North Cross community,
On Wednesday, we tested 706 members of our community for COVID, and we had six positive results, one in the 10th grade, one in the 9th grade, two 6th graders, one in the 5th grade, and one in the 2nd grade. These students will isolate for ten days and if symptom free, will be allowed to return to class.
We have contact traced, and all students in close contact have been asked to quarantine for five days before being tested. With a negative test, they will be allowed to return to school. Siblings living in the same house are also treated as positive and will remain in isolation for ten days.
All students are either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms.
I am pleased with a positivity rate below 1% and thank you for all of your care. Interestingly, in our contact tracing we found that four of the six students testing positive attend the same dance studio so we believe the transmission took place off campus.
Our next round of testing will be immediately following Thanksgiving Break and given our low positivity rates, we will return from Thanksgiving in person.
We have a second vaccination clinic scheduled for Friday, November 5. At this time, you may receive first, second, or booster doses.
North Cross community,
We just completed our third round of testing for this year, testing 702 people over two days. I am very pleased to report that we had no positive results.
Our mitigation efforts on campus appear to be working and your efforts to be smart at home are appreciated. The tendency to relax is understandable given these excellent results but let’s continue to stay focused as there is still considerable disease in the Roanoke Valley.
We will test again on Wednesday, October 20, as this is after our Fall Break and immediately before Homecoming festivities. Our Homecoming dance will be held outdoors and we will once again offer testing for dates from other schools.
Should our results on October 20th be comparable to recent results, the Medical Advisory Group appears ready to consider extending the period of time between testing. Again, that depends upon continued good results.
We will also be offering a vaccine clinic on campus on October 15. This will be a Pfizer Clinic and first, second, or booster doses will be available. More information about appointments will be coming out soon.
I do see the Delta Variant starting to wane nationally and it has stabilized in the Roanoke Valley. With vaccine rates slowly rising, I am hopeful we can get back to normal by the holidays. At least one can hope…
Thanks again, congrats to girls tennis for a huge 5-4 win over archrival VES, and a shout out to football for a crushing 59-6 win at Blue Ridge School. There has never been a better time to be at North Cross.
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.