Smart Restart 2020-2021

The PCDS Recovery Council, in concert with PCDS administration and with the endorsement of the PCDS Board of Trustees, developed a reopening plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our community. We welcomed students back to campus and online on September 8. 

Our Approach 

  • The health and safety of everyone in our campus community continues to be our top priority, and we are in constant communication with Maricopa County Public Health.
  • This plan was shaped by a number of factors, including research on both learning and health and a growing consensus among peer schools on the best way to reopen this fall.
  • To be successful in our efforts to remain on campus, we require all PCDS community members—students, families, and staff—to join together in a true social compact designed to keep our campus community healthy.
  • For students not yet returning to campus, Virtual Synchronous Learning (VSL) is available in all divisions. 
  • Understanding that all guidelines and plans are constantly in flux, we ask for your patience and flexibility as we work through these unprecedented times. 
  • In all efforts, we must underscore that our work is aimed at mitigating transmission of the virus and minimizing risk, while understanding that we cannot eliminate this risk altogether.
  • We encourage the long view. We should all be prepared for a disruptive year as the world continues to wrestle with a global pandemic. At PCDS, we are doing all that’s in our power to smooth out those disruptions for our students, families, and staff, knowing that in the future, we can all return to the steadier experience we all treasure. 
  • We will continue to be transparent and communicate regularly with families as details and decisions emerge.

Thank you for the trust you place in all of us at Phoenix Country Day School as we weather this storm together. 

Letter from Andy Rodin regarding Smart Restart (English)
PCDS Smart Restart (English)
COVID-19 Sick and Reporting Policy (English)

Letter from Andy Rodin regarding Smart Restart plan (Spanish)
PCDS Smart Restart plan (Spanish)
COVID-19 Sick and Reporting Policy (Spanish)

Readiness Reports

Episode #01
June 23, 2020

Episode #02
July 1, 2020

Episode #03
July 9, 2020

Episode #04
July 27, 2020

Episode #05
September 10, 2020

COVID-19 Sick and Reporting Policy

COVID-19 Testing Resource

Contact Tracing Overview


In the event of illness or COVID-19 exposure, email the Health Center with name, date of onset of symptom, and contact number.

Maricopa County Public Health’s easy to use isolation tool reflects PCDS's policies, which also align with CDC policies and guidelines.

PCDS COVID-19 Communications

Smart Restart in Action

Click here to see some of our safety protocols.