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 email@example.com.
September 21, 2020
Dear SPUSD Community,
We are a little more than one month into the new school year and six months into the Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s time to reflect on a school year that is impacting each of us in different ways. State and local officials see signs of hope in the recent drops in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Los Angeles County. Sadly, the pandemic is not the only tragedy we are currently dealing with as many nearby neighborhoods have been negatively affected by the wildfires. Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been impacted. Remaining indoors due to poor air quality caused by the wildfires has added to the isolation that many of us are feeling as a result of the pandemic. Further contributing to this sense of uneasiness, the San Gabriel Valley experienced a 4.5 magnitude earthquake Friday night.
These are tough times. Many of us have experienced changes in schedules, family, work and housing circumstances, and more. To top it off, we are now required to use technology—some of it very unfamiliar—for many aspects of our lives. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends making sure that screen time does not substitute for sleep or active time. The AAP encourages that children spend screen time with others, while certain times of the day, such as meals, outdoor activity, and bedtime are screen free. Please, do all that you can to monitor your child’s habits while at home. Our teachers and administrators are working to transform the curriculum for this new environment making live interactions meaningful and engaging. Each day, progress is being made. We must continue adapting to distance learning as we may be engaged in this type of instruction for the foreseeable future.
If your child is struggling academically, feels isolated, or anxious please communicate with his/her teachers, counselor, or school administrator right away. While the number of instructional minutes per grade level is determined by the State, our amazing SPUSD team will listen to your concerns and help come up with solutions within the established parameters. We also are fortunate that we have a group of counselors at both the elementary and secondary levels who are able to assist with school challenges as well as social-emotional support. Our new partnership with Care Solace is another terrific resource available 24 hours a day 7 days a week in multiple languages that will connect you and your family members with local mental health professionals. Care Solace professionals may be reached at (888) 515-0595 or through this link. Should these resources not meet your needs, our site administrators are also available to help offer solutions and possibilities for students.
At the end of August, California released a new four-tier system for counties to follow with criteria for reopening. Los Angeles County remains in Tier 1 (purple) indicating widespread transmission of COVID-19. During a recent conference call with superintendents, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) shared that at the end of October the county plans to evaluate the COVID-19 data and study school openings occurring in San Diego and Orange Counties. With the lessons learned from other counties, LADPH may adjust their school reopening guidelines. This does not mean that Los Angeles County will authorize school openings in November. It means they plan to evaluate the environmental conditions to determine if and when schools may reopen in Los Angeles County.
Right now, we need to settle into distance learning to the best of our abilities. At the District level, we are doing everything we can to ensure that we will be ready with all the PPE, support staff, and systems in place for the day we return. Our priority is to keep everyone healthy and safe and to come back in a way that is sustainable. It’s a slow process, but it must be safely and responsibly implemented.
We know these are challenging situations. More than ever, we need you to share your calm, share your strength, and share your laughter with your children. We are here to help, please reach out for support if needed.
Thank you and please continue to stay safe.
Geoff Yantz, Ed.D.
Dear SPHS Parents:
Enclosed is some important beginning of the year information for which you have been waiting. This information is about opportunities to purchase the 2020-21 yearbook, buy a Student Activity Card, get the famous Tiger Guide, and support student groups and activities, all at a highly discounted price, given this year’s circumstances.
This year, we have provided a fillable PDF form and the ability to make online purchases through the ASB online store (www.sphsasb.org). The attached flyer describes all of the available items and donation categories. The other attachment is the PDF. We highly encourage you to make your purchases electronically if you are able. If you prefer cash (exact change), checks, or in-person credit card charges, there will be a place at Wednesday’s and Thursday’s textbook pick up to make a face-to-face purchase.
Some of you have asked about school photos. After textbook distribution this week, you will be receiving information about those.
Mr. Casey Shotwell
Director of Activities
August 14, 2020
Dear SPUSD Community,
To help combat the spread of COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health now requires daily health checks for all visitors, including employees and students, before entering all SPUSD schools and facilities. SPUSD is introducing a new Districtwide health screening process that will assist with completing these checks to keep our students and staff safe.
Starting now – during distance learning – and eventually when we physically return to school, the screening process must be completed by everyone who will be on campus or at an SPUSD site. You do not need to complete the screening if you are staying at home. Children and families participating in the SPUSD Extended Care Program also must complete the health screening daily and will receive further information.
Health screening includes answering a series of questions concerning cough, shortness of breath, fever, and contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. To help facilitate this process, SPUSD has partnered with JobSiteCheck, a company that specializes in web-based health and safety screenings.
These checks can be completed remotely or in-person upon arrival at SPUSD sites. SPUSD sites include Arroyo Vista, Marengo, Monterey Hills, SPMS, SPHS, the District Office, and the District Maintenance Facility.
The screening process is easy, and you will need two items to begin:
- Smart phone (either iPhone or Android) with a camera, or a computer
Please follow these steps to complete the screening process:
First, locate the QR code specific to the site you will be visiting. QR codes are posted on each school’s website and are posted at each physical site. We recommend that you print a hardcopy of the QR codes for the campuses you may routinely visit. Visiting means you will be staying on campus – parents do not need to complete the screening if they are dropping off their children at an SPUSD site. This will allow you to complete your health check prior to coming to any of the SPUSD sites. Alternatively, if you are unable to complete the screening before arriving at a site, you will find QR codes posted at the entrance to each site.
Please note, there are different codes for each location. If you have students who attend different schools, then you will need to complete the screening process using the QR codes or URLs for each school.
Every morning before you/your child leaves the house to come to school, you must answer the questionnaire and confirm that you/your child is allowed on-site. You should also take you/your child’s temperature each morning at home before coming to school. If you do not have a thermometer at home, please alert the health clerk, or the check-in person at the gate when you arrive. Each person entering the site needs to complete the screening process.
When you scan the QR code, a pop up appears “Open go-job.io”. Click on the pop up to read the District’s COVID-19 Safety Briefing. Acknowledge at the bottom of the screen that you have read and agree. Next, you will be prompted to enter basic information and answer the required health screening questions. Click on “submit” when you are done answering the questions. If your camera is unable to recognize the QR code, a URL is also available on the same page. Just type in the URL into your browser and follow the same steps.
Based on your responses to the questions, you will receive an acknowledgement clearing you/your child to enter the school building or to stay home. Do NOT enter the building if you have failed the screening questions. Save the verification that you/your child is allowed on-site.
- Take a screenshot of your screening process result or leave your browser open. If you close the browser window, you will lose the verification.
- If you don’t have a smartphone, you can use the URL on your computer and print out your response.
- Here is an example of the QR code and check-in process that you will see posted:
- Each person visiting an SPUSD site must complete the screening process before entering. Responses are time stamped. Note: parents and students are not required to complete the screening process for curbside meal service and school supply distribution, but everyone MUST wear face coverings and maintain social distancing protocols at all times.
- Scan the QR code to launch the screening – do not take a picture.
- If camera doesn’t recognize the QR code, then use the URL listed.
- Only scan in on the days you are physically coming to the school/facility.
Students and visitors will be required to show proof of screening completion (with a Green/”OK” result) upon entering the school/facility. If you/your child does not pass the check in (Red/”STOP” result), then you must stay home or leave immediately if you completed the screening at the site. Please expect to be contacted by an SPUSD health clerk with follow-up questions that same day. If you answered a question in error and received an incorrect red STOP notification, then contact the school health clerk immediately to report the error.
Please direct any questions or concerns you may have regarding the District’s daily health screening procedures to the health clerk at the school site. You also may contact SPUSD’s School Nurse, Abby Silver, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter as we continue to work together to keep one another healthy and safe.
SPUSD District Nurse
Dear SPUSD Families,
Please review this important communication from the Executive Director of Student Support Services.
SPUSD SPED COVID-19 Distance Learning FAQ – 8.7.20.pdf
Dear SPHS Families:
Below, you will find a modified version of the Distance Learning Guidelines previously sent to you by the Office of Instruction. These are more specific to your high school needs.
I told you that I would try to send manageable bits of information in each message rather than send all of it at once. Also, we’re still adapting to our new situation as we get deeper into it; even planning proactively as we have, there are always new challenges.
The instructions below about students accessing their school emails is essential. For the ninth grade class and other new students, there will be an additional incentive for them to log in on Wednesday evening — I will be sending a special link for them to access the ASB new student orientation film. It is must-see viewing, I’m certain, as the student leaders have worked hard to create a meaningful film for our new Tigers.
For all students, their locator cards (schedules and teacher assignments) will be visible through the Aeries student portal on Wednesday.
We are aiming for Wednesday and Thursday, August 19 and 20, for our drive-through book bag distribution. I will send details about that event as we get closer.
We are updating the online calendar (found at sphstigers.org), and I’m having separation anxiety by not providing you our traditional “Fridge-Friendly” calendar. One, there was no way to get it to you, and 2) there’s not a lot to put on the calendar at this time. Still, we will continue to update the online calendar as scheduling allows.
Finally, attached, you will find our daily schedules in a simplified form for this Distance Learning environment. Below the schedule, there is some clarifying information.
This will all work out!
DISTANCE LEARNING GUIDE FOR SPHS
This guide will help you understand how the distance learning program will begin.
GETTING STARTED WITH DISTANCE LEARNING
By late Wednesday afternoon, August 12, teachers will provide instructions on accessing their digital classrooms.
Students in grades 3-12 should check their SPUSD student email account for updates from their teachers on accessing a digital classroom.
Student Google usernames and passwords are accessible in the AERIES Parent Portal (https://my.spusd.net) under Student Info and Google Apps.
Parents should expect students to participate in live interactive sessions for 50% of the secondary instructional period.
When logging into live interaction sessions via Zoom or Google Meets, please ensure that students are logged into their GOOGLE account, enabling teachers to see their names during the live sessions.
These guidelines for Netiquette during distance learning are very important for all families to review with their children. Please be aware that recording of teachers and students is prohibited by law.
This webpage contains resources for parents with more resources being added daily.
SPUSD has created a tech support call-in line that will go live on August 12. The call-in hours are 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and the phone number is 805-285-2526.
SPUSD also will offer tech support via email that will go live on August 12. Use the email address listed below to access help for your SPHS student:
South Pasadena High School: SPHStech@spusd.net
Please wait to contact teachers until you receive instructions from them. Like in-person schooling, teachers of students in grades 3-12 will primarily be communicating with students.
Student illness/absence: please contact the attendance clerk/main office via email if your child is sick. Mrs. Ruth Carlson, our attendance clerk, may be reached at email@example.com
Students should connect daily with each teacher and complete the educational activities provided by the teacher. Attendance will be taken daily.
Educational activities will be evaluated by the teachers. The expectation is that students remain fully engaged with their teachers in order to fulfill California’s compulsory education requirements.
SPHS Distance Learning Schedule 2020-21.pdf
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. The SPUSD Board meeting information is also posted on the SPUSD website.
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