Covid Updates

St. Catherine's Response to COVID-19


We began the 2020-2021 school year with in-person teaching and learning five days a week. In addition, we have developed learning models and a decision matrix of how we intend to pivot to enable teaching and learning to continue throughout the school year. These plans include new procedures and best practices to maintain a healthy school environment and to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Governor.

Learn more about our Opening School Plan 2020-2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 12 items.

  • Can a student or employee come to school while they await COVID test results? 

    No. While a person is awaiting a test result, he/she should quarantine at home. 
  • How will I know if my daughter has a KNOWN EXPOSURE and must quarantine?

    As stated above, if your daughter is identified as a person with KNOWN EXPOSURE to a confirmed positive COVID case, our school nurses will contact you with an email notification containing detailed quarantine instructions and a follow-up phone call as well. Our school nurses will stay in contact with you throughout your child's quarantine period and her ultimate return to campus. Children and faculty/staff who are identified to be in close contact with an individual confirmed to be infected by COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days. Any student or employee awaiting test results also must remain at home. Concurrent Virtual Learning options may be utilized during the quarantine period.
  • How will the School determine if a division or the whole school has to close?

    Under the guidance of the Virginia Department of Health, we will review many data points in order to determine if a partial or full school closure is necessary. 
  • How will the School determine who has been exposed to a positive case and needs to isolate?

    In the event that a student or employee tests positive for COVID, our Health Team, supported by school administrators, has a comprehensive process that begins with direct communication with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) who provide guidance through all phases including testing, contact tracing, determination of exposure, and the appropriate notifications by the School to those impacted.
  • Report Any Known Exposure or Positive COVID-19 Cases Immediately

    If a student, employee, or their household members have a known exposure or have tested for COVID-19, you must report this information to the School immediately by contacting the School nurses or your daughter’s Division Director. The confidentiality of the diagnosed student, family member, or employee will be maintained. The School will contact the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) for further guidance, with each situation being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Should we share things about other families that we hear through the grapevine?

    No. The School will only act upon positive test cases when a family or employee contacts the division office or school nurse directly. We will not investigate secondhand information, including anonymous tips or rumors. 
  • What do I need to know about exposure, close contact and quarantine?  

    Please review the VDH website for definitions and guidance about exposure, close contact and when to quarantine.
  • What if an employee takes a COVID-19 test? 

    • The employee should quarantine at home. 
    • The employee should notify the school nurses
 and their director that they have taken a COVID test.   
  • What if there is a confirmed case on campus?

    As stated in the Opening School Plan, parents of students and members of the faculty or staff who are identified to be in close contact with an infected person will receive an email notification followed by contact by a school nurse or school representative. We will only contact those families whose students are considered exposed due to close or prolonged contact with the infected individual. We plan to communicate the first known case on campus since school has started to all parents and employees. With subsequent confirmed positive cases in Early Learners through grade 8, we will notify the affected grade level. In the event of a confirmed positive case in grades 9-12, we will notify the entire Upper School. 
    Please remember that the confidentiality of the diagnosed student, family member, or employee will be maintained.
  • Whom do I contact if my daughter is being tested for COVID?

    In order to protect your privacy, we request that you only notify the school nurses and/or the divisional director when your daughter has a presumed exposure or will be tested for COVID. Our school nurses will guide you through the process for testing, quarantine, and contact tracing based on VDH recommendations.
    • The student should quarantine at home. 
    • Parents should report their child's absence (not the COVID testing) as you normally do through the divisional attendance office emails or phone numbers. 
  • Will you tell us when a student in my daughter’s class is being tested for COVID?

    No. Some people are choosing to be tested as an extra precaution to rule out the virus before appropriately diagnosing a non-COVID illness. 
  • Will you tell us when a student or teacher in my daughter’s class has tested positive for COVID?

    Yes. If a student or faculty/staff member tests positive and has been on campus during the infectious window, we will conduct contact tracing, supported by the VDH, to identify which individuals (students and/or employees) have a KNOWN EXPOSURE and which individuals have NO KNOWN EXPOSURE, our Health Team will share the following notifications: 
     • KNOWN EXPOSURE Notification will be sent to the parents of girls who were in close contact with a confirmed positive COVID case. Just because your daughter was in a class with a confirmed COVID case does not automatically mean she has known exposure. There is a complex set of guidelines from the VDH that we review on a case-by-case basis to determine exposure levels. 
     • NO KNOWN EXPOSURE Notification will be sent to all parents in that grade level to advise that there is a confirmed case in your daughter's grade level. If we have a confirmed positive COVID case in the Upper School, we will notify the entire Upper School. No action will be needed as this notification is an informational message only. 
    • If a person tests positive during quarantine, the School will not notify families as there is no exposure. 

COVID-19 Reporting Expectations