COVID-19 Response and Guidance

St. Andew's campus is closed though at least April 26 but classes are still happening daily. It is happening for St. Andrew's students every school day thanks to our distance learning plan. Please consult this page for details on our distance learning plan as well as a record of all communications to St. Andrew's families pertaining to influenza and COVID-19.

Current Status

The campus is closed to students and all on-campus events and activities, including sports games and practices, are cancelled.

Distance learning is currently taking place and t
he earliest we expect to re-open campus for students is Monday, April 27.

Distance Learning at St. Andrew's

Dear St. Andrew’s Parents,

I have never been more proud of our faculty and staff than I am right now. In an increasingly uncertain world, my colleagues have fully embraced the challenge of transitioning our community to the virtual realm. In meetings and conversations today, the question “How can we best teach and support students and families while we are apart?” motivated everyone as they refined their plans for distance learning. My colleagues’ dedication to each other and to our children inspires me.

In that spirit, I am proud to share our Distance Learning Plans for Lower School and Middle and Upper School. These plans will be living documents, because St. Andrew’s is a research-based learning organization that seeks continual improvement. In the coming days and weeks, faculty and administrators will review and adjust our techniques and our communications to ensure the best possible experience for our students and families.

What to expect this week
On Tuesday evening, you will receive an email with the schedule for Wednesday’s classes. You can expect to receive a similar email each school night while distance learning is in effect. The same email you receive will also be sent to Middle and Upper School students.

Distance learning will commence on Wednesday at 8:40 a.m. for Middle and Upper School students and 9 a.m. for Lower School students. As detailed in the Distance Learning Plan, students in Preschool through Grade 4 can find the video conferencing link to Morning Meeting through the Seesaw app, while students in Grade 5 will receive their link via Schoology. As always, if you have any questions about distance learning and accessing your child’s apps, please reach out to the appropriate Division Head (PS-K – Jordan Love, 1-5 – Judy Kee).

All Middle and Upper School students will receive Google calendar invites from their teachers that contain links to their Google Meet virtual classes (teachers reviewed this process with students last week during their pilot distance learning classes). It is critical that Middle and Upper School students check their school email for these links before each distance-learning class.

In the coming weeks, our entire St. Andrew’s community will be living into our core values of dynamic growth, visionary leadership, transformative achievement and inspiring community. Together, I am confident that we will navigate this time successfully.

Faithfully,

Robert Kosasky
Head of School

Timeline

Wednesday, April 1 - Friday, April 24: Distance learning occurs for students PS-12.


Newsletter Messages

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  • From the Health Room (2/28/2020)

    Flu season is at its peak around this time of year. Please remember that if your student is showing signs of illness they should be kept home. Some criteria include fevers (temp over 100), diarrhea, vomiting, rashes of an unknown origin, or lethargy that would prevent them from participating in the activities of a school day. A student may return to school after they have been symptom-free, without the aid of medications, for a full 24 hours. They should also be well enough to eat, drink, and participate in the activities of the full school day. 
     
    Students who return from an illness and are still not fully recovered will be sent home if deemed necessary by the Health Room. If a student is sent home in the middle of a school day due to an illness, it is the expectation that the student does not return to school the next day.
     
    The teachers and health room staff should be notified if your child has been diagnosed with an illness so that we can monitor for symptoms in the classroom. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 
     
    Please let me know if you have any questions.
     
    Best,
    Shelley Keneally, BSN,RN
    Diane Stewart, BSN, RN
  • A Note from our Nurses (1/31/2020)

    We are currently in the midst of cold and flu season, and we are also monitoring information on the Coronavirus closely. Our local area has seen many cases of influenza this winter, as expected. At this point in time, the Coronavirus has not spread widely in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services recommend that the general public continue to observe normal health precautions. 
     
    Specifically, the CDC recommends that individuals receive the influenza vaccination and follow daily preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and to avoid illness. These measures include:
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Washing for at least 20 seconds helps prevent the spread of viruses and other illnesses. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard the tissue and wash your hands.
    • Avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands.
    • Stay away from people who are sick. Stay home from work/school if you are sick. Students must stay home from school for a full 24 hours from their last symptoms of being sick, without the aid of medication (fever or signs of a fever, vomiting, diarrhea). St. Andrew’s is understanding and supportive of student and employee absences due to illness.
     
    Click here for more information on the flu.
    Click here and here for more information on the Coronavirus.
     
    Please do not hesitate to reach out to either of with any questions.
    Shelley Keneally, BSN, RN, NCSN
    Diane M. Stewart, BSN, RN

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.