The weather this week certainly ushered in change. We are surely transitioning from a beautiful fall to colder temperatures and, yes, eventually winter.
This change is much like what we are experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic, as we hope that in the coming months we will move into more of an endemic—meaning, the management of illness and transmission. And like any transition in life, it will take focus and mindfulness to progress smoothly.
I kindly ask that we be mindful that not everyone is vaccinated. This may be due to medical reasons, or simply a choice based on religious or personal beliefs—that is okay. To accommodate this, we have a testing policy in place for our unvaccinated brothers and sisters. This does not mean, however, that only the unvaccinated are being tested. We want to be respectful of everyone’s decision while maintaining full safety practices and protocols.
I encourage all of us to practice compassion toward everyone, and to withhold judgement, because not all of us make the same choices. Again, we are all family. We wish to eliminate all forms of discrimination or segregation. Join me in continuing to treat each other with respect.
In coming weeks, we plan to offer more vaccination clinics addressing not only COVID-19, but influenza. As we head into the cold weather season, let’s work to take the best care of ourselves, and each other, to prevent all forms of illness. Together we can keep striving for the best environment for learning.