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 30 Covid Update & Area Numbers
Not since the Christmas break have we experienced a week like this, Covid-wise. We learned over the weekend that the outstanding Covid tests from last week (involving GS students in an already infected family) came back positive. Then an SR student became sick over the weekend and tested positive on Monday, resulting in a small number of quarantined students. Then an SL student tested positive and has at least one sick parent (on staff) whose tests are outstanding; a handful of student (and some staff) quarantines have resulted from this case. Multiple other Covid tests are outstanding from others, including GS students and parents.
Folks, please STOP COMING─OR SENDING STUDENTS─TO CAMPUS IF YOU/THEY ARE FEELING ILL OR DISPLAYING ANY COVID SYMPTOMS. Faculty and staff, a reminder: when you see symptomatic students (or colleagues), immediately refer them to the School Nurse.
I make this plea on behalf of our students whose multitude of year-end events (from class/grade level presentations, festivals, musicals, and field trips to Senior Theses presentations, AP exams, and Finals to social gatherings like dances/prom, Defender Dash, and Year-End Assembly) are all threatened if cases keep turning up on campus at this rate. Let’s do at least the little things we can to help our kids end their school year with each other doing the activities that they most eagerly anticipate.
Finally, in the Austin area, the steep descent of both new Covid cases and hospitalizations has stopped. As depicted in the charts below, both abruptly flattened in recent weeks with new hospitalizations now ticking up a bit. And though both measures are at low levels that we haven’t experienced since last fall, we need to avoid a mini resurgence until the level of infected and inoculated people all but eliminates that possibility. We appear to be within just a few months─or even weeks!─of that scenario.
As of Thu, Apr 8