COVID-19 Updates

Lower School girl in classroom wearing a mask

St. Mark's Cathedral School is closely monitoring all updates regarding COVID-19 and is committed to the well-being of our community. Please visit this page for information on this dynamic situation. We will continue to send updates to our families via email as needed.

Personal tours are available to prospective families by appointment.

Current Situation & Plans

Updated August 18, 2021

Governor Edwards has imposed a mask mandate which explicitly includes all school employees and all school children from kindergarten to 12th grade, regardless of vaccine status. St. Mark’s will fully comply with that mandate as long as it is in effect. While Preschool children are not required to mask, we do ask that they come to school with a mask so that they can be masked in certain situations. Preschool parents who wish their children to be masked throughout the day need to let their teacher know, and we will make every effort to meet that request.

When the mandate is lifted, we will determine what masking protocols we need to adopt. All unvaccinated employees of the school will be masked whenever in the presence of any other person until further notice.

With regard to other COVID-19 protocols, the following policies and procedures will be in effect at the start of school; we very much hope that many of these may be modified as the situation changes over the course of the year.

  • Parents will be asked to sign the Health and Wellness Policy which outlines our expectations of symptom screening prior to arrival at school.
  • All persons will sanitize hands upon arrival at school and throughout the day.
  • All students will be dropped off at carpool or escorted to the front door by a parent; parents will not enter the building at drop-off and pick-up.
  • Parents will be allowed in the building when they have an appointment and a purpose for being at school. We will make efforts to create appropriate opportunities for parents to see their children’s classrooms and meet their teachers.
  • Each grade will be considered a single cohort, and every effort will be made to prevent the mingling of cohorts when inside the building unless adequate social distance can be maintained (e.g. Chapel in the Cathedral). Please note that cohorts will be mingled in ASM. We will make additional efforts at masking and social distancing and other mitigation efforts for ASM students.
  • Each division will work to create schedules and procedures to limit excessive congregation in halls.
  • Lunch will be eaten in classrooms or outside.
  • In addition to the above, please keep in mind that the school does have bi-polar ionization in our HVAC system for the purpose of killing viruses and bacteria in the air, and we will continue appropriate cleaning and sanitizing mitigation efforts.

Medical Advisory Committee

Dr. Margaret Crittell

Dr. Amanda Haynie

Dr. Cherry Horton

Dr. Eric Thomas

Dr. Wanda Thomas

We're here to help!

Dr. Chris Carter
Head of School

Jessica Russo
Preschool Director

Alexis Wedgeworth
Lower School Director

Allison Nolen
Middle School Director