Return to Campus Updates

We are committed to keeping our community informed, and this web page is the main hub for important communications related to our return to campus. We will update this page with pertinent information, and whenever we have a major update, we will also send it to our families via email. You may view an archive of previous communications on this page as well.
August 25, 2021

Dear Maranatha Family,
 
We remain in close communication with the Pasadena Public Health Department regarding the Covid protocols and procedures we've implemented on campus. As we continue our efforts to safeguard the health of our students and staff, we ask for your cooperation in following those procedures when on campus. Our students are being reminded to wear their face masks properly (covering their mouth and nose) whenever indoors, and to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet when unmasked outdoors. Though this is sometimes challenging for them, we are seeing improved compliance. Our highest priority remains the health and safety of everyone on campus so that we may continue to serve the educational needs of our students. 

Please note the following:

VACCINATION STATUS REPORTING
All parents are reminded that they must complete the student medical form posted to each parent's account in myMHS, regardless of whether their child is vaccinated or un-vaccinated. More details are provided below. 
 
MANDATORY COVID-19 TESTING (NEW)
With current high levels of community COVID-19 transmission in Pasadena and LA County, routine testing is now REQUIRED for all athletes and staff currently participating in athletics. Beginning next week, we are requiring weekly Covid testing of all student athletes (regardless of vaccination status) who are participating in either in-season or pre-season practice, as well as testing of all un-vaccinated students. 
 
Students need to register online HERE by noon on Tuesday, August 31, for the first weekly Covid-19 test to be administered on campus next Thursday and Friday, September 2 and 3, from 3:00-5:00 pm in the south end of our parking garage. Registration is only required one time. See additional instructions below. The test will be administered by PacTox (Pacific Toxicology Labs) personnel. This safe, simple test utilizes a mouth swab - instructions will be provided by trained professionals at the time of testing. 
 
If preferred, weekly testing may be performed at a facility of your own choosing. Simply email the test result to us at covidinfo@mhs-hs.org by Sunday evening. Testing and reporting is required weekly with a PCR test, at minimum.
 
VOLUNTARY COVID-19 TESTING
Students who are fully vaccinated also have the option to be tested by completing the online registration form HERE prior to noon on Tuesday of the week they wish to be tested. 
 
We encourage families to consider getting their students vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is available even without an appointment at multiple locations throughout Pasadena (CLICK HERE for details). 
 
COVID TOWN HALL MEETING
If you are interested in hearing about Covid in high school students from the perspective of a parent and medical doctor, please join us next Wednesday, September 1, at 7:00 pm in the Student Center as Dr. Michael Neely, MD, MSc, FCP shares his knowledge and insight on the current status of Covid-19. Dr. Neely is the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the Director of Laboratory of Applied Pharmacokinetics and Bioinformatics at the Saban Research Institute, and a professor of Pediatrics and a Clinical Scholar at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. 
 
Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in maintaining a safe and healthy campus. As the status of the pandemic in our community continues to evolve, we will keep you updated to any changes in health directives or mandates from local health authorities. If you have any specific questions about our school's COVID procedures, please email them to covidinfo@mhs-hs.org.
 
Blessings in Christ,
 
John Rouse
Head of School 
 

More Details...

REGISTERING FOR COVID TESTING OFFERED ON-CAMPUS: To register online for the free on-campus Covid testing, CLICK HERE to begin. Enter "Maranatha High School" as the Organization Name, then complete the form using the student's information - name, date of birth, insurance (if the student is covered by health insurance), etc. Once you submit the form, you will not have to complete it again each subsequent week. If you have questions about how to complete the form, please email covidinfo@mhs-hs.org
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VACCINATION STATUS REPORTING: All parents are required to complete the form on behalf of their student - designating if their student is un-vaccinated or fully vaccinated. Parents of students who are fully vaccinated will then upload a photo or scan of the student's Vaccination Record card that will be stored in our secure database and can only be viewed by authorized school personnel. This will assist with contact tracing (more details below) when there are exposures or positive cases of Covid-19 on our campus. Additionally, this information will need to be disclosed to the Health Department in the event of a Covid outbreak. Please note, students who are unvaccinated or unable to submit proof of vaccination, will be treated as an unvaccinated person in the event of an outbreak. 
 
CONTACT TRACING AND REPORTING: When we receive a report that an individual in our campus community has tested positive for COVID-19, we immediately begin the process of contact tracing and communicating with anyone who may have been a close contact, per our protocols. If your student was a close contact with the individual who tested positive, you will be contacted by our Covid Exposure Management Team. Fully Vaccinated students who are a close contact to a confirmed case should test 3-5 days after exposure and are not required to quarantine provided they remain asymptomatic and test negative. They must self-monitor for symptoms through day 14 from last exposure.
 
Please refer to THIS DOCUMENT for more information and answers to commonly asked questions.
A student that is required to quarantine can learn more about our Remote Learning plan HERE.
  
  

Previous Updates

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  • 08-21-2021 update

    The school year has begun on a very positive note, with students eager to be back on campus and in community with each other, and parents wanting to get involved and support the programs and events planned for the months ahead. There is an enthusiasm blanketing our campus and it is a joy to be here to experience it! Already this month we hosted parents at our New Parents Orientation and the first PA meeting of the year, saw all of our students return to campus for a spirited day at Uprising, and welcomed families to campus for an all-school Luau, All Sports Opening Night, and Performing Arts Parent Night. It is refreshing to have a full calendar again, and a reminder of God's blessing on Maranatha High School.
     
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  • 07-21-2021 update

    We look forward to the start of the new school year and to having all of our students back on campus! Under the guidance of the Pasadena Public Health Department, we are finalizing preparations for the beginning of school on August 13. The goal of the PPHD, in alignment with the CDC and California State health officials, is to have students return to campuses full-time. To that end, they have created guidelines to help schools reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19.
     
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  • 06-30-2021 update

    The California Department of Public Health, along with the LA County and Pasadena Public Health Departments, have issued updated COVID-19 guidelines for schools. The regulation regarding face masks remains unchanged and states that masks must be worn when indoors while attending or participating in any school function.
     
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  • 04-28-2021 update

    As we approach the start of the last month of the 2020-21 school year, I am grateful to share that the Covid infection numbers for Los Angeles County continue to decline. Yesterday it was announced that the adjusted case rate dropped from 2.7 cases per 100,000 people to 1.9 new cases per 100,000. In addition, the overall test positivity rate dropped from 1.2% to 0.9%. With these reduced numbers, L.A. County has begun to meet the qualifications for the yellow tier. If the County maintains these current levels or sees further decline in numbers this coming week, the County could move to the yellow tier as early as May 5.
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  • 04-21-2021 update

    As we mentioned last week, we do not anticipate any significant changes to the number of Covid cases in LA County that would affect our daily school operations in the remaining few weeks of the school year. Therefore, we have made the decision to continue in Hybrid Learning for the remaining 5 weeks of the semester. 
     
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  • 04-14-2021 update

    The number of Covid cases changed very little in the past week and LA County remains in the Orange Tier. At this point, we do not anticipate the occurrence of any significant changes that would affect our daily school operations in the remaining 6 weeks of the academic year. Our Covid protocols continue to be effective, and it is important that we remain diligent in following all health guidelines such as wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and washing our hands frequently. The biggest challenge we've observed with our students is that they wish to spend time together and sometimes forget to maintain distance. So, we ask that you join us in reminding them of the importance of doing so. 
     
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  • 03-24-2021 update

    Los Angeles County currently remains in the Red Tier of California's color-coded county tier system. This week marked the opening of our campus and the transition to hybrid learning. It was with great enthusiasm that we welcomed the first stable group of students on Monday and Tuesday. The second stable group will attend classes on campus tomorrow and Friday. While this experience is new for us all, we are discovering the processes which work best, and have identified a couple of areas in which the students will need to be more diligent. The students are becoming more accustomed to using the SchoolPass app, and it is important for them to fill out the daily health screening prior to arriving on campus. 
     
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  • 03-17-2021 update

    The day is finally here! Praise the Lord! We will be re-opening our campus on Monday, March 22 for hybrid learning. 
     
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  • 03-10-2021 update

    This week we received encouraging news when the number of new Covid-19 cases in LA County dropped to 5.2 (adjusted) cases per 100,000 (down from 7.2 last week). While we remain in the Purple tier, we are one significant step closer to re-opening our campus. To qualify for the Red tier, in which we would be permitted to have our students return to Hybrid on-campus instruction, the case rate must continue to be 7.0 or lower when the numbers are reported again next Tuesday, March 16. It is our hope and prayer that this goal will be achieved again next Tuesday and that LA County will move to the Red tier the following day. Then, pending approval from the Pasadena Public Health Department, we will announce the re-opening date for our campus - tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 22. We share this date, 3/22/21, so you can also begin to make arrangements if your student plans to join us on campus for Hybrid Learning. 
     
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  • 03-03-2020 update

    We continue to see the number of Covid-19 cases in LA County drop, which is certainly encouraging. However, LA County remains in the Purple (most restrictive) Tier at this time as we have not yet reached the threshold to re-open school for on-campus classroom instruction. Still, we remain optimistic that LA County may be moved to the Red Tier in the next few weeks. 
     
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  • 02-24-2021 update

    We received encouraging news this week as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to decline. Another positive improvement was that the State of California altered the metrics for allowing outdoor athletics, and we have successfully met that metric as of this week. In light of this, we anticipate our outdoor spring sports will be able to compete on their previously planned schedule. We are thankful that our spring sports athletes will be able to compete after being denied that opportunity last year. 
     
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  • 02-17-2021 update

    This week there has been some progress in the status of schools reopening in LA County. The LAC Public Health Department announced that TK-6th grade is now allowed to open because the County has reached the required threshold of Covid cases (an adjusted 25 cases per 100,000 people). Schools that are ready to bring TK-6th grade students back to campus may do so provided they have fulfilled the mandatory reopening requirements. 
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  • 02-10-2021 update

    As a continuation of the process of reopening campus, we are submitting necessary documents to the State and LA County this week for review and approval. We remain hopeful that restrictions will continue to loosen as the number of Covid cases continues to decline. 
     
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  • 02-03-2021 update

    Current reports indicate that the pandemic surge is declining, and we continue to prepare to re-open our campus when permitted to do so safely. The Covid-19 vaccine will become available for the education sector in the next few weeks and, in fact, some of our faculty and staff have already received it.
     
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  • 01-21-2021 update

    Today, we held our first drive-thru Covid Testing for our employees, in preparation for next week's PSAT Exam, when we will have many of our sophomore and junior students on campus.
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  • 01-13-2021 update

    This week's reported COVID-19 numbers remain quite high as was anticipated following the holidays. At this time, there have been no changes to the orders issued by the local public health agencies that affect the current operations of our school. We are continuing to monitor the situation daily as we await permission from health officials to re-open our campus to classroom instruction.
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  • 01-06-2021 update

    It was great to speak to students, faculty, and staff yesterday, as we held our first Community time of the Spring semester. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring challenges to us as we look to open our campus for classroom instruction. Following the holidays, the COVID-19 numbers remain high in all measurable categories, the most significant being the ICU bed availability in LA County hospitals. 
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  • 12-30-2020 update

    On behalf of the Maranatha Community, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends (physically distanced!) and pray a blessed New Year for us all! As December comes to an end, the COVID-19 surge continues with extremely high numbers of new cases and area hospitals near or at capacity in caring for the sick. There are no new changes in the health orders that impact schools. In light of this ever-changing situation, it is very important to continue to practice safe health protocols individually, within our families, with friends, and within our school community. 

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  • 12-16-2020 update

    This week the number of Covid-19 cases continues to be high. The California Department of Public Health issued guidelines for youth and adult sports on Monday, December 14. This was followed by CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) issuing guidelines for all high school sports in California on Tuesday. Both of these documents establish a timeline that has our sports teams continuing to have conditioning practices through December, with a formal decision by CIF on January 4 to determine the sports calendar at that time (moving to sport-specific practices and possible competition). During Christmas Break, we will continue to have conditioning practices as scheduled. 

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  • 12-9-2020 update

    As the number of Covid-19 cases rises, we continue to monitor the situation closely. The most recent Stay At Home Orders do not impact the activities we are permitted to hold on campus. We are proceeding with preparations to have students on campus in the second semester when permitted to do so safely by local health authorities. We are also launching a new mobile app, SchoolPass, to better facilitate our daily health screenings (more information on the app will be sent shortly). 
     
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  • 12-2-2020 update

    With the holidays upon us, the number of positive Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles County, as expected, continues to rise, prompting health officials to issue further warnings to the public.
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  • 11-18-2020 update

    Most likely you have heard news reports this week of the rapid increase in positive Covid cases in Los Angeles County and across the state. In light of these circumstances, when we return from Thanksgiving break we will continue with Maranatha Online (distance learning) for the remaining 2 1/2 weeks of the semester. 
     
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  • 11-11-2020 update

    Based on Tuesday's reported Covid-19 case numbers from the Health Department, Los Angeles County remains at the "Purple" (most restrictive) level. County health officials have expressed concern about a rapid increase in the number of cases they are seeing. No new protocols have been imposed, and this does not impact our school's procedures or the preparations we are making for the safe return of our students. 

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  • 11-4-2020 update

    This past week saw a slight improvement in the number of reported cases of Covid-19 in Los Angeles County, though we still remain at the Purple (most restrictive) level. As we enter a season of cooler weather and holiday gatherings, we echo the reminders of local health authorities to exercise caution and continue to diligently follow health and safety guidelines to slow the spread of Coronavirus. 

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  • 10-28-2020 update

    Thank you to everyone who was able to join us last Thursday for the All-School Parent Forum in which we discussed the re-opening of our campus. In their presentation, the Academic Team talked about protocols, how the flow of traffic will look, what classes and instruction may look like, the possible schedule, and a couple of other features. If you were unable to participate in the Parent Forum, you may watch a recording of it HERE

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  • 10-21-2020 update

    This week's reported COVID-19 case numbers for Los Angeles County are relatively the same as last week. While this does not progress us towards easing the restrictions, it appears that we've leveled out after the recent increase of positive test cases. We are hopeful that we will experience progress in the coming weeks. At a recent news conference, LA County Dept. of Public Health's Dr. Ferrer commented that she was expecting this week's numbers to be about the same and also anticipates that we could see improvement next week. 
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  • 10-14-2020 update

    Though the reported COVID-19 numbers did not go down this week, meaning that Los Angeles County remains at the (most restrictive) Purple Level, we are continuing to prepare our campus for the return of our students. The configuration of classroom space to permit physical distancing should be completed in the next few days. Each afternoon the quietness on our campus is broken, a refreshing change, as our students arrive for athletic conditioning or for performing arts rehearsals. We applaud our students for continuing to follow the health protocols we have implemented.
     
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  • 10-07-2020 update

    As preparations for resuming activities on campus continue this week, we welcomed back our student-athletes as they began outdoor conditioning after school. We are very pleased to report that our students are following protocols and instructions, they are working in small groups and maintaining physical distancing, and that everything is proceeding as planned. The health and safety of our students and staff continue to be our #1 priority.  

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  • 09-30-2020 update

    We are looking forward to having our students return to campus and are finalizing campus preparations as COVID-19 cases and other indicators continue to move in a positive direction. We are diligently monitoring reports from local health agencies and state officials in anticipation of meeting the criteria for LA County to move to the “Red Tier”. Once we have been in the “Red Tier” for two consecutive weeks, we will be allowed to open in a modified format.
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  • 07-25-2020 update

    We eagerly anticipate having our school community back on campus. While we share your disappointment that we are unable to reopen campus for the start of school, we have been working diligently on a comprehensive strategy to keep our school and community healthy and safe as we begin the new school year.
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  • 07-17-2020 update

    As many of you may know already, at a noon press conference today, Governor Newsom mandated that both public and private schools close on-campus learning until their county is off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days.
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  • 07-13-2020 update

    We want to extend our sincere gratitude for the flexibility and resilience you have shown as our community adapted to the realities of COVID-19.
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  • 06-29-2020 update

    June 29, 2020

    We hope this finds you well and that you are carefully enjoying your summer. The pace around school is certainly slowed, but we all miss the students and teachers on campus.
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