Welcome Back to School, 2021-22
A Note from BSoR Principal Drew Mugford
We are excited to welcome all of our families on campus for the 2021-22 BSoR school year. This year will be the second year with our two wonderful schools on the same campus. Even while dealing with the restraints of the pandemic, last year was a banner year in the history of our two schools. We stayed true to our mission of single-sex education, while allowing just the right amount of interaction between the two schools each day. We became stronger together in many ways, and close bonds were renewed through numerous joint events such as retreats, masses, The Figure, Baccalaureate Mass, and many more. In addition, construction of the new SGHS school building began and is well on its way to completion.
During the 2020-21 school year, we were fortunate to provide a more meaningful experience for students than most schools by finding ways to have fun – playing multiple sports throughout the year, holding dances (such as prom and the freshman/sophomore hops), and finding a way to hold most of our time-honored events including Song Contest. The traditions and events of both schools are a valuable part of the high school experience that link our students to those who graduated before them, and we are committed to preserving them.
Over the past year, we have learned the importance of students being in-person for school. We have witnessed that for most students being with their classmates is critical to their emotional and social well-being. With that in mind, we are excited to have all students in-person this year. However, it may be necessary to direct some students to virtual learning due to ongoing concerns caused by the pandemic. In addition, we will continue to follow certain guidelines to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
As a result of the ongoing pandemic, we have taken many new safety precautions which include installing HEPA air filtration units in each classroom, the dining hall, library, and lecture hall to improve air quality and air exchange for a healthier learning environment. We are installing new hand sanitizing stations throughout the school and gymnasium and will continue to have all common areas, bathrooms, and lockers sanitized during the day. In addition, we will be fogging the entire school on a regular schedule with an electrostatic fogging system for sanitization. Moreover, we will closely monitor any positive COVID-19 cases and will continue to work with the Virginia Health Department to track positive tests and perform contact tracing. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear masks indoors because the state health commissioner has issued a public health order that requires students to wear masks. Any student whether vaccinated or unvaccinated must wear a mask. The guidelines we will be following can be found here.
The faculty and staff put in tremendous effort to make last year a success, and we are grateful for their dedication to the students. Our goal remains to provide a high-quality, single-sex education that develops the students both academically and spiritually and prepares them for college, but with an increased focus on their social emotional well-being. We ask for your continued prayers and support as we navigate any changes that need to be made because of the pandemic. We look forward to a safe and happy new school year for all students, parents, teachers, and administrative staff. We also remain grateful to the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia and the Monks of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey who make our two great schools possible.