COVID-19 News and Updates

Our top priority is your child's safety.  As cases of the novel coronavirus increase throughout the United States and in local communities, we will use this page to provide information and updates.  We appreciate your partnership as we respond to this rapidly changing situation.

Distance Learning at Kirby began on Monday, March 16th. On the same day, the County of Santa Cruz, in alignment with other Bay Area counties, passed a Shelter in Place Order effective at 12:01am on March 17, 2020 and remaining in effect until 11:59pm on April 7, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by the Health Officer. 

This page was last updated on March 31, 2020 at 3:45pm.

Kirby COVID-19 Response Plan

Email to Parents

Distance Learning

Kirby School is providing a distance learning curriculum while we shelter in place.  Our plan is:

3/16-3/31: Extended Dismissal--Online learning

4/1: Plan for Remainder of Semester Communicated

4/1-4/10: Spring Break

4/13: AP Review Day

4/14: Regular school may resume (dependent on safety criteria)

Distance Learning Professional Development 

March 11, 2020
Kirby staff spent the morning learning about tools and techniques to deliver online curriculum, and the afternoon collaborating and planning. We will implement a distance learning model beginning Monday, March 16th. 

Some teachers imagined the possibilities of integrating the home environment into the curriculum and using common household objects in lessons. Others thoughtfully considered kits which would be sent home with students to engage in work that doesn't necessitate a screen. Thinking about different modes of instruction and their intended outcomes has infused the spirit of collaboration and innovation into the community.  

Above all else, the teachers are leaning into the task of creating community in a time of potential isolation and ensuring that students feel connected and cared for in the coming weeks.  

Kirby faculty reinforce best practices to reduce the transmission of the virus in this video. The music, Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon, is used for educational purposes.

Distance Learning

Kirby School is providing a distance learning curriculum while we shelter in place.  Our plan is:

3/16-3/31: Extended Dismissal--Online learning

4/1: Plan for Remainder of Semester Communicated

4/1-4/10: Spring Break

4/13: AP Review Day

4/14: Regular school may resume (dependent on safety criteria)

Attendance 

We will continue to monitor attendance while we deliver our distance learning program.

If your student is unable to participate in class for any reason, please email absent@kirby.org.

Thank you for your continued support!

Help Desk 

More information about distance learning is available on P-Learning.  If you are unsure of your P-Learning login ID or password, please submit a Help Desk Ticket