We hope and pray that all in the community are doing well, and that the Christmas break has provided time to rest and recharge. Right before break began, we saw an increase in COVID-19 cases in both the high school and elementary school. As an added precaution, we began the Christmas break a day early to avoid any further risk of exposure.
Christmas is certainly a time for family, and many people may have seen family members who are not part of their day to day interactions. Additionally, the positivity rate in Nassau County is approaching 7%. Therefore, as an ounce of prevention, the week of January 4th will be a distance learning week. The campus will be closed, and all instruction will be remote. Our intent is to return to in-person instruction the week of January 11th, but we will obviously evaluate trends in positivity rates both within the county and our community at the end of next week in making that decision.
While we are aware that this decision presents challenges to our families, we remain committed to the safety and well-being of our faculty and students as the driving force in all our decisions. We look forward to returning to the campus as soon as we can safely do so in order to share in all of the wonderful blessings that 2021 has in store for our community.
We thank you for your support and continued prayers for all in the St. Mary’s Community.