Learning Continues in Extraordinary Times

We are preparing for an exceptional 2020-2021 academic year as we continue to build and fine-tune our campus reopening plan for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Our faculty and staff will be working throughout the summer to further enhance our learning experience and we plan to provide additional information on our reopening plan over the coming weeks. Just as our School’s mission propels our students “to be flexible, to be adaptable, and to face the challenges of life with honor, optimism, confidence, creativity, and a sense of humor,” we, too, will approach this health situation in the same way. #CajunStrong

Country Day's Focus

During these challenging times, Country Day is driven by the following goals: 
  1. To safeguard the health of our students, faculty, staff, parents, grandparents, and alumni
  2. To help slow the spread of the virus locally and statewide
  3. To ensure continuity of learning among all divisions and grade levels

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Will Country Day hold school for students in August 2020?

    Yes, we will reopen for academic courses in August 2020 with the appropriate safety protocols in place.
  • Q: When will I learn more about Country Day's plans for the 2020-2021 academic year?

    As the School receives guidance from local and national health agencies, we will continue to update our school reopening plan. Please visit this website for the most recent information on our School's opening in August 2020! If you are a current or new Country Day family, additional information can be found here: Looking Forward Resource Board (CD Connect login required).

    Please also attend our many Parent Meetings. These are designed to help answer questions and provide information regarding the start of school. Visit www.mpcds.com/calendar for more.
  • Q: Will CD hold classes online if they decide to temporarily close school?

    We are preparing for scenarios where distance-learning or online learning will be utilized, such as during a school closureWe will communicate additional details about these plans as appropriate.
  • Q: Do I need to notify the school of upcoming travel?

    We know our Country Day families often travel domestically and internationally for personal or work-related reasons. With the well-being of our entire community foremost in our mind, we ask that if you or your child(ren) plan to travel to any of the countries (listed here: Risk Assessment by Country) with sustained Level 1, 2, or 3 COVID-19 transmission or restrictions, or if you or your child(ren) have any contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19,  to please notify Nurse Susan Faurie (susan_faurie@mpcds.com) and your Division Principal before leaving and again before sending your child(ren) back to school. Click FAQ for travelers to learn more about travel precautions as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Q: What about self-quarantine after travel?

    Please note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking all travelers arriving in the U.S. from China and Iran, even if asymptomatic, to self-quarantine for 14 days. In an abundance of caution, we ask Country Day students, parents, faculty, staff, and volunteers who are traveling to and/or returning from CDC Level 2 or Level 3 areas, or whose household members are returning from CDC Level 2 or Level 3 areas, not to return to school (including any school activities on or off campus) until a 14-day period has elapsed following their return to the United States, and to obtain medical clearance before returning to campus. If you travel to these areas, we ask you to self-report to the school nurse and your Division Principal. Please contact your personal physician for specific instructions regarding self-quarantine. Please know that should your student require quarantine post-travel, we will do our best to provide remote learning and extend deadlines.
  • Q: What if I have a question that is not answered here?

    Please continue to reach out to Nurse Faurie and your Division Principal with any questions or concerns.

    Susan Faurie (School Nurse): susan_faurie@mpcds.com
    Howard Barton (Upper School Principal): howard_barton@mpcds.com
    Paul Frantz (Middle School Principal): paul_frantz@mpcds.com
    Mimi Odem (Lower School Principal): mimi_odem@mpcds.com
    Whitney Brooks (Early Childhood Center Director): whitney_brooks@mpcds.com
  • Q: What can parents do?

    We recognize that our everyday actions are our best line of defense and ask you to help us by reminding students of the following: 
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when sick.
    • Cover coughs or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Contact Us

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Ian Craig

    Ian Craig 

    Metairie Park Country Day
    Interim Head of School
    (504) 849-3100
  • Photo of Augustine Whyte

    Augustine Whyte 

    (504) 849-3178
  • Photo of Paul Frantz

    Mr. Paul Frantz 

    Middle School Principal
    University of Virginia - Bachelor of Arts
    American International College - Master of Education
  • Photo of Mimi Odem

    Mrs. Mimi "Mimi" Odem 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Lower School Principal
  • Photo of Whitney Brooks

    Mrs. Whitney "Whitney" (Lamb) Brooks 98

    Country Day Early Childhood Center, Director
    (504) 831-4523
    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Louisiana State University
300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 837-5204
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coed private school for New Orleans area students in early childhood through Grade 12. From the elementary grades through upper school, the care and cultivation of each child comes to life in our exciting academic program, creative arts, and competitive athletic offerings.

Notice of Non-DiscriminationBased on receipt of federal financial assistance through a Paycheck Protection Program loan administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the CAREs Act, the School acknowledges its obligation to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, citizenship status, genetic information, handicap or disability in admissions, access, employment, tuition assistance, educational policies, or other school-administered student and employee programs and activities.  Questions regarding the School’s compliance with the application and administration of the School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed Mike McGuire, Athletic Director (Title IX), mike_mcguire@mpcds.com, 504-849-3190, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005; Jen Sciortino, Director of Academic Excellence (Section 504), jen_sciortino@mpcds.com, 504-838-3304, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005; Bonnie LaGraize, Chief Financial Officer (Title IX and Section 504), bonnie_lagraize@mpcds.com, 504-849-3106, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005, or to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or to the SBA.  Please refer to the School’s SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy on the School’s website for information on how to file complaints with OCR or the SBA.

This notice will remain in effect until the School has satisfied and paid off the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan.