PUSD Moves To Safely Reopen Middle and High Schools

Brian McDonald

The Pasadena Unified School District and United Teachers of Pasadena (UTP) reached an agreement on reopening middle and high schools for in-person instruction, setting the date for student cohorts to begin returning to campus on April 20.
“We’re very pleased to come to this agreement with UTP,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “Teachers and other employees represented by UTP are a vital link to student learning. Our goal has always been to work collaboratively with our labor partners in coming to a solution that benefits our entire PUSD community.”
As previously announced, PUSD student cohorts in preschool through second grade will begin returning April 13. Student cohorts in grades 3-5 return April 20.
Student cohorts in grades 6-12 will begin to return for in-person instruction on April 20 in the hybrid simultaneous learning model where groups of students are in the classroom and their classmates remain in distance learning.
“The return to in-person learning, when students can interact with their peers and meet face to face with their teachers, is a tremendous step forward as our community recovers from the pandemic,” Superintendent McDonald said. “We are excited to welcome students back to campus.”
Students who select in-person learning will be on campus in cohorts for two consecutive days between Tuesday and Friday and the remainder of the week in distance learning. Students will be on campus either Tuesday-Wednesday or Thursday-Friday, depending on their cohort assignment.
Cohorts will be assigned according to the results of the Return to Campus Survey. Schools will notify parents/guardians about their students’ cohort assignments the week of April 12. Middle and high schools will hold orientation sessions for their school communities the week of April 12.
The number of instructional minutes and start/dismissal times remain the same. Schools will send out specific schedules about class periods, as these may vary by campus.
In-person student cohorts will exit from the campus at lunchtime and resume personalized learning time at home until the school day dismisses. Personalized learning time includes small-group and/or asynchronous learning.
Middle and high school UTP members will have up to three days (April 1, 2, and 12) to prepare classrooms for social distancing. Students may be in asynchronous learning on those days. Students in grades 6-12 should check their Canvas account for directions from their teachers on April 1, 2 and 12.
UTP members in middle and high school will return to work locations on April 13 and teachers will be teaching from their classroom while 6-12th grade students remain in distance learning. Grade 6-12 student cohorts will begin returning to campus on April 20.