We have completed our penultimate round of testing, and we had four students test positive out of 523 tests, for a positivity rate of .76%. This is an excellent result so thank you to all for their care and efforts to remain safe.
It has been a while since I wrote a letter that talked about more than the most recent COVID testing results. That just seems to be the way the world is these days. But we have had a great school year and with less than 24 school days until the end of the year, I am breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to next year.
As we close in on the end of the school year faculty, staff, and students have begun planning for many of our traditional end-of-year festivities. For example, the Fat Pencil Ceremony, Academic Awards, Commencement, and many other important and fun events.
We continue to be wary of the spread of COVID variants which have been shown to be more transmissive. In particular, we continue to use masks on campus and while participating in athletics. I appreciate everyone’s continued patience.
Every once in a while, something happens that makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Today was one of those days as I watched our spring musical, “Into the Woods,” performed outdoors to a socially distanced audience. The weather was perfect and there was such delight in the masked faces of the performers that you could tell they were so happy to be having fun. You can see it clearly in the photo album of this afternoon's performance.
We are well into the third trimester and things continue to go well. The recent expansion on outside gatherings and the relaxed attendance restrictions for graduations give us hope that we can have many of our traditional spring events. In addition, the decrease in positivity rates in the Roanoke Valley and the increasing percentage of those vaccinated provide optimism that next year will begin normally.
We just completed testing 591 students, faculty, and staff and received the results within 24 hours. We had two students and one staff member test positive. The students, one in eighth grade and one in tenth grade, have both been notified and contact tracing has taken place. The positive students will isolate for 14 days.
We received our results from the most recent round of school wide testing. Out of 585 tests, we had four positive results for students and one positive for a volunteer coach. All that tested positive will isolate for 14 days. We conducted contact tracing and all those that were in close contact will quarantine until they can be retested next Thursday before beginning spring break.
Ten years ago, as I sat in the front window at Alexander’s, waiting for the official decision of the Board to approve me as the eighth Headmaster at North Cross School, I never could have imagined the successes we would achieve. From the days when we had to ask Board members for temporary loans to meet payroll, to the present, where North Cross is on a par with the best independent schools in Virginia, our success has been the product of much care, hard work, and a little bit of good fortune. So it is with very mixed emotions, I inform you of my decision to resign my position as Head of School at North Cross School, effective June 30, 2022.
On Thursday, we tested 572 faculty, students, and staff and received our results within 24 hours. We had two positives, one in Mrs. Clark’s 5th grade homeroom and one in seventh grade. This is a .35% positivity rate and indicates a very low prevalence of virus on our campus.
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.