Update: May 23, 2020
Our Commitment, Our Community
Gateway’s mission is to inspire children to lead lives of purpose and compassion through scholarship and citizenship. This mission and our values underlie our commitment to provide a robust educational experience whether on campus, in distance learning, or through a combination of the two. Gateway is more than a building; we are a community of scholars, families, and educators who love learning, work hard, and act courageously. With this in mind, we have developed the following scenarios for our 2020-2021 school year:
- A full return to an On Campus Learning model with enhanced health and safety precautions,
- A Hybrid Learning program that combines On Campus Learning and Distance Learning,
- An enhanced and revised Distance Learning program implemented solely at home.
Update: April 10, 2020
Yesterday we made the difficult but necessary decision to remain in distance learning through the end of the 2019-20 school year. We are all disappointed that this is necessary for our community’s health and safety. At the same time, it is a unique opportunity to model the ideas of flexibility, resilience, and growth mindset for our children that are essential to their future success and happiness — as well as show them how and why we make sacrifices for the greater good.
Please see Dr. Roberts’ video message for more information.
Update: March 27, 2020
Gateway will be extending our Distance Learning program through at least May 1, 2020, to help contain the spread of COVID-19. You may have heard that many Bay Area counties have made this decision, and Santa Cruz is following suit. While we are disappointed that we can’t return to on-campus learning yet, we will continue to deliver the best Distance Learning experience we can until the public health situation permits us to gather in person.
At this time, there are no cases and no known exposures within the Gateway community. It is our belief that making this preventative and proactive decision will help protect our entire community and affords our families and teachers time to prepare for the coming weeks.
On the guidance of medical and public health professionals, we want to remind you that the purpose of moving to distance learning is to practice social distancing and to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19. We ask that families give serious consideration to children’s activities during our period of distance learning and to any potential Spring Break travel. Please follow any and all instructions provided to you by your health care professional.
Update: March 12, 2020
Gateway is committed to making the health and safety of our community its number one priority. In light of the continuing escalation of the number of cases of COVID-19 locally and regionally, Gateway is moving ahead quickly to prepare for a transition to distance learning. To facilitate this, we will be postponing the parent/teacher conferences scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) and Monday, so that our faculty have this time to prepare for a shift to distance learning. We will still be providing childcare for families who have signed up for that program, though we encourage you to keep your children home if you are able to do so.
Gateway School will initiate distance learning as early as next Tuesday, March 17. At this point, we have begun cancelling and/or postponing a number of school events for next week, including the dessert contest, the Middle School dance, and the Ethics Bowl competition. After consultation with 8th grade families, we have also cancelled the 8th Grade trip to Washington DC and will be making decisions about the trips to Coloma, Marin, and Yosemite in the next week.
In the coming days, you will get more information about our distance learning model, and how it will operate. For now, please be prepared and check your email at 3:00pm on Monday, March 16 for an announcement about picking up classroom materials to support home-based learning.
Gateway School Contacts
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