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.

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Most Recent Return to Campus Message

October 26, 2020

Dear Poly community,

I write with an update on our current thinking about a return to on-campus instruction. While numbers have improved, LA County has not yet experienced two weeks of consistently low case rates to move into Tier 2, when a campus reopening would be considered by the Health Department. Also, the approach of the Thanksgiving holiday further complicates predictions for when County health officials would approve a return to campus for students. With these considerations in mind, all families, faculty, and staff should plan for distance learning to continue until the end of the first semester in mid-January 2021.

This past Thursday, we submitted the California Department of Health K-2 Waiver application which would allow us to welcome our youngest students to campus in a few weeks. If granted the ability to reopen the Lower School campus, the K-2 re-entry plan will be based on a “gradual approach” where the health, safety, and wellness of every member of our Lower School community remains an utmost priority in our decision-making process. 

Additionally, LA County’s Department of Health is considering expanding its criteria for small cohorts in ‘specialized services’ and ideas are emerging to bring students on campus in small, carefully-monitored cohorts. We are staying current with LADPH’s thinking and collaborating with other area schools on a proposal to bring cohorts of older students to campus for educational or socio-emotional experiences earlier than January. The success of the conditioning and skill-building sessions for Upper School student-athletes is evidence of the positive outcomes of careful planning, a commitment of our students and coaches to follow the prescribed health and safety protocols, and the value of having students back on campus.  

The highs and lows that we are all experiencing are unsettling and frustrating as the uncertainty of these times continues. Still, I believe we will get through this together by recognizing that we are at our best when we assume good intentions, remain flexible, and acknowledge our responsibilities to the entire community’s health and safety. 

Our commitment remains to offer an excellent, educational experience for all Poly students regardless of whether they are learning on-campus or remotely. We will share updates as information becomes available and when public health conditions improve so that a broader K-12 return becomes possible.  

Be well,

John Bracker
Head of School