Pausing In-Person Activities Per Public Health
Dear Glendale Unified Students, Families, Employees and Community:
Since the beginning of this pandemic, Glendale Unified School District has remained steadfast in our commitment to provide on-campus childcare and in-person services for our highest need students and families while following all guidance from state and county departments of public health. Based on a strong recommendation from Los Angeles County Public Health and to protect the health and safety of our students, employees, families, and community, we have made the very difficult decision to pause all in-person activities from January 19-29. This includes on-campus childcare in our Technology Learning Pods, Facilitated Learning Centers, kindergarten instruction at Mann Elementary, athletic conditioning, and on-site assessments. At this time, we plan for these activities to resume on Monday, February 1, 2021. Our campuses will be closed to the public beginning next week until the end of January. Our Nutrition Services Department will continue to serve meals at our grab-and-go sites on their regular schedule.
This decision was made following a strong recommendation issued late Friday evening from Los Angeles County Public Health that, “all TK-12 schools in the county suspend in person student instruction, services, and activities during the month of January as much as possible” to stop the “unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and the state of California.” We remain confident that the systems we have put in place on our campuses are effective at keeping students and employees safe and healthy. We are committed, however, to following all public health guidelines to keep our community safe. We have been informed by healthcare leaders in our community that we should expect the current surge to worsen in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your understanding and support. I am sincerely sorry about the inconvenience this may cause you. We look forward to resuming in-person activities on February 1, and hope to continue the careful and deliberate return of students for on-campus instruction when the current surge is over.
Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools