We are opening for full-time instruction on August 31. Here are our plans to keep everyone safe.

Posted on July 1, 2020

The first day of school will be delayed until August 31

Face mask policy

Reopening plans for 5th through 8th grade


Reopening plans for K-3


Reopening plans for PreK

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General reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year

Reopening plans for the Athletics program

Dear Sacred Heart Academy families,

I understand that technical difficulties with the Zoom meeting about Athletics prevented its recording. The main topic for discussion was Middle School sports. There were also Physical Education(PE)  class topics covered. We have established some guidelines with our return-to-school plan.

– Students will have the opportunity to take PE classes and participate in skill-based and conditioning activities after school.

– Students will need to come to school on their assigned PE class day dressed in their PE uniforms.

– Locker rooms will not be used for changing or storing student belongings during the day.

– As of right now, the start of fall sports teams will be delayed. I will be meeting with the Athletic Conference to which we belong on July 21st, to review models and guidelines for reopening sports teams this fall. I will then update families with any new information or status change.

– In the hope that we will be able to have Fall sports, I am still asking the Cross Country team to report for summer training on Aug. 5th from 7:30am-9:30am, the Volleyball and Boys’ Soccer teams to report on Aug. 10th from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

We will also offer our free sports physicals on Aug. 10t,h starting at 5:00pm in the gym. Details and guidelines for summer practices and sports physicals will be provide on a later date.

If you have any questions, please feel to contact me.

Lorenzo Lara
Athletic Director
Sacred Heart Academy
110 Keating Drive
Winchester VA 22601


Current reopening policies will be posted here:

Reopening of Sacred Heart Academy

Tuition payment policy 2020

Superintendent’s Letter to Families

SHA Reopening Plan – DRAFT  – This is the plan that was submitted to the Virginia Department of Education
Dear Sacred Heart Academy family,

I hope all is well and that you and your family are safe and healthy. This is the time of year when we complete preparations for the next school year. You may notice that your FACTS account reflects student- (K-5) and middle-school (6-8) fees for the next year. We are getting ready to post tuition invoices on FACTS, as well.  I would like to take this opportunity to remind families of our tuition and fee policies.

Sacred Heart Academy tuition does not cover the full cost to educate our students.  On average, the true cost comes out to almost $2,000 more for students than the tuition charged – as much as $3,000 for additional children from the same family.  Very often, this “shortfall” is covered through parish support and third-source revenue, such as fundraising and student activity programs. These additional sources of revenue will be unreliable in the next school year because of the impact of COVID-19 limitations.

In a school budget, the majority of expenses relate to salaries and benefits.  These expenses are “front-end loaded” at the time a teacher signs his or her contract.  That is, the school promises to pay that teacher for the 194 days he or she is employed by our school. Staff levels are dictated by enrollment, so the revenue that covers this expense is paid by families who enroll their child or children in the Academy.  Operating expenses, such as utilities, supplies, and maintenance, account for a smaller portion of the budget, but still include a number of sizable fixed costs.

Thus, at the time your student is accepted for enrollment in the Academy, we ask for a full-year commitment, whether the instruction is in person or online.  If, at some point during the school year, we are directed to close our school and continue our instruction via online, our school will still be responsible to pay our faculty in order to continue to deliver a quality education to our students.  Our fixed costs remain the same. Therefore, parents are expected to fulfill their tuition obligation as it is stated in our Handbook and agreed to in the Tuition and Fees Payment Agreement signed by all parents at the beginning of the year.

I have included a letter from Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Vorbach, that explains the guidance of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s guidance for reopening of schools. As I have mentioned in prior communications, Sacred Heart Academy will be open for in-person classroom learning on August 26.

Please let me know if you have any questions or I can be of further assistance.

God bless,

Mrs. Erica Palaza


Sacred Heart Academy
National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

 Putting Faith In The Future
110 Keating Drive
Winchester, Virginia 22601

 Strengthened by the Father, led by Jesus, and guided by the Holy Spirit, Sacred Heart Academy nurtures the development of the whole child by providing a Catholic education, cultivating academic excellence, peace and justice, service and spiritual growth.  

We pray. We study.  We serve.