COVID-19 Awareness and Information

The purpose of this page is to share what we know, helpful resources, and our recent communication with our families. The health and well-being of the Saint Gertrude community remains our highest priority.

As the world continues to study the latest developments in the outbreak of COVID-19 (formerly 2019-nCOV or novel Coronavirus), Saint Gertrude is focused on possible impacts on our students, faculty, and staff. To ensure our sound and careful decision-making, we are monitoring global, national, and local health organizations, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as regional, state, and national advisors. Additionally, we have employed our school’s crisis team to ensure we are informed and ready.

In just the past few days, cities nationwide have gone into lockdown and the federal government has recommended that groups gathering be no larger than 10 people. The uncharted waters we are facing related to COVID-19 are requiring us to make decisions quickly and daily (and sometimes more often than that). Under the mandate from Governor Northam, our on-campus learning has come to an end for this academic school year.

Distance learning will continue through Friday, May 15, and our originally scheduled Easter vacation will still take place. There will be no digital classes or remote learning April 10-17 in celebration of the Easter holiday. This school closure means all extracurricular activities are also canceled. Please know that this decision was not made lightly, and we truly believe this is in the best interest of the health of our community.

We encourage all families who have upcoming professional or personal travel scheduled to follow CDC travel guidance. If you or any of your family members travel outside of the Richmond area or have recently been diagnosed with a viral illness, please report it directly to Nurse Heather Sams.

As details emerge and the situation evolves, we will send out messages as needed to ensure our community stays up-to-date.

Current SGHS Parents: You are invited to a virtual coffee with Head of School Sister Cecilia Dwyer on Friday, March 27. Please click here for meeting details and to submit questions ahead of time.

Below you will find the correspondences that have been sent to our community thus far:

Tips for Distance Learning

  • Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences
  • Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully. There’s no right or wrong place to study – if it works for you, that’s great. What’s important is that you choose somewhere that’s reasonably private and free from interruptions.
  • Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best work
  • Do your best to meet timelines, commitments, and due dates
  • Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support. All students get stuck at times – that’s normal. Just remember to talk things over, ask yourself questions, collaborate with a classmate, and ask your teachers.
  • Comply with Saint Gertrude’s Responsible Use Policy, including expectations for online etiquette