COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
Catlin Gabel is engaging in remote learning while the campus is closed. The closure, which began on March 14, will remain in effect for the remainder of the school year, which ends on June 15. Reopening the campus after that date will be based on input from state and local public health officials, including the Oregon Health Authority. All on-campus events and activities are suspended through this time.
We place a high value on the health and well-being of our students and school employees. We have designed this webpage as a resource to help our community stay informed on how we are responding to COVID-19.
- March 1: Emergency Response Team formed
- March 6: Enhanced cleaning and safety measures enacted
- March 12: Announce campus closure
- March 16: Remote learning starts
- March 20: Survey sent out
- March 31: Divisions adopt revised learning schedules
- April 9: Campus closed for remainder of school year
- April 23: Budget revisions for additional financial aid fund; adjusted tuition plan options
- May 12: Contingency Planning Team formed and budget reductions announced
Contingency Planning Team
As the timeline and ramifications of the pandemic intensified, we formed a group that included school leadership and external experts to help guide decision-making in relation to next school year.
Team members are:
- Barbara Ostos; Assistant Head of School; 4th grade parent (chair)
- Cameron Cover, MD/MPH; specialist in infectious disease and travel medicine, Providence St. Vincent Hospital; investigator for multiple trials of therapies for COVID-19; 8th and 10th grade parent
- Justin Sales, MD/MPH; Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Randall Children’s Hospital, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; state and national emergency and disaster preparedness expertise; 6th and 10th grade parent
- Abby Tibbs, JD; Vice President Public Affairs, Government Relations, OHSU; crisis communications, issues management, government relations expertise; K and 2nd grade parent
- Dana Walton-Macaulay, JD; Deputy Director of Independent Police Review, City of Portland; expertise in higher-ed administration, emergency and risk management
- John Harnetiaux; Director of Global and Outdoor Programs
- Jasmine Love; Director of Inclusion and Outreach
- Gloria Martin; Director of Human Resources
- Sara Nordhoff; Director of Enrollment Management; 2nd and 7th grade parent
Emergency Response Team
The Emergency Response Team was formed on March 1 to provide recommendations to the leadership team on ways to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. A cross-selection of Catlin Gabel employees, representing key departments on campus.
Team members are:
- Barbara Ostos, Assistant Head of School (chair)
- Chris Balag, Finance & Operations Administrative Assistant
- Rachel Barry-Arquit, Director of Marketing and Communications
- Kit Camp, Upper and Middle School Woodshop Teacher
- Kitty Firth, Facilities Manager
- John Harnetiaux, Director of Global and Outdoor Programs
- Carrie McFadden, Associate Director of Human Resources
- Daisy Steele, Director of Technology
- George Zaninovich, Director of PLACE
- FRIDAY, MAY 22
- TUESDAY, MAY 12: PFA Town Hall Summary
- THURSDAY, APRIL 23: Supporting Catlin Gabel families, 2020-21 operating budget, upcoming virtual PFA meeting
- THURSDAY, April 9: School closure update, virtual PFA events, focus on remote learning
- MONDAY, APRIL 6: Tim's video message to parents / guardians
- FRIDAY, APRIL 3: Remote learning continues, decision regarding May events to be made mid-April
- FRIDAY, MARCH 20: Campus reopen date tentatively moved to May 4; cancellation of parent-student conferences and report writing days
- THURSDAY, MARCH 12: Remote learning begins week of March 16; campus closes; deep clean of classrooms, equipment, and buses
- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11: Suspension of off-campus field trips; preparation for remote learning expands
- FRIDAY, MARCH 6: Preventive steps on campus; protective measures issued by the World Health Organization
- SUNDAY, MARCH 1: Emergency Response Team formed; contingency planning; cancelation of Spring Break trips; CDC-recommended precautions
- FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28: Precautions; campus cleaning; travel recommendations; links to COVID-19 information resources
- FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7: Cases in U.S.; local and national public health recommendations; links to CDC-recommended precautions
To comply with current state requirements regarding physical distancing, all playground equipment and our tennis courts are closed. Our track remains open for neighbors to use for individual exercise while applying physical distancing guidelines. It is not open for groups or students at this time.
We continue to consult with a variety of health, government, and educational resources, and plan for various scenarios for the upcoming months. The school is collaborating across divisions to make decisions about May events and activities. We aim to communicate updates to the community in mid-April as to which will be canceled, postponed, or move online.
Student Travel and Outdoor Programs
All spring and summer student global travel opportunities were canceled in February.
With continued physical distancing requirements, and the closing of many of our program’s wilderness operating areas, all outdoor education trips have been canceled through Sunday, June 14. An assortment of outdoor trips is tentatively scheduled for summer 2020; final decisions on whether to proceed with those trips will be announced as soon as possible.
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- When will the campus reopen?
- Is Catlin Gabel holding summer camps?
- Are there any people who have been exposed to the virus right now at the school?
- Will the school let employees or parents know if there is an exposure?
- What have been the campus cleaning protocols?
- What policies do you have if someone arrives at school sick or becomes sick while at school?
- If I have additional questions about what the school is doing, who do I contact?
Oregon Health Authority and Department of Education Fact Sheet
These two agencies have recently put together a fact sheet detailing information related to when children should stay at home, best practices for avoiding illness, and information related to the virus and schools.
Travel Advisory Information
Travel guidelines continue to change during this pandemic. Please refer to the State Department website for the most current information.
State and Federal Coronavirus Information
Below are a variety of sites that house the most up-to-date and accurate information.
- Oregon Health Authority
- World Health Organization Official Coronavirus Webpage
- CDC Official Map of Confirmed US Cases
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Official Coronavirus Web page
- Johns Hopkins CSSE Map of Global Cases
COVID-19 and Communities of Color
The NAACP’s comprehensive webpage provides information and resources related to equity and inclusion surrounding the pandemic.
Emotional Well-Being Resources from Our Counselors
- Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 from the National Association of School Psychologists
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child from Kidshealth.org
- Managing Stress and Anxiety from the CDC
- Supporting Families During COVID-19 from Childmind.org
- 6 ways parents can support their kids through the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak from Unicef.org