February 7, 2022
Dear Mount Vernon Community,
Reflective of the January 31 letter to the Mount Vernon community, the School, effective February 14, will shift the face covering protocol from required to recommended for all students and faculty/staff members in Preschool through Grade 12. While not required, the School will recommend wearing a face covering, in classrooms and hallways. Supporting all members of our community, we will continue to have available KN95 face coverings and will offer vaccine clinics on both campuses at periodic times throughout the spring.
During the past 24 months, the School implemented extensive mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of COVID and applied a set of interdependent criteria, analyzing and adjusting protocols along the way. Social distancing, face coverings, contact tracing, quarantining, plexiglass dividers, vaccine clinics, HVAC re-engineering, sanitizing stations, and disinfecting spaces have dominated our daily lives. Stewarding the corporate welfare of the community, we are in a better position today due to these measures along with robust vaccine rates across both campuses. Transitioning, a self-risk assessment of COVID-like symptoms remains important now and in a future endemic environment.
The School, with a few exceptions, has communicated the COVID landscape frequently in The Weekly and periodically to grade level communities when necessary. We will phase out school wide and grade level communication during the next month. However, please continue to report COVID positive cases to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We cannot sufficiently express our gratitude for your partnership during this fluid period. Emerging from this moment, I hope that we will reinvest in our mission of inquiry, innovation, and impact with a renewed, strategic, and inclusive vision for the exciting journey ahead.
Dr. Brett Jacobsen
CEO & Head of School