PUSD Schools Closure Extended to May 5

Published : Friday, March 20, 2020 | 5:05 PM

[Updated] Pasadena Unified schools will remain closed past the originally-planned three-week closure and not reopen until May 5.

The decision came late Friday, following a recommendation by County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo that campuses remain off-limits an additional month, and following the issuance of the “Stay Safer” orders by the State, County and City.

Pasadena Unified’s schools were closed on March 16. At that time, Superintendent Brian McDonald said deep cleaning of all school sites would take place and students would return to class on April 6, barring any further developments.

Today, McDonald extended the closure.

“While we put into effect the public health order to Stay Home and extend the likely date of return,  I want to assure our students, families, and staff that PUSD will continue to provide the vital services such as distance learning, student meals, and social-emotion support for our students — no matter how long it takes,” McDonald said.

McDonald also said pending the approval of a federal waiver, it is likely that all California school districts will be ordered to cancel all required assessments for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  He noted that the College Board has canceled the May 2, 2020, SAT and SAT Subject Test administration.

He also announced that to comply with the State’s “Stay Home” and Los Angeles County “Safer at Home” public health orders, the PUSD Educational Center offices were closed Friday, with no known reopening date.

McDonald also listed  a number of other important developments and notices:

  • The PUSD Education Center is closed to the public but staff is available to assist students, staff, and families by phone and email. 626.396.3600
  • The Academics Division will continue to support distance learning at gopusd.com/remote with curriculum and professional development, arts education, and English learner and special education services. Academics Division employees are working remotely. 626.396.3600 ext. 88087. PreK-12 Instructional Services 626.396.3600 ext. 88216.
  • The Food & Nutrition Services Division will continue to offer “grab and go” pre-packaged breakfast and lunch meals for all children 18 and younger weekdays from 9 – 11 a.m. at seven campuses. Details.
  • The School Support Services Division will continue serving students with health and wellness, parent support and education, school safety, enrollment, mental health services, and via telephone, email and online. 626.396.3600 ext. 88238
  • The Facilities Division will serve school sites, with custodians, facilities workers, and other essential personnel deep cleaning school and district sites and completing work orders. 626.396.5850
  • The Enrollment, Permits & Student Records office will continue with Open Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year. New requests for student records and transcripts cannot be accepted at this time. 626.396.3639
  • The Human Resources Department is closed, but job opportunities continue to be posted online, and the department is accepting online applications. Further, Human Resources Department employees are able to serve employees via phone (626.396.3600 ext. 88700) and email at humanresources@pusd.us
  • Information Technology Services (ITS) will serve District students and staff via email and phone (626) 396-3600 ext. 88900 and helpdesk@pusd.us
  • The Business Services Department will continue to process payroll, accounts payable, and develop budgets via phone and email. 626.396.3600 ext. 88151
  • Board of Education meetings will continue as scheduled. Agendas and livestream links.
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