Important Information about COVID-19

Cate School is actively monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and will be sending out regular correspondence to keep the community informed. This webpage will also be regularly updated. The School will be referencing the latest information from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The World Health Organization (WHO), and the California Department of Public Health to make the most informed decision. If you have any questions, please email

Latest Update

January 12, 2021Due to a combination of heightened levels of COVID-19 transmission in Santa Barbara County and demonstrably strained medical care facilities in the area, we have elected to further adjust our plans to return students to campus.

Our new schedule contains the following intentions:

  • We will return students to campus for in-person learning on Saturday, March 6, and Sunday, March 7.
  • We will hold to our plan to begin our distance learning programing with our Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, January 18. And we will add an additional three weeks of distance learning to the already planned two weeks of virtual instruction, taking us to Friday, February 19.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We are continuing to actively monitor the situation with local, state, and national officials. We are also staying in communication with our peer schools and universities to make the most informed decisions about keeping Cate’s campus safe.

Once they arrive on campus for classes, day students will remain on campus until they go home for the evening.

We will ask that day students continue to limit their contact with people outside the Mesa as much as is reasonable.

We encourage families to focus on prevention as recommended by the CDC. Simple everyday steps, like washing your hands, avoiding contact with those who may have symptoms, and exercising self-care can make a difference in staying healthy. Please reference the CDC website for additional resources.

For any questions or concerns, please email or contact your student’s advisor.