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

March 27, 2020 – Online learning will continue through Friday, May 1. Review the Distance Learning Guidelines and hear a message from Headmaster Ben Williams here:

School Communications

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 2, 2020
CPO General Meeting Cancelled

April 3, 2020
Revisit Day Cancelled

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.

Starting Monday, March 23, we will be transitioning to online learning and the administration will evaluate how long this will continue as the School learns more about the state of the pandemic.

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.

Per Governor Newsom’s executive order, the state of California remains is enforcing a “stay at home” policy. As such, students and families who do not live on the Mesa are unable to come to campus at this time.

Please know that any learning materials and resources will be available digitally through the online learning platform. For any additional necessary materials that are left on campus, such as the student’s laptop or travel documentation, please email

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

The School is approaching their decision making for opening the campus up in chapters. On Friday, March 27, families received a communication that detailed the continuation of online learning through Friday, May 1. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as we know more. Our hope is to reopen campus in May. 

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.