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 Poly's updates and recent communications to the Poly community regarding COVID-19 precautions that have been put in place. 

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October 4, 2021

Dear Poly community, 

It has been a great start to the school year, and we want to thank you for your support of our efforts to keep our community healthy and safe. Due to the continued reduction in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles county, Poly’s vaccination rates at 99% of students in grades 7-12 and 98% of all employees, and our favorable surveillance testing results this fall (no positive cases from 2,412 tests!), we are revising our campus protocols to more closely align with the less-restrictive health department guidelines. 

Our decisions are also based on feedback from Poly’s Community Health Task Force of medical experts and professionals who have advised us since the beginning of this pandemic. In the weeks and months ahead, we will continue to evaluate and revise our campus protocols based on public health data and vaccination progress. 
With this in mind, please review the following modified protocols and requirements effective TOMORROW, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5:



Face Covering Requirements When Indoors​*

  • Required for everyone while on-campus, regardless of vaccination status (per health department).



Face Covering Requirements When Outdoors*

  • Required for unvaccinated individuals while on-campus.
  • Optional for vaccinated individuals, unless interfacing with K-6 students.
* Also applies to invited visitors and spectators of athletic events. Poly will not verify the vaccine status of visitors/spectators. The Athletic Department may have additional policies for student-athletes.



On-Campus Surveillance Testing 

  • Vaccinated students and employees, no required testing.
  • Students in grades K-6 will be tested once every other week. Please refer to this amended schedule
  • Unvaccinated employees will continue to test weekly per the California Department of Public Health.
  • Unvaccinated student-athletes and coaches, and any other unvaccinated student in grades 7-12 will continue to test weekly per the health department.
  • Individuals desiring more frequent testing should make their own off-campus arrangements.

Rest assured that we will continue to monitor the county health guidelines and our community’s health. You can expect to hear from us again later this fall with another update. Once again, thank you all for your continued diligence and care—it has been wonderful to have all of our students, faculty, and staff back on campus!

Be well,
John Bracker
Head of School
 
 
Marcy Kwitny, RN
Director of Health Services