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.
However, the spread of COVID variants which have been shown to be more transmissive demands that we continue to be careful. In particular, we continue to use masks on campus and while participating in athletics. The school year will end in a month and continued vigilance in our mitigation protocols is essential to finishing this remarkable year on a strong note. I appreciate everyone’s continued patience as we strive to appropriately balance necessary safety measures with school event planning.
The latest round of testing yielded two positive results, a student in the 12th grade and another in the 7th. The families have been notified and the students will quarantine. All contact tracing has been completed. There continues to be no evidence of viral spread on campus.
In keeping with CDC guidelines, students, faculty and staff who test positive will now be required to quarantine for 10 days instead of 14 days and may return, if symptom-free for 24 hours. Additionally, we will no longer quarantine faculty/staff/students who are exposed to COVID if they have been fully vaccinated.
Faculty/staff/students who are fully vaccinated will not be required to test regularly for exposure to COVID, although they may elect to. If your child has been fully vaccinated and you wish for them to opt out of future testing, please email us a copy of their vaccine certificate.
There are two more scheduled rounds of COVID testing before the end of the school year.
It cannot be said enough: we appreciate your support in our efforts to keep your children and our school campus safe.
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.