Dear Berkeley Carroll Families,
I hope that you are well in the aftermath of the first major snowstorm of 2021.
I am writing to share details regarding a few important dates and to provide information about both our reduced quarantine period and the post-Spring Break schedule.
REMINDER ABOUT THE FEBRUARY SCHEDULE
As we shared in early December, Monday, February 22nd - Friday, February, 26th has been reserved as a week when the 3rd - 8th grades will be entirely remote and Upper School classes will meet in person (with a remote option) each day. We intend to communicate information about the spring schedule by the end of the month.
REDUCED QUARANTINE PERIOD & POST-SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE
In consultation with our Health Team and medical experts, and given our current success in preventing community spread at school, we have decided to reduce our required quarantine period from 14 days to 10, beginning February 14th, as long as the consensus among medical experts continues to be that it’s reasonable to do so.
This year, Spring Break will run from Monday, March 22nd through Friday, April 2nd. Immediately afterwards, we will shift to remote instruction for all students from Monday, April 5th through Wednesday, April 14th, allowing sufficient time to complete the required 10-day quarantine in New York State prior to the reopening of campus. On-campus classes will resume on Thursday, April 15th. Additional information regarding COVID-19 testing requirements will follow.
We regret that we will not be able to offer on-campus remote instruction during the post-Break quarantine period. As was true after the Winter Vacation, this shift to full remote learning is intended to prioritize the health of the entire BC community while preserving the continuity of the academic program.
APRIL 19TH IS SHIFTING TO A REGULAR DAY OF INSTRUCTION
April 19th will be a normal day of instruction and faculty professional development will take place on April 12th instead (during the Spring Break quarantine period). Our campus will be open for a regular day of instruction on April 19th.
For those families who plan 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 10 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.
My colleagues and I appreciate the challenges and difficulties that our community has faced during this pandemic. Thank you again for the support that you have offered and know that we will continue to foreground safety and the needs of the entire community while serving our students, faculty, and staff.
Please be in touch with the Health Team, the Division Directors, the Assistant Head of School, or me if you have any questions regarding this update.
Lisa Yvette Waller, Ph.D.
Head of School
Dear Berkeley Carroll Families,