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COVID-19 Update for the 2021-2022 School Year

COVID-19 Update for the 2021-2022 School Year

Dear Berkeley Carroll Families,

I hope that you are well and that you enjoyed Memorial Day Weekend. Having just participated in a beautiful and festive in-person graduation, and with additional activities underway for our students—including in-person Arch Day and Closing Ceremonies planned for our Fourth and Eighth graders, respectively—there is a growing sense of return to normalcy that leaves me increasingly more excited about the year to come.

As we move toward completion of this school year, I would like to reiterate our plans for the 2021-2022 schedule while also providing you with additional details about next year. We look forward to having all of our students on campus, pursuing a full-time, five-day per week schedule and do not plan to offer a remote learning option in 2021-2022. We will be eager to welcome all students, including those who have been learning remotely since last March, and will work to ensure a smooth academic and social transition back to Carroll Street and Lincoln Place for all.

As always, the health and wellbeing of our community is paramount and we will continue to take the steps necessary to create a safe and healthy learning environment. The vast majority of BC faculty and staff have already been vaccinated and all employees will have met our vaccination requirement by the end of this month. In order to be on campus in the fall, all students who are eligible will be expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the school year. Currently, the vaccine is available to individuals aged 12 and older, and many eligible BC students are already fully or partially vaccinated. As vaccine eligibility expands to younger age cohorts in the coming months, we will continue to monitor the conversation around vaccination for children in that age range. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the BC Health Team, or consult with your child’s health care provider, if you have questions about the vaccination requirement or if you need assistance in obtaining a vaccination for your child.

We are mindful that COVID-19 conditions may change over time and that we must adjust accordingly. We will continue to monitor updates on public health guidance as we navigate toward September and the school will comply with government regulations and restrictions. Concurrently, we will assess and determine which surveillance and mitigation measures, including masking, will be in place; this information will be shared with you closer to the start of the new school year. Currently, we anticipate continued use of the Ruvna daily attestation in order to screen community members for COVID-19 symptoms as well as resumption of surveillance testing if there is a significant increase in the local rate and prevalence of infection.

I would like to thank you once again for the support and collaboration that you have offered as we have moved through the pandemic together.

Lisa Yvette Waller, Ph.D.
Head of School