December 29, 2020
I hope these weeks are providing the opportunity for some relaxing family time. I wanted to let you know that the Health and Safety Task Force met today, Tuesday, December 29, to examine and discuss local, state, national, and international COVID-19 data. After this examination of available data, St. Mark’s remains committed to a return date of Monday, January 4, for remote learning and Tuesday, January 19, for in-person learning, as previously announced. More details about our in-person return will be communicated in the Deans’ Weekly newsletter on Friday, January 8.
In addition, the Health and Safety Task Force is finalizing a revised social agreement for day students which will clarify health and safety protocols and expectations. More details will be available in the January 8 Deans’ Weekly.
As a reminder, students who are returning for in-person learning in January must arrive on campus with evidence of a negative PCR test that is no more than seven days old. All students must quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. As announced in the December 19 Deans’ Weekly, students are permitted to quarantine at home, provided the following requirements are followed:
- A 14-day quarantine with no contact with others outside of the home and no travel outside the home must be completed. We also ask that family members limit contact with others, especially large groups, to the extent possible.
- As noted above, students must arrive on campus with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result that is no more than seven days old. Leaving the home to obtain a COVID-19 PCR test does not violate the quarantine requirements.
- Students must arrive via private transportation directly from their quarantine location without staying overnight at another location, such as a hotel, en route.
Thank you for your attention to these important details. I wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2021 from all of us at St. Mark’s.