Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Thursday, April 9, 2020 

On March 16th, Berkeley Hall made the transition to remote learning in response to the state’s Safer at Home order. During this challenging time, we are taking the opportunity to use a growth mindset and to ground ourselves more deeply in our school core values – Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Compassion.
Our teachers, already engaged in our Depth of Study process, are working to preserve the quality of teaching and learning by prioritizing the student-teacher relationship and by leveraging a variety of platforms to teach core concepts and to “meet” in real time with student groups.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions that will be updated frequently. 

If you have other inquiries regarding how Berkeley Hall has embraced this challenge and found ways to continue our top-notch, whole-child education, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Even though we are not on our beautiful campus right now, we are all available daily. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to info@berkeleyhall.org, admissions@berkeleyhall.org, or call 310-476-6421. 

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • What does the landscape for schools look like right now?

    We have actively been sharing best practices with other independent schools and learning from one another about how to improve our remote instruction.
    Berkeley Hall is characteristically embracing this opportunity to deeply study and improve our remote instruction. We are a community of learners and we are grateful to continue learning and growing together through this challenging time.
  • How prepared was BHS for this move to remote learning?

    While no one is prepared for a pandemic, we were better prepared for switching to a remote learning model than many other schools. For the past two years, our teachers have been working with a technology consultant to meet and esceed our education standards. This means that we have built-in experts on our faculty in SeeSaw, Google Classroom, Zearn, Flipgrid and other learning platforms.
  • What has been done so far to effect this transition?

    Teachers worked together by academic department to come up with an initial core approach for remote instruction. It was agreed that individual teachers would “pilot test” additional remote learning activities, such as virtual lunchtime and live class sessions.
  • How does remote learning differ from a regular classroom schedule and why?

    Research on remote learning indicates that less is more and that remote lessons should include a blend of both synchronous (live) and asynchronous learning opportunities in order to minimize unnecessary screen time while remaining connected as a classroom community.
  • How is Berkeley Hall supporting parents during remote learning? 

    All families have access to a parent-support program through the Remote Learning tile on the Berkeley Hall website. This page is rich with valuable resources for parents working with their children from home. We have also purchased for each family a dynamic interactive program called Work from Home with Kids and THRIVE and made it available to our community on the website. In addition, parents can join a grade level parent meeting and morning meet-ups regularly to check in with administrators.
  • How is your community staying connected and informed?

    To stay connected with our community, we established regular 15-minute Morning Meet-ups on Zoom to connect parents with school administrators to share current information and to support one another. 
    Regular Zoom debrief meetings with faculty and staff highlight remote learning challenges and offer solutions to continue our tradition of educational excellence.
  • How will remote learning look after spring break?

    The same collaborative energy and passion we bring to improving our “live” classroom lessons is being poured into our remote lesson design. We are committed to providing the very best remote learning available, anywhere. We have adjusted our schedules based on survey results from parents, the most recent research on remote learning, and what is best for each student age group.
  • How do our students and family stay connected during this time?

    We continue to think of ways to keep us all connected, from daily video greetings from Mr. Fontaine (with birthday shout-outs), to share the antics of our mascot Cooper Bobcat through fun videos, to teachers running virtual meetings and lunches with students. Following spring break, there will be new ways for students to connect through online group work and meetings, and for parents to connect with school and through meets-up sponsored by our Berkeley Hall Parent Association (BHPA).
  • Are all events being rescheduled? 

    A vibrant community is very important to all Berkeley Hall families, faculty, and staff, and we don’t want to look ahead too far and assume that every event will be compromised. However, in the coming days and weeks, we will certainly stay in touch as events get rescheduled or cancelled. 
    Admissions events are being planned online for the spring.
  • How do parents currently communicate with teachers?

    Our teachers have always been very proactive in responding to students and parents. During remote learning, teachers hold specific online office hours and are available for both students and parents. 

Community Updates

Community Update sent March 13, 2020 
Announcement that Remote Learning began March 16

Community Update sent March 10, 2020

Community Update sent March 4, 2020

Community Update sent February 7, 2020

Community Update sent January 28, 2020

General Precautions

We continue to track the Coronavirus situation closely with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Our aim with this page is to update our community with accurate information, but please reference the CDC and other official websites for the latest news.
Here are the standard health practices to prevent the spread of the virus:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
If you or your child develop flu-like symptoms — fever, cough and difficulty breathing — or you are concerned that you or anyone in your family may have been exposed to COVID-19, please call your health-care provider.

Travel Advisories

If you are considering a trip, please check the latest travel notices from the CDC and reference the general travel guidelines of the CDC and these spring break guidelines

Campus Hygiene Measures

Berkeley Hall always employs industry best-practices for daily cleaning. Our routine custodial service thoroughly and daily wipes each faucet, toilet and urinal handle, door handle and other such commonly touched surfaces with an antiseptic cleaner.

NanoSeptic products (nanotechnology-powered, self-cleaning surfaces) have been installed on door push-bars and commonly touched door handles on campus.
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Berkeley Hall School is a private, coeducational school for students in preschool through grade 8. Rigorous academics in a supportive atmosphere and grounded character development allow students to become fearless scholars and conscientious citizens - gain a love of learning, leadership with social responsibility, creativity with moral integrity, and self-esteem with compassion for others and the environment.