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Saint Mary’s Parents’ Weekend canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

| Tuesday, January 18, 2022

In an email sent by Saint Mary’s class council representatives Tuesday evening, student leaders announced Parents’ Weekend, which was scheduled for February, will be canceled.

The message described the difficult decision to cancel the weekend, a meaningful time for senior and junior students and their families.

“In light of recent events regarding COVID-19, we have made the hard decision to prioritize the health and safety of the Saint Mary’s community,” the email said. “This decision, made by the students, did not come easy. As much as we would love to resume the traditional Parents Weekend events, we do not want to take any risks that could put our community’s health or in-person education at stake.”

Because Parents’ Weekend served as one of the main fundraisers for Senior Week, not hosting the event since 2019 has led to a lack of funds.

The student leaders closed the email by asking seniors and their families to make donations to the fund, also praising the class of 2022 for their strength during the pandemic.

“We ask that you please consider making a donation to ensure your daughter and the class of 2022 gets the senior week they deserve,” the email stated. “From being sent home from study abroad, to shifting to online classes, sports season cancellations, social restrictions, and more, the class of 2022 has endured more than we would have expected from move-in back in 2018. Despite these tough times, we have persevered through, and shown our strength as a SMC community.”

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