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January Schedule & Travel Advisory Reminder

January Schedule & Travel Advisory Reminder

Dear Berkeley Carroll Families,

With the health and safety of our community front of mind and recognizing that Thanksgiving and Winter Break are approaching, I am writing to share an important reminder about New York State’s travel advisories as well as new information about our early January school schedule to help with your family’s planning over the coming months.

It is crucial that everyone in our community adhere to recommendations designed to make the holidays as safe as possible; the CDC has published extensive guidance on this topic.

For those families planning to leave New York State in the upcoming months, we would like to remind you of the states, regions, and countries on the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory restricted list, which state health officials update on a regular basis, and ask that you consider avoiding travel to these areas. Families should report any travel to restricted areas to the Berkeley Carroll Health Team and quarantine for 14 days upon returning to New York State. Students will also need to quarantine if a household member travels to or visits from a restricted area and is unable to isolate from others in the household. This quarantine period will preclude attending in-person classes and on campus school activities; quarantining students will need to participate in classes remotely.

Cognizant that a significant number of families may be eager to travel and/or receive loved ones from designated quarantine areas during the winter vacation, we have consulted with medical experts and have decided to shift to remote instruction for all students from the end of Winter Break (January 5th) through the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (January 18th). This will allow sufficient time for those who need to complete the required 14-day quarantine in NYS prior to the reopening of campus on January 19th.

We regret that we will not be able to offer on-campus remote instruction during the first nine school days after Winter Break but, in taking the step of closing campus, we aim to prioritize the health of the entire BC community while preserving the continuity of the academic program.

Thank you once more for all that you are doing to maintain the health and wellbeing of our community; our combined efforts are crucial as we continue to support our remote and hybrid students.

Sincerely,
Lisa Yvette Waller, Ph.D.
Head of School