Campus News and Updates

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Kirby’s leadership team and COVID-19 Task Force have worked together with the County Office of Public Health and County Office of Education to assess and create the safest approach to welcoming students back to campus. 

Our current reopening plan meets the standards laid out in the California Public Health Services framework for school openings and incorporates recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Santa Cruz County Office of Education, and California Department of Education (CDE). 

We are excited to bring your children back to school safely and supportively!

Kirby School's School Safety Plan:

COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist

COVID-19 Prevention Program
This page was last updated on February 25, 2021 at 3:05pm.

About Coronavirus

Important Dates:

 2/25 

 Hybrid Plan Update
 2/26 

 Community Zoom
 with Head of School

 3/9   Hybrid Model Begins

Update: February 25, 2021

We are excited to announce that we are reopening for in-person instruction in our Hybrid Model--a combination of on-campus and in-person classes--beginning Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

To follow health, safety, and social distancing requirements, we will reopen with a reduction of our normal on-campus capacity. 

To facilitate less people on campus on any given day, we’ll implement our alternating student schedule. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9th grades will be offered classes on campus and 10th-12th will take classes online, from home. On Wednesdays and Fridays, 10th-12th grades will be offered classes on campus and 6-9th grades will take classes online, from home. Mondays will remain online-only for everyone. 

The Kirby School 10-Block Schedule identifies the different days our various grades will be offered in-person classes. We suggest you print a copy and keep it in a visible place at home, perhaps on your fridge! 

On-campus classes will also be accessible synchronously to at-home learners, through Zoom. To improve the synchronous experience, we have invested in OWL video conferencing technology in our classrooms. This will enable students learning from home to be an active member of the in-person classroom experience.  

On the days when your student’s grade is not on-campus, classes will continue to be accessed through Zoom, the same way we have been holding classes so far this year. And we will continue to post Zoom recordings of classes so that students who cannot participate in the real-time class that day may watch the lesson afterwards.  

Because our classrooms are set up to welcome at-home learners, we encourage students to learn from home anytime they feel coming to campus might be a hardship. This could also occur during periods of quarantine or if a student develops a COVID symptom. It’s important for students to rest if they are ill, but if they feel ready and able to learn, they will be able to log in from home. There is no pressure to be on campus. 

As a reminder, our Director of Learning Services, Sally Donnelly, is available to work with families whose students fall behind due to extended absences and your student’s teacher is available during office hours and tutorial periods to discuss questions related to missed material. Please also reach out to academicoffice@kirby.org with any academic-related concerns. 

Kirby School will follow and enforce the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requirements for reopening in-person. Our School Safety Plan above includes our School Guidance Checklist and COVID-19 Prevention Program with details about our safety precautions and protocols.

Have a question? Let us know!

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Update: February 25, 2021