June 2, 2021
Dear ASD Staff,
ASD students and staff are doing well, and our campus is COVID-19 free.
We have received questions regarding contact tracing and procedures for the two Brock cafeteria employees who tested positive last week. Both Brock employees were sent home, contact tracing was completed, and there was no further impact. Because the employees identified are Brock employees, this matter was handled by Brock Human Resources, not ASD Human Resources. The remaining Brock staff took PCR tests that all came back negative, and we were able to reopen the cafeteria.
We also received a related question about who is and who is not vaccinated on Brock's staff. This information is confidential, and we are not able to share it.
The PACES and Core programs are doing well and looking forward to some exciting field trips. In keeping with State recommendations, we will continue to keep both programs in cohorts and transport each separately to field trip sites. While community restrictions are being eased, schools are urged to continue mitigation strategies: wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing to keep everyone safe for the remainder of the school year. The school year is almost over, so hang in there, everyone.
Changes have been made to the CDC’s travel guidance. Vaccinated individuals who travel do not need to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. In addition, those who have not been vaccinated do not need to quarantine if they have a negative COVID-19 test. The guidance is fluid and changes often. Director of Human Resources Patricia Schoenfeld and Director of the Student Health Center Andrea Dillon are closely monitoring these changes.
Finally, we received several questions about graduation. To clarify, while parents are indeed considered visitors, we are making an exception and allowing them on campus for commencement. We are establishing clear parameters around this event.
Students are permitted to bring a maximum of four guests, and we will be reminding guests that masks must be worn except while eating. During the dinner, families will each have their own table. During the graduation event, students will sit together, and their families will sit in groups of four, socially distanced under the tent. From the school, only ELT, Academic Hub and a few deans will be attending this event in person. I know many of you would like to attend in person, but we are working to minimize the risk and keep our school safe.
Again, I want to emphasize that we are very close to finishing the school year. Let’s do all we can to make it safely to the end of the year. Thank you!