Return to HDS 2020


As we approach the start of the fall 2020 school year, we remain committed to providing an academically challenging and well-balanced education that prioritizes the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and parent community. All recommendations in this plan were carefully crafted by healthcare providers, legal counsel, and school administration, in accordance with, but not limited to, the following guidance: CDC, AAP, Orange County Health Care Agency, and California Department of Public Health/Cal-OSHA document COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-based Programs.

Return to HDS Q&A

What is the update on our Waiver status and where are we on the Orange County Monitoring list?
Currently, we are hoping to hear back from the Orange County Health Care Agency by August 25. The waiver currently applies to grades K-6, only. Once Orange County experiences 14 consecutive days off the monitoring watch list all students may return to in-person learning. There is a chance if our county goes off the monitoring list and then gets put back on the list that some grades may have to switch back to distance learning. The timing for when school would need to switch back is unclear. 
Will students, faculty, and staff be tested for COVID-19 before school begins in-person? 
All faculty, staff, and students on campus will be required to test negative for COVID prior to the start of school. Details related to this process are being finalized and will be made available in the coming days.
Will students be required to have a COVID-19 test before school begins in-person?
All students planning to learn at school will be required to have a COVID-19 test before school begins in-person. Details related to this process are being finalized and will be made available in the coming days.
If we choose At-Home learning, can we switch back to on-campus instruction after a quarter?  Is at-home learning available for the entire 2020-2021 school year?
We will re-evaluate At-Home Learning each quarter. At this time, At-Home Learning will be an option at least for the first and second quarters of the school year.  
What are school hours during At-Home and In-Person Learning?
For grades K-2, drop-off will be between 8:10 - 8:25 a.m. and dismissal will be from 2:30 - 2:45 p.m. For grades 3 - 5, drop-off will be between 7:55 - 8:10 a.m. and dismissal will be from 2:45 - 3:00 p.m. For grades 6-8, drop-off will be between 7:40 - 7:55 a.m. and dismissal will be between 3:00 - 3:10 p.m. Revised times 11/30/20.
How are cohorts being determined?
Students will be in their homeroom class in grades K-5. In grades 6-8, cohort sections will be approximately 16 students. 
Will you record live Zoom classes for the At-Home Learning students? 
No. The At-Home Learning Model acts the same as if the student is on campus. If a student is to miss the school day, parents are to call the front office and notify the school of the student’s absence. 
Will students be able to socialize? 
Yes, we are planning to accommodate student space for lunch and recess that will provide for students to be together following social distance protocols.
How will you manage students going to the restrooms and making sure they sanitize their hands?
Each class/cohort will be assigned to a bathroom. Frequent sanitation breaks will be given at specific times during the day. While we will remind every child to wash their hands in the bathroom, students will be required to sanitize every time they enter and exit a classroom. Signs are posted in the bathrooms to remind students to wash their hands.
What is the requirement for face coverings?
All students and adults will wear face coverings on campus with the exception of when seated and eating or drinking. Students in grades 3-8 must wear masks or neck gaiters Students in grades K-2 may wear masks or face shields per CDPH guidelines. Students will be permitted to remove their mask, or face shield while seated and eating or drinking. Everyone must wear face coverings while moving throughout the school building. 
Will there be hot lunch service? 
No. All students will bring lunch to school in a disposable container on a daily basis and will not have access to microwaves. Lunch schedules will be created to allow students to eat outdoors and keep appropriately separated. Students will remove their face coverings while seated to eat lunch and snack. Students will wash their hands before and after eating lunch. No lunch delivery is allowed.
Will students receive a “uniform” face covering? 
Students will be issued two Harbor Day branded face masks. We will provide requirements for student-provided face coverings soon. The school will also have many disposable masks in both children’s and adult sizes in case a student needs a new mask during the school day.
Will my student receive an iPad?
Yes. Each student will be issued a school iPad in grades K-8.
Will we have Harbor Day Family meetings?
Yes. We are still working out the logistics but plan to have meetings periodically during the school year. 
Where will the portables be located?
The portable modular village classrooms will be located in the space that previously housed Harbor Day’s primary parking lot. It is currently behind the construction perimeter, which will be relocated once the portables and space becomes accessible.
Will the construction continue throughout the school year?
Yes, construction is slated to conclude in the 2021-2022 school year, with a relocation plan for January 2022. 

School Requirement

Community members are required to notify the school nurse if they, or a family member with whom they live, or a person with whom they have had close contact, tests positive for COVID-19. If a community member develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or is self-isolating due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19, he/she is required to notify the school nurse

Waiver Application

On August 10, 2020, Harbor Day School submitted the Waiver application to the Orange County Health Care Agency to seek in-person instruction. The application will be reviewed by the County Health office in conjunction with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The CDPH issued guidance for a waiver on August 3. This waiver applies to students in grades kindergarten through sixth.

International Travel Policy

As you plan holiday travel, please keep in mind that international travel requires students to quarantine for 10 days without testing or 7 days with testing after their return to the United States. This includes Mexico. While they quarantine, students may participate in class through At-Home Learning. Please contact Nurse Perez ( for further instructions.

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