I’m writing this evening to share information about three topics: a vaccine/booster clinic on campus, the results of our most recent round of COVID testing, and an update to our Health & Safety Plan.
As you know, we tested students and employees for COVID upon their return to campus on January 3 and 4. I’m writing now to share a picture of the COVID positive cases in our community as of today. This message will serve as this week’s community COVID update and will also be linked in Just the Facts under the COVID Data header. The table below describes the numbers and percentage of active COVID cases in four subsets of our population.These totals include both the results of our testing and the results provided to us by individuals who did not return to campus because they had recently tested positive on their own.
I'm writing on the cusp of the new year to share the most recent version of our 2021-2022 Health and Safety Plan and offer some information about what will help our community navigate this next stage of our pandemic experience most successfully.
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) released new guidance around isolation, quarantine, and vaccine effectiveness. You can find the full text of this update here. As always, the school's Pandemic Policies and Operations (PPO) Group has been in consultation with each other and our local health authorities to discern the way forward for our school, continuing to prioritize both community health and in-person learning. As of today, we anticipate updating our expectations for isolation, quarantine, testing, and other mitigation measures to best support these dual priorities as we return to campus in the new year. I plan to be in touch with you again on Thursday to share our updated Health and Safety Plan, as well as an overview of any changes.
Our campus is quiet this week. We know that Westtown never really stops–several dozen international students are here with us throughout the winter break, for instance, as are a number of adults supporting them–but our pace does occasionally slow, and this is one of those times.