Comprehensive Return-to-School Guide for 2020-2021

Dear Families,

We are excited to send you, hot off the press, Standing Together: Maret Return-to-School Guide, Fall 2020. This document is your comprehensive roadmap to navigating the protocols we have implemented to help ensure a safe, productive, and joyful opening of the 2020-2021 school year. Of course, given that the coronavirus remains “novel” and the COVID-19 landscape continues to evolve, we will update the Guide as appropriate on our website.

We ask that each and every parent and caregiver of a Maret student read this Guide thoroughly now. It is vitally important that all of us know, understand, and consistently follow these protocols. Doing so is the best way to keep our community safe; it will also maximize the opportunities to bring more students back to campus more often. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community also puts us in the strongest position to upgrade to Maret’s COL Hybrid model in the future. In short, we all have an obligation to each other to work as a team, with one common purpose.

Included in the Guide is our Return-to-Campus Pledge (Page 17). It outlines practices to be followed when participating in Maret activities, as well as in events and activities sponsored by outside organizations or in social gatherings. Anyone who plans to participate in activities on Maret’s campus must follow health guidelines, including social distancing and wearing masks, both at School and elsewhere.

We look forward to welcoming students on campus in small groups over the next few weeks. Please review carefully the School’s protocol for health screening at home. Every student, parent/guardian, or faculty member who wants to come to the Maret campus must complete the AUXS survey no more than two hours before arrival. Maret’s security officers will ensure that each individual has an AUXS-provided Green Pass before allowing entrance. For those who wish to complete the AUXS screening survey from a desktop or laptop computer, this can be done from the Parent Portal. In that case, it will be necessary to print the Green Pass for presentation to a security officer. For those of you who would prefer to use a device-based app, we will send you a download invitation. App users will be able to present their Green Pass from their phone, tablet, or other device.

Finally, as an update to the message that went home earlier this week about athletics, we ask that all students abide by DC health guidelines and avoid coming to campus for 14 days after traveling to designated high-risk states. Additionally, if your child competes or practices in close proximity to others or without wearing masks, your student should refrain from coming to campus for seven days and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

“Standing Together” is not only a fitting title for our Return-to-Campus Guide, it is also an increasingly relevant choice for this year’s school theme. In that spirit, we thank all of you for standing together with us over the past few months as so many people have dedicated themselves to improving our COL program and planning a successful launch of the coming year.


Marjo Talbott         Ian Cameron
Head of School      President of the Board


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