Distance learning will continue through the Easter break, April 13. We are hopeful to return to school on Tuesday, April 14, and will send out a communication as soon as possible if that decision needs to change.
We recognize how challenging this situation is for our families, logistically and otherwise, and we will do our best to communicate schedule updates and decisions in as timely a fashion as possible.
The mayor of Washington, DC has issued an order requiring the closure of all non-essential businesses.
For schools under the order this means that only employees performing essential activities or activities that support minimum basic operations may show up on campus.
The monks are all healthy and in good spirits. However, the Abbey's liturgies are now closed to the public, and the monastery is not able to receive visitors until further notice.
Health and Safety Guidelines
Most importantly, you should know that as of this writing, there are no known cases of coronavirus within our school community. This includes all faculty, staff, students, and their immediate family members. While we are grateful that this is the case, we ask that everyone remain vigilant and follow the following guidelines, some of which have been updated since our earlier communications:
- Inform the school of any illness or suspected exposure. Please report any significant student illness, especially including a fever, to our School Medic, Mr. Zack Delgado. Likewise, please contact Mr. Delgado if any member of your household tests positive for coronavirus, or suspects having come into contact with someone who tests positive.
- Inform the school of any long-distance travel. While we had previously asked only to be informed of travel to specific foreign countries, as the virus continues to spread we want to track all travel of students, faculty, and staff outside the mid-Atlantic region. Please report travel plans to Mr. Zack Delgado.
- Practice “social distancing.” Most of us have begun learning about this challenging concept and what it means for our daily lives. While this is difficult, social distancing is part of our individual and collective responsibility to the broader community. Please seek out and follow guidance from the CDC and other reputable sources on this topic.
Events that have been canceled or postponed:
- Priory Players production of Rhinoceros (postponed)
- Ora et Labora Day (postponed)
- St. Benedict Feast Day Mass (canceled)
- Spaghetti/Movie Night (canceled)
- Peter Samp Family 5K Walk/Run (postponed)
Beyond the Curriculum
Recognizing that there’s more to school than just lessons and assignments, we will continue to be there for our students in a variety of ways beyond the curriculum. Among the resources available to students and families at this time:
- Advising: Our Form Advisors will continue to track student progress and are available for questions from students and parents. Many Forms have created Google Classroom spaces for announcements and other non-curricular communication, which they’ll be sharing directly with students via email.
- Counseling: Our counselor, Ms. Stacey Marnell, is available for individual consultations and conversations regarding mental health, whether related to the coronavirus or not. She will be working with the faculty and Form Advisors to recommend resources and create programs for students. Parents and students alike are welcome to reach out to Ms. Marnell at and should keep an eye out for recommended resources from her in the coming days.
- Library: All students can join the Google Classroom set up by Mrs. Dunlavey (code: vetwjco) with links and information on the many databases and other resources the school subscribes to. Additionally, our library website is a great resource for students and faculty alike.
- Extracurricular Activities: A number of clubs will continue to “meet” virtually in the form of online discussions and the like. Some faculty have already set up Google Classrooms and been in touch with club members, but interested students are welcome to reach out to faculty moderators with ideas - our clubs always rely on student leadership and initiative, regardless of whether we’re meeting on site or at a distance.