This page serves as a resource for updates regarding Waverly’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to communicate important updates to our families via email, and we will regularly post additional resources on this page.
2020 – 2021 School Year
Updated: October 23, 2020
As all are aware, there is much discussion at the state, county, and city levels about how, when, and under what circumstances schools can reopen for in-person learning. These discussions change each week as circumstances and government policy change. Please read our October 23, 2020, message, which details the paths to returning to campus for Pasadena schools and the required protocols.
Given the multiple challenges that all schools are facing, we don’t see a path to full-day in-person learning during the first semester. That said, we are actively exploring the first two paths to in-person learning discussed in the October 23 letter and putting all required protocols in place so we are ready to safely bring students back part-time to support their social and emotional wellbeing. Most, if not all, academic learning will need to continue in remote for the foreseeable future, certainly at the middle and high schools due to the cohorting requirement.
We understand that some families will choose to remain on remote learning through the end of the 2020 – 2021 school year or until a safe vaccine is commonly available. Knowing how many families will make this choice is a critical piece of information we need to complete our planning. As such, we will be sending out a brief survey on November 4. We are also offering two town hall Zoom meetings for families who have questions about the paths, protocols, challenges, and plans for reopening for in-person learning at Waverly: Monday, November 2, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. Zoom links will be sent closer to the meeting dates.
Messages from Heidi
COVID-19 Information & Resources
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): English | Español
California Department of Public Health: English | Español
Pasadena Public Health Department
Hand-washing steps using the WHO Technique by Johns Hopkins Medicine (Video)
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus by Jessica Grose (The New York Times)
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus by Malaka Gharib (NPR)
Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus by Donna De La Cruz (The New York Times)