Sequoyah's COVID-19 Response

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We don’t know yet when campus will re-open. Currently, Sequoyah is operating under a Level 5 Pandemic Response, which means implementing social distancing measures as directed by state and local authorities, as well as distance learning. We are monitoring CDC and local government guidelines, collaborating with PASH (Pasadena Area School Heads), as well as working with our board of trustees to evaluate when we may be able to re-open the campus.

For the most current answers to your questions, keep checking this page for updates about plans for the rest of the school year.


High School:

UPDATE – April 2


UPDATE – April 4


Opportunities for physical fitness and movement activities will become available to students online.

Kito will run a workout session three days a week in the afternoon for interested students using readily available equipment.


All events hosted by Sequoyah or scheduled to be held at Sequoyah have been postponed or cancelled through mid-May.


The same attendance expectations for the regular school day apply for distance learning.

K-8: If your child is sick or can’t participate on a particular day, please email your classroom teacher and Betty Chavez .

If you’re planning a longer absence, email your classroom teacher and Azizi Williams.

9-12: Email Patricia Han if your child is sick and unable to attend online classes.


The K-8 phones will continue to be answered daily from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday (626) 795-4351. The high school campus is closed and all communications must be sent via email.



Come together to help each other. JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

From Gov. Newsom – Learn how you can get involved.

PSA: Safe Shopping and Handling of Groceries and Take-out Food

Jeffrey VanWingen, MD, demonstrates safety tips for grocery shopping, and for bringing home and handling your groceries and take-out meals.

Governor Newsom – Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

Goes into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The order is in place until further notice.

CDC: COVID-19 Travel Information

Travel Health Notices & FAQs for the U.S. and other countries

WHO Myth-Buster Page

Learn the truth about the virus myths and misperceptions.

The New York Times

FREE access to coronavirus articles and information with an account (just enter email and a password to open an account)

The Washington Post

Subscribe with your email address to receive the Coronavirus Updates Newsletter daily. Access to all coronavirus articles and information is FREE.

PARENT RESOURCES – Helpful Articles & Ideas

The New York Times:
I Love You, Kid, but Please Get Off Me

If your child is extra clingy right now, here’s why — and what you can do about it.

The New York Times:
How Quarantine Has Brought My Family Closer Together

With no weekend sports, volunteering or church obligations, our family connections are flourishing.

The New York Times:
You’re Stronger Than Your Quarantine Fatigue

A behavioral economist explains how to keep going, six (…seven? …eight?) weeks in.

Cultivating Fierce Optimism in the Age of Coronavirus

Our high school students share links to some good news stories they've chosen. Have a read... you'll feel better!

Harvard Business Review:
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

Why it’s important to acknowledge the grief you may be feeling, how to manage it, and how we can find meaning in it.

The New York Times: 10 Ways to Ease Your Coronavirus Anxiety

Simple tips to help you relax and put things in perspective — in between washing your hands, of course.

Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Article and video to help you reduce worry and stress for your kids

How to Remain Engaged with Your Community While in Isolation

Guybe Slangen, Director of Community Engagement at San Francisco Friends School, shares tips for staying connected in a time of isolation

The Washington Post: How We Can Help Kids Increase Their Sense of Control

FREE access to coronavirus articles and information with an account (just enter email and a password to open an account)

The New York Times: Talking to Teens and Tweens about Coronavirus

Experts offer advice on how parents can help adolescents get the facts straight and be prepared.

PARENT RESOURCES – Activities & Events

"This is why it’s important to wash your hands."

In this video, 8-year-old Blue Ivy Carter uses a DIY science experiment to demonstrate how hand washing prevents the spread of diseases. Blue is the daughter of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Jay-Z. (view on Bue's grandmother's Instagram post.)

Stretch Breaks

Sequoyah' high school Student Support Coordinator, Carolina Arango, reminds our students to take "active pauses" from your desks since you are sitting so much during distance learning. Stretching your muscles can aid attention, motivation, engagement, and even memory. So, click on these links and move your body!

Common Sense Media: FREE Fun Stuff to Do

An epic list of FREE online events and activities for all ages: Virtual Storytimes; Virtual Drawing Lessons; Music Classes & Performances; Educational Activities & Lesson Plans; Arts, Film, and Music Lessons & Resources; Audiobooks; Virtual Tours; Fun & Games

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home, Mo Willems, invites you into his studio to doodle, and shares a game he invented for you to play after the doodles.

Reaching Out Beyond our Sequoyah Family

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