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.
We have contact traced each positive, and students deemed in close contact will quarantine until testing next Thursday and may return with a negative result. The seventh grader was a basketball player but since masking, we have not seen any spread among our teams. We will notify team members but will continue the last week of the season.
Both positive students will isolate for 14 days, however one of the positives is a student that tested positive last fall, so this case will be reviewed for best practices by the Medical Advisory Group.
On the vaccine front, the vast majority of our faculty and staff have already received their first dose of vaccine. As we move into the booster stage, I will provide some numbers on our vaccine progress.
Every round of testing brings with it a new set of questions, but today’s results are primarily good news. I appreciate all you are doing to keep your children and our school campus safe. We will test campus wide once again on the 18th and that will be our last test until the week after spring break.
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.