I hope you have all enjoyed a week of thankful reflection as you celebrated the season of gratitude with your loved ones. Many of us shared quiet meals with our immediate families and gathered virtually to reconnect with those farther away. I was heartened to find that the meaningful connections we share with our friends and family transcend the distance forced between us by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tomorrow, we look forward to welcoming the children and students back to school as we continue to offer in-person learning. We continue to open our doors, knowing that engaging hands-on in a classroom setting is how our children learn best. We have also committed to prioritizing the health and wellbeing of our students and staff, and this commitment is why I am writing to you now.
We recognize that some families needed to travel or visit with families during this week’s break. During this time, you may have been placed in situations where masks were not commonly worn; gatherings were larger and a bit closer than anticipated, or you were potentially exposed to COVID-19 during your travels. If you found yourself in any of these scenarios or suspect that any member of your family was exposed during your travels, we implore you to keep your family at home in accordance with CDC guidelines. Further, if someone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you notify the school and keep your family at home. Please refer you to Arbor’s Return to School Screening Chart for additional information regarding your next steps.
If you determine your family needs to quarantine, please reach out to the school and your teacher. We will share more information about how we will support your child or student virtually until the quarantine period has passed.
In July, we all agreed to work in partnership to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our school. We rely on each family to be honest about any potential exposures that have occurred over the break so that we can continue to keep our incidence of coronavirus in our community at a minimum. Your cooperation helps us further safeguard the health of the children and students, our staff, and the Arbor community. Thank you for doing your part.