As we celebrated the Baptism of Our Lord last Sunday, we also brought to a close the glorious Christmas Season! Our Lord’s baptism reminds us to keep Christ alive with us during the whole year and emulate His good works. We emulate Jesus Christ when we adhere to His truths, and do so with compassion and love for all. Events of last week bring into sharp focus our responsibility to the children to teach them and model for them truth, integrity and good works.
Our COVID update this week starts with the report of more than 2 million new Covid-19 cases and 24,000 deaths in the US in the first nine days of 2021. Fairfax County has not updated the COVID dashboard since December 27, so I can not report a current 7-day moving average positivity rate; neighboring Loudoun County has a positivity rate of 17.6%, and Prince William County is at 21% positivity rate. The actual case count in Fairfax County for residents ages 0-17 has topped 6,000.
Fairfax Health district has moved into phase 1B for vaccinations, and included in that group are K-12 educators and school staff. With respect to our students, there is no vaccine authorized for use on children, yet, so it remains unclear how schools will change, if at all. However, we are excited for this news and the impact that will have on our ability to serve our students! We have to remind ourselves that the vaccination process is two-part and takes about 6 weeks from first shot to immunity.
Scantron testing is underway, and runs through January 29. Students in grades 3-7 will test in the areas of Math, Reading and Language Arts. Please make sure your children are in school during this time to ensure adequate opportunity to complete the tests. If you have specific scheduling questions or conflicts, please contact your child’s teacher. Distance Learners must sign-up to take the test. Only DL students who completed the sign up will be allowed in the building.
Mrs. Carson and I invite you to join our parent book club. The first book we will read and discuss is recommended by the Intentional Catholic Parent community and is titled The Power of Showing Up by Daniel Siegel, M.D., and Tina Bryson, Ph.D. See below for additional information.
Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance.
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