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

December 22, 2020 – Due to the current testing positivity rate in Santa Barbara County and the predictions of additional surges resulting from gatherings at Christmas and around the New Year, we will delay the return from Winter Break until Monday, Jan. 18.

Following a virtual celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we will begin virtual programming on Tuesday, Jan. 19. We will then return students to campus on Saturday, January 23 (freshmen and sophomores) and Sunday, January 24 (juniors and seniors). The same expectations for testing still accrue. See More

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.