2021 Spring Break Travel

Dear Parents,

I hope this email finds you healthy and staying warm during this winter blast of cold weather. With several chances of snow forecasted this week, it is hard to believe that spring break is right around the corner. As many are making plans for travel and anticipating warmer days ahead, I want to bring to your attention a couple of items to help ensure the continued good health and wellness of our school community:

Remaining Vigilant
We are encouraged to see COVID-19 case rates declining in our local area. While the number of cases across the area is decreasing, cases among school-aged children remain steady, if not on the rise. We, along with many of our peer schools, have experienced several positive student cases and an even greater number of students in quarantine, all within the last two weeks.

As tiresome as COVID mitigation efforts are becoming, it cannot be overstated that continued vigilance is key for us to remain in school. Family exposure presents the greatest risk for spread within our school community. We ask that you take extra precautions to keep your child at home if he or she is sick or if any member of your family is symptomatic. Please also consider limiting social gatherings outside of school, maintaining a smaller circle of interactions with the families in your child(ren)’s cohort or advisory. These steps are crucial to preventing a ripple effect of close contact exposure to other students, causing entire classes or cohorts to quarantine.

Spring Break Travel
With spring break travel on the minds of many, please be aware that the CDC recently updated guidelines for international travel, including the requirement of a negative test to re-enter the United States. If you intend to travel internationally during the upcoming break, we ask that you notify the school about your plans. We also strongly recommend that you and your child(ren) self-quarantine for 7 days before returning to in-person school. During the 7-day quarantine, we will offer free saliva testing for OHS students to help ensure a healthy return to school following international trips. Additionally, students will be able to participate in remote learning during the quarantine period after spring break.

We are grateful for your continued support and diligent efforts that help maintain the good health of your family and the well-being of our greater school community. As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

With gratitude,
Hart

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