St. Christopher's Response to COVID-19

St. Christopher's School leaders are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, a rapidly evolving health situation. St. Christopher's is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health. As new information about the outbreak and its potential impact on the school community becomes available, the School will send updates via email and post to this site.

Updated COVID Policies 2021-2022

List of 4 items.

  • Updated COVID Exposure and Quarantine Policies

    Revised (1/21/2022) VDH Guidelines, Adapted for St. Christopher’s

    If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate) 

    Everyone, regardless of vaccination status

    • If you have symptoms, count the day that your first symptom appeared as Day 0.  If you do not have symptoms, count the day that you got tested as Day 0.
    • Stay home for Days 1 through 5.
    • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
    • If you have no symptoms or if your symptoms have resolved after 5 days, you may return to campus on Day 6. You must contact your school nurse prior to returning to campus.*
    • Continue to wear a mask around others for Days 6 through 10. If you are unable to consistently and correctly wear a well-fitted mask then you will need to isolate for the full 10 days at home.
    • Participation in Athletics and some Arts activities deemed higher risk may not resume until Day 10. Students may observe practices/games.
    • If you are able and willing to get tested, get tested with an antigen test on or soon after Day 5. If your test is positive, stay home until Day 10. If your test is negative, you may end your isolation after Day 5. Testing is recommended but not required.

    *Returning to campus after 5 days is contingent on an individual being asymptomatic or having a significant improvement in symptoms. Students must receive approval from a member of the STC Medical Team prior to returning to School. 

    If You Are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Monitor your health)

    If you:
    Have been boosted

    Completed the primary series of vaccine (under 18)

    Had COVID-19 within the last 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)
    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.

    • Athletic participation will be decided based on the extent of contact, especially in cases of household exposures.

    • On Day 5, you will need to undergo  COVID testing. PCR is preferred but an antigen test will be accepted if you are unable to obtain a PCR test.

    If you develop symptoms, get a test, stay home, and contact the school nurses. 

    If You Are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine) 

    If you: 
    Are Unvaccinated

    Are over 18** and completed the primary 
    series of recommended vaccine, 
    but have not received a recommended 
    booster shot when eligible. (**Students over 18 please contact our health staff.)
    • Stay home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. Families opting not to mask their children for infection or post exposure days 6 through 10 will be required to isolate or quarantine for 10 days per CDC and VDH guidelines.

    • On Day 5, you will need to undergo  COVID testing. PCR is preferred but an antigen test will be accepted if you are unable to obtain a PCR test.

    If you develop symptoms, get a test, stay home, and contact the school nurses. 

  • Visitors on Campus

    Effective Monday, September 13, we plan to return to our pre-COVID policy of welcoming parents, alumni, and community visitors on campus. All visitors must mask when indoors.
  • Mask Requirements

    Masking is not required for any Saints community member when on campus outdoors. Any Saints community member may choose to mask when on campus outdoors, and we will respect and honor that choice.
  • The School Day

    We will not require a formal health screening in carpool through Ruvna this year, though we ask that you remain vigilant in assessing your son’s health each morning. It is critical that your son stay home from school if he shows any signs of illness, COVID-related or otherwise. Temperature checks will no longer take place in carpool. 

    The Sibling Shuttle, which runs between St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s at 7:40 a.m. for joint families, will return this year. More information to follow in August.

Recommended Health Precautions

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Cover your cough;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Don’t share food or drinks;
  • Get adequate rest and maintain healthy lifestyles (e.g. proper nutrition, exercise) to help ensure health;
  • Avoid close contact, including handshakes and hugging; and
  • If you get sick, stay home and rest.