2020 Operations Plan

Whether it’s in-person or distance learning from home, Good Shepherd Catholic School in Santa Cruz will be ready to nurture students of all faiths, provide an education that is academically excellent in a safe and loving environment.

First Day of School for K through 8th - Wednesday, August 12

First Day of School for PS/PK - Tuesday, August 11

Distance (Remote at Home) Learning - 5 Days/Week abiding by the guidelines set forth by state and local agencies.

Wednesday, August 5

Tech Survey and Take Home Device Contract emailed to families

Friday, August 7

2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Virtual New Parent Orientation PS-8

Monday, August 10 - Tuesday, August 11

Tech and Supply Pick Up

Tuesday, August 11

7:45 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

First Day of PS/PK

Wednesday, August 12

8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

First Day of K-8

Begins with school-wide virtual assembly.

Friday, August 21

Feedback Friday – let us know how 1.5 weeks of distance learning is going.

Wednesday, August 26


8th Grade Sweatshirt & Gown Photo

The safety, health, and wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff, and the parent community are our highest priorities in planning for the start of next year. In collaboration with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Public Health Services, the CDC, and the Diocese, the administration team is diligently reviewing the numerous guidelines submitted by the various agencies which are constantly changing. Good Shepherd will be prepared to begin classes Monday, August 10, 2020. However, we will remain flexible in the event another Shelter-in-Place is mandated by the state and local health officials. Please keep in mind that we are making the best decisions based on the information provided by the government and the Diocese. We are extremely thankful for your continued partnership and support as we navigate these unprecedented times.

We organized a planning committee analyzing the different learning and scheduling structures to accommodate our students and their families. The operations plan is being developed in consultation with school and program leaders, Diocesan leadership, and the Santa Cruz County Public Health Officer. It will take into account the feedback from students and families collected through survey data.

The key principles that drive this plan are:

  1. Keeping students and staff safe and healthy
  2. Flexibility must be provided to accommodate the unique needs of each school and program
  3. Ensuring equity and access
  4. Providing learning environments that are engaging and keep learning moving forward
  5. Key stakeholders are involved in the planning process

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