News from Saint Mary's School

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The 2020-2021 academic year
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. 

Covid-19 test required for all students returning for classes in January 2021

All students are required to submit a negative PCR COVID-19 test result before returning to campus in January. Students should not take the test before January 6, 2021. Once you have the test results they should be uploaded to the Magnus Health Portal. If any issues should arise, please contact Binder Health Center at

Covid Testing Resource in Wake County (as of January 2021)

Here is the link to drive-thru Covid-19 testing in Wake County.

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
  • Free
  • 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

Rapid testing is key to fighting this pandemic! This is a great resource!

Visitors on campus
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.

Administrative offices:
With the start of on-campus classes, 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.  Administrative staff also works from home during periods of virtual learning.

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).  

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North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

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.