Make a comment 48 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Education Teachers Say Going Back to School Puts Them in Danger One teacher says virus causes ‘insurmountable amount of fear’ By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Monday, March 1, 2021 | 2:30 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. In correspondence and public comment sent to the city ahead of Monday’s joint meeting between the City Council and the Pasadena Board of Education, some teachers said now is not the time to reopen schools.“A 10% raise will provide economic relief and an incentive to return to the classroom,” said Cynthia Lake who pointed out that teachers had learned new technology systems, engaged students in meaningful lessons, and normalized education strategies, among other things during the pandemic.“Many teachers will spend the salary increase on the additional instructional supplies and protections necessary to instruct students in a COVID-19 free classroom. Teachers should earn at least as much as a babysitter per hour, per child,” Lake said.As of Monday, teachers and other essential workers, such as food service workers and law enforcement officials, were eligible for shots. More vaccine doses will be put aside for teachers. On March 15, everyone 16 and over with a serious underlying health condition will become eligible.“As a school teacher in this district, I am deeply concerned that any decision to reopen our schools at this time could put our community at significant risk for a resurgence of the virus,” said Denise Johnson. “We just came out of a surge in November and December that put a tremendous stress on our hospitals. Do we really want to take that chance of potentially causing another surge?”In correspondence, several people called for the district to wait until the next school year to reopen classrooms. Even if schools were to reopen in March, returning students would get about a month and a half in the classroom before summer break begins.“What research supports that [one and one half] months in a hybrid situation is going to make an academic improvement versus students having to change their current safe routine,” said Mary Shimazaki.Students have been learning from home since the pandemic began last March.Some medical experts now say it is safe for students to return to in-person learning because younger students don’t contribute greatly to the spread of the virus. But teachers can become infected and spread the virus. Teachers across the nation have expressed concerns about returning to classrooms without vaccinations and proper safety protocols in place.Several months ago, health officials advised young people to stay home because they could spread the virus to older people.The school district plans to conduct a survey to determine how many parents favor in-person learning or staying with distance learning.After the survey is completed, the district will determine a start date for in-person learning for pre-k to second-grade and third- to fifth-grade students.The district will slowly implement plans to put students back into classrooms.Three weeks before schools reopen, there will be three days of synchronous instruction to prepare classrooms for social distancing requirements.Two weeks before schools reopen, the district will begin acclimating back to the classroom while distance learning continues.The district plans to reconfigure classrooms to maintain social distance and install air purifiers, filters and plexiglass separators. Every room in every school will be cleaned and disinfected. A school-based COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program will also be created.The district will offer COVID-19 vaccines to employees as a service. The vaccine is not required for reopening.“As teachers, we are passionate about teaching and we love serving the community with our skills,” said Cassandra Williams. “However, we aren’t sure all safety precautions are ready to be implemented. Knowing that this virus could be deadly causes an insurmountable amount of fear. Knowing that one could also infect their own family is concerning.” Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. 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Source: ESPN The Philadelphia 76ers fired coach Brett Brown on Monday, sources tell ESPN.Brown’s dismissal is expected to be a precursor for more upheaval for the 76ers, whose senior leadership — including general manager Elton Brand — will begin exploring changes in the front office structure, sources said.The franchise’s plan is that Brand will continue to oversee basketball operations, sources tell ESPN.Among the Sixers senior leadership, there’s still a strong desire to keep the franchise’s two young All-Stars — Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons — together, sources said. The Sixers are determined to let a new coaching staff search for ways to maximize Embiid and Simmons together before even entering into a discussion on trade scenarios.Brand met with Brown on Sunday night in Orlando and conducted exit interviews with players before traveling back to Philadelphia on Monday morning after the Boston Celticscompleted a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference first-round series. This was the 76ers’ third straight playoff appearance under Brown, but the loss of Simmons in the seeding games to a knee injury and surgery was a significant blow to their playoff chances.Brown is still owed several million dollars on the remainder of his contract.The Sixers plan for a head coach will focus on LA Clippers assistant Ty Lue, sources said. Lue won a championship in 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach, and his ability to challenge and command the respect of high-level players makes him attractive to the Sixers — and others — in this job market.Another possible candidate the Sixers are expected to gauge interest in, sources said: Villanova’s two-time national championship coach, Jay Wright.The search is expected to expand beyond those two candidates, but Lue fits the profile of an extremely limited pool of candidates with championship, playoff and high-profile star coaching experience.Brown is well-respected figure inside and outside the organization and credited with shepherding the franchise through the darkness of The Process and eventually into Eastern Conference playoff contention. After seven seasons on the job, there was a sense that the organization had gone as far as it could with Brown — a decision that he privately expected his superiors to reach short of a deep playoff run, sources said.The Sixers reached the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2019, losing on a Game 7 buzzer-beater in overtime to the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors.The 76ers made dramatic roster moves in the past two years — including acquiring and then moving All-Star Jimmy Butler to Miami — and have a payroll and luxury tax bill projected to be among the highest in league history for 2020-2021.