COVID-19 Information, 2021-22 School Year

Head of School Update

With the changing nature of COVID spread and response, this page is updated with weekly updates by Paul Leaman, head of school.

Jan. 27, 2022

Guidance from the CDC & VDH from January 6, 2022

Clarity for best practice in quarantine (staying home guidelines when you are a close contact) and isolation (staying home when you are COVID-19 positive) were distributed to schools on Thursday evening.  EMS will do our best in following their guidelines as explained in these two links.

Overview of COVID-19 Isolation for K-12 Schools | COVID-19 | CDC

Overview of COVID-19 Quarantine for K-12 Schools | CDC

EMS will also communicate with your family in cases where we believe your student may have been exposed to COVID-19, or determined to be a close contact at school. We also aim to give you clear instructions for your particular situation at that time.  

We continue to feel good about our mitigation efforts at school; however, we also rely on your diligence in keeping students home when any COVID-like symptoms occur.  With the Omicron variant, symptoms are often cold-like (scratchy throat, fatigue, congestion, runny nose, or cough) and extremely contagious. Please pay attention to these and stay home if these suddenly arise.  We NEED to be able to keep our faculty and staff well for school to function.

The CDC, VDH, and EMS continues to strongly encourage vaccinations and booster shots to help strengthen one’s immune system against this virus. Please consult with your primary care physician if you are unsure about your best response to COVID-19 and this public health concern.

  • Booster update! Everyone 12 and older is now eligible for a COVID booster shot at least 5 months after they become fully vaccinated.
  • Visit Vaccines.gov or vase.vdh.virginia.gov to find an appointment near you.
  • Now is also an important time for the best possible mask protection for others and yourself. Use of well fitting 3-ply surgical masks, double-masking (for example, top a surgical mask with a cloth mask), or wearing N-95 or KN-95 masks are believed to reduce omicron transmission better than a cloth mask alone.

Thanks for your help and support getting our second semester rolling!