St. Albans Return To Campus

We look forward to welcoming students and teachers back to campus for the 2020-2021 school year!

While some adjustments will be necessary, we are confident that our students will find their return to campus a joyful and inspiring experience with their peers. As always, we are fortunate to have an exceptionally dedicated and nurturing faculty, spacious campus, small class sizes, and superior technology to help us accommodate students throughout this evolving situation.

As we move forward, we are committed to the following Guiding Principles:

  • Safety and Wellbeing First
  • Extraordinary Academics
  • On-Campus Learning Preferred
  • Consistent Adaptability
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Our plan recognizes the dynamic nature of our current situation and allows us to pivot to meet the needs of our community and to transition to distance learning as needed when the state of California places Placer County on the Covid-19 Watchlist.

Our primary goal is to have students in the classroom. We agree with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics that the best place for students is to be physically present in school with their peers during this time, and we are creating the safest school environment to do so.

We will continue to review all mandated safety guidelines for onsite learning. We hold ourselves to St. Albans’ rigorous educational standards. We base our decisions on the most up-to-date information available from local, state and national resources, state education guidelines, as well as our internal expertise and knowledge base for children’s education and best practices.


Keeping our School Community Healthy

We are counting on our entire community to help ensure our school environment remains healthy. This includes the actions and interactions taking place in your home environment.

We have created a robust plan including contact tracing, symptom checking and protocols for responding to scenarios. As we return to campus, new health and safety measures will be in place.

Here is how you will be asked to help:

House

At Home

  • Teach healthy hygiene
  • Maintain preventative health practices
  • Attend to children’s emotional well-being
  • Practice social distancing
  • Practice wearing face masks
  • Self-quarantine as necessary
  • Be thoughtful regarding gathering with friends
School

On Campus

  • Daily symptom and temperature checks
  • Increased sanitation and cleaning
  • Limitations on visitors to campus
  • Physical distancing protocols
  • Handwashing protocols
  • Face coverings
  • In-house Contact Tracing
  • Space capacity limits
  • Ongoing outreach & feedback from families

The New Student Experience

Cohorting

Students and teachers will become learning communities by class year and will limit exposure outside of their immediate classroom.

Low-density learning environment

We are able to limit student movement in between classes and interactions between classes during recess and lunch. Additionally, we have new outdoor learning spaces designed to allow socially distanced, fresh air activities with classmates.

Masking

Masking is required for all students and adults while on campus, unless a teacher uses the outdoor learning space which accommodates open air and social distanced interaction.

Symptom Checking

At the beginning of school each day, every student will have their temperature checked by their teacher.

Lunch and Recess

Students will remain with their classmates, and will not intermingle with other classes during recess. Lunches will individually prepared, wrapped and delivered to each classroom, where students will remain with their cohorts.

Flexibility

We have planned for both in-person and distance learning scenarios, and will transition readily in response to state mandates. We do not currently offer a combined virtual/in-person option because the lessons that work best in the classroom do not translate into effective virtual work. Lecture style classes do not work for our youngest students and our hands-on learning program.

Calendar

Key Academic Dates

Back to School – August 17
First Day of School – August 19
Fall Conferences – November 10 - 13
Fall Break – November 23-30
Winter Break – December 18 – January 4
Spring Break – March 29 – April 5
Last Day of School – June 3

Executive Board of Directors

Our Executive Board acts as an advisory group to help examine our plans, filtering them through their own areas of expertise (including health and safety, legal, financial, educational) as well as external recommendations, and importantly, through the lens of our school’s values, and 2) ensures coherence of our plans.

Executive Board

Mark Heintz- President
Cary Okamoto- Vice President
Deirdre Lefty - Secretary
Anna Freddi– Treasurer
Dr. Daniel Switlick - Director
Dr. Carolina Alvayay - Director
Dr. Sean Khodai- Director
Laura Bernauer - Head of School