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

 

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