Back-to-School Plans 2020-2021

The Health and Safety of All Members of the Sage Hill Community is Our Top Priority

Sage Hill School has made adjustments to many aspects of our program and facilities for the 2020-2021 school year in order to best promote the health and safety of students, faculty and the community. Our approach is multi-layered and preventive. Please know that even as we do our best to mitigate risks of COVID-19 transmission on school grounds, at this time there is no way to guarantee that these procedures will eliminate the risk entirely.
  • All health policies and protocols are developed pursuant to guidance from the governor of California, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other public health experts. These procedures are subject to change in keeping with the latest health guidelines and will be clearly communicated to all community members throughout the school year.
  • All educational practices are guided by the School’s commitment to our Mission, Values and growth of identified skills (the Six Cs) in a supportive learning environment that targets individual growth and development.

Distance and On-Campus Learning at Sage Hill School

Our Mission:
We inspire in our students a love of knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge creatively, compassionately and courageously throughout their lives.

Sage Hill’s mission guides all decisions relating to each aspect of the student experience. For the 2020-2021 school year, we look to our mission to find creative, compassionate and courageous solutions to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Educational Philosophy: Whether we are meeting face-to-face or online, Sage Hill School is committed to creating a learning environment that promotes the physical, social, and emotional safety and wellness of our students. We challenge our teachers to ensure that students know that they are each a vital member of a learning community where they may participate as their authentic selves.

Our Experience and Preparation: Sage Hill School’s ongoing investment in professional development, crisis management and emergency response planning enabled the School to quickly, and relatively seamlessly, pivot to an organized and enriching distance learning modality at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic mid-March 2020. That experience guided our ongoing plans for the 2020-2021 school year. In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, all faculty and many coaches and other employees are spending the summer of 2020 participating in more than four weeks of universal professional development that was both internally created for Sage Hill’s unique needs and externally provided, relying on world-wide experts in distance learning.

Transition Between Learning Modalities: The on-campus experience at Sage Hill is our preferred modality, and the School plans to safely teach all students on campus in the 2020-2021 school year. However, Sage Hill School goes above and beyond basic online learning if and when it is required. The School’s distance learning experience focuses on the value of relationships, consistency and community. We know and understand that these values are essential to all meaningful, rigorous learning.

Distance Learning: We have found that students are best able to engage in learning and in living the School’s mission when their distance learning interactions flow as seamlessly as their in-class interactions. To that end, if and when students are in a distance learning modality, they can expect to experience a consistent look and feel across all of their courses. Additionally, Sage Hill School has developed a standard Learning Cadence and Student Learning Experiences, which support teachers in attending to all facets of their students’ growth in every course. Embedded into the Learning Cadence and Student Learning Experiences are the Six Cs and School Values - ensuring that the student learning experience is true to the Sage Hill School Mission and Vision.

Academic Technology: Sage Hill School has increased its investment in academic technology to ensure the ability for all students to participate in learning, whether in-person, on-line or through a hybrid approach. The use of the Zoom platform enable students and teachers to engage in demonstration, discussion, and group work while not on campus. Owl cameras give students a 360-degree view of classroom activities when they cannot be physically present, and Wacom tablets and styluses provide teachers with the ability to quickly review and provide feedback on student work in both in-person and distance modalities.

Click here to view the 2020-2021 School Year Student Technology Expectations.

Health and Wellness Protocols

Sage Hill School’s health and safety protocols are based on the current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), CAIS, NAIS and other regulatory agencies. All employees and families are required to participate in an online health and safety training prior to returning to campus.

Campus health and wellness protocols during the 2020-2021 school year include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Campus facilities reconfigured to promote social distancing;
  • Limited campus visitors;
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing processes throughout campus;
  • Use of masks on campus;
  • Staggered schedules to promote social distancing;
  • Changes to campus gatherings; and
  • Daily wellness screenings.
Sage Hill’s goal is to enable every healthy student to fully participate in academic and co-curricular programming on campus. In the 2020-2021 school year, Sage Hill School is also able to pivot to hybrid and/or distance learning modalities as needed, based on either individual student health concerns and/or public health guidelines.

Lightning Athletics Update

The health and safety of our community is our main priority as we are targeting for student athletes to return to on-campus physical activity in early August. As we plan for a return to athletic activity, we will be following all state, county and city guidelines including the newly issued “CIF Return to Physical Activity/Training Guidelines” that was created by the CIF Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

We continue to closely watch CIF as we anticipate further guidance about the return of high school athletics. CIF-SS Commissioner, Rob Wigod, stated, “There will be an announcement from the CIF State Office addressing the status of fall sports to be made no later than Monday, July 20.”

In the meantime, it is highly recommended that all students engage in daily individual physical activity and workouts in order to benefit their physical and mental health. Sage Hill’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, Ricky Sharpe, has designed a virtual Strength and Conditioning Camp which is designed to be innovative and purposeful for students looking to improve their overall fitness. Click here for more information and registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

An FAQ on Sage Hill School's Reopening for 2020-2021 is coming soon ... 


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