North Cross community,
I hope all of you are having a safe and enjoyable holiday break. We have been closely following the spread of the omicron variant and it seems to be spreading very fast. On the positive side, it appears to cause fewer serious symptoms, particularly among those that are vaccinated, but it remains a cause for concern.
I think our general precautions and masking are sufficient but I do think it prudent to test our community before we all return to campus. This prevents us from possible large scale quarantining of students that are exposed to students in their classrooms that test positive.
As such, we are going to move our return-to-school testing to Monday, January 3rd, in the afternoon from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in the CAC for all students, faculty, and staff. And we will not have school on Tuesday, January 4th so that we may receive our test results. This allows us to start school on Wednesday with a student population as healthy as possible.
I recognize that whenever we change our plans, it is an inconvenience and for that I apologize. I also realize that many families are using this day as a travel day which is why we have scheduled testing in the afternoon. Hopefully you will be able to return to Roanoke in time for testing. If you are unable to make testing on that Monday, please reach out to Pam Moskal, firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrange for testing.
Again, I apologize for the inconvenience but we continue to try to do the best we can to keep our school as safe as possible for all.
North Cross community,
We just completed testing 700 students, teachers, staff members, and volunteers and had 6 positive results. Among the positives were 4 lower school students, 1 coach, and 1 volunteer. There appeared to be no connections between those that tested positive so spread on our campus is unlikely.
The lower school kids were in 3rd grade (Martin), kindergarten (Brown), and JK4 (Votta and Cook). These students, along with the adults, will isolate for ten days, then return following a negative covid test and 24 hours symptom free.
Students determined to be in close contact have been notified and they are asked to quarantine for five days and may return following a negative test.
All in all, we are consistently seeing low positivity rates and as a result, we will test again the week following our winter holidays.
Thank you for all your hard work.
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.