This past week, we tested more than 310 faculty, staff, and students for the COVID virus.
On Monday, we tested 30 coaches and members of our football team. These students and staff had been in quarantine for five days following exposure to a positive teammate. All tested negative and all returned to school.
On Thursday, we tested the second half of our community. We had three students that tested positive: a 12th grade boy, 11th grade girl, and a 5th grade boy in Mrs. Clark’s homeroom. In each case, we have conducted contact tracing, identified students/faculty in close contact, and we have asked them to quarantine for five days before being tested again. As there were no direct connections between these cases, we believe we are not seeing any outbreak of the virus within our classroom settings.
I have had a number of heartfelt conversations with parents and Board members about the wisdom of athletics during the pandemic. In these conversations, I let people know that athletics are an important part of life at North Cross and that we do not view them as an extra, rather an integral part of school life. In addition, we feel that keeping students active during stressful times is a positive on many levels. And finally, by maintaining a testing regimen, we feel we can identify positive cases in time to avoid significant outbreaks.
Unfortunately, testing identified a second positive case on our football team and for the second time in three weeks, we are forced to cancel our football game this weekend. This player was symptomatic and left practice early on Wednesday. In addition, this student has been distance learning since the beginning of the month so there is no chance of direct spread outside the confines of the football team.
This past week, we tested slightly more than 350 students and members of our faculty and staff. Results show that we had three positive results, all asymptomatic. We had positive results in Mrs. Luckay’s JK3 class, Mrs. Dunagan’s kindergarten class, and Mrs. Guyer’s second grade class. Parents for each of the positive students have been notified and these students will quarantine for 14 days.
As part of our routine testing of our football team, we has one player that tested positive for COVID. As a result, we have canceled our away game scheduled for today and our football team will quarantine until Tuesday when they will be tested again. In addition, we have identified four other students that were in close contact with the positive student.
I do not believe there is any spread as the rest of the team tested negative but we will know more following next weeks test results.
The cancellation of a high school football game because of a COVID positive player may become newsworthy. I am including a press release so you have further information.
Thanks all and I hate to interrupt your well deserved fall break.
We received results from the latest round of testing. We tested 640 students, faculty, and staff members and had four positive results. Two were students, one in the sixth grade and one in the 12th grade. We have notified all students that contact tracing identified as being of concern and they have begun their quarantine as well.
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.