SPUSD Strives to be ‘Nimble and Patient’ | Superintendent Yantz Addresses Drastic Changes in Community

Latest statement from South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) Superintendent Geoff Yantz

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPUSD Superintendent, Geoff Yantz, addresses the Board of Education

Recognizing many in the community are making changes to how they go about their life, knowing it’s not an ordinary situation, South Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Geoff Yantz continues to stay in touch with families with students in the district.

On Tuesday he sent out his latest correspondence, as concerns of the coronavirus are foremost on the minds of Americans. South Pasadena schools are in the midst of a three-week recess in an effort to slow down the virus.

“As we all readjust our lives to address the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) will continue to provide regular updates to our families about the changes taking place within our schools,” he wrote, noting: “We are facing unchartered territory, but we are not alone, as districts all around us are making changes and creating a new normal.”

One big change that SPUSD faces, explained the superintendent, “is the need to be incredibly flexible in creating and implementing plans and programs that greatly affect our community and our students. All our teams have pulled together in the past few weeks to help manage this crisis, develop innovative strategies, and communicate with our families.”

He talked about how “extremely lucky” the district is “because we are supported by a strong Board of Education as well as administrators and educators who are professional, smart, and continue to shine even when faced with the unknown,” he wrote.

Appreciating, the teamwork and effort of the faculty and staff “put forth every day” keeps the local school district focused on its goal of “helping students reach their full potential despite the circumstances,” he wrote. “We strive to be nimble and patient, and to follow guidelines from the local public health departments and the California Department of Education.”

Yantz appreciates the community’s support “as we creatively problem-solve ways to further educate all of our students should the outbreak restrictions continue for an extended period of time,” he concluded.