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: July 31, 2020
In a July meeting with area Heads of School, Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, Pasadena Director of Public Health, gave a candid assessment of the state of COVID-19 in Pasadena. The current rate of infection in Pasadena is high, and not trending in a way that would support in-person learning for the entire school that is safe for students, teachers, and families, in the near future. The California Department of Public Health, working closely with Pasadena local agencies, will be publishing a waiver for K‑6 schools, outlining further criteria to open in person. We will review this document carefully as we evaluate our options.
PUSD (Pasadena Unified School District) and some of our peer independent schools have committed to remote learning through the end of October. Similarly, we have decided to begin the school year in remote learning, Kindergarten through 12th grade. Unless there is a significant decrease in the infection rate and proposed governmental support for reentry that increases the safety of all students, teachers, and families, we anticipate staying in remote learning through the end of the calendar year, December 18.
Our goal continues to resume in person as soon as it is reasonable and safe. We will monitor updates from local agencies and reassess regularly. When we do propose a safe in-person plan, there will continue to be an option for families to remain fully remote.
The preschool program will begin in person starting in September. Considering the unique needs of preschool students, the ability to run a safe program that is mostly outdoors, and the regulations provided by CDSS, Cal OSHA, and the California Department of Public Health, we feel confident in offering an in-person learning plan for our preschool children.
Our faculty and staff await the students with eagerness and anticipation. More than ever, we look forward to the many ways we can reconnect.
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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)