COVID-19 Updates

Poly is working closely with local health organizations, the Pasadena Public Health Department, and following the guidelines of the CDC regarding COVID-19 in our communities. Please know that the health and well-being of Poly and our neighboring communities is very important to us. And so we have made a space to keep the information you may need in one place.

This page will have all of Poly's updates regarding the COVID-19 precautions that have been put in place at this time. Please come back to check for any updates to the Poly community.


Dear Poly community,

As we prepare to resume classes online and at home, I wanted to acknowledge your hard work and flexibility during these unprecedented times. Thank you to the teachers who are reinventing their methods, supporting, leading, engaging their students through distance learning, showing their commitment to the young minds in their care. Thank you to the administrators and staff who continue to support the daily work that often goes unnoticed. Thank you to operations and other essential staff who remain on campus to help keep the facilities safe and maintained for all of us who think of Poly as a second home. Thank you to the students who are adjusting to the changes to their learning and social experiences with characteristic generosity and fearlessness. Thank you to the parents and guardians who are partnering with us more closely than ever before in the face of the challenges we are navigating as a community.

On a call yesterday with nearly 20 area heads of school to discuss Governor Newsom’s announcement closing California public schools for the remainder of the school year, we concluded that it is increasingly difficult to imagine that we will be able to return to campus before June. While I remain hopeful that we will reunite as a school community before then, we must explore the likelihood of distance learning for the rest of the academic year. In the upcoming weeks, we will collaborate with students, colleagues, and other industry experts to find the best path forward regarding commencement, promotions, and the other celebratory events that reflect Poly’s traditions in our K-12 community. As always, the health and wellness of our students, faculty, and families remain our absolute priority. 

The way in which the Poly community has faced each new challenge with grace and optimism should be an inspiration to you all, and I can think of no other community that I would rather be part of at this time. I will provide further updates as we draw closer to key decisions. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Take care,
John Bracker
Head of School
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