Dear Keystone Families,
We hope you’re staying safe. Before we share with you the plans for the period between Thanksgiving and Winter Break, we’d like to take a moment to thank you for all your support in keeping our community as safe as possible.
Due in large part to your efforts, we have seen only a single positive test of the coronavirus among students, faculty and staff since school began. More importantly, up to now, there’s been no transmission within our community. In large part, this is because of your commitment to safety and vigilance. Thank you!
Even though there have been many exposures among our students, faculty and staff, our community is doing excellent work in taking precautions by wearing masks and maintaining distance. Your children have been great, and we applaud them.
Still, we note with alarm the rising positivity rate, the growing hospitalization statistics, and the increasing number of cases in San Antonio, throughout Texas and across the country. In addition, we are concerned with the likelihood of transmission among our families resulting from travel, hosting relatives, and welcoming home college students.
On our campus, we were sending out notifications of COVID exposure or COVID-like symptoms almost daily over the past week, giving us even more reason to worry about transmission. Based on all the information we have gathered from experts in the medical community, we believe the situation in San Antonio will worsen dramatically in the coming weeks.
Please know that our decision-making process continues to be rooted in a profound care and compassion for your children, your family, and concern for the well-being of our faculty/staff.
We want to share with you our plans now so you can have time to make arrangements for the coming weeks.
In an effort to prevent even more exposures and possible transmission of the coronavirus at school, we will implement a model that has some children on campus and some in distance learning for the next rotation from Monday, November 30-Friday, December 19. This plan is grounded in what we know from the most recent medical science and data concerning the spread of COVID.
In addition, one of our guiding principles for dealing with COVID since last spring is to try to do what works best for each division while keeping in mind the needs of the overall school.
For the rotation beginning Monday, November 30 through Friday December 18, we will have children in grades PK-3rd Grade on campus, and children in 4th grade and above in distance learning mode.