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Update to Academy Families — October 13, 2020

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October 13, 2020

Dear St. Johnsbury Academy Families,

 

I want to offer a couple of timely updates today, particularly on developments in the last day or so that could affect our families, and that we are monitoring and looking to understand in terms of possible impact. 

 

COVID in New Hampshire

 

The most significant of these is that this morning several New Hampshire counties reported an increase in COVID-19 cases, putting them in the “yellow” and “red” zones as defined by our Department of Health.

 

Fortunately, according to the ”Traveling to Vermont” guidelines, our day students can still travel back and forth daily from these counties to come to school despite these changes. The guidelines for travel from out of state read:

 

Essential Travel

People traveling for essential purposes, including work, do not need to quarantine. Essential travel includes travel for personal safety, medical care, care of others, parental shared custody, for food, beverage or medicine, to attend preK-12 school and college if commuting daily, or to perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate. Individuals engaged in a daily commute to and from their job are expressly exempt from the need to quarantine by Executive Order.

 

We are continuing to work on how to anticipate any other travel complications that could arise, but in the meantime, please continue to refer to the guidelines and to the Cross State Travel information at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development when making decisions about travel. 

 

Of course, we should also hear this news about the increased COVID cases so close to us as a caution against letting our guard down. Following our health and safety measures is still the best way to prevent the virus from coming to our campus, so please help us by being extra careful (e.g. masks go over the nose!).

 

October Break Reminder

Please remember that we’ve added some off-campus time into the end of this week.

  • Wednesday, 10/14: PSAT and SAT testing day, and a day off for students other than test takers.

  • Thursday, 10/15: All online with regular Thursday class schedule

  • Friday, 10/16: In-Service Day for faculty, Day off for students

  • Monday, 10/19: Holiday for all

 

Midterm Grades

Our Academic Office will be sending midterm grade reports and narratives next Friday, October 23rd.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, and we will stay in touch.

 

Take Care,

 

Dr. Sharon Howell

Headmaster

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