A Message from Dr. Kara A. Loftin – Nov 4, 2020
November 4, 2020
We are entering a season that values and places emphasis on gathering and coming together. We know that your community and extended family are important to you. We as educators are also making tough decisions about how to best connect with extended family and loved ones all while COVID-19 changes form and expands across the country. No decision right now is an easy one. Our priority continues to be providing our families with an in-person learning environment. As faculty and staff, we embrace mitigation strategies such as frequent hand washing, covering our mouth and nose with a face cloth covering, avoiding crowds, and practicing social distancing.
Your support to do the same this holiday is important to all of us in The Craig School community. The Craig School is asking families who choose to travel outside of the state during the Thanksgiving and/or Winter break notify the school of such travel. Per New Jersey state guidelines, if one travels to a state listed as restricted for travel due to COVID-19, a self-quarantine of 14-days is advised. More information regarding out-of-state travel for New Jersey residents may be found here: Travel Advisory. Per medical guidance, testing upon arrival back into the state of New Jersey does not replace self-quarantine as one may spread COVID-19 to other people including family, friends, and community for 14-days after exposure to the virus, regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms. The NJ Department of Health provides a rationale for this: Why can’t I test out of COVID-19 quarantine?
Our school is not moving to a fully remote learning session between Thanksgiving and Winter break. Students who have been on campus for in-person learning will continue to do so. However, should a pivot to all-school remote learning be necessary due to campus exposure, positive cases, quarantine percentages, and overall absenteeism among students or faculty/staff, we are prepared to do so. As a community, we must partner together to continue our rich, in-person learning experience that has benefitted many students and families. As a reminder, Thanksgiving break is November 24th-29th. No school will take place on Tuesday, November 24th. Our Winter break is December 18th beginning at noon, returning to school on January 4th.
Finally, as the cold winter months approach, please note that our faculty and staff continue to increase indoor ventilation for transmission mitigation by opening classroom windows and doors where appropriate. As such, please send your child to school with warm clothes as the classroom may be cooler than usual.
I appreciate your continued support and feel very fortunate to be part of this great community. Should you have questions, you may reach out directly to me or you may email our Lower/Middle School Nurse, Ellen Meisenbacher, or our High School nurse, Deborah Mershimer.
Dr. Kara A. Loftin
Head of School