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.

Latest Return to Campus Message

July 24, 2020

Dear Poly community,

I am following-up on my letter last week about our RETURN TO CAMPUS plans. After careful consideration and a close review of Governor Newsom’s recent directivewe have made the decision to begin the 2020-2021 school year in distance learning and remain so until the end of the first quarter, October 30

New restrictions delivered last Friday by the governor’s office state that until a particular county has been off “California’s COVID-19 Monitoring List” for 14 consecutive days, no school, whether public or private, in that county is allowed to reopen their campus. Because Los Angeles County remains on the “Monitoring List” due to a rising new infection rate, test positivity rate, and hospitalizations, Poly must abide by these restrictions. 

While opening the 2020-2021 school year in distance learning is not what we had hoped or planned for, it does affirm our highest priority—the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students. When circumstances improve enough to bring our community together in-person, we will do so; first, in smaller groups, followed by larger cohorts in line with state and county guidelines. Our RETURN TO CAMPUS task forces have spent a tremendous amount of time in recent months developing plans for a safe return to campus. When public health conditions improve and restrictions are eased, we are poised to set those plans into motion.

The division directors will be in touch next week about their plans for the start of the school year. They will also share how our faculty have invested their time and engaged in professional development this summer to prepare for the likelihood of a return to distance learning due to public health orders. Our faculty continue to evolve their approach to remote teaching and learning by reflecting upon their experiences from the Spring semester and feedback from parents/guardians and students.

In times of uncertainty, it is important to focus our efforts on what we can control. Each person’s decision to wear a face covering and practice social distancing will make a difference in the health of our community and in our ability to reopen Poly’s campus to our students. Until then, we at Poly are committed to providing an excellent and connected educational program for all students in circumstances not of our choosing. The Poly community has demonstrated extraordinary resilience, innovation, and generosity during past challenges, and we will again.
 
Be Well,
 
 
John Bracker
Head of School