Dear Sequoyah Families, 

I want to thank you all for your care and understanding as we continue to navigate the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. With the spread of COVID-19, concerns for the health and well-being of your children, the Sequoyah community, and the larger society weigh heavily on all of our minds. The situation continues to evolve rapidly. After ongoing consultation with PASH (Pasadena Area School Heads) and repeated directives from health authorities to practice social distancing, we have made the difficult decision to cancel classes and all student-related activities and events, effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

Cancelling class next week was a difficult decision to make but we feel it is essential to follow social distancing guidelines more directly. High school faculty staff will use next Monday to continue preparing for distance learning and K-8 faculty will use next Monday and Tuesday to prepare. Distance learning will begin Tuesday, March 17, for the high school and Wednesday March 18, for the K-8.

Here is our plan:
  • Both the K-8 and high school campuses will be closed to students after close of business (6:00p.m.) on Friday, March 13, 2020. 
  • Distance learning will begin for the high school Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
  • Distance learning (online and other methods) will begin for the K-8 Wednesday, March 18, 2020. 
  • All athletic practices, and student related events are canceled or postponed until further notice. 
  • Spring break will still take place as planned from March 30 to April 3, 2020.
  • On Thursday April 2, 2020 we will update with plans for the rest of the school year. 
In the next few days: 
  • Zed Kelley zkelley@sequoyahschool.org, Director of Technology, will also be working with families to make sure you all have the necessary devices and internet connectivity to be successful. 
What You Can Do: In addition to social distancing, another critical way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to practice good hygiene. As we have shared previously, this includes washing your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds and using hand sanitizers, especially after using restroom or touching common area surfaces such as door knobs, railings, and countertops. And remember to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

I am sure you will have many questions as we navigate this extraordinary situation together. Please don't hesitate to reach out. Rest assured we will continue to monitor the rapidly changing developments related to COVID-19 and are following the lead of experts responsible for community health at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  Please know the health and safety of your children and the Sequoyah community is our priority. 

Sincerely,
Josh


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