Watching our students chat and laugh throughout this final day of the third quarter, I am struck by the gift and grace of our everyday time together. Given the significance and scale of the COVID-19 situation, however, it is clear that it is time to accelerate our mitigation measures. After consulting with school leadership, our peer schools, and local and state agencies, we have determined that College Prep will transition from in-person to distance learning beginning with next week’s classes. Please know that this is a proactive decision: there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community.
Starting on Monday, March 16, the campus will be closed to students for three weeks. All extracurricular activities and programs, including theater and athletics, will be suspended. As tomorrow (Friday) is our quarter break, there are no classes. Administrators will be on campus, and students are welcome to stop by campus to secure their belongings.
As we transition to distance learning, we aspire to provide our students with the best teaching and learning experience that we can while helping them feel connected to the school and others. Please review our Distance Learning Plan, found here, which also includes a list of faculty, staff, and administrative resources. We ask that you check your home internet reliability, and be in touch with Edwin Kirimi, Director of Technology, with any questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students should plan to access key academic information on the Community Portal on a daily basis. During this time, classes will follow our Week 2 schedule:
Week of March 16
Monday and Tuesday: No Classes
-- Faculty continue preparations for distance learning
-- Students complete work already assigned
Wednesday-Friday: Distance Learning
-- Week 2 Schedule (Mon/Thurs/Fri)
Week of March 23
Monday through Friday: Distance Learning
-- Week 2 Schedule
Week of March 30
Toward the end of Spring Break, we will assess the possibility of returning to on-campus classes, and will communicate next steps.
We will continue to send updates via email and are happy to connect with you should you have questions or concerns. Thank you for your kindness during these complex times, and for your flexibility and engagement as we all work to navigate this evolving reality together.
Head of School
We continue to monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19. While we have no confirmation of exposure to the virus among our faculty, staff, or students, we have received updated guidance from the Alameda County Public Health Department yesterday regarding large group gatherings and social distancing. Based on this new information, College Prep has cancelled, modified, or postponed a number of upcoming events.
The events impacted between now and Spring Break include:
(Clarification:Spring Break will take place Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3)
As of this time, our athletic program will continue as scheduled. Given the range of sports, facilities, and league rules represented, we are prepared for possible modifications in the future. Team coaches will communicate directly with players and parents about changes to schedule.
Since last week, a team of administrators representing all aspects of school life has been meeting daily to assess this very fluid situation. This group will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation at school, in our local community, and the broader region. Should we need to close for an extended period, we will shift to a distance learning program for which our faculty has been training. As long as school is in session, we will consider the viability of our program and events calendar, with the intention of making decisions between three and four weeks ahead. We will keep the community updated, both by email and at the School’s COVID-19 website.
While the effects of cancelling or modifying programming can be disappointing, we are focused on the wellness and safety of the entire community. We support recommendations that are meant to slow the spread of the virus, even as we strive to keep school running in as normal a fashion as possible.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation as we do our part to keep our school and broader community healthy.
Head of School