COVID-19 Updates

This webpage includes links and information regarding the high school’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is only meant to help parents find copies of information already sent or available elsewhere. Given the fluidity of the situation, we know the information posted here may not always be the most up to date. If you have information you think we should add, or suggestions on what to delete, please contact sphsptsawebsite@gmail.com.

Useful links:

Additional Information:

The Pasadena Public Health Department is partnering with Huntington Hospital to offer Pfizer vaccines to high school students ages 16+ and their families. Please see the information below and on the attached flyer. Register online using the QR code.

Dear Tiger Families,

We are currently in the full swing of things here at SPHS Athletics. We are currently carrying 17 programs in Season 2 with 33 levels (Varsity, JV, or Frosh). There is an average of 45 matches weekly and athletics is occurring Monday through Saturday. Of most of the schools in the area, we are of the few that is carrying this many programs and levels. This is a testament to our strong will as a community to persevere and give our student-athletes an opportunity to succeed.

Indoor Sports:
Indoor Sports are now permitted to hold spectators. South Pasadena HS, along with the majority of its league partners will be allowing two spectators per student-athlete. Not every school will be doing this, especially if it is not a league school. Please defer your question about spectators at different schools when we travel to a designated team parent or coach.

To register your two guests per student-athlete that is in Boys or Girls Basketball, Boys Volleyball, Wrestling, or Badminton, please have your student-athlete fill this form out using their @stu.spusd.net email. Students are able to edit their two guests from their response receipt. This will be the list that I will provide to schools when they ask for our indoor guest list and it will also be used for our home matches.

https://forms.gle/zS6YB1BSY2x7oK2V7

Weekly Covid PCR Testing will continue with Indoor Sports per LACDPH Protocols. If you are a parent of an indoor sport athlete, please remember to register them every week prior to Tuesday at 9PM for Testing on Thursday between the hours of 2:45pm to 3:45pm. Teams are staggered based on if they are in the middle of a match or practice and will change week to week. Coaches will inform their team of their time slot between 2:45pm to 3:45pm on Thursdays. Please keep the registration link bookmarked as it does not change.

Live Streaming:
Every team has done something different for live streaming. Some of the platforms that teams are using are: YouTube, Instagram Live, Facebook Live, and GameChanger. If your team is looking to do livestreaming, please feel free to gather the parents and reach out to me for any suggestions. Most people have been able to set up with a cell phone, some form of a tripod, and an external battery charger.

Transportation:
Current LACDPH Protocols allow us to have one student-athlete per row on a bus. That allows a total of 26 seats on a bus. We are still asking that families consider driving their athletes to and from matches to ease the strain on our transportation companies. All teams are offered busses for away matches. Should any student-athlete not be able have transportation from their own families, they can take the bus. Should anyone need transportation with someone not in their family, please fill this form and return it to me at achan@spusd.net.

Gratitude:
While I have a moment, I wanted to recognize all of the entities that make our athletics program fully functional and running during this strange year. While other schools are looking at cancelling programs this year, we have been steadfast in keeping athletics for all student-athletes. Our principal, Janet Anderson, has been at every stage of our re-opening of athletics and provides anything that our department needs. Our district administrators have consistently walked through our facilities during renovation and provided support and resources at every stage of athletics re-opening. At South Pasadena Middle School, Cheryl Busick and her staff have found ways to accommodate high school student-athletes when our facilities are stretched paper-thin. Our health clerks and district nurse have done a phenomenal job of contact-tracing and adjusting our protocols based on LACDPH. SPUSD Maintenance has gone above and beyond in making sure the facilities are taken care of and ready for competitions on top of all of the work that they have done in re-opening the district. Our site custodians have been diligently working our cleaning schedules that we have set to routinely sanitize our facilities. Collectively, site custodial in unison with maintenance, have been a fine-tuned symphony in making our athletic areas ready for competition. The coaching staff has gone above the call of duty by working additional hours beyond their usual season to make sure our programs continue to thrive. Our athletic training staff is experiencing volumes of student-athletes that line-up out the door and are working 6 days a week, and yet they continue to service our kids with a smile. Lastly, thank you to the families who have given us their trust in running these athletic programs.

As I have said, and will always say, it takes a village.

Thank you,
Anthony Chan
SPHS Athletic Director

Articles about transitioning through COVID

Hello, SPHS Parents and Staff:

As you know, this week begins our hybrid schedule, with students in the B Group returning for on-campus instruction on Thursday. We have had a great time greeting our seniors and freshmen at our orientations. Today, we welcome our sophomores and, tomorrow, our juniors.

Below are links to two great articles provided by Ms. Prime, our School Social Worker. They will be reassuring to parents as you navigate these changing times with your children. My letters and articles always emphasize resilience and support, and these short articles are extremely helpful in both of those areas.

https://childmind.org/article/will-my-child-bounce-back-from-the-coronavirus-crisis/

https://childmind.org/article/encouraging-optimism/

Have a great week!  It’s an exciting time here at SPHS!

Sincerely,
Janet Anderson
Principal

Dear SPHS Families:

I hope you all had wonderful holidays and a restful Spring Break.  As promised, attached is our SPHS Return-to-Campus Playbook.  In it, you will find answers to most of your questions about the return to campus.  Even if you have elected to remain in Distance Learning, you will find important and relevant information.  Please read this document prior to the April 15th return to campus.  Thank you!

Sincerely,

Janet Anderson

Dear SPHS Families:

Many thanks to the SPHS PTSA for sponsoring our Tiger Town Hall Forum on Monday night on the subject of our return to campus on April 15. Kristen Swift, PTSA VP, did a great job of condensing the questions and answers from the town hall into a document. If you are interested in a quick(er) view of the topics and responses, please access the link directly below for written responses.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yV43FJOKbA6xnf-GCEsFkAeel3i_CHfC0FMyxrah6E0/edit?ts=605bed87

If you are all about live-action and seeing and hearing things directly, below is the link to the PTSA website and the posting of the Tiger Town Hall Forum. https://youtu.be/a3g_y-YkeN4

Thank you for your interest in learning about our return to the SPHS campus. Later in the week, you will receive our Return-to-Campus Playbook with detailed information.

Sincerely,
Janet Anderson

If you would like to receive email notification of SPUSD Board of Education meetings, including information on how to provide public comment, you can contact Sylvia Carroll, Assistant to the Superintendent of South Pasadena Unified School District at (626) 441-5810, scarroll@spusd.net. The SPUSD Board meeting information is also posted on the SPUSD website.

You can access SPUSD Board meeting agendas here. Click on the year and then the date of the desired meeting. Then click on the icon for the agenda.

You can access videos (livestream and archived) of the public portions of the SPUSD Board meetings here.