Last Updated: October 20, 2020
The health and safety of our students and community members is of the utmost importance to Country Day. It is important for each of us to take steps to protect those who are at the most risk of serious illness or death related to COVID-19.
Below is the current status of Country Day’s response to the coronavirus. Parents also may review additional information and resources on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources board in CavNET, our parent/student portal.
As a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade school, our situation is different for each division and within grade levels in the division.
Our Pre-K program falls under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Social Services Childcare Division and is not subject to the state’s school reopening criteria for K-12 schools which currently requires remote learning for our county. Therefore, we began in-person classes for Pre-K on September 1 with face coverings and social distancing.
K-5 students returned to campus under our approved school waiver from September 29 through October 7. They attend in-person classes for part of the day before being dismissed to remotely attend specialty classes (World Languages, Art, Music, etc.)
As of October 13, Sacramento County maintained its Red Tier status for the required period of 14 days allowing all K-12 students in the county to resume in-person classes. Country Day is currently assessing options for full day in-person schedules for K-5 students.
According to Sacramento County Public Health Department, our 6th grade program does not currently qualify for a school waiver. Additionally, there is no waiver process for grades 7-12.
As of October 13, Sacramento County maintained its Red Tier status for the required period of 14 days allowing all K-12 students in the county to resume in-person classes.
Middle school students returned to campus beginning Monday, October 19, and High School students on Tuesday, October 20. Middle School is operating a hybrid schedule that allows two grade levels to attend in-person classes per day, while High School students are using an alternating A/B cohort schedule. All students are required to wear face covering and maintain social distancing.
Health and Safety Modifications for In-Person Learning
Country Day will host classes on our campus for as many students as permitted per day while ensuring appropriate health and safety precautions. We have created smaller student cohort groups, are practicing physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and conducting enhanced cleaning of our campus. We also are limiting visitors to campus, have installed plexiglass barriers in reception areas, and members of our staff has been thoroughly trained in contact tracing.
Country Day has developed these COVID-19 policies and procedures that guide on-campus instruction across all three divisions. We are confident that our new COVID-19 policies will provide a strong plan to protect our families, faculty, and staff. The policies and procedures were crafted with the input of Sacramento County Health Department and Country Day parents in the medical field and adhere to health and safety guidance by the CDC, the state of California, and the county.
Since 1964, Sacramento Country Day School has delivered the best education in the region. Nothing about that has changed, and despite these challenging circumstances, our school and our community grow stronger.
Coronavirus-Related Tuition Assistance for 2020-21
Country Day and its families have always supported one another in times of need. A spirit of generosity and a willingness to help have long been defining features of our community. As a result of the COVID-19 global health crisis, work in many sectors has slowed, and some Country Day families have experienced significant financial impacts. Some families have also expressed uncertainty about their ability to meet tuition obligations for the 2020-21 school year. We empathize with our families experiencing this difficulty, and we are ready to help.
Learn more about Coronavirus-Related Tuition Assistance for 2020-21 here.
Admission for 2020-21
Country Day’s Admission Office is conducting business virtually including offering telephone or Zoom interview and virtual tours. We are accepting and processing applications for fall for select grades including Kindergarten, 4th grade, and our Middle School program. Learn more about Admissions here.
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