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Responding to COVID-19

We are committed to ensuring that the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community are at the heart of our campus reopening plans. We will continue to review and refine our plans as we work to provide a safe and engaging learning experience that serves the needs of all our students.

This page details our planning approach and their results and decisions in respect to campus reopening and instructional options.


Opening Scenarios & Operational Instruction Models

We have established three possible approaches to opening and may employ each of them at different points of the year.  Any decision to move from one model to another will be driven by a holistic approach to indicators of the course of the coronavirus pandemic in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, applicable directives emanating from the Office of the Mayor, and the recommendations of DC Health.



Keeping St. Patrick's Safe

This Fall 2020 Campus Reopening Plan largely spells out the steps the Day School has taken, or will take, to promote the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and wider community during the coronavirus pandemic. 
An overview of key procedures, protocols and arrangements can be found below.


Our Guiding Principles

St. Patrick’s has relied on a working group and committee approach to organizing the various planning aspects as they relate to reopening safely and responsibly in the fall. This committee work will remain intact as we move into the fall so that we can address any issues arising during the school year using this same structure, knowledge base, and guidelines.

External Resources & Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) provide guidelines for the reopening of Kindergarten-Grade 12 schools and childcare programs, the latter through the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

In particular, St. Patrick’s has relied on DC Health’s recommendations as articulated in OSSE’s “Health and Safety Guidance for Schools: COVID-19 Recovery Period” (most recent update: August 21, 2020) and “Health and Safety Guidance for Child Care Providers: COVID-19 Recovery Period” (most recent update: August 21, 2020) as a roadmap for developing this plan. 

Structure of Our Pandemic-Response & School-Reopening Committees

Volunteer leadership providing oversight and guidance regarding administrative proposals.
Administrative leadership determining courses of action based on wide-ranging study, expert advice, & public health recommendations.
Focuses on possible opening scenarios given new regulations, public health guidance, and initiatives to mitigate risk. 
Focuses on planning and integration of program delivery, working with new student grouping requirements under social-distancing guidelines.
Focuses on developing onsite health practices using regulatory guidance. Includes facilities considerations for a safe reopening.
Focuses on strategies for hardware & software deployment for delivering effective remote and onsite teaching and learning.