November 30 Return to Full On-Campus Learning
Dear St. Michael’s Families,
With the season of giving and gratitude upon us, we all have much for which to be thankful. For 12 weeks, the energy of students’ laughter and learning have filled our classrooms. Our faculty and families have shown great resilience and commitment to our health and safety protocols and most certainly, this dedication has helped us maintain our ability to both offer on-campus learning and keep our infection rates low. Our beautiful 70-acre campus has been used more than ever for engaging outdoor lessons and discovery. And we are honored that so many new families chose St. Michael’s to be an integral part of their children’s education and social-emotional development. Our community continues to shine in these uncertain times and for that, we count our blessings each and every day.
As we move ahead towards our November 30 return to full on-campus instruction, below please find important updates and guidance to help make the much-awaited transition a success.
A friendly reminder that the entire week of November 23 is a STUDENT HOLIDAY. St. Michael’s will use Monday and Tuesday to move furniture and prepare classrooms for the return of all students. St. Michael’s will be closed Wednesday-Sunday for the holiday. Emails and calls received during that time will be addressed on Monday, November 30.
As you celebrate the holiday, PLEASE REMEMBER that your off-campus choices can affect the entire St M community. As COVID case numbers are rising locally and in our region, we urge you to continue to prioritize safe health practices (masks, physical distancing, hand-washing, limiting larger group sizes) so that we have the best chance of keeping our community healthy and our school doors open. We cannot overstate how important this is and all of us need to remain vigilant to avoid campus closures. As a resource, please review the CDC’s advice for upcoming holiday celebrations and gatherings.
If at any point during the holiday a member of your family feels ill or you believe that your family has been exposed to any kind of illness, please keep your child(ren) home the week of November 30.
Last week, Governor Northam announced new statewide measures in response to COVID-19. While there are new limitations and requirements, schools are allowed to continue operating. St. Michael’s will remain open for on-campus learning following the guidelines laid out in our Reopening Plan, which already meet the new regulations. As always, we continue to monitor the health of our community with our COVID Dashboard and ongoing dialogue with national, state, and regional advisors and medical consultants.
Return to Full On-Campus Learning
On Monday, November 30, our entire community transitions to full on-campus learning as per our plan dated October 23. Below please find a handy reference outlining school hours.