Last Updated: September 10, 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.
As dictated by the state’s school guidelines and Sacramento County’s Tier 1 status, we began remote learning on September 1. However, Country Day has been approved for a waiver for K-5th grades. Families in these grades have been updated on our plans for a staggered return to campus beginning September 22.
Unfortunately, according to Sacramento County Public Health Department, our 6th grade program does not currently qualify for a waiver because of the limited mixing of cohorts for world language and elective classes. Head of School Lee Thomsen, Head of Middle School Rommel Loria, and our 6th grade team continue to work closely with the County to respond to their feedback and create a path to bring 6th graders on campus under a waiver. With additional adjustments to our plans, it is possible that we may obtain a waiver in the near future. Until such time, 6th grade will continue with remote learning.
Currently there is no waiver process for grades 7-12. Once Sacramento County has been removed from Tier 1 (purple) status for 14 consecutive days, these grades will be permitted to return to campus for in-person learning, still adhering to the state’s guidelines for COVID-19. Until such time, 7th-12th grades will continue with remote learning.
Health and Safety Modifications for In-Person Learning
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.
Country Day has developed these COVID-19 policies and procedures to return to 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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