June 23, 2020
2020-2021 COVID-19 Preparedness
Phoenix Country Day School is monitoring the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 situation carefully and taking proactive and prudent measures to try to ensure the health and safety of every member of our community in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other health officials. Our decisions are based on facts, science, and medical information, as the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families is our priority.
Recommendations put forth by various government agencies may change based on new information regarding COVID-19. This page will provide timely updates specific to the School’s response and planning efforts.
The PCDS Recovery Planning Council, in concert with School administration, is working diligently to develop a re-opening strategy that allows for flexibility and transparency while prioritizing the health and safety of our community. There remain too many unknowns to state exactly what the school experience will look like throughout the first several months of school, but we are looking to local and federal health authorities and our governing body, the National Association of Independent Schools, for guidance on best practices. We have three overarching priorities in our planning: the well-being of our community, the educational experience of our students, and the financial health of the school.
At this point we can offer the following:
- It is our absolute intention to return to campus on August 25 and resume our cherished face-to-face experiences.
- Being on campus, however, will require the implementation of new guidelines, both small and large.
- We will accommodate those students—as well as faculty—who are not yet comfortable returning to campus due to health considerations.
- We will continue to monitor local and federal recommendations regarding schools, as well as best practices that are being implemented at schools around the country.
- You can expect to hear regularly from us over the next two months regarding our planning activities.
- We expect to release our specific guidelines and plans for our return to school by late July, including the most likely if/then scenarios.
While the physical doors of Phoenix Country Day School were closed for the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, school was definitely still in session. Our dedicated faculty and staff worked tirelessly to prepare a curriculum that emulated the in-classroom experience with new content for every class each day. The Distance Learning in Action page gives you an inside look at distance learning at PCDS.