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.
Among the four students were a first grader in Ms. Cook's class, two 9th graders, and an 11th grader. These students are all asymptomatic and will quarantine for 14 days. All students identified via contact tracing as being in close contact have been notified. They will isolate for five days, be tested, and will return to school with a negative result.
We do need to continue to be vigilant as we come to the end of the school year and hopefully the end of our national epidemic. I know we want to relax and return to normal but we did see for the first time evidence of spread at school between the two ninth graders. In addition, we had an unusually large number of identified close contacts who have been asked to distance learn for the next week.
We did have the Virginia Department of Health on campus last Friday to administer the Pfizer vaccine, and I am pleased a large number of our Upper School students have already had at least the first dose. We have scheduled their return for vaccinations on May 28th, and at that time will also be able to take students for their first doses as well as the required second dose. We will watch CDC guidelines for students between the ages of 12 and 16 and will distribute the sign-up links to those families as necessary.
Again, thank you all for all you have done to make this year a successful school year.
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.