2020 - 21 Return to School Plan


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    We will continue to update answers to our Frequently Asked Questions and keep our community informed of the latest return to school updates.

    Last Update: February 18, 2021.

FAQs for Elementary Families Wishing to Return for On-Campus Instruction

  • What will the hybrid schedule look like?

  • What will an in-person classroom look like?

  • What hours will students be on campus?

  • Can I choose if my student will attend school Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday?

  • What will lunch and recess look like?

  • What health and safety measures are being implemented on Glendale Unified campuses?

  • If I choose for my student to return for on-campus instruction and change my mind, can my student return to distance learning?

  • Are 6th graders attending middle school eligible to return for on-campus instruction?

FAQs for Elementary Families Wishing to Continue Distance Learning

  • If I choose for my student to continue distance learning and change my mind, can my student return to on-campus instruction?

  • What will be the hours of instruction for distance learning?

  • What will synchronous instruction look like?

FAQs on Child Care

  • If my child is enrolled in a technology learning pod currently, what will happen when the hybrid schedule begins?

  • What if I'm interested in enrolling my child in a technology learning pod?

Other FAQs

  • Where do I go for technology support?

  • My child/student needs mental health and wellness support. Where do I go?

  • How do I receive updates and where do I go for questions?

Superintendent's Updates to the Board of Education

Health and Safety Protocols

  • Glendale Unified strictly adheres to all health and safety protocols recommended by the California and Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including:


    • Completing daily temperature and symptom checks for all students and employees reporting to school and district sites
    • Conducting enhanced daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols
    • Requiring and providing all necessary face coverings and personal protective equipment
    • Adhering to all physical distancing recommendations
    • Posting directional and maximum occupancy signage throughout school and district facilities
    • Placing MERV 13 (minimum efficiency reporting value) and portable HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters in all classrooms where students are present
    • Following all protocols for quarantining and contact tracing
    • Encouraging frequent hand washing and sanitizing
    • Limiting non-essential visitors to school and district facilities


    The California and Los Angeles County Health Departments require all schools reopening for in-person instruction to post a COVID-19 safety plan and checklist on their website. You can find each Glendale Unified schools' safety plan on their website homepage.

    For the latest COVID-19 information, visit here

Testing, Health Screening, and Contact Tracing

  • Testing with Valencia Labs

    Glendale Unified will begin voluntary self-testing for all employees beginning in March through a partnership with Valencia Branch Laboratory. Employees will have an opportunity to take a self-administered, observed nasal PCR test every two weeks.


    Daily Health Screen

    Glendale Unified conducts daily temperature checks and health screens for students and employees. All students and employees are asked to stay home if they are sick or have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive or demonstrated symptoms of COVID-19. Touchless digital thermometers are available at all school and district facilities and are used as-needed based on public health guidelines.


    On-Campus Quarantine Protocols

    Students who present with COVID-19 symptoms while on campus report to a designated quarantine area and their parent/guardian is called to pick them up immediately.


    Contact Tracing

    Glendale Unified works closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to implement strict contact tracing protocols in the event of a COVID-19 exposure at a school or district facility.


    COVID-19 Dashboard

    In October, Glendale Unified launched the GUSD COVID-19 Dashboard in order to provide accurate and transparent information to the community regarding COVID-19 cases at school and district facilities. Dashboard data is updated daily and includes the total number of on-campus students and staff, cumulative and current confirmed cases, and positivity and on-site transmission rates for every district school and work location. In order to protect student and employee privacy, the Dashboard does not include names or personal information.


    View the GUSD COVID-19 Dashboard


  • The California Department of Public Health has opened vaccinations for Phase 1B, Tier 1, which includes education and child care workers, as vaccination supplies allow. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health expects vaccinations will be widely available for Phase 1B, Tier 1 by March.


    Glendale Unified is working with local healthcare providers to ensure vaccines are distributed as quickly as possible to teachers and staff who want them. As opportunities for vaccination become available, the district is prioritizing employees whose current job functions require them to report to work in person and interact with children and the public putting them at higher risk for infection.


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