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Dear Families,

We are now in the middle of winter, and the children have truly settled into the new rhythms of the school day and are deeply engaged in their work. I am delighted to report that they are laughing more, maybe most exuberantly when they play outdoors together in the snow. Their resilience and optimism inspire and brighten our days.

We know that the opportunity the students have had to be together and learn together in person over the last several months has been absolutely invaluable in this time of separation and loss. Moreover, we believe we have succeeded in safely keeping school open for in-person instruction because we have diligently followed the health and safely protocols laid out earlier in the school year. With the new variants now in the US, and with COVID case rates expected to fluctuate over the next months, it is critical that, as a community, we continue to commit to these health and safety protocols and reduce risk.

In response to current developments in the COVID landscape, and in consultation with experts and our COVID Task Force, we are now putting additional protocols into place. As you may know, our staff and teachers have begun the process of getting vaccinated for COVID-19. Starting Wednesday, February 24, we are instituting a COVID-19 testing program for all students who attend school in person, at no cost to families. The school has contracted with Concentric by Ginkgo, a service provided by Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc., which will conduct PCR pool testing onsite for all students and staff. We will provide more details of the program in a separate email. Please be assured that the test itself will be a soft nasal swab and simple to administer. We will also be scheduling an orientation with Concentric personnel who will explain the COVID testing process. Again, more details on this to follow.

Additionally, starting February 22, the Middle School will begin a new schedule and attend school in person every day.

To discuss these developments more fully, we are scheduling mandatory group meetings with parents, by cohort, with Board President Susan Mamis and me, via Zoom (link to follow.) 

We look forward to speaking to you and appreciate everyone’s cooperation and vigilance.

Janet C .Rotter

Head of School
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