Every step of our school operations has entailed careful planning, with age-appropriate best practices and ones that employed the latest research around COVID-19 and its transmission. We planned for multiple scenarios, the underpinning of which, as always, is the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and parents. Our goal has been to support in-person learning as much as possible, but also, we have to be prepared to quickly switch to alternate teaching modalities, depending on things like case numbers and quarantines.
We began the school year with remote learning for all grades, slowly phasing in a modified CA Flex schedule. In mid-September, we brought back all Lower School students for in-person learning, five days each week. Our Middle and Upper School students remained in Flex mode, learning on campus every other day through the end of the calendar year. Now in 2021, we continue to our multi-layered approach to mitigating transmission of the virus on campus, which allowed us to bring more students back for in-person instruction. Health protocols include daily health screenings, increased cleaning and ventilation in our buildings, wastewater and environmental testing, daily hand hygiene, cohorting of students as much as possible, alternative arrangements for gatherings, and meals when the weather permits.
In keeping with Governor Jared Polis’s Back-to-School Task Force to increase in-person learning, CA is please to report that all of our students were able to return to full-time, on-campus learning beginning February 3, 2021.
I cannot emphasize strongly enough how important our safety protocols are, and how the participation of each and every member our community is vital to keeping our school open and to keeping our community safe. I firmly believe that if we can continue to work together, we can maximize health and learning, and minimize difficult and prolonged interruptions to our school year.
Our faculty and staff continue their incredible work in these challenging circumstances. We are grateful for the trust that each of you places in us, and we feel fortunate to be navigating this year together.
Mike Davis, PhD
Head of School