Saint Viator plans unconventional 'drive-thru' open house on Sunday

  • Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights won't be able to invite families inside for an annual open house on Sunday. Instead, the school will host a "drive-thru" event on the school grounds.

      Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights won't be able to invite families inside for an annual open house on Sunday. Instead, the school will host a "drive-thru" event on the school grounds. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 
Posted10/23/2020 6:00 AM

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Viator High School still plans to host its annual open house -- albeit a bit unconventional -- on Sunday.

In fact, prospective students won't be able to go inside the school "house" at all, in lieu of a "drive-thru" event on the grounds of the school's Arlington Heights campus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

There will be tents set up featuring teams, organizations and academic groups, where students and families will be able to gather informational materials, ask questions and pick up gift bags. Staff members will be wearing masks to promote a safe environment, officials say.

"Though the format of our open house is different this year, we hope it provides the same value to prospective families as in years past," said Chris Bremner, the school's director of enrollment, in a news release.

As families drive through campus and stop at tents specific to a student's interests, school officials recommend students sit in the back seat behind the driver, and families put a sign on their car with the student's name and current school.

With perhaps hundreds expected for the drive-thru, scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Bremner is scheduling personal one-hour, after-school tours in the coming weeks. Those interested can email cbremner@saintviator.com.

To register for the Sunday open house, visit https://saintviator.myschoolapp.com/podium/default.aspx?t=36644&rid=35522&pe=1&wapp=1.

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