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.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Dear Poly community,
As noted in last week’s edition of PolyNews, we continue to host and celebrate many important community events and Poly traditions that mark this time of year. Today, I write to share our approach to the start of the 2020-21 school year amid the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic.
As we chart a path toward opening the school in August, Poly remains committed to providing our students, faculty, and staff an environment where transformative teaching and learning continues to thrive. Given the current information and guidelines from local health and government officials, it would be unwise for us to imagine that school operations will return to normal, and therefore, we should prepare for both on-campus instruction and distance learning. To that end, I have assembled the Return to School Steering Committee and Task Forces to focus on various aspects of school and community life. The group’s research and recommendations will be framed by Poly’s mission, guidance from our public health officials, the safety and health of our community, our commitment to equity and inclusion, and the essential tenets of PolyHonor.
Led by a steering committee, the current Return to School Task Forces are as follows:
  • Teaching and Learning: On-Campus and Distance Learning 
    What do teaching and learning look like for 2020-21 assuming that we should prepare for both on-campus instruction and distancing learning?

  • Social-emotional Wellness 
    What is the psychological impact of distance learning, and what more resources, programmatic and individual, can we provide to the community?

  • Community Health and Safety
    How does guidance from local and national health officials influence our ability to open our campus in the fall?

  • Facilities and Campus Operations
    What is the impact of health and safety guidance on how we manage, sanitize, and improve our campus facilities?  

  • K-12 Events and Programming
    How do we reimagine our larger on- and off-campus events to reflect current health and safety standards?

  • Auxiliary Programs
    How do we sustain and maintain Poly's co-curricular programs, community partnerships, and opportunities for student experiential learning? 

  • Communication
    Recognizing the essential role that communication has played in our response to COVID-19, what additional methods should be implemented to stay connected with our community and respond to questions and concerns that may arise?

  • Human Resources and Legal
    How do we support our faculty and staff’s health and well-being when school reopens in the fall?

Over the weeks ahead, these task forces will research best practices, consult with local and national experts, review our current programmatic and operational design and resources, and marshall the broad experience of our community to provide a plan for our return to school that instills confidence and safety for our students, their families, and the faculty and staff.

We have learned a great deal over the last few months about ourselves and our community.  As we move forward together in this uncharted territory, we will continue to look to each other for support, guidance, and counsel with generosity and trust. I will provide timely updates as our plans evolve over the next few months. One thing is certain right now, Poly is a learning community like no other, and we will rise above the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Be well,
John Bracker
Head of School
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