Q: What is the current status of Country Day’s response to the coronavirus?
A: While Country Day administration had hoped to return to campus before the end of the school year, based on guidance from local and state officials on the importance of continued physical distancing for the foreseeable future, Country Day plans to continue with our remote learning environment for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. More information is available here. Parents also may review additional information and resources on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources board in CavNET, our parent/student portal.
Q: How is Country Day’s remote learning structured?
A: Students in every division beginning with Kindergarten have a set time to meet with their class(es) via Zoom each day. For example, lower school students work with home room teachers in the morning, and optionally with specialist educators in the afternoon. Middle and high school students have a rotating schedule with core academic classes in the morning and flex time/electives in the afternoon. For these students, Wednesday’s are dedicated to independent work time. Pre-K students have an individualized approach appropriate for their age.
Q: My student isn’t being offered adequate online learning while their current school is closed. I’m worried they will be behind when school starts again. How can Country Day help them?
A: We know that when school resumes there will be skills to reinforce, content to review, and a normal school life to reassemble. Country Day is well known for its “child-centered” approach, and we are ready to meet students where they are and help them to excel both personally and academically.
Q: Will Country Day’s summer program run?
A: At this time, we are not sure if we will be able to host our summer program as planned from June 15 – July 31. We are hopeful that we will be able to run the program, but recognize that we may need to make changes to our program as conditions dictate. We have decided to delay any formal decision on the program and reassess after May 1.
Q: Is Country Day on track to open school for a full 2020-21 school year beginning September 1, 2020?
A: We are planning and budgeting for a regular school year beginning on September 1. We plan to deliver a full academic year in 2020-2021 and have prepared plans that would allow us to re-open in person, on-line, or in a hybrid model. We will assess the conditions in the fall and adapt as appropriate. Regardless of the conditions, we are confident that our teachers will continue to deliver the best education in the region.
Q: What resources is Country Day offering to families experiencing significant financial impacts related to COVID-19?
A: 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 here.