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Communications Updates

Update re: Continuation of In-Person Learning
Dr. Lisa Yvette Waller

Dear Berkeley Carroll Community,

Like you, I am watching carefully as positive test rates for COVID-19 rise in parts of our region and I would like to take a moment to share our current thinking around the continuation of in-person learning as well as the factors that might precipitate a pivot back to fully remote instruction.

Although Mayor de Blasio has indicated that public schools may soon close based on his previously articulated 3% seven-day rolling average threshold, this rate alone will not cause Berkeley Carroll to shift automatically to a fully remote program.

As we indicated with our reopening plans over the summer and early fall, no single marker will determine whether we offer in-person learning. Rather, with the assistance of our health team and consulting doctors, we are constantly assessing an array of factors, including local infection rates and our own pool testing results, in order to determine the best course of action. Currently, our testing has reported a 0% positivity rate, indicating that the virus has not spread within our on-campus community.

Based on current conditions and our ongoing access to surveillance testing, we plan to operate without significant changes next week, barring any closure mandates issued by Governor Cuomo. We will, of course, continue to evaluate conditions as they evolve and communicate next steps if it seems prudent to move to remote learning.

All Best,