSD employees have now been vaccinated with first or second doses. Working with the Pasadena Public Health Department, vaccination appointments continue to be available for all PUSD staff.

I am very proud of what we as the PUSD community have accomplished together. The Board of Education and I thank you for your patience, understanding, and support through this extraordinary crisis.

More information is available on the PUSD website at pusd.us/reopening


Brian McDonald, Ed.D.


Elementary School Reopening Dates

The gradual return of PreK-5th grade elementary students who wish to participate in on-campus instruction begins April 13. Schools will operate on a hybrid simultaneous learning model, with groups (or “stable cohorts”) of students physically in the classroom with their teacher while a group of their classmates participates via distance learning. Families can choose to keep their students in distance learning or return to school for in-person learning via the Return to Campus Survey.


Reopening Dates:

  • Monday, April 12 - all students remain on distance learning

  • Tuesday, April 13 - Student.cohorts in grades PreK, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten on campus

  • Monday, April 19 - all students on distance learning

  • Tuesday, April 20 - Grades 3-5 in-person cohorts on campus

Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs are planning to open together with the District’s PreK-2 grades with in-person full and half-day programs.

PreK-5th grade Return to Campus Survey Form

By March 12, 2021, all PreK-5th grade parents and guardians are required to complete the Spring 2021 Return to Campus Survey Form to state your preference for your student’s learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Students may return to in-person learning on campus or remain in distance learning. If you have previously completed this form, you do not need to fill it out again unless you have changed your preference. If your preference has changed, you can complete the form again.

Complete the Spring 2021 Return to Campus Survey

The Survey form is due Friday, March 12.

Once results are in, schools will set up stable student cohorts for in-person learning and parents will be notified about your student’s schedule.

Change: This has changed since the survey first opened last fall. Families do not have to commit to their choice for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, depending on available space.

  • Families who chose to attend school on-campus will be allowed to return to distance learning.

  • Families who opted for distance learning may switch their student to in-person only if space is available. A new student may enter the cohort if space permits. We will not be able to add new cohorts once in-person instruction begins.

PUSD Middle & High School Emotional Well-Being Fair

PUSD is hosting a Virtual Emotional Well-Being Fair on March 8 at 11:30 a.m. for middle and high school students. The event is an opportunity for students to hear about all the options they have to take good care of their emotional well-being during this difficult time. For information visit pusd.us/cwas