These are very concerning times with rapid increases in the positivity rates in the Roanoke Valley and record numbers of cases across the country. As a result, we elected to test our entire school community last Thursday and with only five tests pending, our results have shown no positive cases from the nearly 600 tests we performed. Again, with only five tests pending, we have seen no positive test results.
While this is certainly great news and a further indication that our mitigation efforts on campus and at home are working, we must remain smart in our future actions. This is not a license to relax our efforts prior to Thanksgiving break. We will continue to operate as if everyone tested positive!
Thanksgiving is traditionally a family time but I ask you in your planning to do everything you can to limit exposure among family and friends. We will not test again before Thanksgiving and over the next two weeks, there is significant likelihood you will be exposed unless you are careful in your actions. Following Thanksgiving, we will go to one week of virtual learning and will test the entire school community again prior to a return to campus on December 7th.
I do believe that these test results were the last hurdle we needed to pass prior to the holiday season, and if you will allow me a little optimism, I feel good about the next two months of on-campus school.
Finally, I would like to thank all of the many volunteers who have helped out on testing days. Performing 600-700 tests a day is a major undertaking and it could not be done without the help of dozens of volunteers. In addition, Pam Moskal, now an employee of North Cross, also deserves kudos for her attention to detail. Without her, the process would not be anywhere near as smooth as it has been.
Thank you for your continued attention to detail.
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.