Click for Required CDPH Covid-19 Documents:
February 1, 2021
Mark’s Re-enrollment Message
A year ago, our lives were turned upside down. Up against seemingly insurmountable challenges, you placed your trust and confidence in us. Undaunted, the school responded with a bold vision. With the choice to learn either on campus or at home, our students are back in school. Whatever lies ahead, SDFAS remains unwavering in its commitment to deliver an exceptional bilingual education.
Spanish Program Expansion in 2021-22 !
We are thrilled to announce the launch in 2021-22 of our Covid-delayed vision to offer Spanish as a third language to all students in PK0 – 4th grade. This new curriculum sequence will feed into the school’s existing Spanish program in grades 5-8.
Return-to-Learn Plan for February Break
- PCR testing at SDFAS: During the week of February Break .
- On-site test day: Thursday 2/25 in PK Parking Lot from 8 pm – 2 pm.
- Testing schedule: Nurse (Marilyn Rakow) will share prior to day’s end on Fri 2/19.
- Date of return to campus: Monday 3/1 with negative PCR test.
- Unable to test on Thu 2/25? Return on Monday 3/1 only if PCR negative is first shared with the school (from a swab done on/after Thu 2/25 at a lab within San Diego County).
- Traveling non-locally? Refer to the updated travel policy below.
SDFAS Covid-19 Travel Policy
Effective February 1, 2021, and aligned with the CDPH travel advisory of January update released by the California Department of Public Health (here).
SDFAS Travel Policy Objectives
- Minimize spread of Covid-19 within our community.
- Minimize risk of cohort or all-school closures due to high incidences of Covid+ cases.
Definition of Non-Local Travel
- Beyond 120 miles from a person’s home (“as the crow flies”).
- Involving travel crossing over California state lines.
- Involving any means of travel other than personal means of transportation.
SDFAS Reporting Requirement for Non-Local Travel
- Non-local travel must be reported to SDFAS if involving students or siblings who reside in the home.
- Non-local travel is reported to SDFAS by sending an email to school nurse Marilyn Rakow, RN, BNS email@example.com. Included in CC is child’s division director: Tom (Middle School); Francis (Elementary); Sophie (Maternelle & K).
Requirements for Quarantine and PCR Testing after Non-Local Travel
- Quarantine 10 days beginning the day after the day of return from travel (14 days for PK).
- PCR negative test result from a swab done on or after Day 5 of quarantine (Day 7 preferred).
- Return to campus on the 11th day following the day of return from travel (14th day for PK).
SDFAS – La Jolla Light Press Coverage
- Video of Drop Off – Preschool (click here)
- Video of Drop Off – Kindergarten (click here)
- Video of Drop Off – 1st & 2nd Grade (click here)
- Video of Drop Off – 3rd – 8th Grade (click here)
- Video of the Campus – “Socially Distanced Spaces” (click here)
Return to Campus – Logistics
- Staggered Arrival/Dismissal – Preschool (click here)
- Sign-In Procedure using Procare – Preschool (click here)
- Staggered Arrival/Dismissal – Elementary & Middle School (click here)
- Daily Schedule – Preschool, Kindergarten & Elementary (click here)
- Daily Schedule – Middle School
First Days Back on Campus – How Did It Go?
During our first week back on campus we experienced better-than-anticipated success with:
- Staggered arrival and dismissal at multiple campus entry points
- Passive and active screening procedures (Magnus Health app)
- Staggered recess and lunch periods
- Lunch outside: use of “surf desks” (click here) (one for every single K-6 student)
- Required mask-wearing for students in K-8 with designated outdoor “mask free” zones for temporary breaks from them
- Hand washing / hand sanitizing habits & routines
- Physical distancing practices, campus circulation plan, & campus signage
- Disinfection campus-wide of high-touch surfaces
- Enhanced sanitation (increase from one custodial worker to three…)
- Fresh air circulation & other HVAC/air quality enhancement
SDFAS Parent Connect forum
As parents, we may well feel the need to connect with each other during this prolonged period of uncertainty. 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.
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 give 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 needed to occur by June 1, 2020 (less $1,000 per child deposit retained by the school).
Head of School’s Written Updates 2020 – 2021
Head of School’s Video Messages 2019-2020
- Head of School Video Message #10 – “We made it!” – June 12, 2020
- Head of School Video Message #9 – “We’re Getting There!” – May 29, 2020
- Head of School Video Message #8 – “A Special School – Intense Planning” – May 22, 2020
- Head of School Video Message # 7 – “Gala Edition”– May 10, 2020
- Head of School Video Message #6 – “Staying Connected”– May 1, 2020
- Head of School Video Message #5 – “Bonnes Vacances”– April 17, 2020
- Head of School Video Message #4 – “Reflecting” – April 10, 2020
- Head of School Video Message #3 – “Settling In”– April 3, 2020
- Head of School Video Message #2 – “Focusing on the Essential” – March 27, 2020
- Head of School Video Message #1 – “Distance Learning” – March 20, 2020
Head of School’s Written Updates 2019-2020
- Covid-19 – Update #24 July 20, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #23 July 12, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #22 June 28, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #21 June 14, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #20 June 7, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #19 May 31, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #18 May 24, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #17 May 17, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #16 May 10, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #15 May 3, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #14 April 26, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #13 April 19, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #12 April 12, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #11 April 5, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #10 March 29, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #9 March 22, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #8 March 15, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #7 March 13, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #6 March 13, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #5 March 12, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #4 March 12, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #3 March 6, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #2 February 28, 2020
- Covid-19 – Update #1 January 31, 2020
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
Ressources en Français
Pedagogical Resources for Parents
Covid-19 Prevention, Response & Reopening – Planning Teams
Meet regularly in-person or by Zoom
- Conduct research, plan, prepare and respond as needed
Designate responsibilities and establish timelines and priorities
- Ensure information sharing between Board and Administration
Make decisions collaboratively and/or with consultation
Provide regular updates to the community
- Reopen in the safest way feasible while at the same time maintaining a steadfast commitment to our school’s mission and core values
- The health, safety and wellbeing of students, employees and families come first and take priority over everything else
- Prefer in-person on-campus learning when permitted by local authorities and at the same time offer a high quality distance learning program
- Act, educate, and communicate with clarity, respect and transparency
- Be flexible, creative and adaptable.
Board Level Covid-19 Emergency Response Team
- Mark Rosenblum, Head of School firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emmanuel Poulain, Director of Finance & Operations email@example.com
- 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
Administrative Level Covid-19 Prevention & Reopening Task Force
- Mark Rosenblum, Head of School
- Emmanuel Poulain, Director of Finance & Operations
- Isabelle Gilet, Director of Enrollment Management, Marketing & Communications
- Francis Carlier, Director of Elementary
- Marion Addo, Middle School Coordinator
- Sophie Ricouard, Academic Director of Pre-Elementary
- Babeth Esterly, Administrative Director of Pre-Elementary
- Anna Forester, RN, School Nurse PK-8
Covid-19 Risk Mitigation Consultation Team (Public Health, Medical, Legal, Technology)
- Francesca Torriani MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at UCSD (Former SDFAS Trustee & Parent)
- Hala Madanat, Vice President for Research and former Director of the School of Public Health at SDSU (SDFAS Parent)
- Lisa Lowe Hiller MD MPH FACEP, Emergency Physician & Clinical Instructor at UCSD Health, VA San Diego & Sharp Memorial (SDFAS Parent)
- Alexis Nahama DVM, SVP – Corporate Development at Sorrento Therapeutics & President – Art Animal Health (SDFAS Trustee & Parent)
- Ellin M. Ruffner, LCSW, Disaster Mental Health Manager, American Red Cross, Retired Clinical Social Worker
- Kurt Oreshack ESQ, Partner at Breakwater Law Group, LLP with expertise in life sciences, healthcare & biotechnology (SDFAS Trustee & Parent)
- Artun Kutchuk, Product Management at Alexa Artificial Intelligence developed by Amazon (SDFAS Trustee & Parent)