Our Hybrid Learning Model

Updated January 15, 2021

On Monday, January 11, our school transitioned back to our Hybrid Learning model. We were excited to welcome back all K-6 students who tested negative, along with students who tested negative in the Brumbaugh Cohort (grades 7-12). Those in the Hope Cohort with negative test results will return to in-person classes on January 19, as students participating in Hybrid Learning in grades 7-12 come to campus every other week.

Important guidelines for Hybrid Learning:

  • Every morning, students need to complete their daily Magnus health screening and be prepared to show their “GO” screen when they arrive on campus (screenshot or print-out is also acceptable) or prior to boarding one of the school shuttles. If you receive a “STOP” screen, you must contact the school nurses who will discuss next steps and return date.
  • Students being dropped off must stay in their vehicle until an employee has seen their completed health check and gives them the okay to enter the building. Students driving themselves will show their completed health check before entering the building.
  • Upper and Middle School students may not be on campus prior to 8:30 a.m. The hybrid learning schedule for the Upper School can be found here and the Middle School can be found here. Lower School schedules can be found here. (Note: these schedules have not yet been updated to reflect testing shifting from Tuesday to Monday.)
  • Third, fourth and fifth-grade students should be dropped off between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. Kindergarten, first, and second-grade students should be dropped off at 8:30 a.m. All students should be picked up at 3:30 p.m. The schedule for Lower School drop-off and pick-up can be found here.
  • All students must be off campus by 12:20 p.m. on Wednesdays and by 4 p.m. all other days. The only exception is for Upper School students staying for athletics practices. However, there will be no late buses.
  • Students who compete in high-risk sports outside of school are not allowed to take part in distance learning until stopping outside competition and completing a quarantine period.
  • Students must wear a face covering while on campus. Please bring at least two face coverings every day. Masks with valves and bandannas are not permitted.
  • Students should bring a reusable water bottle as the water fountains will not be accessible. It is also advisable for Middle and Upper School students to bring a snack as vending machines are not accessible. A snack will be provided to Lower School students.
  • Students in grades 6-12 should have a fully charged laptop and bring their charging cords with them. Students in grades K-5 should bring a fully charged iPad but do not need to bring their charging cords as charging stations will be provided.
  • Upper and Middle School students must keep their backpacks with them throughout the day, as lockers will not be utilized. Please be mindful when packing for the day.
  • All students should have headphones with them.
  • Upper School students must enter through the Mayhood Entrance to the main building. Middle School students will be directed through the breezeway to the Izzo Quad and enter through the Middle School entrance.

As always, for us to be able to continue to keep our students and teachers safe, it is vital that whether on campus or off, every one continues to follow the daily health and safety protocols that have kept our community safe over the past 10 months - practice social distancing, wash hands frequently, and wear a face covering in public areas.

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.
    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.