- Updated Residential Guidance—May 24, 2021
- New Mask Guidance—Note from the President, May 3, 2021
- Relaxing Restrictions in the Upper Division—Memo from the Upper Division Dean of Students, May 2, 2021
Due to continued improvements in Monterey County’s COVID-19 metrics and the substantial number of students on campus who have now received the COVID-19 vaccine, we can now relax several restrictions for resident students. The following changes will be effective following meetings that will soon be convened by our dorm heads:
- Resident students are allowed one visitor in their room as long as the door is open, the windows are open, and everyone in the room is masked. Only one visitor is allowed, and they must be from the same dorm. Day students are still restricted from entering the dorms.
- Resident students may get into cars with their families as long as those family members have been vaccinated.
- Resident students may go to dinner with their vaccinated family members at any restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula (Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside) provided they elect outdoor dining.
It is important to note that the easing of these policies do not change other policies, such as the obligation to be masked when out of dorm rooms etc.
Dear Stevenson Community:
As you may have heard, on Tuesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance that people—whether or not they have been vaccinated—will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors when they walk, bike, or run alone. People can also go maskless in small outdoor gatherings with people who are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated people—defined by the CDC as those who have yet to receive both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson formula—must still wear masks at outdoor gatherings that include other unvaccinated people.
While we anticipate that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the controlling authority for the state’s schools and colleges, will soon follow suit in issuing similar guidance, this update results in only minor modifications to The Pirate Pledge, our behavioral pillars to protect the health and safety of our students and employees.
In the upper division:
- Students and employees should continue to wear masks in all situations except when eating, walking, biking, or running outside alone, or in a small group when certain that all members of that group are fully vaccinated.
- Because we do not have a feasible way to screen athletics spectators upon arrival to determine who has been vaccinated or not, these guests will continue to be required to wear masks. As a reminder, only athletes’ immediate family members are permitted to attend athletics contests.
- On a related note, we facilitated vaccinations for more than 50 of our students last week, and plan to host a campus vaccination clinic for qualifying students on Thursday, May 6. Details will soon follow in a separate email.
Because this new guidance is directed at those who are fully vaccinated, and none of our PK-8 students are vaccinated, the lower and middle divisions will continue to follow all the health and safety measures currently in place until further notice.
Dr. Kevin M. Hicks ’85 P ’29
Dear Stevenson Community:
With vaccinations on the rise and COVID-19 metrics continuing to improve in Monterey County, we are taking steps to relax some of our restrictions on campus. As you have already heard, day students will soon have the opportunity to eat lunch in Reid Hall—a change that has been received with enthusiasm. In addition, we are happy to report the following adaptations:
- Day students are now permitted to visit campus during the weekend (after school on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) provided they have a resident student host with whom they remain while on campus, and that resident host has received permission in advance of the day student’s arrival from the faculty member on duty.
- Day students may participate in campus weekend activities without a resident student host if they receive permission from the adult who is hosting the event.
- Resident students in grades 10-12 are permitted to socialize outside in the expanded boundary area around the dorms after study hall from 10:00–10:30 p.m.
- As has been the case for students in grades 10-12, ninth graders are now permitted to leave campus on foot, between sunrise and sunset, provided they remain in Pebble Beach. They must still attend dinner check-in. On weekdays, they may not be off campus during the academic day. Students must receive permission from the faculty member on duty before leaving campus and must sign out using Reach upon departure and sign back in upon return to campus. Please note: resident students are not permitted to get in cars or to go to a private residence.
- When off campus on foot, all resident students may go to the Pebble Beach Market and any outdoor dining within the Pebble Beach boundaries, such as The Bench.
- Resident students may walk to any driving range in Pebble Beach, Peter Hay Golf Course, or any golf courses inside the Pebble Beach boundaries.
Resident students will be briefed on these changes by their dorm head. If conditions continue to improve, and our community continues to adhere to our evolving expectations, we will be able to consider relaxing other restrictions.
Mr. Erik Olson
Upper Division Dean of Students