Pasadena Unified School District Board To Consider Emergency Declaration
The Pasadena Unified School District board of education will hold a special meeting this afternoon to consider a resolution that would:
- Declare “emergency conditions exist at the Pasadena Unified School District.”
- Allow the district to execute contracts without the normal bid solicitation process
- Authorize PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald “to take any and all actions necessary to ensure the continuation of public education, and the health and safety of the students and staff at the district sites.”
Those actions could include “provision of alternative educational program options,” moving staff and students around, and “directing staff to serve as disaster service workers.”
To pass, the resolution must be approved unanimously.
Los Angeles Unified’s school board also approved a similar emergency declaration earlier this week.
For context: Yesterday, the City of Pasadena confirmed its first case of COVID-19.
According to the city, the individual who tested positive “was known to have close contact with a confirmed case outside of Pasadena, and has been in quarantine since the exposure occurred.”
We have the first confirmed case of novel coronavirus (#COVID19) in #Pasadena: https://t.co/VgDkG6aIlF pic.twitter.com/e1bymbZpVN— City of Pasadena (@PasadenaGov) March 11, 2020
The City of Pasadena had already declared a local public health emergency last week.
You can read the full resolution as proposed below. The PUSD board meets at 4:30 pm.
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