On Thursday, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes! This day marks the appearance of our beautiful Holy Mother to Bernadette Soubirous, a poor and sickly child. Bernadette lacked material possessions, she was in poor health, and it is reported that Bernadette was not even a very committed Catholic! Interestingly, the meeting between the Blessed Mother and Bernadette has been described as a meeting between “humble individuals who treated each other with great dignity.” For me, on this feast day, I am reminded that what matters is our own humility, and the commitment to treat everyone with great dignity and respect.
I heard on the news that the number of COVID vaccines administered this week outpaced the number of COVID cases reported, nationally. The current COVID-19 positivity rate in Fairfax has dropped dramatically, and the 14-day average is 9.3%; neighboring Loudoun County has a 7-day positivity rate that is also down, over the last report, to 10.7%, and Prince William County is also down, with a 7-day 11.7% positivity rate.
These numbers are good news, but still more than TWICE the positivity rate as when school opened in August, and as much as we wish we didn’t, we must continue to observe all mitigation strategies. This also applies to Valentine’s Day, COVID-19 style. Please respect the parameters set by your child’s teacher, and for the safety of all, there are no parties or shared snacks.
Additionally, with regards to travel for any reason, or social gatherings outside your family cohort, the safest thing for families to do after domestic travel or gatherings is to stay home for 7 days, with a negative test done on day 5 after your trip/gathering and return to school on day 8 OR stay home for 10 days without a test and return to school on day 11.
The faculty and staff thank you for your partnership in stopping the spread of this deadly virus.
Next Tuesday I will include in the Bark information regarding changing learning platforms for the third trimester. The window for changing platforms will be very brief, and can not be extended. The third trimester starts March 15, and Easter Break starts April 1. Depending on where we are with the pandemic numbers, returning to school for T3 may be delayed until Easter Break. Please check back next week for additional information.
And, for planning purposes, the 2021-2022 school year will begin Monday, August 23, 2021 at 8:00AM. Of course, planning for that school year is still uncertain and will be based on the nature of the pandemic at that time.
Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance.
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