Update from the SMCHS Administration

Dear Eagle Community,

In collaboration with the Diocese of Orange, Santa Margarita Catholic High School would like to share the next phase of instruction at SMCHS based upon the lifted stay-at-home orders, increased inoculations, and trending data concerning COVID-19 in Orange County. As always, at the forefront of our efforts is the physical and mental wellbeing of our students, families, faculty and staff while maintaining our high standard of excellence in Catholic education.

SMCHS will offer families two options for instruction beginning Monday, March 1 through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

Option 1 – “Transitional Block” – Four days of on-campus classroom instruction with one day of virtual instruction. The one day of virtual instruction will take place mid-week and allow for additional disinfection of our campus while keeping in mind our students’ mental wellbeing as they transition to increased on-campus instruction.

  • Monday – On-campus, in-class instruction
  • Tuesday – On-campus, in-class instruction
  • Wednesday – Off-campus, virtual instruction
  • Thursday – On-campus, in-class instruction
  • Friday – On-campus, in-class instruction

View the schedules for transitional block. Each day’s specific schedule will be posted on the website at www.smhs.org/bellschedule and the app.

Option 2 - Full Virtual – Distance learning via our globally-recognized Microsoft on-to-one tablet PC program

  • Monday-Friday – Off-campus, virtual instruction

Please click here to access the Microsoft Form and select which option is best for your child.

If a form is not submitted for a student, the respective student will be placed into Option 1 – Transitional Block. Should you need to change your student’s instruction program in the future, parents/guardians can use the same form to inform the school. 

SMCHS is committed to proactive measures to help maintain a healthy and safe learning environment. Safety precautions include proper face coverings, physical distancing to the extent possible, temperature and symptom screenings, hand sanitizer stations, a two-bell system (even and odd classrooms), extended passing periods to avoid crowding, increased sanitization, and medical-grade air filtration, among other measures. It is imperative that if a student or anyone in your household has been exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19, please notify the Nursing and Health Services Office at 949-766-6029 or email deptofnursing@smhs.org, and do not come to campus for classes, activities, or athletics. 

We value and appreciate your partnership as we move forward as one Eagle community. Together, we will continue to rise to the occasion with hope, faith and Christ at the center of all we do.


Caritas Christi,
J. Andrew Sulick

Cheri L. Wood

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