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Walkfest November 14, 2021

We look forward to seeing you live at Walkfest this year! This year’s theme is STRONGER

Walkfest will be held at both the Serra High School track (Grades 2nd – 5th ), and on the Carey turf
field (Pre-K – 1st ). Grades will participate at staggered times and finish the event with an exciting
and fun, yet socially distanced activity. 
Pre-K – 1 St Grade – Carey Turf Field Walkfest Times
Pre-K – 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Kindergarten – Noon – 1:30 PM
First Grade – 2:00 – 3:30 PM
2nd Grade – 5th Grade – Serra High School Track Times

Second Grade – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Third Grade – 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Fourth Grade – 1:30 PM – 4:30PM
Fifth Grade – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Walkfest - Fully Remote Option
Stay tuned for fun activities and more details.

Be Sure to:

Display you Carey Spirit through your Walkfest Gear.  This year's T-shirts are designed by our 5th grade students Maya Low and Alison Li.  Get your Walkfest T-shirts in RED and WHITE.  Deadline to purchase is October 22, 2021.

Join the Carey community and volunteer on the portal for grade level tasks.

Walkfest FAQs

What is Walkfest?
Walkfest is The Carey School Parent Association's (CSPA) Fall fun and community event!  

Who can participate in Walkfest?
This year we are restricting the event to the Carey teachers and families only. Unfortunately no grandparents and alumni this year. 

Why do we have Walkfest?
Walkfest is a time-honored Carey tradition and it is our way to celebrate the Carey Spirit, build our community, and encourage health and fitness.  While Walkfest also typically supports The Carey School, this year we are inviting families to make an optional gift to a charity of your choice. More details to come. 

*The event is subject to San Mateo County Health guidelines. 

Why are we doing staggered time slots this year?

We are following similar protocols as those in place during regular school hours. Additionally due to COVID, we must be able to contact trace should a positive case emerge. As such, we are trying to minimize interactions across grades and between parents/students of different families.

What about families with multiple students? How will the staggered times work?

We acknowledge the staggered times may be difficult for families with multiple students. We’ve tried to structure in a way to allow for a safe, in person event which requires some tradeoffs.  We were mindful of sibling overlap (for example there is a large number of PK and 2nd grade siblings so both start at the same time). Where possible we ask each student to have a parent/guardian present. To the extent not possible, please stay with your younger child and ask another parent in your older child’s grade to supervise. We’ve also allowed for a fully remote option if it is easier for families or if a family is not comfortable attending in person. 

If two grades start at the same time, will each grade be separated from the other?

Yes. On the Serra track, we are allowing two grades at each time slot. There will be designated lanes by grade with an empty lane separating them. Parents can walk off the track on the inside grass or sit socially distanced on the inner field.

Who can attend each grades time slot? Can all siblings and both parents attend each slot? Essentially, can an entire family attend if the times are staggered?

Yes, both parents can attend along with siblings.  Households should stay together and adhere to social distancing protocols with those outside their household. Siblings who are not assigned to that time slot can't be on the track/turf walking with the assigned grades.

Can non-Carey children attend? 

Yes, but cannot walk on the track/turf.

To confirm, Parents can walk alongside their kids off the track?  

Yes, we just can't have parents mixing with the students. They can walk on the grass to the extent there is room and can social distance.

How will volunteering for Walkfest be different this year?

Given the staggered times, we need a lot of volunteers for each grade and the volunteers should not be in close contact with students.  Additionally, we will not provide lunch this year and will only provide prepackaged snacks. We will also utilize pedometers vs. parent volunteers marking lapcards.


To ensure a safe event, goals may be adjusted depending on weather conditions and instructions from the San Mateo County Health on the day of event.