COVID-19 Information and Resources

Updated March 4, 2021

WHAT'S NEW: We have changed the cadence of our on-campus testing to every other week.

This page provides convenient access to Santa Catalina's response to COVID-19, including our planning efforts, safety measures, and policies. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

On-Campus Testing

Santa Catalina School offers on-campus COVID-19 testing every other week. The testing is provided by OneHealth LLC, and parents will find the updated flyer for each event on our COVID-19 testing information website. Our expectations for the frequency of testing varies by grade level, as described below.

Grades 4 to 9: Santa Catalina School requires COVID-19 testing for students in Grades 4 to 9 attending on-campus instruction or participating in our small, targeted educational cohorts. Students unable to take the testing offered by the school will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test to the Health Center (email before returning to in-person classes or activities for the following week.

Kindergarten to Grade 3: While testing for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will not be required at this time, we strongly encourage parents to consider the benefits of regular, asymptomatic testing as a way to help lower the spread of COVID-19.

Testing after school breaks: All students in Kindergarten to Grade 9 attending in-person classes will need to complete a PCR test following school vacation weeks. Students who do not participate in testing will be required to remain at home for distance learning for 10 calendar days after the vacation weeks.

Register for On-Campus Testing

Required Health Form

Parents, faculty, staff, and other visitors to campus must first complete our Health Check Form prior to each visit to Santa Catalina School.

Parents, faculty, and staff: Please use the SafetyApp to complete our form. Download this Quick Reference Guide for information on how to install the app and register.

All other visitors: Please fill out our web-based form before coming onto campus.

Fill out the health form

Students on Campus

  • PreK-Grade 5 are on campus for in-person learning
  • Grades 6 and 7 are on campus in distance learning cohorts
  • Grade 9 day students are on campus in distance learning cohorts

State Metrics for Reopening Schools

California has adopted a tiered system for determining whether schools and other businesses may reopen, based on a county's COVID-19 risk level. There are four color-coded tiers: purple (widespread); red (substantial); orange (moderate); and yellow (minimal). Schools can reopen for in-person instruction once their county has been in the red tier for at least five consecutive days. Monterey County is currently in purple. For more information, see California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Health and Safety

Below you will find school guidelines regarding ways to report and avoid exposure to COVID-19, as well as general resources for your overall well-being.


School Communications

We will continue to provide you with updates and will inform you of changes in our protocols as we receive information from the state, from the Monterey County Health Department, and from the CDC.

Parents, faculty, and staff, you can read past emails concerning the 2020-21 school year in your Veracross portals.

Returning to Campus

*Updated November 19

Lower and Middle School parents: Please also download our pact with each other, The Cougar Promise.

COVID-19 Plans for Santa Catalina

School contacts

To report COVID-19 exposure or a suspected or confirmed case in your household, please notify your division head.

Lower and Middle School
Christy Pollacci

Upper School
Julie Lenherr Edson '88

Health Center

COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Board of Trustees has designated a relief fund for parents in need of assistance in 2020-2021. If you have a family situation in which you will be challenged to attend Santa Catalina in the fall due to finances, please contact Janet Luksik, Director of Tuition Assistance.

Useful resources

Distance Learning Pages

Health Agencies

COVID-19 Monitoring