Thank you to our Mayfield community for your support and kindness during this challenging time. We will continue to update this page with new information as it comes to hand.
— Kate Morin, Head of School
It is times like these that I am particularly grateful to be part of a loving and faith-filled community. I know that you will continue to join me in holding in the Light all those affected by COVID-19.
First, thank you so much for completing the parent survey about remote learning and back to school planning. We were gratified to have received such a large number of responses, and your input has been very valuable. The results of the survey, which were due on July 1, show that 60% of families would like a full return to on-campus teaching and learning, 33% preferred a hybrid model, and the remaining 7% favored a fully remote option.
We don’t usually send regular communications to families over the summer, but this year has been anything but usual. I know everyone has many questions regarding how and when we will return to campus. While we cannot answer those questions yet, we want to give you as much timely information as we can so that you can plan and prepare. You can expect a letter from me every three weeks (July 7 and 28, and Aug. 11) as well as detailed emails and time-sensitive requests as decisions are made.
During these difficult and unpredictable times, we anticipate that some members of our community may be facing unanticipated financial challenges. To that end, the Mayfield Board of Trustees has approved a fund for limited tuition assistance for families who are experiencing financial losses due to the COVID-19 virus and economic restrictions.
We have spent this past week collecting data and analyzing options to determine the best schedule for our community going forward. Based on all the information we gathered, we have decided to keep the block rotation intact but make some substantial changes to the school day. Starting next week, classes will begin at 8:50 a.m., and blocks will be 60 minutes long with at least a 15-minute break between classes. Additionally, we will not have classes on Wednesdays.
With the news that remote learning will continue for at least three weeks after Spring Break, on Friday afternoon members of the Academic Council met with administrators remotely to reconsider the class schedule going forward. We came to the unanimous decision that it will be best to adhere to the regular rotating schedule that we have been using all year. This means that we will go back to our four rotating 80-minute blocks per day—starting with D block on Monday, March 30 at 7:50 a.m.
As we transition into our remote learning program, please take comfort in knowing that you still have access to the support of the Health Office, the Learning Specialist and the School Counselor. Nurse Cota, Mrs. Bussard, and Ms. Perez are all happy to share a link with you for a remote session, so if you need our support, please do not hesitate to email us to request an appointment—even if it’s just for a brief consult or check-in.
I hope you are all well and staying healthy. All of the uncertainty and changes we’re experiencing can be stressful. It’s more important than ever to take care of ourselves and stay connected with the important people in our lives, but it is also really important to follow the social distancing directions of healthcare professionals.
Thank you for your continuing support of our decision to move to a remote learning plan for the upcoming week. As mentioned in earlier communications, the first phase of our remote learning plan will be effective from Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, after which school will be closed for Spring Break.
I want to thank all of you for your prayers, support, understanding, and patience during this challenging time. As you are aware, the information that we are receiving about the risk and spread of COVID-19 both in our community and around the world is changing quickly. Although the L.A. Department of Health has not as yet directed a general school closure, nor have we received any information that our school is at particular risk, after a great deal of discernment and reflection and in conjunction with other Pasadena Area Independent School Heads we have made the difficult decision to suspend academic and extracurricular activities on campus beginning Monday, March 16.
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 21 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.