Today is a beautiful fall day with low humidity and the excitement of a Friday. Everyone loves pizza, and as our Lower School students were spread all over campus eating lunch, it seemed for a moment, brief as it may be, that all was right in the world. The kids were asking about the new playground and were begging for their monkey bars (NO!), and the JK4 teachers were wrangling a remarkably active group of little ones. The easiest way for me to learn the names of our youngest Raiders, by the way, is to observe them at lunch and hear the JK teachers calling them by name. That may tell you a little about your child if I know their name already. And yes, that was me using an emoji…
This is a follow-up letter to last evening’s report on our first results. We received word that there were no additional positives among the remaining tests that were processed overnight. Thus, our positivity rate for the second round of testing was 0.65%. In addition, there were no commonalities between the three students that tested positive, so we have an early indication that our mitigation efforts to prevent on-campus spread have been successful. We will test our community one more time on September 29th prior to determining our future testing schedule.
We have just received results from 565 of the 617 COVID-19 tests we performed on Monday and Tuesday. We expect the remaining results to be reported this evening and will follow up on these should the results warrant further communication. We did have 4 positive results out of the 565 results returned, three students and a part-time coach. All cases are asymptomatic.
As promised, I am following up with the community on our first round of COVID-19 testing. I appreciate your patience and willingness to come to campus for testing, and we have tested all faculty, staff and students, but for a few students still in the admissions process. These latest students will be required to produce a negative COVID test prior to coming to school.
Over the past several days, we have tested 622 faculty, staff and students. We have had three asymptomatic positive results, a contract employee who had not yet set foot on campus, and two ECP students. In all cases, a 14-day quarantine from the time of testing was implemented. In the case of the first ECP student, a sibling and a parent/employee are also being treated as positive and have been asked to quarantine for 14 days. As for the second ECP student, we were already aware of a positive COVID test result for this student, and quarantine had already begun.
Christian J. Proctor, PhD
Dr. Proctor is the ninth Head of School at North Cross and has served as such since 2011. He has more than 30 years of experience in education. He has served as headmaster at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina, St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie, Louisiana, Grace Episcopal School in Monroe, Louisiana, and as Interim Headmaster at Wesley Academy in Houston, Texas. In each location, Dr. Proctor’s tenure was marked by creativity, innovation, and school growth.