Reopening Resources

As the first independent school on the west side to be granted a waiver and reopen, we are thankful to our entire community for your support, research, time, and partnership. Although our students were able to fully participate on campus every day, we missed fully interacting with our parents and extended community and look forward to seeing everyone in September 2021!

While we recognize that education and physical interaction of young minds is essential, we maintain that the health and safety of our great community is our north star. Although Los Angeles is in the midst of an economic reopening, we are spending the summer both preparing for a remarkable and engaging school year and monitoring the highly infectious delta coronavirus variant. We are confident that our partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health coupled with guidance from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and our committed COVID-19 Taskforce will continue to positively impact a successful and safe start to the new school year. We agree that “learning is non-negotiable” as Governor Newsom maintains.

This page is dedicated to providing you with current and historical resources on our plans for delivering our innovative education for a full day of programming, five days a week.  These plans have taken into consideration the health and safety guidelines issued by the CDC, California Department of Education, and NAIS coupled with the expertise of our Covid-19 Task Force, Steering Committee, Head of School, and Senior Administration. We realize that although seemingly confirmed, these plans are based upon the information we know up to date and can evolve and pivot as safety demands.


Moving Forward: A Safety Guide

COVID-19 Advisory Taskforce

Maria Arellano, EdD, Associate Head of School, Seven Arrows Elementary

Neil Desai, PhD Neil Desai, PhD, CEO, Aadi Bioscience Inc.

Amy Eldon, Trustee, Steering Committee

Elizabeth Fielder-Marashi, MD. Attending ER physician, Kaiser

Steven Henning, Board Chair, Steering Committee

Ashley Hunter Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA, American Academy of Pediatrics

Sara Kaviar, Director of Innovation & Learning, Seven Arrows Elementary

Dalit Krivoy, founding member of NOCOVID coalition

Daniel Krivoy, MD, Clinical Instructor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Darren Nakasuji, Dean of Students, Seven Arrows Elementary

Margarita Pagliai, Head of School & Founder, Seven Arrows Elementary

Peter Szilagyi, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, Vice-Chair for Pediatric Research, UCLA

Angela Vassallo, Epidemiologist Consultant, CEO, The Safe Set & Chief Clinical Advisor, COVID SMART

Reopening Q&A

Distance learning begins Thursday, September 3, 2020. Our current plan is completely virtual until the LA County's numbers decrease, and we are able to submit a waiver to reopen for in-person instruction. Check back for real-time updates in the event we have to resume the distance learning model.
Face masks will be required for everyone in accordance with current state and county regulations. We will require each child to wear a mask while indoors during the school day. There will be scheduled masks breaks for students to safely remove their masks outside, in addition to maskless periods during snack, lunch, and PE. Note that all outdoor maskless breaks will be 10 feet apart.
The hybrid model affords parents with a choice to either have their child attend school in person full time OR engage in full-time distance learning. Parents will need to submit their instruction preferences on the family instruction preference form that will be sent Monday, August 3, 2020.
Limited and supervised mask breaks will be provided in outdoor spaces that we designate for safe play and rest. All mask breaks will also be in compliance with the 6-feet-apart physical distancing measure.
In accordance with the mandated state regulations, our in-person learning will be restricted to cohort groups of 10-12 max students per classroom. Doing so will best prevent coronavirus spread in our learning community. For example, in the event of an infection, the cohort model will allow us to sequester/close down one grade, instead of the whole school. Face masks will be required for all students in accordance with current state and county regulations. We will require each child to wear a mask while indoors during the school day. Social distancing measures (6 feet apart, no contact) will also be taken to prevent the spread of disease within our community. Individual desks will minimize contact during the school day for all children. Additional handwashing stations have been added. Temperature checks will be administered daily for all faculty and staff. As much as possible, we will be utilizing the outdoor classroom model for instruction. Foodsharing will be prohibited. Field trips and larger gatherings will also move to the virtual space until further notice.
Faculty and staff will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and undergo daily temperature checks. Protective plexiglass will be installed in heavy interaction spaces. A strict limit on non-essential campus visitors including parents will be in place. Classrooms are being modified to promote the cohort model and limit exposure to other cohorts/grades. A private egress to the outdoors in every grade has been installed. All air filters have been upgraded to prevent spread via our ducting. All public bathrooms will have UV disinfectant lights and be equipped with contactless hand washing and soap dispensers. In-person singing and wind instrument usage will be prohibited. Implementation of more frequent sanitizing measures and the hiring of additional cleaning personnel. Please click below for our Containment, Response, and Control Plan.
Our curriculum and tech team are collaboratively available for any training, tech questions, troubleshooting, or otherwise. Educators are receiving comprehensive retraining of previous platforms and training of new platforms and use of Meeting Owls during faculty in-service. Some of the apps will allow for more thorough and comprehensive assessments. The tech team will also be coordinating training for all families to minimize knowledge gaps across our constituents. We are also implementing the use of digital books so that students can annotate them. More information will be provide at the upcoming Town Halls.

Guidelines & Recent Archives

Community Resources

Quick Links

We Need to Talk More About Ventilation: Read More Here

Low-Cost Measurement of Face Mask Efficacy for Filtering Expelled Droplets During Speech: Read More Here

COVID-19 Safe Community Agreement

School Communication

  1. January 20th, 2021 – Click to Open >
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  4. August 5, 2020 – Click to Open >
  5. July 31, 2020 – Click to Open >
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