The School Day
We will not require temperature screenings when entering the buildings this year, though we ask that you remain vigilant in assessing your daughter’s health each morning. It is critical that your daughter stay home from school if she shows any signs of illness, COVID-related or otherwise.
Masks are not required for any student or visitor outdoors on campus. Masks are required indoors for all students, faculty, staff, volunteers and visitors.
We strongly encourage families to complete the Magnus Health forms online as promptly as possible and also to discuss with your family physician the benefits of vaccination for your child, ages 12 and above.
Updated COVID Exposure and Quarantine policies
Students, parents, faculty and staff will still be required to report a confirmed COVID diagnosis or confirmed COVID exposure confidentially to the divisional school nurse immediately upon notification. The health staff will provide guidance throughout recovery and assist with school reentry.
If your daughter is waiting on the results of a COVID test, she should remain at home until the test results are received.
When there is a confirmed COVID case on campus:
Parents of students in an affected class and affected faculty/staff will receive a notification via email followed by contact by a School staff member.
Confidentiality of the diagnosed student or teacher will be maintained by School personnel according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Unvaccinated children and employees who are in close contact with an individual confirmed to be infected by COVID will be required to quarantine for 7 (with negative PCR test) to 10 days. Close contact is defined as an unvaccinated individual being within 6 feet unmasked or within 3 feet with a well-fitted mask for more than 15 minutes at one time or cumulative over a 24-hour period. This quarantine policy will be in effect in all divisions, including the Lower School.
Fully vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine per current VDH and CDC guidelines.
If the School does not receive a COVID-19 Vaccine Record via the Magnus Health Record system, we will assume that your child(ren) has not been vaccinated for the purpose of contact tracing.
We will continue to maintain a COVID-19 dashboard, accessible at any time to parents through SaintsNet.
In alignment with the CDC’s priority of a return to in-person instruction and St. Catherine’s emphasis on the importance of face-to-face connections, we will not offer Distance Learning as an option for day-to-day instruction. Distance Learning will only be offered in quarantine situations or other long-term medical circumstances at the discretion of the Division Director or Head of School.
The fall season will include competitions. Fans and spectators are welcome on campus for games. Volleyball and strength and conditioning will begin the season masked when indoors. Any additional guidance will be shared by coaches once the fall season is underway. We will make decisions regarding protocols for winter athletics in October.
Performing arts ensembles and activities will return in all divisions this fall. Our students will once again perform on stage for live audiences! COVID-19 mitigation protocols may vary by program, grade level or age. Details specific to each performing arts discipline will be communicated by Arts Coordinator Kendall Neely and performing arts faculty members in the coming weeks.
Lunch and Café 2010
The Dining Hall will reopen for the 2021-2022 school year for grades 5-12. Lunch for kindergarten through grade 4 will be in McCue Hall. Early Learners and Junior Kindergarten will continue to eat in their spaces. An optional boxed lunch option will be available for kindergarten through grade 4. Café 2010 will reopen for students, faculty and staff.
Visitors on Campus
Effective Monday, September 13, we plan to return to our pre-COVID policy of welcoming parents, alumnae, and community visitors on campus. All visitors to campus must mask when indoors. Masks are not required outdoors.