SPUSD School Reopening Update | County Remains in Purple Tier

Message from South Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent, Geoff Yantz

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

Dear SPUSD Families,

Thank you for your continued support as we work together to physically reopen South Pasadena schools. We are fully prepared with the proper safety and mitigation measures and ready to open our doors when the State and County give us the green light to proceed.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported that opening may be on the horizon for elementary schools in the next two to three weeks. An article from the Los Angeles Times (https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-01-27/los-angeles-area-schools-could-reach-threshold-for-reopening-in-2-to-3-weeks-ferrer-says) addresses this with more information. However, many variables may impact the case rates in the county. We all need to continue to do our part by wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently, and maintaining social distancing.

When Will Schools Reopen?

Los Angeles County remains in the Purple Tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rates. Elementary schools may reopen, if a county is in the Purple Tier, when the adjusted COVID-19 case rate for the county has been at or below 25 cases per 100,000 population per day for at least five consecutive days.

Last week, the adjusted case rate dropped from 73.5 cases per 100,000 population to 48.2 cases per 100,000 population. To track this information yourself, you can visit this page (https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/), scroll down to the State of California visual and click on Los Angeles County. You will see an image like this:

SPUSD submitted the new required California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Safety Plan and School Guidance to the CDPH Safe Schools for All Team and also to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. With these reports in place and approved, we anticipate proceeding with our phased reopening plans once Los Angeles County meets the required adjusted case rates.

Thank you for your care and support as we work to safely return students, staff, faculty and administrators to campus.

Regards,

Geoff Yantz, Ed.D., Superintendent