January 2nd update
Good evening,

As we all prepare for a return to school tomorrow, I want to provide you with additional information that has been shared with me over the weekend. (This information was inadvertently left out of tonight’s Sunday Night Reminder. I apologize for that inconvenience.)

The Connecticut Department of Health has provided new guidance to schools regarding isolation, quarantine, testing and returning to activities. Among other things, these guidelines shorten the recommended isolation and quarantine time for those infected with or exposed to COVID-19. To learn more about these guidelines and to review scenarios for exposure and quarantine, click here.

The information from the state also provides schools with the ability to develop their own specific guidelines and policies. We will continue to examine all aspects of our operations and provide updates as adjustments are made to any specific areas

While the new guidance also states schools are no longer required to conduct individual level contact tracing, the medical center will continue to email you if your student was potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19.

We will continue to post weekly updates on the number of positive cases in our community. That information, if you weren’t aware, can be found here

As I mentioned in my email to you earlier this weekend, mask-wearing remains one of the leading mitigation strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some suggest the use of a medical/surgical mask or an N95 mask as the best ways to do this. .

We also know that hand hygiene is essential in this situation. Please continue to encourage your child to wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when available. Our classrooms have hand sanitizer dispensers and teachers have disinfectant wipes available, too.

Additionally, we have made the decision to limit spectators at sporting events held in Alumni Gym. More information about that is in the original Sunday Night Reminder email.

Please understand that the State Department of Education will not allow schools to utilize remote learning days under any scenario. The decision to offer remote learning can only come from an executive order from Governor Lamont.

Please also be aware that while the CDC has changed the definition of fully vaccinated, the Connecticut Department of Health has yet to adopt that definition. Currently, a fully vaccinated person in the state is defined as someone past two weeks of receiving the last shot in the vaccine series (either two shots of Moderna or Pfizer or one shot from Johnson & Johnson).

Most importantly, please keep your student home from school if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, runny nose, shortness of breath). Additionally, please keep your student home if they are awaiting the results of a PCR COVID test.

I will continue to keep you up-to-date on information from the state, as well as decisions we make on campus to provide the safest environment possible for our students. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Dr. Brian M. Kelly
Head of School/Superintendent