Notes from the Principal's Desk: Christmas Break, Knott Scholarship, and more!

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We want to thank everyone for their patience the past two days as we have dealt with the snow’s impact on our school schedule. We have three snow days built into our calendar, and as of the closing of school today, we have one more snow day remaining. If we have to close school following a third snow day, we will transition to holding instruction remotely for the students.

We pray that the ice on campus will melt quickly today. Temperatures are expected to drop again tonight, and with the potential for refreezing, it is possible we might have a delayed opening of school on Friday. We will do our best to inform the community as soon as possible once a decision has been made.

Post Christmas Break Instruction

At this time, there is no plan to teach remotely following Christmas break, similar to what we did after Thanksgiving, but we will follow the guidance of the Department of Catholic. Out of an abundance of caution, we will deploy devices for our B Cohort students should there be a need to teach remotely after Christmas break. Cohort A students will have their devices deployed on Tuesday, December 22nd.   

Additionally, we are examining the schedule to revise the A and B Cohorts schedule. Our goal is to give students in the B Cohort some additional days as there is currently an inequity in the number of in-person school days between the A & B Cohort students. We will have an updated schedule when we return from Christmas break.

Tomorrow is a Christmas Spirit Dress Down Day for Cohort B students. Cohort A students will have their spirit day on Tuesday, December 22nd. We invite students to wear festive Christmas attire. Please note that pajamas are not considered acceptable attire for this dress down day.

Traveling over Christmas Break  

Maryland residents are advised to avoid non-essential travel outside the state. A Maryland resident returning from a state with a coronavirus test positivity rate above 10 percent or an average case rate above 20 per 100,000 in the past seven days should get tested and self-quarantine at home until they receive the result. Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia are exempt from this recommendation. In general, anyone entering Maryland should get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours before their trip or upon their arrival. Quarantine recommendations do not apply to employees who commute to and from Maryland daily if they have work-based COVID-19 screening procedures.

Please let us know if you plan on traveling out of state during the Christmas break.

New CDC Guidelines for Close Contacts 

The CDC has modified the guidance reducing an individual’s quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days. The period can be reduced further if a person elects to be tested on or after the 5th day via a PCR test. Moreover, the tested person cannot return until the 7th day at the earliest and must have negative test results before being allowed to return. To be clear, the quarantine period has been reduced by 4 and not 7 days. The early release from quarantine is conditioned upon a negative test taken on our after the 5th day.

Knott Scholarship

Finally, we would like to share some information regarding the Knott Scholarship. The mission of the Knott Scholarship is “To award merit-based scholarships to academically talented Catholic students to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Knott Scholars are encouraged to participate in service and networking opportunities beyond formal classroom learning, helping students to become leaders in the community.” This four-year, full-tuition scholarship opportunity is available for rising 5th-grade students and rising high school Freshmen. Below we share the requirements in an infographic provided by the Knott Scholarship Funds.

God Bless,
Michael Wright