COVID-19 Response and Guidance

St. Andew's campus is closed through the end of the school year, 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.

St. Andrew’s will extend distance learning through the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, which will end on May 29 for students in all divisions. 

Distance Learning Update

It has been seven weeks since our faculty, staff, and students transitioned to distance learning. We are so proud of our community’s resilience, creativity, and initiative! Whether mapping the oceans to measure kelp forests, recreating Vermeer and Kahlo portraits in their homes, or greeting each other for Chapel services or virtual lunch tables, our Lions have remained connected and supportive of each other as always.
 
We deeply miss seeing colleagues and students every day, and can’t wait to welcome you all back to Postoak as soon as conditions permit. Unfortunately, it is not yet safe for our students and employees to resume in-person classes this spring. Therefore, St. Andrew’s will extend distance learning through the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, which will end on May 29 for students in all divisions. 
 
We will utilize our contingency end-of-year plans for the Class of 2020 as detailed in our updated Passport to Graduation, and will be sure to celebrate the accomplishments of the year across each division. In addition to honoring the transitions of our fifth and eighth graders to Middle and Upper School respectively, we plan to gather on campus on July 30 to celebrate those milestones in person, before cheering our seniors’ graduation at the National Cathedral on July 31.
 
St. Andrew’s will deliver this year’s summer programs virtually as well. The offerings, which include academic and enrichment opportunities for students from Kindergarten through Grade 12, can be found on our Summer Programs page.
 
We are eager for our students to return to campus this fall. We are actively and hopefully planning to begin the 2020-2021 academic year in person on September 8. The school continually reviews current guidance and best practices to ensure that we reopen and operate the campus safely, and we will continue to plan carefully over the summer. We are also refining and expanding our current distance learning plan in case campus use is limited by COVID-19, bad weather, or other reason at any time during the coming school year. Rest assured that in September, St. Andrew’s will be prepared to deliver the exceptional teaching, learning, and community we all value so deeply.
 
During these times of uncertainty, here are some guarantees we can make now. First, school will resume as scheduled on September 8 – we will not be altering our start date. Second, we remain committed to retaining our full faculty and staff in these challenging times. Finally, whether or not distance learning is required again in the future, we will work tirelessly to keep improving the already exceptional experience your children are currently experiencing. St. Andrew’s has never settled for doing something well enough; it has always been in our DNA to improve. 
 
You will soon receive our annual May communication which details everything you need to do to prepare for next year, and we will keep you informed over the summer, of course. The 2020-2021 academic year is just four months away – and while that might feel and sound like a lifetime in our current climate, it will be here before we know it. And we will be ready.


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.