Return to School and COVID-19 Mitigation Health Plan
Looking Ahead with Hope, Realism, and Flexibility: Developed in collaboration with our Pastor, administration, teachers, staff, and current families, our plan for next year is to provide five days a week of in-person instruction to all students in pre-school – grade 8, while continuing to offer the concurrent option to students in grades K-8 whose families still have health concerns.
As currently envisioned, students will be approximately four to six feet apart (and not closer than three feet) and we will continue to follow CDC, VDH, and FCHD guidance to ensure the safety and well-being of our community. We pray we are in a very different place with the pandemic come fall, but are being cautiously optimistic in our planning. We are looking ahead with a spirit of hope, realism, and flexibility.
Read our updated 2020-2021 Return to School Guidelines (includes information on increased in-person instruction in grades 5-8).
The safety and well-being of our students and families is of utmost importance to us, as is providing the richest academic, spiritual, and social experience possible.
I would like to thank all parents and teachers for providing feedback on our initial return to school plan and helping us form the final plan. I would like to thank all who serve on our Task Force to Re-Open ST. MARK Catholic School. Your service continues to be much appreciated and invaluable.
In brief, our plan includes:
– Grades K-4: In-person instruction 4-days a week (Tues.-Fri.) with 6 ft. of social distancing (option to participate in class remotely by live-streaming via Zoom from home). Monday morning remote instruction for all. Monday afternoon, teacher and school-wide planning time.
– Grades 5-8: In-person instruction 2-days a week (Blue and Gold schedule) with 6 ft. of social distancing and students participating in class by live-streaming via Zoom from home on their remote days. Currently enrolled students receiving 4 or more hours of student support services per week will be in-school Tues-Fri. (UPDATE: All students in grades 5-8 will begin receiving in-person instruction 4 days a week on a staggered schedule starting March 9, 2021.)
All families have the option to choose remote/live-streaming via Zoom from home at any time during the school year.
Thank you for continuing to partner with us in the sacred trust of educating your children, and for your commitment to Catholic education.
Missing all of our students!
Stay well, dear families, and God bless you all,
Welcome to all who come to this happy place!
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** Due to restrictions on visitors in the school building, we are unable to offer tours at this time. Watch some of our videos to get a feel for ST. MARK Catholic School.
OUR SCHOOL AT A GLANCE:
A 2015 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, ST. MARK Catholic School boasts a current enrollment of nearly 400 students. Each student enjoys a friendly and welcoming school, small class sizes, and the ability to develop to his or her unique potential through strong relationships, a rigorous curriculum, and a school which exemplifies the love of Christ.
The ability to discuss and explore our faith allows for education of the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally. Recognizing the dignity and the uniqueness of each child, we promote academic excellence through a faith-based education. By developing a Catholic foundation rooted in faith, knowledge and service, we send forth our students on their journey through life to share the light of Christ.
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