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Latest Update

January 2021
All students who answered “Yes” to our survey regarding returning in-person in January – roughly two-thirds of the student body – may attend school in person every day in January. We will not be utilizing the cohort rotations this month.
Under this plan, assuming full attendance from students who have opted in, nearly all classes will still be at or below the cap of 11 students recommended by the DC government. A small number of Upper School classes may exceed this cap when all students are in attendance; in such cases, we would continue to observe the cap of 11 students in a single classroom while having additional student(s) participate virtually from an alternate on-campus location.  No individual student will be required to do this for more than one class period per day. And of course, all safeguards and protocols will remain in effect, with desks a minimum of six feet apart and mandatory mask wearing.
As of now, this change applies only to the month of January, which contains just 12 days of in-person classes. We will survey all families again later this month to ask for your intentions regarding February. Depending on a number of factors, we may decide to continue with this model, return to our cohort rotations, or opt for some other plan for February and beyond.
If you have any questions or if you did not fill out the survey, please reach out to your division head - Mr. J. Leathers for the Middle School or Mr. A Morse for the Upper School.


Updates January 27
List of Teachers Returning for In-Person Learning for Hybrid Learning

The Abbey is now Facebook Live- Streaming Mass
Click here at the time listed:
Daily Mass is at 7:30 am,
Monday through Friday
8:30 on Saturday and Federal Holidays
9:00 am on Sunday

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.