Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We are thrilled to be going back to school in August. Our faculty and staff have been working hard to be prepared when our students return. Brother Rice will be adapting a “50/50 Hybrid” format beginning Wednesday, August 19. This format provides our students the best opportunity to maintain social distancing throughout the school day.

Students will be divided into their House and will attend school every other day. The Brother Rice House System is set up to group students evenly into four different houses. Incoming freshmen will find out their house placement on the first day of orientation Tuesday, August 18. Sophomore, junior and senior students will not have an orientation. If students are still needing to take their ID photo, they must come into the library on Tuesday, August 18, between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00. Students need to be in shirt and tie and follow all Br. Rice grooming regulations regarding haircuts and shaving.

House Cork and House Waterford will be grouped as “Maroon,” and House Limerick and House Dublin will be together as the “Orange” group. Each group will attend school in the building on alternating days; for example, Maroon will be in the building Monday, Wednesday and Friday while Orange works remotely from home; and Orange will be in the building Tuesday and Thursday and Maroon will work remotely from home.  The following week, Orange will attend Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and Maroon will attend Tuesday and Thursday.  In the case of days off school, we will pick up where we left off on the Maroon/Orange schedule.  Students that are not on-campus will be required to participate in the class from home via live Zoom meetings. Attendance will be taken every day and every class period for on-site and remote learners.

To begin the year, the Maroon group will be on campus Wednesday, August 19 and Friday, August 21. The Orange group will be on-campus on Thursday, August 20 and Monday, August 24. There will be no remote learning for the first four days.

Beginning Tuesday, August 25, the Maroon group will be on-campus Tuesday, and Thursday while the Orange group works remotely; and the Orange group will be on campus Wednesday, Friday while the Maroon group works remotely from home.

For the first three weeks of school, students will be allowed to wear dress shorts and gym shoes with their Brother Rice uniform polo. No cargo shorts, jean shorts or basketball type shorts will be allowed. Students will return to the regular khaki pant and dress shoe uniform dress code after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 8.

For detailed information, please refer to the following link: 50/50 Hybrid Return to School Information. This includes details about classes, safety protocols, e-learning, student expectations, etc.

We are looking forward to a great year!

Mr. Bob Alberts ‘85

Mark Donahue ‘74

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