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COVID-19 and Distance Learning Updates

The administrative team at Bishop O'Connell High School is working closely with the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Arlington, to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are following the guidance of public health officials on steps we must take to protect the health and safety of our students, families and staff. 

Our Campus is Closed.
Our Learning Continues.
Our Spirit is Strong.

Spirit Day 2020

Notes to Our Community

O'Connell School Masses (Livestream and Recordings)

Father Thompson is offering Mass each Tuesday and Friday at 11 AM. Find the livestream on our YouTube channel.

View the most recent recorded Mass below.

View previous Mass recordings on our Daily Mass Recordings page.

Timely Blogs and Resources

Distance Learning Calendar
Updated April 17

calendar updates

Distance Learning Guidelines


Preventive Measures

White House CDC -March162020

Use a Cloth Face Covering to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - As the COVID-19 situation continues, the CDC has recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.  Options for making masks with or without a sewing machine are available HERE. If you choose to wear a facemask, please be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth while wearing and/or removing your face covering and wash your hands immediately after removing.

Virginia Governor Issues Stay at Home Order
March 30, 2020

Coronavirus Guidelines for America - White House/CDC - March 16, 2020

Flattening the Curve - Information from the University of Michigan Health - March 11, 2020.

Effective Preventative Measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

Social Distancing - In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has encouraged Americans to practice "social distancing" measures in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 through U.S. communities.

The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as "remaining out of congregrate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible."

COVID-19 Symptom Chart - CDC