School Opening Plan 2021-2022

St. Christopher’s School plans for a full, in-person return to campus for all boys in Grades JK-12 for the 2021-2022 school year. 

We have three primary goals that inform all of our decision making for the 2021-2022 school year:

  1. To foster student and employee health and well being.
  2. To prioritize and emphasize in-person, on-campus learning.
  3. Whenever and wherever practical, to return school operations “to normal,” particularly for portions of our school population with high vaccination rates.

Back-to-School Information

List of 8 items.

  • 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. 
  • Updated COVID Exposure and Quarantine Policies

    Students, parents, and faculty/staff will still be required to report a confirmed COVID diagnosis or confirmed COVID exposure confidentially to the divisional school nurse or the Director of Health Services immediately upon diagnosis. The health staff will provide guidance throughout recovery and assist with school reentry.
     
    With the priority of maintaining a healthy learning environment for all, please keep your son at home if he is ill with fever (>100 degrees F), respiratory symptoms, gastrointestinal symptoms, or body aches. Please call his medical provider to discuss next steps prior to coming to campus. 

    If your son is waiting on the results of a COVID test, he should remain at home until the test results are final. If an individual in the household has been diagnosed with COVID, your son should remain home even if he is vaccinated until your individual case has been discussed with the school nurse or the Director of Health Services.

    When There is a Confirmed COVID Case on Campus:
    • Parents of students in an affected homeroom (Lower School) or students in close contact (Middle and Upper Schools) and affected faculty/staff will receive a notification via email followed by contact by the divisional health staff.
    • Confidentiality of the diagnosed student or employee will be maintained in accordance with applicable law.
    • Unvaccinated children and employees who are in close contact with an individual confirmed to be infected by COVID will be required to quarantine for 7 (with negative PCR test) to 10 days (with negative antigen test). Close contact is defined as an unvaccinated individual being within 6 feet unmasked or within 3 feet with a well-fitted mask for more than 15 minutes at one time or cumulative over a 24 hour period. The quarantine will begin at the end of the academic school day. (You will not need to pick up your child mid-day.) This quarantine policy will be in effect in all divisions, including the Lower School, though only close contacts in a Lower School homeroom will need to quarantine this year. 
    • Vaccinated students who are exposed on campus and who are asymptomatic will not be required to quarantine, per current VDH and CDC guidelines. 
    • We will continue to maintain a COVID-19 dashboard, accessible to parents after the beginning of the school year through SaintsNet. 
  • Mask Requirements

    The state Health Commissioner issued a Public Health Emergency Order requiring indoor masking for all individuals—children and adults, vaccinated and unvaccinated—in any public or private school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This order went into effect on August 12 and remains in effect “until the CDC guidelines for K-12 schools change, unless this Order is sooner amended or rescinded.” 

    As such, all individuals on the St. Christopher’s campus must mask when indoors, unless engaged in the activities noted as exceptions in the Public Health Order

    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.
  • VISITORS ON CAMPUS

    St. Christopher’s has recently adopted the use of SchoolPass, a visitor management system. For the safety of all students, visitors are now required to check in at designated points of entry on campus. There are several initial locations for check-in. Please bring your driver’s license to campus, as we will need to scan your license upon entry to campus. You will receive a name tag, indicating that you are an approved visitor, and may then proceed to the classroom or meeting location. 
     
    Initial check-in points of entry include: 
     
    Lower School: Pepper Avenue Lower School Office. Please do not enter through the St. Christopher’s Admissions office on St. Christopher’s Road. You will be asked to drive around to Pepper Ave. 
     
    Middle School: Wilton Hall front entrance
     
    Upper School: St. Christopher’s Road entrance in Chamberlayne Hall.  Please do not enter through the student parking lot entrance. 
     
    Extended Day: Extended Day main entrance on St. Christopher’s Road
     
    Luck Leadership Center: College Counseling Office on the second floor of the LLC.
     
    Business Office: Memorial Hall Business Office reception. You may park in a reserved visitor spot in the lot next to Memorial Hall, at the corner of Wesley Rd. and Henri Rd.
     
    At this time, visitors to all other buildings, including the Athletics and Arts Centers, should check in at the Business Office.
     
  • Carpool and Parking

    Please remember to follow all posted speed limits and come to a full stop at the stop signs in our surrounding neighborhoods. Please help us to be responsible members of this neighborhood by driving particularly carefully through our neighborhood streets and intersections. 

    For details on morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, please review the divisional newsletters sent on August 2. 

     
    The carpool lines may take a bit longer the first few days, as the boys re-adjust to exiting the car with arms full of backpacks, water bottles, musical instruments, and anything else they need for the day. Thank you in advance for your patience—things speed up substantially once the carpool gets in a groove. 
     
    Please do not use the Luck Leadership Parking Lot for morning or afternoon carpool due to vehicular and pedestrian traffic constraints in that area.
  • Sibling Shuttle

    We are excited to offer the Sibling Shuttle again this year, providing early morning transportation for the convenience of our families between St. Christopher’s and St. Catherine’s Schools. This service will begin on Tuesday, August 31 and will operate between 7:30 and 7:40 a.m.
     

    Please note that the Sibling Shuttle will not run on days when we have a late start due to inclement weather. 

    Sibling Shuttle Logistics for Boys
    There is one Sibling Shuttle drop-off location at St. Catherine’s for boys in K-12:
    • Lower School carpool line on St. Catherine’s Lane
    Middle School and Upper School boys who take the shuttle from St. Catherine’s to St. Christopher’s will be delivered to the St. Christopher’s Middle School carpool lane. Lower School boys will be delivered to the Lower School carpool line on St. Christopher’s Road. 

    Sibling Shuttle Logistics for Girls
    There are two Sibling Shuttle drop-off locations at St. Christopher’s for girls in K-12:
    • Luck Leadership Center/Ryan Dining Hall parking lot
    • Lower School carpool line on St. Christopher’s Road 
    All St. Catherine’s students who take the shuttle from St. Christopher’s to St. Catherine’s will be dropped off in the Lower School carpool on St. Catherine's Lane and received by St. Catherine's faculty members. 
     
    If you have any questions about the sibling shuttle, please contact Director of Athletics Ren O'Ferrall '85, oferrallr@stcva.org.
  • Dining and SaintsCard

    Breakfast, dinner, and the Saints’ Café will return for the 2021-22 school year! The Saints’ Café will operate for Middle School and Upper School students every school day before and after lunch periods. So that our partners at Flik may focus on a successful roll-out of lunch service and the return of the Saints’ Café, we will delay the start of breakfast service until early October.
     
    Beginning Monday, October 4, breakfast ($4.75 per person) will be offered in our Dining Hall for all members of our community each school morning.  
     
    Beginning Tuesday, October 5, dinner ($6.25 per person) will be offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, also open to all members of our community. 
     
    The Dining Hall accepts SaintsCards, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. We do not accept cash at this time. 

    SaintsCard
    We are pleased to announce that our SaintsCard system is back for the return of the Saints’ Cafe´ and Murrell Bookstore this school year! As always, students may continue to use a debit or credit card (including pre-paid cards) in addition to the SaintsCard in the Dining Hall and Murrell Bookstore. (The SaintsCard can also be used for breakfast and dinner when those services start the first week of October.) All students who have not yet been issued a SaintsCard will receive one at the beginning of the school year.  

    If you have not yet created a SaintsCard account and wish to do so, here are instructions on how to register and fund your son's SaintsCard and an FAQ document to help answer any questions. 

    1) CLICK HERE to review instructions on how to create an account.
     
    2) Visit our vendor MyKidsSpending.com to create your family account. There is a nominal fee charged by the vendor to add funds to your son's account. You can learn more about the fees in the FAQ document.
     
    3) If you have questions concerning account setup, please contact support@mykidsspending.com or call (855)302-0070. You may also review the FAQ document, HERE or visit the SaintsCard section of the Resource Board on SaintsNet for additional information. 
  • Vaccine Requirements for Faculty, Staff, Vendors and Volunteers

    Beginning in late August, St. Christopher’s and St. Catherine’s required all faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. While we achieved an extremely high rate of employee vaccination voluntarily, in order to protect our community as much as possible, particularly unvaccinated students, all faculty and staff must now be fully vaccinated. We are in the process of extending that same requirement to vendors and visitors on campus who are in proximity to our students. 
     
    In order to protect our Lower School students who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, we will now require all Lower School volunteers who are in proximity to the boys to be fully vaccinated. This includes parents, grandparents and friends who wish to volunteer in the Lower School. Those individuals will be asked to affirm their vaccination status when they check in at the main Lower School office. 
     
    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our entire Saints community. 

Start of School Dates for 2021-2022

Lower School JK-Grade 5: Aug. 31
Middle School Grades 6-8: Aug. 31
  • 6th Grade: half-day on Aug. 30
Upper School Grades 9-12: Aug. 30

Communications

August 17, 2021
  • From the Headmaster: Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year, click here.
July 30, 2021
  • From the Headmaster: School Opening Plan, click here.
Sign in to SaintsNet to view and download important back-to-school documents for each division.

School Readiness Task Force

Mr. Ed Cowell (Chair), Director of Community & Inclusion
Ms. Courtney Ash, Middle & Upper School Nurse
Ms. Kerry Court, Director of the Arts
Ms. Janine Davila, Director of Auxiliary Operations
Ms. Sharon Dion, Director of Communications
Dr. Warren Hunter, Head of Middle School 
Mr. Mason Lecky, Headmaster
Dr. Sarah Mansfield, Assistant Head of School 
Ms. Abbey Moring, Director of Extended Day
Mr. Ren O’Ferrall, Director of Athletics
Mr. David Reynolds, CFO/COO
Mr. Todd Stansbery, Associate Head of Lower School
Mr. Tony Szymendera, Head of Upper School
Dr. Ann Vanichkachorn, Director of Health Services
COVID-19 is a fluid situation, and local or state guidance could impact some or all of these plans. We will update and adapt as necessary to respond to changing guidance from health or government agencies.