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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 life. 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.

Keeping St. Patrick's Safe

This Fall 2021 School Opening 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.

St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School Continuous Education Plan - Submitted to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education of the District of Columbia - June 2021

All schools in the District of Columbia, including independent schools, were required to submit a plan to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in June that described their plans to safely reopen in accordance with health and safety guidance. We provide St. Patrick’s response to that requirement here. OSSE sought no revisions to the St. Patrick’s plan.

Please note: St. Patrick’s Fall 2021 Opening Plan, which  was posted on September 1, provides a more detailed set of policies and protocols that will guide us during the 2021-2022 school year. That plan—which calls for all students to attend classes on-campus and in-person, five days a week, at all grade levels—will serve to update particular sections in the plan submitted to OSSE, based on recent guidance from OSSE and the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health).

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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. We will continue to be guided by the following principles with respect to our planning in the context of the coronavirus pandemic:

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 August 6 (Travel), August 9 (OSSE statement), August 11 (Childcare Facilities), and August 20 (PK-Grade 12 Schools, revising August 6 and August 18 Guidance), 2021 as a roadmap for developing this plan.