Hello, and welcome to the start of the 2021-2022 school year!
It was such a pleasure to see all of our students back with us when school began on Wednesday – we’ve missed having everyone with us on campus, and it was terrific to see their excitement about being back on campus, along with their friends and teachers.
Our first priority is working to protect the health and safety of everyone on campus, so we were equally pleased to see how wonderful our students were about wearing their masks properly, maintaining appropriate distance everywhere possible, using our available sanitizer, and more. I want to remind all of our students and families that there are several situations in which a student should remain home for the day:
- If the student has symptoms consistent with COVID19
- If the student has tested positive for COVID19
- If the student is a confirmed “close contact” (within six feet of someone, for 15 minutes in a 24-hour period) of someone who has tested positive for COVID19*
- If the student has been tested for COVID19 and is awaiting results*
If any of those apply, the student must remain home for the day, and a parent or guardian should contact the school. We will give you more guidance at that time about what to do next; how long the student may need to remain home; how to access class content while out, etc.
* For items 3 and 4 above, the student may come to school without quarantining if the student is fully vaccinated (i.e. two weeks past their second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or two weeks past their one dose of a one-dose vaccine).
I also want to be sure that you know how we will keep you informed if we have confirmed cases of COVID19 among our school community. If we have a case involving an individual who interacts with our high school population, we work with the Department of Health to do a complete contact tracing analysis to identify anyone on campus who may have been in close contact with that individual. If your child is identified as a close contact, you will receive a personal phone call from me or from another McFatter administrator, advising you of the situation and providing guidance on steps to follow. District protocols also require that I send a ParentLink phone call to all our high school parents, notifying all of you of the confirmed COVID case. If you receive the ParentLink call, but do NOT receive a personal call from one of our administrators, that means that your child has NOT been identified as a close contact and you need not be concerned about exposure for your child from the case.
We’re looking forward to a safe, healthy, productive year for everyone connected with our McFatter community. Our teachers, counselors, support staff, and administrative team are all here to help make your time at McFatter as positive and successful as possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach out, and let us know how we can assist and support you. Welcome Back!
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