Covid Updates from our Head of School
The mission and vision of Veritas Academy has remained unchanged since the founding of the school and is rooted in partnership. We continue to believe that together we are better, and this is at the forefront of our minds as we navigate this school year's many moving pieces.
Our primary objective for the 2020-2021 school year is to maximize in-person, on-campus instruction for our students, conducted in a manner that is as safe as reasonably and practically possible for both our kids and their teachers. Striking this balance will not be the easiest thing we attempt this year, and yet we believe it is possible as we remain committed to supporting the safety of our community and upholding the mission and values of Veritas Academy that have brought us together.
Week 21 Covid Update & Area Numbers
Though the rate of new Covid infections and hospitalizations has continued to drop like a rock in the Austin area over the past week (see the latest charts below), Veritas did not fare as well. Earlier in the week, we learned of a positive student case in each of the upper schools (6th and 10th grades); however, contact tracing revealed few close contacts with other students during the infectious periods, so the necessary quarantines were very limited instead of being grade- or school-wide.
And then today we received word of a test-positive case among the lower Grammar School faculty which will require a Kindergarten cohort to distance learn until classes resume after Winter Break. All families affected by these quarantines have been contacted by our school nurse.
AUSTIN MSA COVID-19 NUMBERS
As of Thu, Feb 04