In Case of any Emergency Call:
Campus Security: 202-769-9474
Switchboard: 202-939-8800 (x8800)
Main Office: 202-939-8848 (x8848)
After Hours Call:
Campus Security: (202-769-9474) or
Trey Holloway (202-939-8821) or
Marjo Talbott (cell: 202-494-5719; home: 202-686-4130)
Give your name, location, and nature of the emergency
In any case of emergency, the Main Office will make sure that the appropriate division director has been notified of the situation and vice versa.
Weather and Emergency Messages
When inclement weather or another emergency prevents the opening of school, requires early closing, or activates an alternate school schedule, information will be available on Maret's homepage (www.maret.org). Parent/Guardian phone numbers and/or email addresses also will be used for emergency notifications.
Please keep your emergency email and phone contacts current. Changes to this information should be made online by logging into the Parents/Guardians Portal. If you need assistance, contact Director of Technology and Information Services Jean-Philippe Fontaine at 202-939-8807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In cases of inclement weather, announcements will be posted to the school website and also called into the radio stations—WTOP 103.5 FM/820 AM, WASH 97.1 FM—and television channels—NBC-4, FOX-5, and ABC-7).
We will make an independent decision about closing school due to weather conditions; however, if the DC public schools are closed, Maret may also be closed. We will try to make the decision of “No School” by 5:30 a.m. If an announcement is NOT posted to the website, families should assume that school is operating on schedule.
In inclement weather or other emergencies, parents/guardians should always use their own judgment about road conditions and the safety of bringing their children in to school and picking them up early.
How to Talk to Children About Difficult Topics
- Ask clarifying questions
- Be developmentally appropriate
- Invite your child to ask questions
- Don’t let your own anxiety take over
- Avoid overly focusing on the subject
- Share what you are doing to stay safe
- Empower children and help them feel in control
- Avoid excessive blaming
- Monitor television viewing and social media
- Stick to routine
- Reassure children
Ask clarifying questions
Be developmentally appropriate
Invite your child to ask questions
Don’t let your own anxiety take over
Avoid overly focusing on the subject
Share what you are doing to stay safe
Empower children and help them feel in control
Avoid excessive blaming
Monitor television viewing and social media
Stick to routine
Resources for Talking About the News and Traumatic Events with Children and Youth
Helping Children Cope with Frightening News
Child Mind Institute
Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event
Child Mind Institute
Explaining the News to Our Kids
Common Sense Media
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
National Association of School Psychologists
Leading Conversations After Crisis