COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES
News from Saint Mary's School
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On Monday, August 16, 2021, all employees will return to campus for an in-person work environment.
Last academic year, 2020-2021
Classes began on August 24, with a two-week period of virtual learning. On-campus classes began September 8. Beginning December 1, following the Thanksgiving break, the school returned to a virtual learning model from December 1-18 prior to the Christmas break. Students and faculty engaged in virtual classes from January 5-8, and returned to on-campus classes January 11, with in-person learning scheduled through the end of the school year. We held an on-campus, in-person Commencement on Sunday, May 23, 2021, and the semester ended successfully on Friday, May 28, 2021.
During the 2020-2021 academic year, when a student or employee needed to be tested for COVID-19, they were asked to become virtual until a negative test was presented and uploaded to the system. All students and employees were expected to report their symptoms and temperature daily to the ASCEND screening app. This monitoring system was essential in our tracking illnesses on campus. If any issues arose, individuals contacted the Binder Health Center at email@example.com. As of May 28, 2021, the Ascend screening app was discontinued. However, moving forward throughout the summer, we will again ask community members to report their need for a COVID-19 test and to go virtual until a negative test is presented and to follow previous protocols.
Important Information about COVID-19 PCR testing:
- A COVID-19 PCR/Molecular test is required.
- Antigen tests (rapid tests) and antibody tests will not clear a student for return.
- If your daughter tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, no additional testing is required.
- All test results (either negative COVID-19 PCR test or positive COVID-19 test within 90 days) must be submitted through Magnus and approved by Saint Mary's Binder Health Center staff.
- Those who are traveling away from home should test upon your return home and submit a negative result before returning to campus.
How to submit COVID-19 PCR test to Magnus:
- Access your Magnus account through the SMS parent portal using your Veracross credentials or access Magnus directly at mymagnus.com.
- Forgot your Veracross password? Go to: https://accounts.veracross.com/sms/portals/accounts/forgot_password
- Photo: Take a picture of the form and upload the .jpg directly to Magnus online or use the app. It's as easy as uploading a photo to Facebook!
- Scan: Scan the document to your computer as a PDF and upload it directly to Magnus.
Covid Testing Resources in Wake County (as of January 2021)
Here is the link to drive-thru Covid-19 testing in Wake County. https://covid19.wakegov.com/testing/
The Swinburne Parking deck on Kidd Road in Raleigh offers:
- Drive-through PCR testing
- No appointments necessary
- No questions asked, no ID required
- Quick and easy
- Turn-around time is generally 12-24 hours
- Open 7 days a week. 7am-7pm
- Check out the website for more information on this and other locations https://covid19.wakegov.com/testing/
Rapid testing is key to fighting this pandemic! This is a great resource!
In preparation for the new academic year (2021-2022), Saint Mary’s in-person, on-campus learning plan assumes all faculty and staff who intend to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will have been vaccinated, and that most students will have been able to receive the vaccine before the fall semester begins. While the vaccine is not mandatory, we strongly encourage all Saints to consider getting the vaccination.
For the health and safety of our school community, visitors to campus are being limited. Visitors must have a scheduled appointment and complete the school's campus access screening form 24 hours in advance of arriving on campus. In keeping with Saint Mary's health protocols, visitors must wear a mask/face covering and maintain social distancing while on our campus.
For the health and safety of our school community and in keeping with Saint Mary's health protocols, summer camp attendees must wear masks for indoor or in-classroom activities. Masks are not required for outdoor activities or in the Bacon Gymnasium (while doors are open and fans are in motion). Visitors who are part of guest groups should also check with their group's health and safety protocols, which may require additional health and safety protocols. If none exist, defer to Saint Mary's health and safety protocols. For questions regarding mask policies or health and safety questions for summer camps, contact Mary Brown Taylor '08 at 919-424-4029 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For guest group inquiries, contact Kirsten Monroe at 919-424-4028 or email her at email@example.com.
Faculty and other employees essential to school operations are working on campus in compliance with campus health and safety protocols. Some administrative staff continue to work from home to minimize potential COVID-19 exposures on campus. Here is a link to our online faculty/staff directory to assist you in contacting our faculty and staff. The campus community are required to wear masks inside buildings and to adhere to social distancing. Outside, masks may be removed.
With the health and safety of our community our first priority, Saint Mary's continues to closely monitor COVID-19 developments and make plans in accordance with guidance provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary | This is an evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.