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Last Updated: November 20, 2020 (9:30 a.m.)

RECENT UPDATES: Car-Rider Pick-up and Drop-off Requirements, Bell Schedule for Week of 11/23, COVID-19 Procedure Update in the Notes from the Nurse, Prep Shop Hours updated for week of Nov. 23, Yearbook news

November 20, 2020

Dear Prep Community,

Next week we join our country in giving thanks. While 2020 has not been easy for most of us, our faith reminds us that life’s challenges can lead to growth and new life.  As we enter the “Season of Giving Thanks” and the end of the liturgical year, I invite you to bring to Advent the meaning that God creates within each of us as He meets us in our lived experience.

Thanksgiving is a unique time for us as Americans and a special time for us as Catholics and Christians as we hit “pause” in our busy lives and say “thank you” to our family, our friends, and our God.  Since Eucharist means Thanksgiving, one of the very special ways for you to do this is to attend Mass (in-person or virtually) where we meet our Lord who continues to call us to be sacrament for the world.

My personal Thanksgiving reflection will be blessing each of you, members of the St. Augustine Prep family, with a most sincere word of gratitude for entrusting a special treasure, your son, to our care.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

In Christ through Augustine,

Fr. Robert J. Murray, O.S.A., Ph.D.
Head of School


The daily screening form has been replaced by the Ruvna system which automatically sends an early morning text to each of our students, faculty and staff.  This questionnaire MUST be completed prior to arriving at campus.  We are asking all families to complete the questionnaire whether your son is due to report to campus or not. Again, even if your child is ABSENT, the daily screening form needs to be completed.

CLICK HERE to view St. Augustine Prep’s full health and safety protocol and procedures manual in response to COVID-19.

Instructions for all campus visitors

All guests are requested to visit the Vincent Center upon arriving to campus and PRIOR to reaching your intended campus destination.  As per state mandate, visitors are required to check-in and receive a mask to wear during the visit (if you do not already have one of your own).  All visitors are required to wear a mask when navigating their way through any and all campus buildings.  We kindly ask all to observe social distancing and other appropriate safety measures to ensure the continued health of our campus community.  Thank you for your cooperation!


We are noticing students are still being picked up or dropped off at unauthorized areas throughout the campus.  Students may only be dropped off or picked up curbside behind the Forum at Parking Lot A, we are requiring this to ensure the safety of all students.  

Parking Lot A is located at the rear entrance of the Forum and is the first lot to your right upon entering the campus through the West Entrance.

***No student may enter or exit a vehicle at any other location on campus***

This has become a serious safety issue.  If your son is on crutches, he may be dropped off at the Forum utilizing a handicap parking spot.


To SIGN your son out early, please stop at the Forum Office to begin the process. Students, please SIGN IN at the main office of any building if you are late to campus. 

Attendance Procedure:

  • If your son is going to be absent, please report his absence to Mrs. Auger at ext. 139 or mrs.auger@hermits.com. Don’t forget to STILL submit your child’s status on the RUVNA app.
  • If your son will be late, he should report to the building of his next class and sign in at the main office within that building.
  • If you are picking your son up early, please go to Mrs. Auger’s office in the Scarpa Building to sign him out. Mrs. Auger will call your son out of class when you arrive. Please do not text your son to meet you there. 
  • Any student who arrives unexcused after 9:45 am will not be able to participate in any athletic events/practices or extracurricular activities that day.
  • If a student is not feeling well, he should visit the nurse in the Forum.

Managing Your Son’s Lunch Account

We are requesting parents check that their sons are not carrying a negative balance on their lunch accounts. You can manage your son’s account via PaySchoolsCentral.com or your son may pay with cash or check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) at the registers in the Dining Hall.

For the Week of November 23

CLICK HERE for times and locations of academic, student life and athletic events/meetings/practices updated in real-time.
CLICK HERE – 2020-2021 Academic Calendar
CLICK HERE – 2020-2021 Bell Schedule for the Week of November 23

November 25 through December 6 – No School; Thanksgiving Break


5 Saturday – Senior Kairos Retreat – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Click HERE for more information)

7 Monday – Classes Resume


Click on the drop-down menus below for all general & class-specific daily announcements

COVID-19 Travel Advisory Reminder
As the holiday season approaches, we are reminding students, faculty and staff of the importance of adhering to the state of New Jersey’s travel advisory. Traveling to the states identified as an “impacted state” for leisure and/or athletic/co-curricular competitions or activities would result in the need for a student or faculty/staff member to implement the 14-day quarantine thus putting them out of school for that time period. Click HERE to view the current list of “impacted states” that currently fall under the NJ travel advisory.

Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are again advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation.

General Announcements

    • Academic Year 2020-2021 School Calendar (Click HERE)
    • YEARBOOK IMAGES WANTED – The Yearbook Staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. Our photographers can’t be everywhere. If you’ve got great photos of athletics or school events or just any Hermit Nation fun, we’d like to see them. Click HERE to see how to submit your photos online.
    • LOST LANYARDS/IDs – Students must wear their school-issued lanyard with their student ID and door entrance key card as part of their uniform. Students who lose their lanyard are required to replace it. Please go to the Business Office to order a new student ID ($5) and a new key card ($10) and the Prep Shop for a lanyard ($5).


Freshman Announcements

  • Yearbook Club has released a new feature- Student Polls. This new feature will be displayed in our upcoming yearbook and we need students to fill out their opinions in the google form accessed here. Check out the form and all news on yearbook photo submissions as well as yearbook offers from Jostens.

Sophomore Announcements

  • Yearbook Club has released a new feature- Student Polls. This new feature will be displayed in our upcoming yearbook and we need students to fill out their opinions in the google form accessed here. Check out the form and all news on yearbook photo submissions as well as yearbook offers from Jostens.

Junior Announcements

  • Yearbook Club has released a new feature- Student Polls. This new feature will be displayed in our upcoming yearbook and we need students to fill out their opinions in the google form accessed here. Check out the form and all news on yearbook photo submissions as well as yearbook offers from Jostens.

Senior Announcements

  • SENIOR QUOTES FOR YEARBOOK NEEDED- Please head over here to find the link to fill out your senior quotes for the yearbook.
  • Yearbook Club has released a new feature- Student Polls. This new feature will be displayed in our upcoming yearbook and we need students to fill out their opinions in the google form accessed here. Check out the form and all news on yearbook photo submissions as well as yearbook offers from Jostens.
  • Senior Kairos Retreat Dates Released
  • November 14, December 5, January 23, January 30, February 27

Athletic Announcements

  • Registration is open for all sports. Please click HERE to register at your earliest convenience.

College Guidance Announcements

  • Please follow the steps found HERE to register on NAVIANCE|Student for upcoming college events and presentations.
  • For upcoming SAT dates and registration please CLICK HERE
  • For upcoming ACT dates and registration please CLICK HERE
  • Any student intending to play a sport at the Division I or Division II level must register with the NCAA during the 2nd semester of junior year. To register please CLICK HERE 

Student Leadership Announcements

Dress Code 2020-2021

Winter Uniform (Blazers OPTIONAL) – students are permitted to wear the white or blue dress shirt and tie with a Prep quarter-zip or sweater in place of the blazer. HOODIES ARE NOT PERMITTED.

Students are asked to review the sections regarding haircuts, facial hair, and proper appearance.

Please contact Mr. Tim Hale, Assistant Dean of Student Leadership, (Mr.Hale@hermits.com) if you have questions regarding student life at the Prep.

Policy and Procedure | Information

Attendance: Students must officially sign-in before 9:45 a.m. to be eligible to participate in co-curricular activities for the academic day. In an effort to minimize the late arrival process, the student must report directly to the building where his current class is located and sign-in with the following staff members: 

  • Forum – Mrs. Field
  • Augustinian Hall – Mrs. Pippett
  • Vincent – Mrs. Ward
  • Scarpa – Mrs. Auger

Technology Agreement: Each student and parent must sign the Technology Agreement in order to utilize on-campus technology services.  Please hand the signed forms to your D and E period teachers. 

Student Security Cards: Students have been issued door access cards and student ID cards.  Both of these cards should be with the student at all times. Students must wear a lanyard with the swipe and ID card attached.  The lanyard which will have a breakaway clasp will be provided by the Prep. If a student loses either card or the lanyard the student is responsible for reporting the loss and purchasing a replacement.

Transportation Announcements

Click HERE to visit the transportation section of the website to view updated bus stops and details on the Voucher Program.

For more information regarding transportation at the Prep, please contact Mrs. Marianne Carr P’05 at (856) 697-2600 ext. 142 or by email at mrs.carr@hermits.com.


The safety and well-being of every member of the St. Augustine Prep community is a top priority. Now more than ever, St. Augustine Prep takes great care and concern in regards to the mental health of its student population.  Please view the article linked below courtesy of school counselor & learning consultant, Mr. Dennis Stahl and clinical psychologist, Br. Bob Thornton, O.S.A., Psy.D.

Link to Article – Teaching Teens to Relax to Manage Stress

SpeakUp! at St. Augustine Prep

It can be challenging to help your children navigate these uncertain times.  Know that you are not alone!  We call your attention to free virtual programs provided by SpeakUp!, a trusted organization that has worked alongside the Prep for many years.  One of the important ways that SpeakUp! helps is to build supportive school communities through its Parenting Adult Coffee Series.  These conversations help parents gain the skills and confidence to talk openly and honestly with their children about tough topics, provide guidance, strengthen relationships, and learn from each other.
The next Parenting Adult Coffee is on Friday, November 20. Click here to register and to view future Parenting Adult Coffee Series dates.
We encourage you to attend these free events for information and support as you navigate this school year.

To learn more about the resources available to students through the Office of College Guidance and Counseling, please visit hermits.com/student-life/health-wellness or contact our school counselor and learning consultant, Mr. Dennis Stahl at mr.stahl@hermits.com, or our clinical psychologist, Br. Bob Thornton, O.S.A. at br.thornton@hermits.com.


  • The school nurse, Mrs. Darlene Kingett, must be contacted first by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138.  Once Mrs. Kingett has been notified and has discussed the situation with the student’s parent(s) and/or guardians, she will then contact Mrs. Pippett in the Academics office.  At this point, a decision will be made regarding your son being moved to remote learning and if necessary, a return date will be determined.
  • Should it be determined that your son be moved to remote learning, each of his teachers will be contacted immediately by Mrs. Pippett.
If you have additional questions regarding the process of reporting of an illness, please contact Mrs. Darlene Kingett by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 or by email at mrs.kingett@hermits.com
  • If your son is required to stay home as per the Ruvna Health Screening app, parents/guardians must still contact Mrs. Auger in the attendance office at (856) 697-2600 ext. 139 to report the absence.
  • Please note, if your son will not be attending school for illness, college visit, or any other applicable reason, the Ruvna questionnaire must still be completed.
If you have additional questions regarding this process, please contact Mrs. Donna Auger by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 139 or by email at mrs.auger@hermits.com

To our wonderful Prep parents – I appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation during this very unusual school year. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns regarding the health of your sons.

Stay well!

Darlene Kingett P’05

(p) (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 (e) mrs.kingett@hermits.com


Hours for the Week of November 23, 2020

Monday – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tuesday – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wednesday – CLOSED

Thursday – CLOSED

Friday – CLOSED

Saturday – CLOSED

Sunday – CLOSED

In compliance with state laws regarding social distancing, we will be accepting no more than 4 customers in the store at a time; all will be required to sign a declaration of health form (CLICK HERE to download and print form) and wear a protective face mask at all times while present in the Forum.


Evening hours available during select campus events, please call (856) 697-2600 x126 to confirm hours prior to making a special trip to the Prep Shop!


Please CLICK HERE to visit the only online shop carrying licensed St. Augustine Prep Hermits merchandise.  Thank you for always showing your Hermit Pride!  

Resources & Documents

Points of Contact

Academics: Mr. Stephen Cappuccio ’96 (academics@hermits.com)

Admissions: Mr. J.C. Valore (admissions@hermits.com)

Student Leadership/Campus Safety: Mr. Tim Hale (mr.hale@hermits.com)

Athletics: Mr. Michael Rizzo ’86 (athletics@hermits.com)

Student Mental Health & Wellness: Mr. Dennis Stahl (mr.stahl@hermits.com)

School Calendar for Academic Year 2020-2021

View the School Calendar for Academic Year 2020-2021.

School Calendar for Academic Year 2020-2021

Online Real-Time School Calendar & Athletic Schedules

This online calendar is updated in real-time as venues, time changes, and cancellations are announced.  All athletic games and practice information may also be found here.

School Calendar and Athletic Schedule Website

2020-2021 Bell Schedule

Click below to view and/or download the Bell Schedule for Academic Year 2020-2021.

2020-2021 Bell Schedule

2020-2021 Student Handbook

Click below to view and/or download the Student Handbook which includes the updated Student Dress Code for Academic Year 2020-2021.

2020-2021 Student Handbook