UPDATED: Schools Out for Three Weeks Due to Coronavirus Prevention | Spring Break Moved Up One Week

The South Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education took action to adjust is yearly calendar after approving an emergency resolution Thursday

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPUSD Superintendent Geoff Yantz

Making adjustments to its yearly calendar, schools in the South Pasadena Unified School District will be closed from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27 Friday, APRIL 3 on account of coronavirus. (Updated 3-13-2020)

The South Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education took action after approving an emergency resolution Thursday, enabling the district to quickly make changes to the school year calendar based upon the coronavirus pandemic.

Spring break, originally scheduled from March 23 to March 27 has been moved back a week.

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After what he called “a great deal of discussion about how to best keep students and staff safe,” wrote Superintendenet Yantz in a statement to SPUSD families, the district developed an immediate plan of action in face of the pandemic. “We are moving the District’s scheduled spring break recess earlier and extending the overall length of the break by five days,” wrote Yantz.

Yantz said the change in the schedule may result in adding instructional days to the end of the school year if required by the California Department of Education.

The district’s Extended Day Program will follow the same schedule and the program will not be in session during these dates.

In his correspondence, Yantz urged parents/guardians to make immediate plans for times when the program is not in session.

As a result of the district’s actions, all South Pasadena High CIF athletic training and competitions will be suspended during the two week period “effective immediately,” wrote Yantz.

The school district will provide guidance soon about supplementary resources, digital and non-digital, that can be used at home to review and reinforce knowledge and skills learned this school year.

“Students and families will not be required to use these resources during spring break but are welcome to do so,” Yantz wrote. “Students should take any books, supplies, and personal belongings home with them after school on Friday, March 13.”

He added that schools will not be open during the spring break recess.

“We realize this is a time of uneasiness for many students and families and will be in touch with additional updates before the end of the spring break recess,” Yantz noted. “We continue to keep safety as our number one priority and remain committed to the well-being of our students and staff.”