Expectations for the Return to Campus

Dear Families and Faculty,

As we eagerly anticipate a return next week to COL Hybrid instruction, which includes on-campus learning, I write to emphasize how vitally important it is that every member of our community follow all of Maret’s health and safety protocols. The ability to offer in-person instruction, while keeping students and faculty healthy, depends on all of us Standing Together.

Please take a few moments to review some of our key expectations:

1. If you have not done so already, please fill out this registration form so that the School has an accurate list of which students will opt into hybrid (on-campus) instruction—and which students will continue to learn 100% virtually from home. It is very important that we get a complete and accurate head count.

2. Any student or faculty member who intends to come to campus for any reason must sign up for COVID-19 testing, which will be conducted by FiveMedicine at Maret this Friday (1/15) and Saturday (1/16). Of course, our Return-to-Campus Pledge applies at all times to everyone who comes to 3000 Cathedral Avenue.

3. In addition, anyone who has traveled to a designated high-risk state or international destination must quarantine for ten (10) days before coming to campus for any reason other than testing.

4. Finally, and for all Maret families and faculty members, if anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 since December 18, it is imperative that you report that test result to our school nurses. Maret’s nurses must also be notified if any student or faculty member shows symptoms of COVID or suspects exposure to the virus.

Our COVID-19 Steering Committee continues to meet weekly and is closely watching COVID numbers in both our school community and the Greater Washington, DC area. Adherence to the strong safety protocols already in place (wearing masks, practicing social distancing, abiding by the Return-to-Campus Pledge, testing before returning to campus) positions us to resume COL Hybrid. Community spread in schools remains very low; we can keep it that way if everyone follows the rules and we all hold ourselves to a high standard of safety.

Thank you for your partnership and continued attention to these important safeguards. While we must continue to monitor events in our city through Inauguration Day, we do hope and expect to welcome back to campus our Frogs (next Thursday) and Toads (next Friday).