Important Information about COVID-19

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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 questions@cate.org.


Latest Update

August 24, 2021 – Cate School is partnering with the California Department of Health’s Valencia Branch Lab and Color to offer COVID-19 testing for our students and employees. The testing program will begin on Thursday, August 26 upon students return to campus.

We will test students weekly, and staff periodically, per our Health and Safety Committee COVID-19 Protocols. Testing is required to keep our school community safe.


School Communications

March 18, 2021
Health & Safety Update from Dr. Susan Zapalac

February 8, 2021

Return to In-Person Learning

January 22, 2021
An Update Regarding Athletics

January 12, 2021
Winter Break Return Changes

December 22, 2020
An Update Regarding the Return from Winter Break

December 7, 2020
Winter Break Return Dates

November 16, 2020
A Message from Head of School Ben Williams

November 6, 2020
A Message from Head of School Ben Williams

October 23, 2020
A Message from Head of School Ben Williams

October 19, 2020

Important Information About Campus Visitation

October 10, 2020
An Update from the Mesa: Phase 2 of Campus Reopening

October 7, 2020
Important Information for the Return to Campus for Day Students

September 12, 2020
An Update from Head of School Ben Williams

September 3, 2020

Important Return to Campus Reminders for All Parents & Students

August 28, 2020
Return to Campus Plan, Parent Q&A, and More

August 24, 2020
Return to Campus Dates, Testing Updates, and More

August 14, 2020
A Message from Head of School Ben Williams

August 7, 2020
A Message from Head of School Ben Williams

July 31, 2020
An Update from the Mesa: Athletics, COVID-19 Testing, and More

July 22, 2020
An Update Regarding the Return to Campus Plan

April 21, 2020
Room Pack-Up Information

April 18, 2020
Coronavirus Update #11

April 9, 2020
Coronavirus Update #10

March 27, 2020
Coronavirus Update #9

March 20, 2020
An Introduction to Distance Learning

March 20, 2020
Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Follow Up

March 19, 2020
Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

March 18, 2020
Coronavirus Update #8

March 16, 2020
A Message to Alumni and Parents of Alumni

March 13, 2020
Coronavirus Update #7

March 11, 2020
Coronavirus Update #6

March 6, 2020
Coronavirus Update #5

February 28, 2020
Coronavirus Update #4

February 25, 2020
Coronavirus Update #3

February 14, 2020
Spring Break Travel: Coronavirus Update

January 31, 2020
A Message on the Coronavirus



Frequently Asked Questions

What steps are we taking to keep COVID-19 from campus?

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.

What about day students?

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.

How can I increase my chances of staying healthy?

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.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

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