COVID-19 Campus Safety Protocols

Staying home can feel like a hard decision to make, but it’s critical for the safety and wellbeing of the Catlin Gabel community.

Every on-campus community member is key to helping reduce the transmission of not only COVID-19 but also other illnesses that are communicable. To review the typical symptoms associated with COVID-19, the CDC has compiled this list, but you know your child’s or your own response mechanisms best. It's important to remember that even if you are vaccinated you can unintentionally transmit the virus to others.

When On-Campus


  • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must be fully masked while on campus, except while eating or drinking. Acceptable types of masks can be found on the CDC’s mask guidelines web page.
  • Student-athletes can only remove their masks when they are actively participating in sports on the field or on the court.


  • Students and faculty will follow a regular schedule of hand washing.

student tracking

  • Class attendance will serve as the school's daily logs.
  • Students in preschool through 5th grade will have indoor homeroom cohorts for possible exposure response. All activities that involve multiple grades will occur outside.
  • Students in Middle and Upper School will have seating charts to track possible exposure.

Eating and Drinking

  • Lunchtime will be held outside in different locations on campus with physical distancing between each student. Students must wear their face masks until they are ready to begin eating.
  • Water fountains are turned off. Contactless water stations are available, but students should bring water bottles to school each day.
  • The Barn (school cafeteria) will offer packaged meals for purchase to students in preschool through 12th grade and to employees.

Cleaning and Ventilation

  • All buildings are cleaned each day by Catlin Gabel staff, including restrooms and high-traffic surface areas. Cleaning practices meet or exceed current ODE and CDC recommendations.
  • Classrooms have supplies to clean classroom surfaces as needed.
  • Buses are wiped down each morning and afternoon, focusing on the high touch areas. at the end of the week, buses are sprayed with a disinfectant that is safe for humans to reach all surfaces.
  • All ventilation systems meet or exceed requirements of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, and the CDC. Central air units and ductless air conditioners have the highest-rated filters available.