Foothill Country Day School Distance Learning News

  • April 10, 2020

    In light of Governor Newsom’s and Claremont Unified School District’s announcements on closing school campuses for the remainder of the year, Foothill’s Board of Trustees has concluded that it is increasingly difficult to imagine that we will be able to return to campus before June 11.

    While the highly-fluid and rapidly changing circumstances that have come to define the COVID-19 crisis leave us some glimmer of hope that we might be able to safely and feasibly return to in-person learning before June, we are moving forward with planning on the assumption that Foothill’s 2019-2020 school year—Seedling to 8th grade-- will remain in distance learning mode through June 11. 

    School Days Give Way to Learning Days
    A day at school conjures images of Foothill's campus and in-person engagement over the course of a predictable range of hours and interactions. But we're no longer in-person, so our school day is perhaps better described as a learning day, where the schedule for learning should reflect our core purpose of engagement, and the teaching and learning experience should include live interactions at a frequency and for a duration that are developmentally appropriate and focused on academics and social emotional needs of students in balance with time for students to work on assignments. The learning day is not intended to try and re-create the in-person experience with long blocks of live Zoom instructional time.

    The Admissions Office is available to all prospective families who are interested in admission for Fall 2020. Please click here to request more information or email Director of Enrollment Colette Sims.

    March 27, 2020

    • Distance Learning In Place Until Sometime In May

    Following all public health guidelines, we should prepare to continue with our distance learning program until sometime in May.  

    • Spring Break Will Be a Break From Distance Learning

    We will keep March 30-April 3 as a break from distance learning. Our teachers will plan to re-engage our students in distance learning on Monday, April 6.  We hope the week will afford our families some respite and we extend our deep appreciation to our many parents who are in health care, or deemed essential in other fields, for the sacrifices they are making right now for the benefit of others.

    • Schedules Continue to Develop

    We continue to make adjustments and are developing schedules for all grade levels that will include more frequent and longer interactions with teachers as well as provide predictability for students and families to plan their time while we are in distance learning mode.

    • Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting

    We have scheduled a combination of regular deep cleanings and disinfecting protocols while the campus is not being used.  We recently acquired electrostatic sprayers and have been using them to disinfect all learning spaces and surfaces.  

    March 20, 2020

    As of now, Foothill is hoping for a return to in-person learning sometime in May.
    Two of Foothill's core functions--academics and administrative services--have switched to remote status to avoid interruption of our learning program and business operations. For this reason, and to support federal guidelines that discourage non-essential gatherings/trips, access to campus is suspended as most employees are working remotely. 
    A reminder that if your child, you, or people in your surroundings have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or if you suspect that your child and/or you may have been affected by COVID-19, please contact your health care provider right away, and inform Mike Silva, Head of School as soon as possible. We will uphold your privacy rights, sharing only information deemed essential to community health, and any information Foothill is required to report to public health authorities. 
    We are incredibly grateful to our teachers, support staff, and administrators, all of whom have shown great courage and dedication-while managing the myriad needs of their own families-to ensure your children stay connected to their learning. We value your input as we go through this together.
    We are determined to do our very best to keep your child connected within the new space of our learning community.

    March 13, 2020

    While there currently is no recommendation from the L.A. County Department of Health to close school, and there are no known COVID-19 cases in the Foothill community, the escalating concerns locally and worldwide have led to the decision to engage our distance learning protocols beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday April 3.  Below is the general timeline for engaging our distance learning plan:

    • ​Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17—faculty on campus to prepare for distance learning
    • Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27—distance learning for Seedling and Foothill students in effect
    • Monday, March 30-Friday, April 3—Spring Break; no distance learning
    • Monday, April 6—campus re-opens and a return to in-person learning
    • If it is determined that campus should remained closed to students beyond April 6, we will contact you as early as possible and plan to continue distance learning

    More information will follow from your child’s teachers about distance learning schedules.  Where applicable, students are being encouraged to take all necessary books and materials home with them today.  If your child is not in school, please email their teacher and we will have their books available for them in the Front Office.

    ​We apologize for the disruption this may cause to your family—especially when most businesses remain open and your employers expect you at work-- but rapidly changing circumstances now make campus closure the socially responsible and practical step for the health of our students and our community.