News from the Head of School

July 17 Return to Campus Plan Communication
Posted 07/17/2020 01:00PM

Dear Community Member,

As you likely heard today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that most schools, and certainly all schools in Los Angeles County, will be opening online in the fall. In case you did not see the Governor’s press conference at noon, he has mandated that schools (public and private) in a county that is on the state monitoring list may not open for any in-person learning. In order to consider moving to a hybrid model, the county must have been off the monitoring list for 14 days. Clearly, LA County has been and continues to be on the monitoring list. At Flintridge Prep, we have been preparing since the spring for multiple options for Prep teaching and learning, including fully online, a hybrid of online and in-person, and a full return to school.

Though we will open online in August, we will continue to monitor the evolving situation and be flexible and nimble as conditions change and state and local regulations allow. I am in weekly conversations with area heads as we consider our options that best serve our families and students, while recognizing the very real health risks to our community. We will reassess the need to remain in an online learning mode every three to four weeks and, when we are able to make the shift to a hybrid model, we will give the community at least a week of notice so we can all prepare for that transition. 

I know you likely have many questions about the start of the school year. As noted below, we’ll be communicating regularly with specific details as the school year approaches, but we wanted to let you know as early as possible how and under what format the school year would begin.

  • To adequately prepare for the uncertainties of the coming school year, we've created a new schedule, one that will remain in place for the full school year whether we're completely online, completely in person, or following a hybrid format. We will share details of the schedule around August 10, when we send student schedules to families, but some of the schedule’s features and benefits are outlined on our new web page, which is dedicated to providing updates on our school reopening plan. You can visit the page at any time at www.flintridgeprep.org/return-plan. We will continue to update this page frequently. Significant updates, including information about the start of hybrid learning, also will be shared with community members via email.
  • Monday, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) will announce more detailed plans about athletics across the state. We will provide updates for athletes on our website www.flintridgeprep.org/return-plan when we have them.
  • When we are able to return to campus, all members of the community will be expected to adhere to specific on-campus requirements regarding PPE and face masks, hand washing, and community-wide cleaning and physical distancing protocols. Specific details regarding those required protocols will be shared on our web page and via email.

As a new member of the Prep community, I have to recognize the incredible work of the leadership team, the staff, and the faculty for their immense resilience and diligence during these uncertain and truly unprecedented times. As a parent of a college junior, I see and feel the range of emotions around school disruptions. And I also recognize that schools like ours are doing phenomenal work to deliver a rich and engaging program, whether online or in person, because of the strength, dedication, and resilience of our communities. What we’ve built at Prep over the long term shows itself in moments like this. We are strong together, and our community will continue to grow together throughout this year as we adapt to these changing circumstances. You can see Governor Newsom’s Pandemic Plan for Learning and Safe Schools here.

My very best,

Jim Pickett
Head of School

Flintridge Preparatory School
4543 Crown Avenue La Cañada Flintridge CA 91011
Tel: 818-790-1178
Fax: 818-952-6247
Located near Pasadena and Los Angeles in La Cañada, CA, Flintridge Prep is a private independent, coed day school for grades 7-12.
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