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Glendale Unified Prepares to Reopen Elementary Schools for On-Campus Instruction in March

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Glendale Unified School District

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GUSD Public Information Office 
Kristine Nam, Communications Director
(818) 241-3111 x1218

Distribution Date: February 18, 2021 


Glendale Unified Prepares to Reopen Elementary Schools
for On-Campus Instruction in March 


GLENDALE, CA – Glendale Unified School District is preparing for the careful and deliberate return of students for on-campus instruction at all elementary schools by the end of March. The decision follows an announcement from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Monday that the County has reached the threshold to reopen elementary schools. The District has scheduled negotiations with its teachers union this Friday to discuss reopening plans based on the most recent Public Health guidelines. The Board of Education and District leadership are facilitating partnerships to ensure vaccines are distributed as quickly as possible to teachers and staff who want them once doses become available.

In order to maintain proper physical distancing, Glendale Unified elementary schools will operate on a hybrid schedule. Students returning for in-person learning will alternate between on-campus and distance learning in small cohorts. The District will offer a full-time distance learning option for the remainder of the school year for all families who choose not to return to campus. Child care in the District’s Technology Learning Pods will continue to be available on days when students are distance learning. The more than 1,000 students who have been enrolled in Technology Learning Pods since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year will have priority for child care.

“Based on current Public Health guidelines, we are excited to offer our elementary families an option to return their students for in-person learning if they choose to do so,” said Glendale Unified Board of Education President Dr. Armina Gharpetian. “We are confident that the health and safety measures being implemented across our district are effective at keeping our students, employees, families, and community safe.”

“Student and employee health and safety is our top priority. Since the beginning of this pandemic, every decision our Board of Education and District leadership has made about offering in-person services and reopening schools has been guided by science and followed direction from our California and Los Angeles Health Departments and the CDC,” said Glendale Unified Superintendent Dr. Vivian Ekchian. “We look forward to collaborating with Glendale Teachers Association to safely return students and teachers to the classroom this spring.”

Further information and answers to frequently asked questions about the District’s return to school plans can be found at

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