COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

To ensure the safety and well-being of our community during the COVID-19 outbreak and per the mandate for all K-12 schools from Governor Ralph Northam, the St. Christopher’s campus is closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Please see below for a list of common questions and StC leadership responses.

General Information

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Is StC closed?

    StC’s campus is closed, but the School remains open and operational via Distance Learning. Beginning on Thursday, March 19, our faculty will begin implementing Distance Learning for our boys in grades JK-12.
  • Q. When will the StC campus re-open?

    The StC campus will now be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, per the mandate for all K-12 schools from Governor Ralph Northam. We will continue our operations and mission delivery via Distance Learning.
  • Q. What is Distance Learning?

    Distance Learning is a method of teaching and learning in which teacher instruction and student feedback are conducted remotely, rather than face-to-face, using a variety of platforms and technology. While nothing can replace the value of face-to-face connection, particularly for a community-based institution such as St. Christopher’s, Distance Learning can be a powerful method to harness new technology, utilize project-based learning, and emphasize collaboration to enhance learning outcomes.
  • Q. What is social distancing?

    The CDC defines social distancing as "remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible." StC encourages all families to practice social distancing at this time.
  • Q.  Can families use the playground?

    We have temporarily closed the Lower School playgrounds for all members of the community. Thank you for your understanding.

School Events

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Are StC events being canceled or postponed?

    In accordance with the Statewide JK-12 Closure mandate from VA Gov. Ralph Northam, all on-campus events through the end of the school year are either postponed or canceled. Please see below for detail on several specific events.

    Alumni & Friends Debut Concert Postponed
    The debut concert in the new Arts Center scheduled for April 24 and featuring Mason Bates '95 and a host of other talented artists is postponed. We are working with the performers to schedule a new date, likely for the fall, and will share that information as soon as it is finalized.

    For questions about the Alumni & Friends concert, please contact Director of Development Jane Garnet Brown

    Reunion WeekendPostponed until October 23-24, 2020
    Reunion Weekend, originally scheduled for May 1-2, is postponed to October 23-24, 2020.Once we finalize details for the rescheduled Reunion Weekend, we will share that information with you. 
    For questions about Reunion Weekend, please contact Davis Wrinkle '81, Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving. 

    Day of Giving Postponed
    We will also be postponing our March 31 Day of Giving in honor of our faculty and staff. Look for a new date to be announced later this spring. We are excited to honor our outstanding and resilient faculty and staff at a later date. 

    School-sponsored travel
    School-sponsored travel, including Upper School X-Term and the Middle School trip to South Africa, have been canceled. Families impacted by these trip cancelations will receive detailed information later this week. 
  • Q. Will Commencement be held?

    While we are saddened that we cannot hold our traditional Commencement exercises on Friday, May 22, we will celebrate the great Class of 2020 as soon as restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, we are working to find virtual ways to celebrate our boys.

Academic Technology/Distance Learning

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

Practical tips to consider during outbreak

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease?

    To get COVID-19 you need to have had close contact with a person ill with COVID-19. Close contact includes:
    • Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19,
    • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19,
    • Being within 6 feet (or 2 meters) of a sick person with COVID-19 for about 15 minutes, or
    • Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.).
    Being indoors, such as a classroom or hospital waiting room, with a sick person with COVID-19 and remaining more than 6 feet away, does not put you at a higher risk of getting sick. Additionally, briefly walking by or being briefly in the same room as a sick person with COVID-19 does not put you at a higher risk of getting sick.

    If you had close contact with a person ill with COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health recommends that you stay at home for 14 days after the last time you saw the person and practice social distancing. Social distancing means keeping a distance of at least 6 feet from others. Monitor your health and be aware of the most common signs of COVID-19: fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If you get a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call 877-ASK-VDH3 right away
  • Q. What are ways to manage anxiety?

    • Attend carefully to self care: healthy eating, sleep, exercise, and seeking support from loved ones.
    • Focus on activities you value, ones that are fun and relaxing.
    • Find ways to connect with others safely.  Social isolation can fuel negative moods and make it harder to manage natural sadness, confusion, and anxiety we feel during stressful times. 
    • Establish routines and create structure in your day. 
    From Dr. Bethany Teachman, Clinical Psychologist UVA
  • Q. What to do if I am sick?

    • If you develop a respiratory illness, especially in the setting of recent travel, first call your primary care provider before going to the medical office.
    • Symptomatic care is recommended: rest, consume adequate fluids, take over the counter medications for relief.  If you develop shortness of breath or worsening cough, you should seek medical attention.
  • Q. What to do if I’m asked to self quarantine based on known exposure to COVID-19 or travel from Level 2,3 areas?

    • Report any symptoms of COVID-19 to your primary care provider by phone.
    • Stay in your room, apartment, or house and limit contact with people as much as possible for the duration of 14 days.
    • Avoid sharing household items such as eating and drinking utensils, towels, bedding, etc.
    • Practice good hygiene with frequent handwashing with soap and water for 20 sec, using hand sanitizer, cough and sneeze into tissue then toss, or into the inside of the arm.  
    • Frequently clean high touch surfaces and areas with recommended agents (see below).
    • Laundry can be done normally, no need to add additional cleaning agents.
  • Q. How should I clean and disinfect?

    From CDC Website:

    For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
    • Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
    Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
    Here are some of the registered disinfectants on the EPA's list:

    • Clorox Multi Surface Cleaner + Bleach
    • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
    • Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Spray
    • Lysol brand Heavy-Duty Cleaner Disinfectant Concentrate
    • Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist
    • Lysol brand Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner
    • Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes
    • Sani-Prime Germicidal Spray
    • You can read the full list of disinfectants here.
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