I thought my letter of this morning was going to be my last letter of the year, but 2020 isn’t going away quite so easily.
On Monday, we received word that two of our basketball players had tested positive for COVID-19, one on the ninth grade team and one on the boys junior varsity team. As a precaution, we offered all basketball players COVID testing on Tuesday. A significant majority came in for testing and our results returned six additional positive results, five players and a coach. The additional positives included members of all three levels of boys Upper School basketball; 9th grade, JV, and Varsity.
I hope all are taking some much needed rest over Winter Break, and I look forward to some time off next week to recharge for 2021. I think I speak for everyone when I say I will not miss 2020. However, in what I think is a successful effort to find a silver lining, I want to end the year by reflecting on some of the numerous challenges faced by North Cross and how I believe we have survived (and are surviving) them to become a stronger institution.
Of course, and with apologies to Susan Wenk, you are all aware that part of my job is to be the head cheerleader for North Cross. For ten years, I have extolled the virtue of our educational program, expressed pride in our faculty, and spoken highly about the achievements of our student body. I truly believe it when I say, “there has never been a better time to be at North Cross.”
I hope all had a good Thanksgiving and our week of distance learning continues to go well.
We have received the results from our most recent round of COVID testing. We tested 610 faculty/staff and students on Wednesday and the results show 7 positives. Each of these positives were asymptomatic and they will quarantine for 14 days from the day of the test.
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.