Campus Re-Opening

Published on July 30, 2020 by Steve Macias

Dear Canterbury Families,

Canterbury will be open for in person instruction, as planned, on September 9th!

Over the next few weeks you will be receiving important information and reminders
related to the beginning of the school year. You will also receive additional details about
specific protocols you can expect once school starts.

Please join us in praying for our Canterbury community and that favors us with God’s mercy and grace. Thank you for helping us ensure and safe and healthy learning environment. We are joyfully
anticipating a successful school year together with your family!

In Christ Alone,

Father Steve Macias, Headmaster


Canterbury Christian School (Los Altos, CA) to Resume In-Person Classes This Fall 

“….Early childhood education is an essential service,” says Headmaster Father Steven Macias.  

LOS ALTOS, CA (July 30, 2020) — Canterbury Christian School is a classical micro-school in California’s Silicon Valley serving local families with students in four-year-old Kindergarten through 5th grade. Canterbury will open the campus to in-person instruction with enhanced safety measures starting September 9th, 2020. 

“Our families will be invited to return to the classroom this Fall. Our staff and parents understand that early childhood education is an ‘essential service’ and we will take every reasonable precaution to prioritize student and staff health, safety, and overall well being,” said Headmaster Father Steven Macias.  

In March 2020, Canterbury Christian School was one of the first Bay Area Schools to close their campus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canterbury went fully online with a robust curriculum offering that included every core academic subject and also continued their classical distinctives like Bible, Latin, and public speaking. 

“Our teachers and parents are now eager to get our students back into the classroom, and we’re doing so with their health and safety in mind. In addition to enhanced sanitation and distancing procedures, parents can expect temperature-checks at drop-off and small, consistent student cohort groups.” 

Canterbury has announced that it will be implementing many safety precautions to campus operations based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control(CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and local regulations, as they apply, in order to safeguard students, parents, and staff against the spread of COVID-19.

As of July 23, 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published: “The best available evidence indicates that COVID-19 poses relatively low risks to school-aged children…” and “…the rate of infection among younger school children, and from students to teachers, has been low, especially if proper precautions are followed.” 

“In our situation, common sense must prevail. Our micro-school is smaller and more safe than many of the summer camps and daycare programs that have been allowed to continue throughout the COVID-19 crisis.” 

Canterbury’s existing micro-school policies limit class sizes to sixteen (16) students and the campus maintains seven (7) grade-based classrooms. Founded in 1974, Canterbury Christian School is the educational ministry of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church and is also a member of the Anglican Schools Association. 

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Posted in Canterbury Tales (July 17th, 2020)

In March, when schools nationwide closed on short notice and in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 health crisis, our school was one of the first in our community to pivot into an online distance-learning model. We never stopped teaching because we believe in the mission and vision of Christian education. 

For Fall 2020, Canterbury is resolved to do everything we can to safely reopen our campus because we believe that doing so is in the best interest of our students and their families.

We cannot predict or control every changing variable that might affect this school year, but we are prepared to engage, disciple, and inspire our Canterbury students at our Los Altos campus.

We have followed closely the health and safety updates from around the country and consulted with other schools on best practices for re-opening. While distance learning can be an effective methodology when done well and when health and safety conditions leave no other option, it is not an ideal long-term substitute for the interpersonal, social and academic benefits of the real classroom.

Our 2020-2021 plans to return to campus revolve around several important promises from the Bible: 

(1) “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) 

Your child’s experience in the Canterbury community is core to our school’s mission. Our entire staff is committed to providing our students with a strong foundation for their Christian faith and lifelong learning. 

We believe this Kingdom work is an essential service for the spiritual health of our world. We hope you share our conviction that these precious years of your child’s development – academically and spiritually – are also to be considered essential. 

(2)“Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee…” (Proverbs 2:11)

As a private Christian school, our ability to reopen is not based on what other local public school districts decide to do this Fall. But the Bible reminds us that “discretion” and “understanding” require us to think through the effect of our decisions.

Therefore, we will be implementing various procedures to prioritize the health and safety of our students, teachers, and overall Canterbury community. 

We have based our protocols on the best guidance from the medical community and local regulations, as they apply, in order to safeguard our students, parents, faculty, and staff against the spread of COVID-19.

(3) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) 

A few parents have expressed their fears about returning to in-person classes. It is important for parents to recognize that Canterbury’s re-opening is very different than large public schools. God’s Word says we should not be needlessly afraid. 

Canterbury’s late start on September 9th will give us several weeks of data from other re-opened schools around the country. This will allow us to update or change our re-opening plans based on facts and real data, if needed, rather than fear and uncertainty. We will be able to see beforehand if re-opening plans similar to Canterbury’s are actually working to prevent the spread of COVID in classrooms. 

The general scientific consensus is that children are less likely to contract or even transmit the virus. Data from the Netherlands back up the idea that “children play a minor role in the spread of the novel coronavirus,” said Dr. George Rutherford, an infectious diseases expert at University of California at San Francisco.

Returning to the classroom is supported by numerous child-advocacy organizations, among them the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recently issued the following guidance: “ …the AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.” 

Fear not – we have a plan backed by good science and best practices. 

We look forward to welcoming students back to campus for the 2020/2021 school year! We are committed to providing a Christ-centered learning experience in a safe and healthy environment.

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