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

May 18, 2020The week of May 18th is the last week of formal instruction and new material. Commencement exercises will occur virtually between Friday, May 22 – Sunday, May 24. For all non-seniors, the week of May 25th will be the last official week of school with no written exams or new work assigned.

Faculty work-groups have been formed to discuss a variety of scenarios for re-opening the school in the fall.

A Message from Headmaster Ben Williams

School Communications

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

Event Cancellations & Updates

April 9, 2020
Mesa Dinner Cancelled

April 18, 2020
Denison Cup Alumni Lacrosse Game Cancelled

April 19, 2020
Vintners Event Cancelled

April 24 – 26, 2020
Family Weekend Cancelled

June 5 – 7, 2020
Camp Cate Postponed

Athletic Events & Games

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. At this time, the campus remains closed to the community.

On March 23, we transitioned to online learning, and on April 18, we announced that online learning would continue through the end of the spring trimester.

Information and guidelines about distance learning were shared on Friday, March 20, with the community. 

Distance Learning Guidelines

Students who do not have a reliable internet connection or are unable to return home should contact

We are absolutely being sensitive to the various time zones our students are in, providing both synchronous and asynchronous classes as well as a variety of online resources. The process is iterative and we are working on collecting data to best inform how to adapt the program to meet student needs.

Our administration has worked closely with the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health to coordinate limited visitors on campus over the next several weeks. Please follow these guidelines for all information related to collecting your belongings. Should you have any questions after reading the guidelines and procedures, you may send any questions to

No. We will communicate our situations to colleges, and final grades will be completed and communicated to colleges on the normal timetable.

On Friday, March 27, families received a communication that detailed the continuation of online learning through Friday, May 1. On April 18, that timetable was extended to continue online learning through the end of the trimester. Working groups have been established and discussions are currently ongoing for re-opening scenarios in the fall. 

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.