To date, the SDFAS community has not reported a test-positive case of Covid-19

Out of an abundance of caution, SDFAS chose to close its campus as of Friday, March 13 until further notice. We are planning as if the campus will need to stay closed through the end of the school year in mid-June. It is unclear at this time whether or not summer camps will be able to take place in some format on campus. We are working on a virtual option. We have also begun planning what it might look like to commence a return to the SDFAS campus when the time comes. SDFAS continues to track news and information related to the spread of Covid-19 in our city, state, nationwide and worldwide. The situation remains fluid. Please check this webpage regularly for updates and archived communications.

SDFAS is committed to transparency. The school is making decisions with respect to Covid-19 in an effort to protect our students and families as well as contribute to the flattening of the virus propagation curve within our community, city and state.

Our school’s Covid-19 updates, resources and other related information will be available on this dedicated SDFAS Covid-19 web page, created for your reference and for consultation by the public. As always, we strive to remain calm, fact and science-based and empathic. Our goals are to be proactive and steadfast in our commitment to limit the spread of Covid-19. Our emergency response team will continue meeting on a regular basis and will keep you apprised of developments.

Financial challenges during Covid-19 crisis

We recognize that this unusual period will create financial challenges for multiple businesses and for some families.  The school is therefore making available special financial aid for families experiencing hardship due to loss of income as a result of the Covid-19 crisis (application available here). The school will also make pro-rata credit for unused after-school activities, extended care packages, clubs, trips, transport and Girard Gourmet meals at the end of the calendar year. However,  because the school continues to operate virtually and to incur all the costs of teacher salaries and the campus, we are not in a position to offer tuition refunds.

“Getting There!” – Head of School Video Message #9

SDFAS Parent Connect forum

As parents, we most certainly need to connect with each other during this period of social distancing! Let’s share what is working for us and our families and how we’ve overcome challenges as we adapt to the current situation. Others among us might then benefit from any tips or advice…Happy posting! Click here to enter the SDFAS Parent Connect Forum.

Mindset during Coronavirus Social Distancing

General Resources

Ressources en Français

Pedagogical Resources for Parents

Video Messages


SDFAS Covid-19 Emergency Response Team

Purpose of the Emergency Response Team

  • Meet every other morning by Zoom at 8:00 a.m.
  • Plan and prepare; adapt response actions as needed
  • Review policy, modify it as needed, and offer guidance to the Administration
  • Designate responsibilities
  • Engage collaborative decision-making with consultation
  • Provide regular updates to the community


  • Mark Rosenblum, Head of School
  • Emmanuel Poulain, Director of Finance & Operations
  • Kyndra Leach, Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Fernanda Coelho, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Peter Westlake, Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
  • Etienne Chaponnière, Secretary of the Board of Trustees
  • Janice Murabayashi, Trustee