COVID-19 Policies & Updates


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a rapidly-changing situation, and ANS strives to adapt to the pandemic in ways that prioritize the safety of children, parents, and staff while also respecting the vital role that early childhood education plays in the social, emotional, and intellectual development of children. The directors and executive board of ANS determine policies and make closure and reopening decisions following the guidance of the CDC, the Pasadena Department of Public Health, and the advice of medical professionals in our parent community.

We offered a virtual program during the 2020-2021 school year, and we re-opened to in-person learning in fall of 2021. During the 2021-2022 school year, we have adjusted workday parent duties, hired additional staff, and required PCR testing of students, staff, and workday parents upon return from school breaks. Our staff and our families have shown quick thinking, diligence, and flexibility as we work to give our children a joyful and enriching experience in spite of these logistical changes. We continue to monitor the pandemic closely, and are committed to working through it as we do everything: together, as a community.

We currently ask that all families:

  • Read and sign our Community Agreement.

  • Complete a health screening every morning your child attends school.

  • Wear high-quality masks (both children and workday parents), except when eating or drinking.

  • Submit negative PCR test results for workday parents and children before returning to school after breaks.

We require that all parents who work on campus in contact with children be fully vaccinated with one booster. We strongly encourage parents to continue getting boosted as recommended by public health authorities.

We have also made the following changes to our schedule and our campus:

  • Outdoor, distanced snack time.

  • Increased ventilation within classrooms (built-in wall fans and cutaway doors).

  • Increasing/decreasing the number of workday parents each day depending on case numbers, and scaling our offered activities.

  • (During the Omicron surge) Instating "backup" workday parents, who are available in case assigned workday parents are required to isolate at home.

For more information about our policies, please see the COVID-19 addendum to our enrollment contract for 2022-2023: