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Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year

We are looking forward to having everyone back on campus and to another fantastic year together. We want everyone to feel safe and at home in the Camellia community and have all the information you need as we move through the year together.

Below you will find a few highlights of our back-to-school plan:

  • Masking is required indoors and outdoors for all of our students. This is a change for our early childhood families from the initial safety plan that was shared.

  • All students and visitors to campus should self screen at home to check for symptoms of illness or a fever. Staff will be available to support with screening or answer questions as needed at drop off.

  • We are a peanut free school. Please do not send any food or packaged items that have peanuts.

  • All choir and wind instrument activities will take place outdoors. Lunch and snack will also take place outdoors.

  • Our illness policy has been updated. Any student with symptoms of illness must stay at home and either get an alternate diagnosis from a health care provider or get COVID tested.

  • Parking at drop off is reserved for Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st grade families. 2nd-8th grade families should use the drop off lane.

  • Please drive slowly and mindfully in the parking lot. It can get very busy at drop off and pick up time, and your patience and care is critical in keeping everyone safe. Do not enter through the exit gate, rush past cars waiting to enter the drop off lane, or pass cars on the right hand side of the drop off lane and be mindful that three different lanes of traffic are navigating the exit.

Drop Off All students should either be self screened at home or when they arrive at school for any symptoms of illness and have their temperature taken. Please keep your children home if they have any symptoms. Staff or faculty will be available at drop off to confirm screening has been completed or assist with screening if necessary.

Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st grade parents are welcome to walk their children to their classroom or play area. For both safety and pedagogical reasons, we ask that you do not enter classrooms or linger in the playground and save conversations with teachers and other parents for another time. 2nd through 8th grade students should be dropped off in the drop off lane in the parking lot. Staff will be available to confirm at-home symptom screening has been completed and provide natural hand sanitizer. Please have your children and their belongings ready to exit the car as soon as screening is complete so that the drop off line can move efficiently. To minimize crowding, 2nd-4th grade students will enter through the center gate and 5th-8th will enter through the side gate near the Redwood Path. Parking on campus is limited and everyone is encouraged to park on Pocket Road just north of campus, or on side streets near the crosswalk on Pocket Road. Parking during drop off is reserved for Preschool through 1st grade families only.

Pick Up

Preschool through 3rd grade families can pick their students up from their classrooms. Please do not enter the classroom when other students are present, be mindful of gathering, and be aware that the teachers may not have time to chat with everyone at this time. 4th - 8th grade students will be dismissed to the front of the Redwood Building where they will wait to be picked up. Parents are welcome to park on campus or along Pocket Road, as available. Please be mindful not to block the parking lot entrance/driveway if you are unable to find parking. Any students not picked up within ten minutes of their dismissal time will be sent to aftercare and families will be billed at the drop in rate.


Students, employees, and visitors should not come to campus if they have been exposed to COVID or are experiencing any of the following symptoms:


  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Anyone experiencing these symptoms will need to have either a negative COVID test or a written alternate diagnosis from a health care provider, as well waiting 24 hours after significant improvement of symptoms.


Please report any symptoms of illness or alternate diagnoses from your physician to the school.


Free COVID testing is available through Sacramento County and we are in the process of implementing an on campus antigen testing program.


Everyone has a part in keeping us healthy and safe. We know layered mitigation works and encourage our families to model safety for their children by wearing a mask, physically distancing when possible, washing hands often, being tested, getting vaccinated and staying home when sick. Together we can do this!


Our COVID Safety Plan, includes the following:

  • Masks are required for all students, staff. and visitors both indoors and outdoors, except as exempt according to CDPH guidelines.

  • All eating will take place outside

  • High risk activities like choir and recorder will always take place outdoors.

  • Teachers will take care to model a thoughtful approach to distancing and work to create a culture where physical contact is minimized and consent is practiced. Morning greetings will not include hugs or handshakes.

For details about our COVID safety protocols, please read our full Health and Safety Plan.


We look forward to having a wonderful and healthy year of learning with all of you!