Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, July 18, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 18, 2020 




Dear PUSD Community, 

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to have a tremendous impact on our lives. In the last several 
weeks, we have seen an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. 

Yesterday, [July 13, 2020] Governor Newsom announced modifications to the “Stay at Home” orders 
and closed indoor activities in Los Angeles and other counties in California due to current public 
health conditions. Also yesterday, the L.A. County Department of Public Health and the L.A. County 
Office of Education issued new guidelines and protocols for opening K-12 schools in the new academic 
year. L.A. County Public Health stated that, given current health data, we must all prepare to 
remain in a remote learning environment in the new school year. 

From the beginning of the pandemic, every decision that our district has made has been based on 
science, facts, and the law, with the safety and well-being of our students and staff at the forefront. 
We have been working in collaboration with the Board of Education, our labor partners, families, 

and community partners to plan for the safe reopening of our campuses in the new school year. After 
surveying parents, we had hoped to safely reopen schools in a hybrid model with students attending 
school on campus on alternate days and an option for 100% online learning. In our online school 
survey which ended Sunday, we had more than 13,000 responses, a very high completion rate for a 
survey. We appreciate your engaging with us and sharing your thoughts. 

All of us would like to see students back in school when it’s safe to do so. But Los Angeles County has 
recorded a surge in new cases in the last week, with a 9% rate of positive cases. 

We cannot and will not take chances with the health and safety of our students and staff. I plan to 
bring a recommendation to the Board of Education at a special meeting on July 16 that Pasadena 
Unified open in a 100% distance learning model on August 17. 


We will continue to monitor and evaluate public health conditions and guidelines and will let you 
know when it is possible to return to in-person learning on campus. 

We have been preparing for the possibility of a full distance learning model. Our school reopening 
plan is designed to allow us to move seamlessly from a hybrid model to a full distance learning environment 
and back again as conditions change. 

Distance learning will have a strengthened emphasis on teacher-student engagement, including 
more live interaction with certificated employees and peers for the purpose of instruction, progress 
monitoring, and maintaining school connectedness. We will provide specific details in the weeks 

We will continue planning for a return to in-person learning during the 2020-21 academic year as 
soon as public health conditions allow and adequate resources are allocated by both the state and 
federal governments for the safe return to schools. 

This ongoing situation is challenging for every one of us. But I know that with the strength, unity, 
and resolve that PUSD students, staff, and families have demonstrated during these last difficult 
months, we will get through this time. 


Brian McDonald, Ed.D. uperintendent 

Alverno Heights Academy 

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara 

E-mail address: 

Arcadia High School 

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007 

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee 

Arroyo Pacific Academy 

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke 

E-mail address: 

Barnhart School 

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007 

(626) 446-5588 

Head of School: Ethan Williamson 

Kindergarten - 8th grade 


Bethany Christian School 

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 

(626) 355-3527 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade 

Principal: Dr. William Walner 

website: www. 

Clairbourn School 

8400 Huntington Drive 

San Gabriel, CA 91775 

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172 

FAX: 626-286-1528 


Foothill Oaks Academy 

822 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010 

(626) 301-9809 

Principal: Nancy Lopez 

Frostig School 

971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107 

(626) 791-1255 

Head of School: Jenny Janetzke 


The Gooden School 

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 

(626) 355-2410 

Head of School, Jo-Anne Woolner 


High Point Academy 

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989 


La Salle College Preparatory 

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website: 

Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian 

Monrovia High School 

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson 


Odyssey Charter School 

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001 

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill 


Pasadena High School 

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandez 


St. Rita Catholic School 

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 

Principal: Adela Solis (626) 355-6114 


Sierra Madre Elementary School 

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay LUIS 

E-mail address: 

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom 

E-mail address: 

Walden School 

74 S San Gabriel Blvd 

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166 

Weizmann Day School 

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

(626) 797-0204 

Lisa Feldman: Head of School 

Wilson Middle School 

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln 

E-mail address: 

Pasadena Unified School District 

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109 

(626) 396-3600 Website: 

Arcadia Unified School District 

234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007 

(626) 821-8300 Website: 

Monrovia Unified School District 

325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016 

(626) 471-2000 


Duarte Unified School District 

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010 



Arcadia Christian School 

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006 

Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade 



Principal: Cindy Harmon 


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D-FS-GP-EN-023 May 4, 2020 
2020 Census Operational 
Adjustments Due to COVID-19 
The 2020 Census is underway, and more than 
half of the households across America have 
responded and more are responding every day. 
Online, phone, and mailed self-responses will 
continue throughout the data collection process. 
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. 
Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations 
in order to: 
• Protect the health and safety of the American 
public and Census Bureau employees. 
• Implement guidance from federal, state, and 
local authorities regarding COVID-19. 
• Ensure a complete and accurate count of all 
The Office of Management and Budget and the 
Office of Personnel Management have provided 
federal agencies with guidelines for resuming 
operations on an epidemiologically sound, 
data-driven basis, adhering to the latest federal, 
state, and local guidance. The Census Bureau 
continues to monitor the changing conditions at 
the state and local level, and in consultation with 
the appropriate officials, update its planned start 
dates for selected operations in selected states. 
The information the Census Bureau receives 
daily from FEMA and state and local authorities 
guides Census Bureau decisions on timing. As a 
result, selected field operations will resume on a 
phased schedule on a geographic basis. 
Under the adjusted 2020 Census operational 
plan, the Census Bureau is conducting a series 
of preparatory activities so we are fully ready to 
resume field activities as we continue to advance 
the mission of the 2020 Census to ensure a 
complete and accurate count. In-person activities, 
including enumeration, office work, and 
processing activities, will always incorporate the 
most current guidance from authorities to ensure 
the health and safety of the public and Census 
Bureau employees. 
Activity/Operation Original Schedule New Schedule 
Self-Response Phase (online, phone, mail) March 12–July 31 March 12–October 31 
Group Quarters (e-Response and Paper 
April 2–June 5 April 2–September 3 
Update Leave—Stateside March 15–April 17 Selected Area Census 
Offices starting May 4 
Update Leave—Puerto Rico March 15–April 17 Needs further review and 
coordination with outside 
partners and stakeholders. 
Update Enumerate March 16–April 30 June 14–July 29 
In-Person Group Quarters Enumeration April 2–June 5 July 1–September 3 
Mobile Questionnaire Assistance March 30–July 31 Needs further review and 
coordination with outside 
partners and stakeholders. 


Clarity welcomed ahead of school year start; Distance 
learning for 33 counties on ‘watch list;’ Masks for grades 
3-12, adults 

BURLINGAME — CTA President E. Toby Boyd released the following statement regarding Gov. Gavin 
Newsom’s newly-released guidelines to reopening schools amidst COVID-19 widespread surge: 

“Today’s updated guidance from Governor Newsom through the California Department of Public Health 
is a good step in providing some clarity and uniformity across the state. We cannot reopen schools unless 
it is safe! 

“The new guidance provides clarity that distance learning should be the immediate course of action in 
any county that is on the state watch list and allows other districts to make those decisions in accordance 
with local health department officials. We also appreciate the specific guidance on requiring masks for 
students in grades three through 12, testing of school staff, and pushing districts to create Injury and Illness 
Prevention Programs that are transparent to parents and the community. We do, however, have concerns 
and will seek further clarity on the standards for closing a school (multiple cases, multiple cohorts vs. the 
five percent threshold) upon an outbreak and will be reviewing the rest of the guidance thoroughly. 

“There’s no one more eager to get back to school with their students than teachers. We miss and want to 
be with our students but are ready to engage with school districts to implement a robust distance learning 
program that is inclusive of all and equitable in resources and technology. 

“Safe school reopening, quality distance learning and equity for our communities requires funding. Many 
local districts don’t have the necessary resources or capacity to maintain even the most basic prevention 
measures of six feet physical distancing and limiting contacts, much less the other important preventative 
actions such as personal protective equipment (PPE), or adequate ventilation and cleaning supplies. In 
addition, studies show that 30 percent of K-12 students still do not have access to the internet or computers. 

“That’s why we’re calling on lawmakers to return to the Capitol and adopt additional revenues, including 
additional suspension of corporate tax credits and exemptions, capturing unrealized capital gains or imposing 
a tax on the wealthiest billionaires and millionaires to help our students, families and communities 
survive through this crisis. CTA asks Governor Newsom to join us in supporting Proposition 15 to ensure 
large corporations pay their fair share of taxes to restore $12 billion to our schools and communities. And, 
we stand with the three million educators throughout the nation in calling on the federal government to 
pass the HEROES Act to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic.” 

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