Just under half of the Pasadena Unified School District’s 15,100 students have not returned to the classroom since the option arose under a hybrid learning model last month, roughly correlated with county and state figures, according to district data.
The PUSD reported 49.6% of all students were still attending only online instruction as of Monday. Statistics show 45.9% of students had returned to school in-person, while 4.5% were listed as not responding to remote instruction.
Breaking the figures down by grade level: 61.5% of students in pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade had returned to in-person instruction, compared with 55.6% of students in grades 3 through 5 and 44.3% of students in grades 6 through 8, according to PUSD data.
At the high school level, 28.4% of Pasadena public school students had resumed attending in-person instruction.
In-person attendance was returning even more slowly in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where officials announced only 7% of high school students, 12% of middle school students and 30% of elementary school students had been back in classrooms since the gradual reopening process began.
Statewide, 47% of public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade had resumed at least some in-person classwork, including 16% who were back full-time, according to a report compiled by the nonprofit EdSource.
Fifty-three percent of the state’s elementary school students had resumed at least some in-person learning, compared with 41% of California’s middle and high school pupils, the report found.
Meanwhile, state and county officials cleared the way for children as young as 12 to get vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning Thursday, with the Pasadena Department of Public Health scheduled to do the same on Friday.