During the 2020-2021 school year, we saw very low incidence of Covid spread due, in part, to the mitigation measures put in place at the beginning of the year. Over the course of the year, we learned, we adjusted, and we kept our community healthy and safe. As vaccines become widely available and the community spread numbers decrease, we are planning to return to a more normal on-campus experience and academic structure.
We will continue to prioritize health and safety to protect our students, faculty, and staff and do our part to mitigate community spread of Covid. We will continue a layered prevention approach knowing that conditions and guidance may change before we return to campus in August. We know that we can operate the school on campus safely, and we will continue to do so with fewer restrictions than the prior year because of reduced pandemic numbers, the prevalence of vaccines, and the evolved guidance around close contacts and quarantine requirements.
We know we can provide the best quality education for our students by focusing on on-campus operation, rather than continuing equal optionality of at-home learning. We believe at-home learning should be provided in 2021-2022 only in rare and special cases, so long as the virus continues to be contained and does not return to previous levels. We are also aware that the health and governing authorities will release revised guidance for the 2021-2022 school year over the summer, and we will continue to monitor this evolving guidance and make adjustments as circumstances change.
Below, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions we hope will answer what school will look like for the 2021-2022 academic year.
HEALTH & SAFETY
- Will the school still implement masks, social distancing, handwashing, etc.?
- Will we have to continue to do the daily wellness screening using SchoolPass?
- Will the Covid vaccine be mandatory for students?
- Will vaccines be mandatory for employees?
- Will vaccinated individuals still be required to wear masks?