Last Updated: August 7, 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 even within grade levels. Here is a summary of our current plans.
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 new school reopening criteria for K-12 schools which currently requires remote learning for our county. Therefore, we are able to begin in-person classes for Pre-K beginning September 1.
We are confident that our new COVID-19 policies will provide a strong plan to protect our families, faculty, and staff as we resume Pre-K classes. 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.
On Friday, July 17, Governor Gavin Newsom announced new criteria for the reopening of K-12 schools in California. The new guidelines dictate that all schools – public and private – must open in a remote learning environment until their county has been removed from the state’s county watch list for 14 days. Sacramento County currently remains on the watch list for rising infections.
In order for us to return to school in person on September 1, Sacramento County would need to be removed from the watch list no later than August 16.
The state also has outlined a K-6 waiver process. Schools may apply for a waiver by presenting evidence of a reopening plan that addresses the guidelines issued by the CDC, the state and the county. Country Day plans to apply for the waiver in order to add it to our toolkit for responding to local conditions. The details of the waiver process are still in development by the Sacramento County Health Department. However, due to a glitch in the state reporting data for COVID-19, Sacramento County will not review applications until the data stream is accurate and cases are on the decline.
Currently there is no waiver process for grades 7-12. Once Sacramento County has been off the watch list for 14 consecutive days, only then may grades 7-12 return to campus for in-person learning, still adhering to the state’s guidelines for COVID-19.
Return to Campus Plans
It appears unlikely that Sacramento County will be removed from the watch list by August 16; therefore we will plan to begin school in a remote learning environment. However, we will confirm a remote start with our K-12 families after August 16.
When in-person classes are permitted, Country Day plans to host classes on our campus for as many students as possible per day while taking appropriate health and safety precautions. We have created smaller student cohort groups, will be 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.
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 will 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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