Changes to Our Schedule in April

Dear Families,

Our week of 100% virtual learning following the end of Spring Break is coming to an end. Tomorrow, Friday, April 2, as an important part of the transition back to COL Hybrid, we will collect pooled testing samples from everyone who intends to return to campus. If you have not yet signed up for a time slot to come to 3000 Cathedral Avenue on Friday to drop off your test kit, please do so now at this link here. This system enables us to keep the process quick, manageable, and safe for all concerned.

Please note: Any student who traveled outside of the DMV over break must first have completed a five-day period of quarantine in order to participate in tomorrow’s testing and return to campus on Monday, April 5. If your student did not return to the DMV by Monday, March 29—or if you have questions about testing or quarantine—please contact our nurses at nurses@maret.org.

This Monday, April 5, we will pick up where we left off before Spring Break with the familiar COL Hybrid schedule. That includes continuing our important weekly protocol of pool testing. I am happy to report that a number of students who had previously been learning remotely now plan to come back to campus.

I am sure you have heard that the CDC and other public health officials recently updated the rules for social distancing in schools. This new guidance will allow us to increase the number of students in many of our classrooms, as well as the total number of students on campus at any one time. Starting on Monday, April 12—assuming that our pooled testing results permit—here is what that means for Maret students who opt into in-person learning:

  • Students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade will be on campus five days a week.
  • Students in Twelfth Grade will be on campus four days a week (M, Tu, Th, F).
  • For other grades, we hope to be able to expand their time on campus in the weeks ahead. The Division Directors will contact you soon with additional details.

Of course, Maret’s virtual learning option remains operational for students who continue to learn from home.

It is exciting to note that most Maret faculty are vaccinated and will (as of April 5 or soon thereafter) be on campus full-time. COVID protocols dictate that even vaccinated adults continue to wear masks and model social distancing. Please note an adjustment to one school policy: students may take day trips outside the DMV without quarantining upon their return. This change is now reflected in our Return to School handbook.

Maret continues to be committed to having students on campus as much as possible, while maintaining high standards of health and safety. Today, as always, success depends on everyone Standing Together and adhering to health and safety protocols whether on or off campus. Your continued commitment to this is the key to finishing the year as a strong and connected school community.

As we start this beautiful Washington spring season, we have much to celebrate—including the resilience, creativity, and learning exhibited by students and teachers. Planning is already underway for end-of-year events; in the coming weeks, I look forward to updating you on how we are reimagining these milestones in the lives of our children.

Take care,

Marjo