Country Day Responds to COVID-19

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In accordance with the Governor’s proclamation and in close partnership with local health agencies, Country Day will suspend classes and all after school activities on and off campus effective Sunday, March 15. Student online coursework began on Wednesday, March 18 and continues online through at least April 9, 2020. Spring break will continue as planned. We hope to reconvene on April 20, 2020.

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. We depart our physical campus as an incredibly strong and vibrant community, and we look forward to continuing to build our community remotely. #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 5 frequently asked questions.

  • 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.
  • 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.  Countries/cities currently identified by the CDC with an elevated threat level at this time are China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong. 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: Will CD hold classes online if they decide to temporarily close school?

    As this health situation continues to evolve, 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: 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

Contact Us

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Howard Barton

    Mr. Howard Barton , Jr.  

    Upper School Principal
    Phone - (504) 849-3178
    United States Military Academy - BS
    United States Naval War College - MA
    Yale University - MA
    Yale University - MPhil
    1998
  • Photo of Whitney Brooks

    Mrs. Whitney "Whitney" (Lamb) Brooks 98

    Country Day Early Childhood Center, Director
    (504) 831-4523
    Louisiana State University
    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Louisiana State University
    2009
    1998
  • Photo of Paul Frantz

    Mr. Paul Frantz 

    Middle School Principal
    (504)849-3158
    University of Virginia - Bachelor of Arts
    American International College - Master of Education
    2012
  • Photo of Matthew Neely

    Mr. Matthew "Matt" Neely 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Head of School
    (504) 849-3100
    2017
  • Photo of Mimi Odem

    Mrs. Mimi "Mimi" Odem 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Lower School Principal
    504-849-3148
    2018
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.

Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national, or ethnic origin.