Return to Campus Plan

Over the past several months, school leadership has been planning for a return to campus, keeping at the forefront of the decision-making process both the health and safety of our community and creating the best possible learning environment for the situation at-hand.

Although we are not starting the school year on campus, we are ready to do so when the metrics set by Governor Brown can be met. Catlin Gabel, like all other Oregon public and private schools, cannot reopen until the state reaches these milestones.

Current Learning Plans

Our K-12 program will be in remote learning until at least October 2. Preschool, which falls under different state requirements, is planning on being open Monday-Friday, with the additional benefit of our After School program being available until 6 p.m. for no additional charge this year.

Matrix for Campus Activity

To help provide general guidance as to the types of activities that are available when the school is fully remote (level 3), in a hybrid model of remote and on-campus learning (level 2), or fully-returned to campus (level 1), please review the below matrix.

Government requirements prohibit K-12 in-person instruction with allowance for
preschool and emergency worker childcare support.
Preschool on campus Cafeteria service suspended Visitors restricted access to campus
K-12 fully remote Community events not allowed on campus Staff restricted access to campus
No activities on campus Field trips suspended Students and parents/ guardians no access to campus
No co-curricular activities Enhanced cleaning procedures  
Government requirements restrict in-person instruction with heightened health and safety protocols.
Preschool on campus Cafeteria box lunch only Only essential visitors with screening processes
K-12 hybrid plan Large gatherings and events suspended or virtual Staff restricted access to campus
Limited co-curricular activities Field trips suspended Students and parents/guardians no access to campus
Enhanced cleaning procedures
No government requirements or restrictions for in-person instruction.
Preschool-Grade 12 on campus daily Cafeteria service normal No visitor restrictions
Regular co-curricular activities Normal activities All staff on campus
  Field trips allowed; high risk activity subject to assessment Access per usual for students and parents/guardians
  Regular cleaning procedures  

Community Updates

We will continue to add dates and links to future communications regarding the 2020-21 academic year. For access to prior communications, please refer to our COVID-19 Information page.


Our Guiding Principles

These five guiding principles inform our decision-making at every stage as we plan for a return to campus:

  • We are committed to the physical and emotional well-being of our students, employees, and families, and equally committed to social responsibility and public health.
  • We cannot eliminate all risk; our goal is to take reasonable steps to mitigate risk exposure and communicate those clearly, while considering local, national, and international health organization mandates and guidelines.
  • We are committed to analyzing decisions based on their implications for the community’s health, the student experience, our families’ circumstances, and the financial implications for the school.
  • We are committed to supporting the community through timely and accurate communications.
  • For the safety of the community, decisions can change as more information becomes available.

New Health and Safety Measures

We continue to follow the on-going guidance from the CDC, WHO, and local medical experts on the best ways to reduce exposure to the coronavirus and other respiratory pathogens. Further details about these and other safety measures will be shared in student and employee handbooks.


See Specific Mitigations Strategies

Remote Learning

Our students continue to engage remotely in academic endeavors with their teachers at every grade level and in every subject.

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