Brother Raban Social Distancing



As we all know, this academic year has been different in so many ways. I continue to be proud of our community for following the guidelines established by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the CDC when it comes to fighting the spread of COVID-19.  However, the pandemic is still wreaking havoc on our nation, and we cannot afford to let our guard down now.

At Subiaco Academy, our first goal is the health and welfare of our students, families, monks, and staff. The second objective is to remain open for in-person learning. With these two primary focal points, I am asking for everyone’s assistance in helping us to achieve them. We are asking boarders to stay on campus from now until spring break (Saturday, March 20). Of course, if there are extenuating circumstances, we will work with families on an individual basis. Please contact Mr. Mike Berry ( if there is a need for student travel.

The state and federal guidelines on travel during this time suggest that staying on campus will reduce the chance of community members getting or spreading COVID-19. We are providing weekend activities for our boarding students to enjoy. If a student needs to travel before March 20th, we request that they only travel to their home (permanent residence) and back to campus. We ask that students and parents/guardians work to ensure that students do not go to any social gatherings or areas outside the home while they are visiting. At this time, we cannot allow boarding students to go home with day students or other boarders. Upon returning to campus, travelers will need to follow more robust health screenings (conducted by Nurse Barbara) on a daily basis for 10 days.

As always, here are the protocols that students returning home and all of us will continue to follow:

  • Face coverings over the nose and mouth at all times
  • Socially distance from others maintaining at least 6 feet separation
  • Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer on a frequent basis
  • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19

Again, I want to thank all members of the Subiaco Academy community for their efforts to keep themselves and others safe. We must remain vigilant to keep everyone healthy and to stay open for in-person learning.