COVID-19 Response: 2020-21 Return-to-School Plan

Responsibility • Safety • Science • Community

Viewpoint’s approach to safely re-opening our campus is grounded in evidence-based science from current, primary research, and places the health and safety of our community as our highest priority. A learning community, we are guided by our values of responsibility, respect, inclusion, and excellence. Our flexible framework reflects these values and is subject to ongoing update and review.

Viewpoint Summer 2020

In order to help keep our students safe and decrease risk of COVID-19, Viewpoint School requires that within two weeks of the first day of camp, all campers and staff must have a negative molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) validated COVID-19 test. We also strongly recommend no travel via plane or public transportation or visit to theme parks within two weeks of being on campus. 

If you cannot obtain a COVID-19 PCR swab from your own pediatrician or health care provider, there are many options available in the LA and Ventura county areas, including:

Los Angeles County Public Health drive through testing locations: 

Ventura County testing locations: 

Westlake Urgent Care 

Malibu Urgent Care 

Calabasas Pediatrics 

MVP Pediatric Urgent Care

Exer Urgent Care Calabasas

Tech Support

  • Does your child need an iPad or Chromebook to better access Viewpoint’s Remote Learning program? Please contact Anneke Emerson at anneke.emerson@viewpoint.org.
  • Do you need help troubleshooting technology issues at home? Please contact Alison Corneau (PS/LS), Lara Didden (MS), Heather Blair (US) and we’ll try and connect you with an answer.
  • Did you know Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription? Read more here. 
  • Having connectivity trouble? Try restarting your router or relocating it to a more central place in the house. Check your speed at various locations using https://fast.com/. If problems persist, call your internet service provider. They may be able to update your router or provide you a booster. Consumer Reports has additional suggestions.

Parent and Student Well-Being and Support

  • Our Lower, Middle and Upper School Counselors, Ms. Henning, Mrs. Piccioni and Mrs. Burness, are available to chat by Zoom every day after school from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and by appointment  from 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day.
  • Viewpoint’s Parent Partnership for Diversity and Inclusivity (PPDI) meets every Monday at 9:30am and 6:30pm. Contact LeRhonda Greats for the Zoom address.
  • Alison Corneau and Anneke Emerson host a K-5  Remote Learning Chat each Wednesday at 4:00pm. Reach out for the Zoom address.


Coronavirus infections are transmitted in a manner similar to many flus and respiratory illnesses through droplets in the air from a cough or sneeze.  While the risk of coronavirus is serious, please keep in mind that the risk of contracting influenza is still more signficant. Increased awareness and practice of the following precautions, by both adults and students, is strongly advised.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, and after touching public surfaces. If this is not possible, then use a hand sanitizer gel.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze by using a tissue that you immediately throw into a trashcan or by covering your face with your elbow (bent arm) if no tissue is available.  Do not cough or sneeze into the open air or into your hands. And wash your hands immediately afterward.
  • In public places, put distance (about six feet if possible) between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • If you have not already done so, get a flu shot. The flu is an ongoing concern and currently is even more dangerous than the coronavirus.
  • Do not come to school if you don’t feel well. Students, employees, and parents who are symptomatic of illness are encouraged to remain home until symptoms, including but not limited to coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and fever, subside. Teachers will work with students to ensure every effort is made to minimize academic impact.


  • The school is taking additional steps in our daily cleaning, including using a disinfectant that is designed for use in hospital and healthcare settings.
  • Our Athletic Department has placed additional precautions in place to help keep our student-athletes in the cleanest environment possible.
  • Our food service provider, SAGE, has let us know about the extra steps they are taking, in addition to their daily protocol, to help protect the community from the spread of viruses. These include: 
    • Using disinfectant throughout each meal period.
    • Cleaning and sanitizing the entire buffet, shelves and decor items twice a day.
    • Changing out all publicly-handled serving utensils every 15 minutes.
    • Encouraging students to use the provided hand sanitizer before entering the servery.
    • Communicating all updated and additional protocols at pre-shift meetings daily with all the Team Members.
    • Preparing a contingency menu in the event they become short-staffed.
At this time, our current policy remains in place—a student is sent home for a fever and is required to stay at home until fever-free for 24 hours without medication. Each individual case of illness will be evaluated to ensure the safety and health of students, faculty, and staff, and we have asked our nurses to use their judgment should a child exhibit symptoms they deem concerning, even in the absence of a fever.
  • In the event that a child or staff member is identified to have traveled to an area experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 AND has symptoms of respiratory illness (such as fever and cough), that person will be sent home and the school will immediately contact the Los Angeles County Department of Health.
  • Viewpoint is preparing to engage in Virtual School in the event that the campus is required to be closed due to a pandemic outbreak. Families should consider how long-term Virtual School would impact routines and make preparations in advance if possible.

COVID-19 Task Force

Tanya Altmann MD, FAAP

William Go MD, PhD

Mark McKee
Head of School

Don Anderson
Director of Campus Safety and Security

Bob Bryan
Associate Head of School

Anneke Emerson
Chief Innovation Officer

Sue Gellerman
Senior Nurse

Lissa Sholty
Chief Financial Officer

Jill Shaw
Director of Strategic Communications

Laurel Baker Tew
Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management

Jonathon Wolfson
Chair, Board of Trustees

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