Message from Principal Mark McDowell, July 24

July 24, 2020

Dear QND Family,

You have been and will remain in my thoughts and prayers!  I’m excited to welcome students back to school in a few short weeks.

Upon returning, our students will be attending according to an A and B schedule.  This means that students will attend five out of every ten school days, alternating between in-person and remote learning. Those who are learning from home will be able to participate live alongside their classmates at school using their iPads.  Students will “attend” all classes on a daily basis.  This is not what we did in the 4th quarter of last school year.  While that was successful, this will be a better way of delivering instruction.  Our teachers are working diligently to make this happen!

Our administrative team has elected to implement an A-B schedule for a number of reasons; key among them is to lower the overall risk of COVID-19 transmission to our students, staff, and families.  Less people equals less risk.  I understand that the A-B schedule will impact our families in various ways. Navigating this era continues to be a shared sacrifice between school and home.

In the past I have pledged that QND would continue to provide a quality secondary Catholic education to our students and families during the 2020-2021 school year.  Our tradition of excellence is over 153 years strong!  I believe in us.  I believe in our mission.  We will succeed!


Mark McDowell ’95, QND Principal

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