It's been so wonderful this week having faculty back on campus for pre-planning. We have spent a lot of time going over our new health and safety protocols, and we are very much looking forward to seeing everyone on campus tomorrow for Orientation Day. If you are not sure what time to arrive or where to go, please reach out to your Division Assistants or Division Heads directly.
As you have been reading over the summer, we have many new protocols in place to protect our entire St. Johns community. These focus around three key areas: wear a mask, wash your hands, and keep your distance. Certainly there are many components to each of these three keys, and I want to highlight a few of those here:
- Morning Health Survey. You've been reading about our new morning health surveys, and hopefully you all have the Magnus Mobile app and have taken it for a test drive. If not, please remember to submit your practice before the weekend is over. These brief health checks will help us keep anyone (faculty, students, or staff) who may have COVID-19 safely off of our campus, and it will apprise them of their at-risk status and refer them to seek medical attention.
- Wear a Mask. All students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors of any kind are required to wear a protective face covering at all times. This is one of our first lines of defense against COVID-19 on campus, and we recommend that everyone keep a spare on hand in a locker or backpack, just in case they might forget to bring one some day.
- Wash Your Hands. We'll all be washing or sanitizing hands more frequently on campus, again in effort to keep the virus at bay and keep our community safe.
- Keep Your Distance. Finally, social distancing and figuring out ways to avoid crowds has been a big focus of our work this week. Throughout campus we have installed social distancing decals on the ground, marking 6' distance for lines and walkways. There are also new one-way traffic lanes, staggered lunch times, "up" and "down" stairways, and socially distanced desks with seating charts (to help us should contact tracing become necessary) in every classroom. With the exception of P.E., Lower School students won't be rotating to classes at all (resource teachers will come to classrooms), and throughout the School larger classes have been moved to larger classrooms (such as the PLH).
All of these things—and many more!— work together, in partnership with you and that morning health survey, to keep our School and our community safe.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
All the best,
|Head of School|