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Torreys Together

Return to Campus
LJCDS is committed to offering an exceptional educational experience that fulfills our mission of preparing individuals for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility. During this time of uncertainty, the partnership among teachers, parents and students is more important than ever to support our students’ emotional, social, physical and intellectual development.

Our utmost priority is the health, safety and well-being of all our students, faculty, staff and community members. 

The first day of school is August 19, 2020. The Early Childhood Center will begin school on campus. The school will implement a phased reopening plan for students in K–12. E-learning will be available for students in K–12 who are unable to return to campus for any reason. 

In preparation for on-campus learning, the following pages share the school's plans and protocols. These measures adhere to the latest state and county orders and are based on the latest scientific and medical advice.

Five Pillars of Safety

List of 5 items.

  • Hygiene

    Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting

  • Distancing

    Physical distancing, reducing the density of people
  • Coverings

    The use of masks and face shields when appropriate

  • Screening

    Health screening survey, testing

  • Culture

    Community commitment, prioritizing safety


  • Prioritize student, faculty, staff and community members’ health, safety and well-being

  • Prioritize in-person, face-to-face learning over an e-learning or hybrid model, whenever safe and feasible

  • Utilize and implement hygiene, face covering when appropriate, outdoor use and physical distancing protocols 

  • Investigate how rapid testing for the virus on campus can prevent outbreaks and provide additional safety for our community

  • Develop and maintain proper channels of communication and feedback

  • Lead with dignity and honor all feelings and perspectives about COVID-19 without judgment

Learning Environment Highlights

  • A full day of school, including the possibility for extended care options in Lower and Middle School

  • Cohort classes to minimize crossover among children and adults within the school 

  • A staggered schedule in all three divisions to support health checks, sanitizing and traffic patterns

  • Classes designed to utilize both indoor and outdoor spaces, with no more than 20-30 minutes indoors before students proceed to outdoor assigned classroom space

  • Seating/desks spaced 3–6 feet apart and facing forward when feasible

  • Teachers will rotate between classes instead of students moving between classroom when feasible

  • Students who are not able to return to campus will continue to have access to learning


Health and Screening

  • Face coverings: As required by the San Diego County Health Order or when appropriate when physical distancing isn’t possible 

  • Health screening surveys: Self-administered morning symptoms checks for students, faculty and staff 

  • On-campus testing: We will continue to evaluate the possibility of offering COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff. 

  • Temperature checks: Self-administered before coming onto campus each day. 


  • Gary Krahn, head of school 
  • Colleen O’Boyle, assistant head of school for academic affairs
  • Dave Sigal, assistant head of school/chief financial officer
  • Tiffany Truong, director of marketing and communications
Pedagogy/Student Experience
  • Payton Hobbs, head of Lower School
  • Maria Curtis, director of the Early Childhood Center
  • Marsha Poh, Lower School dean of faculty and students
  • Kristy Johnson, head of Middle School
  • Thomas Trocano, head of Upper School
  • Kristy A. King, director of the Learning Resource Center
  • Melissa Carboni, Learning Resource Center educational coordinator
  • Rachel Clouser, assistant head of Upper School for student life and faculty enrichment
  • Dave Jenkins, assistant head of Upper School for student life and college counseling
Interdisciplinary Inquiry 
  • Cindy S. Bravo, director of visual and performing arts
  • Dan Lenzen, director of design and innovation
  • Rafael Eaton, head librarian
  • Meghan Edwards, assistant head of Middle School for academics and global education
  • Hadley Zeavin, director of service learning & experiential education

Wellness: Physical and Mental
  • Jeff Hutzler, director of athletics and physical education
  • Ashley Marlow, Lower/Middle School counselor
  • Michelle Hirschy, Upper School counselor
  • Jan Capon, nurse

  • Quoc Vo, director of technology
  • Gabriel O. Gador, assistant director of technology
  • Kevin Worth, senior director of operations
  • Dan Wagner, assistant director of operations

Faculty/Staff Support
  • Kelly Kennedy, director of human resources

COVID-19 Board Committee 
  • Karen Deschaine (committee chair) trustee, partner at Cooley LLP
  • Sandra Coufal, M.D., trustee, internal medicine physician and biotech venture capitalist 
  • Bob Kain, trustee, CEO and co-founder of LunaPBC 
  • James Kelly, trustee, former finance executive
  • Susan Tousi, trustee, senior vice president of product development at Illumina 
  • Mark Minasian, CEO of Kellermeyer Bergensons Services
  • Bob Mischler, senior vice president, strategy and technology operations of Acadia Pharmaceuticals
  • Josh Schimmer, M.D., senior managing director of Evercore ISI
  • Roger Mills, M.D., principal at Vincere Consulting LLC

La Jolla Country Day School

9490 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

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