PUSD to Start School Year With Distance Learning

By Brian McDonald
Special to The Outlook

Brian McDonald

On July 16, the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education authorized the start of the new school year. PUSD will begin the new school year on Aug. 17 in a distance learning environment.
On July 17, Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out new statewide mandates for schools that affirm the decisions and direction that PUSD is taking to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. PUSD will adhere to state and county mandates. The state mandate addresses safe in-person school based on local health data, requirements of masks/face covering, physical distancing, testing, rigorous distance learning, and the criteria for schools to close when a member of our school community tests positive for COVID-19.

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PUSD’s ‘State of the Schools’ Delivered

Patrick Cahalan
PUSD Board of Education President

By Patrick Cahalan

These are extraordinary times.
When I began the first iteration of planning for this State of the Schools, my intention was to talk about the children of the Pasadena Unified School District, their instruction, and the involvement of the parent community at a gathering of our community. The considerable investment of our parent community, primarily through PTA, School Site Councils and participation in district advisory boards, is deserving of an event and a recognition worthy of its contribution. While this is still the case, the changes that our district, our state, and our country have experienced since March have been unlike anything else in the last century. The focus of this State of the Schools must, therefore, be focused on our response to the coronavirus pandemic and PUSD’s role in leading our community’s return to normal times. Continue reading “PUSD’s ‘State of the Schools’ Delivered”

Conservancy Awards $42,000 Grant for School Gardens

Photos courtesy Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy PCGC-sponsored School Gardens manager Jill McArthur leads a gardening workshop for PUSD 3rd-grade students in the Huntington Library’s citrus orchards; many PUSD school gardens now have their own orchards.
Photos courtesy Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy
PCGC-sponsored School Gardens manager Jill McArthur leads a gardening workshop for PUSD 3rd-grade students in the Huntington Library’s citrus orchards; many PUSD school gardens now have their own orchards.

Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy announced a $42,000 grant to the Pasadena Unified School District to underwrite the 2018-19 salary of a full-time School Gardens manager for the 16 educational food gardens located at PUSD campuses. These award-winning gardens help to improve family health and nutrition, enhance science education, and help increase parental involvement in the public schools.
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