Current situation as of Friday, July 17th, 2020

We reopened the preschool program on campus on June 1st for essential workers. The PK summer camp opened on campus on June 22 for the children of both essential and non-essential workers. It is our understanding at this time that Governor’s executive orders of July 17th, 2020 does not impact our ability to keep our PK campus open for the 2020-2021 school year. PK camp lasts until August 14th and the PK school program starts on August 28th.

We continue to actively plan for the reopening of the SDFAS campus for K-8 students. We are currently renovating the entire campus, including newly acquired facilities, so as to comfortably accommodate all students for in-person learning within the context of a full day program at school five days a week. We are fortunate to have the requisite indoor and outdoor spaces to properly physical distance all our students and teachers while at the same time implementing other COVID-19 mitigation strategies. We will open the campus K-8 just as soon as we are authorized to do so. 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.


Enrollment contract withdrawal without a full 2020-2021 tuition obligation must occur by June 1 (less $1,000 per child deposit retained by the school).

Resources and Updates Archives

Please find below the resources and updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic that we have shared with our community since January 2020 as well as news and information about the spread of Covid-19 in our city, state, nationwide and worldwide.

Mindset during Coronavirus Social Distancing

General Resources

Ressources en Français

Pedagogical Resources for Parents

Headmaster’s Weekly Video Messages

Headmaster’s Weekly Email Updates

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.

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