St. John the Evangelist Parish is committed to the health and safety of the children who attend our school. In order to provide for the spiritual, academic, and social/emotional needs of our community, we will open the 2020-2021 school year using the following guidelines.


  • Applying multiple layers of recommended health and safety precautions and adhering to guidelines outlined by the CDC, the Archdiocese of Washington (ADW), and Maryland’s Office of Childcare (OCC). The administration and maintenance meet regularly to collaborate on ways to implement the most updated recommendations and to prepare for a safe campus opening.
  • Utilizing a cohort model - By adapting building use, teaching assignments, and instructional groupings, we are able to place each student in a school “pod” of 9 - 18 students called a cohort. Teachers will rotate to cohort rooms in most grades. The master schedule has been adjusted so that very small numbers of students are ever in the hallways.
  • Ensuring that all staff and students are educated about COVID-19 and informing all members of the SJE Community of their role in reducing risk in our school community. Students and staff will complete required pandemic awareness training appropriate for their age. Core staff will be trained to respond to a Covid-19 case at school. Students will learn about low risk ways to play at recess.
  • Offering distance learning to those families with medical needs or whose preference is learning from home.

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