News & Updates

Update for the Week of February 8th

Please see a message below from our Head of School.

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Dear ISC Families, 

I hope your 2021 is off a great start and that your children have enjoyed the start of the spring semester. Thank you all for your continued support and cooperation during this unusual time.  As we reflect on our health and safety protocols from the fall, there are are a few things I would like to update you on as we move into the next semester at the ISC: 

First, as we know this top of mind, we are excited to share that many of our teachers have now received their first dose of the COVID- 19 vaccination. As 1B Essential Workers, we are grateful for the support from the Blue Ridge Health Department along this journey. While the vaccination is not prompting a change in any of our procedures, it does help to make our school even safer. We will continue to follow all Health Department and CDC guidelines as this is what has been key to keeping school safe and open.  While it’s understandable that you would like to know if your class teacher has been vaccinated, this is a private health matter that your teacher may or may not wish to disclose. 

To date, the ISC has had 3 instances where a COVID- 19 case has led to a quarantine for our students. During our first case in September, we had 2 in-school transmissions. We acted swiftly and assertively and invited the Health Department into school to see and give feedback on our procedures. Our two following cases, in December and then January, had zero in-school transmissions.  This means that our mitigation strategies were effective!

We continue to be very particular about our health and cleaning protocols, and ask you all to remain vigilant of ANY signs of illness at home. We understand that keeping children at home with minor symptoms is inconvenient. Scheduling pediatrician visits for a runny nose seems extremely cautious- however- this is one of the many ways that we have kept our school safer. We ask for your grace and understanding that we will continue to err on the side of caution. 

Please also don’t forget to report your travel. We continue to feel that this is an important step and ask that you report if your family takes a trip here: https://forms.gle/rMvwg6Sfq1VXSWoGA

As always, please feel free to reach out with questions, comments or concerns. I know that we all share the same goal of keeping our children happy, safe and learning in person. Our collaborative effort is what makes this possible!

 

Stay safe, 

Tini

 

Update for the Week of January 18th

As reported on January 13th, we quarantined two classes at our Hinton Avenue Campus. The class member who tested positive has recovered well. As of this morning there have been no reports of any close contacts reporting illness. As of now, there have been no transmissions of this case. We look forward to quarantine ending on Friday (01/ 22) and the two classes returning to school on January 25th.

If anything changes, we will update everyone regarding this case. We appreciate your support and trust as we navigate this pandemic. 

Update for the Week of January 11th

Happy New Year families! We hope you all enjoyed your holidays and are happy to return to school.

This month our Head of School has registered us as interested in COVID vaccines once they become available for teachers. Currently the Thomas Jefferson Health Department is providing vaccinations to those in group 1a. Teachers of our school (and staff) would be included in group 1b. We are hoping that many of our staff can be vaccinated as soon as it's our turn.

We appreciate your continued vigilance regarding our travel policies and COVID procedures. 

Update for the Week of November 30th

Please see a message below from Our Head of School.

 

Dear Families, 

 

I sincerely hope that you had some restorative and peaceful days to start this very different 2020 holiday season.

A little (but important!) note before we return to school tomorrow. You might remember my letter before the Thanksgiving break urging you all to keep safety at the forefront of your minds during this holiday season.

As you look to return to school tomorrow I would like you to take a moment to reflect on your holiday interactions. Maybe you saw friends/ family that you had not anticipated. Maybe you were invited into a home that was not planned for. Maybe it was also just hard to wear masks and stay six feet apart when it felt so good to see others. If this was the case, we ask you to please make the right choice and keep your family home until you can safely say that everyone is healthy and ready to be around others. As I mentioned, we can provide some activities for your child to complete if you prefer to keep them at home for now. If your ISC student was sick over the break, please be sure to let us know, so we can discuss what the safest return to school date is. 

Additionally I would like to ask you for one change; every morning you answer a question on the health check about family members. Normally this just means people you share your home with. After the holidays we ask that you stay in touch with family/ friends that you saw and remain aware of any illness they might develop.  As you check in for next week, we ask that you think of ‘family’ in a broader sense and include anyone you spent more than 15 minutes with indoors, or anyone that was close and unmasked. So if your next door neighbor, who you shared a Thanksgiving meal with, suddenly has a fever, please keep your child at home - just to be safe!

Continuously grateful for your ongoing support!

Tini

 

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    Please see a message below from our Head of School. ________________________ Dear ISC Families, I hope your 2021 is off

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    As reported on January 13th, we quarantined two classes at our Hinton Avenue Campus. The class member who tested positive

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  • Update for the Week of January 11th

    Happy New Year families! We hope you all enjoyed your holidays and are happy to return to school. This month

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