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Welcome to Gooden's Distance Learning Information Page

We have aggregated here all of our information regarding our pivot to distance learning in March of 2020. We have accomplished so much together. Please scroll down for more information on how we are managing our distance learning as well as updates from the school. 


August 10, 2020

Dear Gooden Community,

Thank you to all of our community members who have reached out with ideas, concerns, kudos, and suggestions.  

The recent announcements by the California Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the Pasadena Department of Public Health last week means that they will not consider waiver applications from public or private schools to resume in-person learning at this time. However, we continue to monitor their announcements about waivers and protocols for school re-opening and for daycare for school-aged children. 

The Gooden School faculty and administration, therefore, continue to prepare for distance learning as well as a hybrid model, so that the school community can pivot to in-person learning when it is safe to do so. 

Administrators and the board of trustees have been refining safety policies and procedures following guidelines provided by the state, county, and city of Pasadena health departments. This will ensure that our waiver application is as ready and robust as possible when the submission process for schools in our county begins.

Trustee Merrily Dunlap, chair of the risk management committee of the board of trustees, has agreed to be the compliance officer on The Gooden School COVID-19 compliance task force. In addition to members of the faculty and administration, other members of the task force include parents Dr. Carrie Breton, Dr. Kirsten Gardner, Robert LeMoine, and Patricia Thewes. Their combined expertise in public health, medicine, and risk management will be invaluable and I thank them all for partnering with us.

In this time of distance learning, our teachers will continue to engage and inspire your children with an academically rich curriculum for all students in kindergarten through eighth grade. They will assess all students, meet them where they are, and accelerate and provide support where indicated.

We have invested in new curriculum pieces to address social and emotional learning development and enhance experiential learning even in a virtual space. We have also adopted a new testing program that will permit teachers to assess students throughout the year and provide differentiated instruction to support every student. We have also hired extra staff to provide more small-group learning experiences.  Schedules for kindergarten through eighth grade for fall are available here and a video presentation about our kindergarten through second grade is here, for third through fifth grades is here, and for Middle School is here.  

School communications and our website will continue to provide updates to our community regarding schedules and updates.

Gratias tibi ago,

Jo-Anne Woolner
Head of School