Campus Reopening Plan



New Guidelines for the Reopening of our Campuses

Sierra Canyon School is committed to welcoming all Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students to campus with a scheduled start date of August 25, 2020, pending release from the state's County Monitoring List. Our reopening plan was further strengthened on June 29th by the successful launch of our Day Camp program. We safely welcomed over 300 children back to campus following the current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines. As we approach the scheduled opening of our campuses for the 2020-2021 school year, we will continue to monitor and adhere to the highest standards recommended by these agencies and other health experts. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority.
 
While this outlines our current thinking, please know it will likely be refined and amended to reflect the latest scientific and agency updates, recommendations, and best practices.

Day Camp Success

Health Protocols

  • MERV 13 air filters have been installed in every classroom on both campuses.
  • As required by the LA County Public Health Order, all students and adults will be required to wear cloth face coverings at all times while on school property except while eating, drinking, or carrying out other activities that preclude the use of face coverings.
  • We will provide significant faculty and staff training during the summer.
  • All persons entering campus will have their temperature checked. 
  • Families will be responsible for completing a daily digital health screening via the Health Check App, before arriving on campus.
  • All classrooms will have hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes readily available.
  • All learning spaces will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each evening.
  • We will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and bathrooms throughout the day.

Lower Campus

  • Lower Campus students will be placed in cohort groups according to guidelines from county and state officials.
  • Classroom spaces will be redesigned to allow for physical distancing protocols.
  • We will make every effort to support each student's academic and social-emotional needs.
  • We understand the importance of a meaningful transition to school for our younger students and their parents, and we are currently developing a plan to facilitate successful separation.
  • We will maximize the use of our expansive outdoor spaces.
  • Community events and assemblies will be delivered through physically distanced and online modalities.
  • Early morning and after-school care will be provided for our working families, following the same safety protocols present within the school day.

Upper Campus

  • Upper Campus students will follow a schedule that will limit class size according to guidelines from county and state officials.
  • Classroom spaces will be redesigned to allow for physical distancing protocols.
  • We will maximize the use of our expansive outdoor spaces, including new shade structures. 
  • Community events and assemblies will be delivered through physically distanced and online modalities.
  • College Counseling will continue to coordinate meetings with college admissions representatives on campus and virtually.

Access to Campuses

  • Appropriate signage will be posted to indicate physically distanced seating, pedestrian, and vehicle movement throughout both campuses.
  • Multiple entry and exit points will be used on both campuses.
  • Access to both campuses will be limited. Parents and visitors will access campus remotely or by appointment only.
  • Large events will be virtual, including Parent Association meetings, faculty meetings, and Back to School Nights.

Academic Instruction

  • Lower Campus students will follow a full-day schedule, on campus, five days a week with staggered recess and lunch.
  • Upper Campus students will follow a full-day schedule, on campus, five days a week with staggered lunch and passing periods.
  • Both campuses will maximize the use of our expansive outdoor spaces for instructional purposes.
  • Virtual learning options will be offered for international students and those who elect to remain at home due to health concerns.

Extracurriculars

  • Final decisions on athletics, performances, clubs, and extracurricular opportunities will be guided by local health official requirements and governing bodies.
  • After-school enrichment, clubs, and student activities will be conducted through physically distanced and online modalities.
  • Athletic conditioning will continue for Upper School teams.

Transportation

  • All students and drivers on buses will maintain physical distancing and wear face coverings.
  • Buses will be cleaned and disinfected after each completed route.
  • Buses will continue to operate as scheduled.

Community

  • We will continue to offer developmentally appropriate programming that supports the social-emotional well-being of all students.
  • Parent education opportunities and community-building events will be offered virtually.

Lunch Services

  • Lunch periods will be staggered to allow for physical distancing.
  • Students can bring lunch from home or purchase pre-packaged meals.
  • A variety of to-go options will be available on both campuses.
  • All food service employees will wear face coverings and follow health and safety protocols.
Thank you for your support and patience during these challenging times. Enjoy your summer and rest assured our collective commitment to a safe return to school for the Sierra Canyon community is our top priority.
Updated on 7/22/20
Lower School: 11052 Independence Avenue
Middle and Upper School: 20801 Rinaldi Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311  | 818.882.8121
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.