Return to Campus: Hybrid Learning Plans

Catlin Gabel has launched a comprehensive return to campus plan for all students in grades K-12. The transition to hybrid learning will be phased in over 8 weeks beginning February 1. Our state-certified preschool continues to operate Monday-Friday on campus.

An overview of the transition by division can be viewed here. Each division will have different activities and timelines, but the overall goal is the same: providing students with increased opportunities that connect them with teachers and lead to a healthy return to in-person instruction. 

Catlin Gabel will continue to comply with requirements from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in its Ready Schools, Safe Learners plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

We are operationally ready to meet and exceed all health and safety standards outlined in our Pandemic Management Plan. Following these protocols will be essential to making in-person instruction successful and sustainable, and we expect all students and families to participate in them.

We recognize the tensions that deciding to return to campus can create. Since school campuses first closed last spring, the majority of schools in the U.S. opened in September and remain open, and the rate of transmission in schools is much lower than the general community. We have also learned much from our own preschool program, which has successfully offered in-person instruction since September.

Divisional Hybrid Schedule Overview

Remote Learning During Hybrid

Remote learning will be available for students at each division for whom hybrid learning is not an option due a health condition or family situation. However, the experience will be different than the current remote learning environment.

Community Updates 2020-21

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. We are committed to supporting the community through timely and accurate communications.
  5. For the safety of the community, decisions can change as more information becomes available.