Campus Health & Safety Guidelines

Academic Program

List of 7 items.

  • GUIDING PRINCIPLES

    Safety
    The Pegasus School’s motto of being “a safe place to be smart” has taken on a new meaning in the era of COVID-19. We believe that a healthy and safe environment is ultimately a secure environment, one in which students, teachers and staff are able to thrive and form the relationships that build the foundation of learning at our school. We also believe that we have an obligation to support the health of the broader community – from our own Pegasus families to those around Southern California and beyond. At all times, we will align our practices with our school mission, the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the California Association of Independent Schools.

    On Campus Instruction
    The Pegasus School is committed to a community-wide culture of respect, where inclusiveness, kindness, integrity and empathy are deeply valued. Now more than ever, the strength of our community is key to providing a safe environment for children to learn at school. In accordance with CDPH COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, our school is returning to full on-campus instruction as we believe children learn best when physically present at school. 

    A Pegasus Educational Experience
    The Pegasus School believes in providing students with experiences to develop their intellectual curiosity, compassion, and unique gifts and that a continuous educational experience with guidance from our talented faculty and staff is important to achieve this end. Relationship building and a focus on social-emotional learning continue to be at the heart of the Pegasus student experience alongside academic development. We commit to supporting students as seamlessly as possible despite necessary measures taken to keep students safe and healthy. 

    Flexibility and Adaptability 
    The Pegasus School’s overarching goal is to create a flexible, continuous learning structure that prepares students, families, and faculty to adapt to potential on-campus instruction due to the impact of COVID-19. We are an on-campus school, but what we plan for at the start of the school year may change as this pandemic continues to unfold. All students and teachers will be prepared with tools to adapt to environmental changes, including accessing instruction or teaching remotely in the event of necessary quarantine.
  • SCHOOL DAY HOURS

    The academic school day hours will shift slightly to promote educational opportunities, including a full return of all specialist classes, and to maximize instructional time. More details about arrival and departure procedures, carpool, and extended day options may be found in the “Campus Procedures” section of this document. 

    Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    First and Second Grade: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade: 8:00 a.m. – 3:25 p.m.
  • EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

    Lower School (Grades PK-5) Schedule
    Lower School students will return to full on campus instruction and programming including specialist classes and differentiated rotational instruction for mathematics (Grades 1 and up). The Lower School Schedule is a six day rotation. Please log into your parent portal to view your child’s schedule. Your child’s homeroom teacher will share the A-F day schedule for the class with you on or before Back to School Night.

    Middle School (Grades 6 – 8) Schedule 
    Middle School is returning to full on-campus instruction and programming. Students will have access to lockers, be able to participate in athletics, attend our outdoor education trips, and experience all classes in their respective classroom settings. Through our 5 day schedule, we will have the flexibility to address and respond to our community’s health and safety needs should conditions dictate a change in programming. 


  • RECESS & OUTDOOR PLAY

    Opportunities for play and engagement with the outdoors remain central to our program. Masking is currently optional while outdoors. Our school campus will continue to follow guidelines from the CDPH.
  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    Physical education continues to be a critical part of our program at Pegasus. Now more than ever, the need for physical activity as part of both mental and physical health is important. All physical education classes will be held outdoors in a variety of spaces on campus, weather permitting. The gym will also be used when appropriate for PE instruction. Masks are not required while exercising, however, the doors will be left open.
  • ATHLETICS

    We are looking forward to our students being able to participate in all 3 seasons of athletic programming through our Developmental Skills League (grades 4-6) and our Triway League (grades 6-8). To ensure the success of our athletic programming, we will continue to closely monitor local health conditions and adhere to CDPH, OCHCA and CAIF guidelines. In addition, we may implement surveillance testing through our Health Office.
  • EXTRACURRICULARS & FIELD TRIPS

    Lower School
    The Lower School will resume field trips this year. The school’s guidelines for bussing and parent volunteerism will be followed to support these trips. Overnight field trips in grades four and five are planned for the spring. The school’s protocols for testing will be implemented for grades 4 and 5. Battle of the Books for grades 4 and 5 will be hosted in the library, and in other classrooms and outdoor locations on campus.

    Middle School 
    The Middle School will resume all field trips and off campus events. This will include, but not limited to, our outdoor education trips, debate tournaments, and field trips. In conjunction with the organizations we will be working with, all safety protocols and any surveillance testing needs will be shared with families well in advance.

    COVID-19 Exposure & Quarantine Guidelines
    While on campus learning will resume at full capacity, guidelines are in place for accessing instruction remotely should the need arise for individual students. Please refer to our guidelines here.

Reporting Requirement

All community members are required to notify the School Nurse if they, or a family member with whom they live, or a person with whom they have had close contact, tests positive for COVID-19. If a community member develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or is self-isolating due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19, he/she is required to notify the School Nurse.

The Pegasus School

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