Greetings, CSF Families
I hope you able to enjoy these amazing summer days while staying cool - what a blessing! ️ We are looking forward to seeing you in the coming weeks!
Thank you for your patience while we have been monitoring evolving data related to the COVID variant & school mitigation recommendations from CDC and the American Association of Pediatrics.
For the start of the 2021-2022 school year, ICS and Monroe staff and students will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
This decision was made after careful discernment. In discussing the pros and cons of masking, administration kept coming back to the same conclusion: masks will allow CSF to hold in-person school with the fewest number of disruptions related to cohorting, barriers, or absences.
Here are three reasons why masking is best decision for our schools this fall:
1. In-person school is vital to our mission. We want all CSF families to be able to remain active and connected within our community. Masks help us have the most “typical” school setting safely with the greater good in mind.
2. Reduced need for quarantining. In the instance of a Covid-positive interaction, as long as all parties are masked, there will be no need for quarantining. This is a critical factor, as masked students and staff will be able to remain in school and have minimized disruption to attendance if considered a “close contact.”
3. Masking eliminates the need for cohorting and barriers. In a second semester survey, students in grades 5-12 identified cohorting as a downside to last year’s COVID mitigation measures. Masking allows our school community the most flexibility and freedom within the school building. Additionally, masking allows CSF the ability to staff an after-school program and provide care for families.
Notably, rapid testing will be available here at the school. This will help us minimize the time symptomatic students or teachers must be away from school assuming they are not Covid-positive. CSF will continue using the “Symptom Screening Tool” and require anyone experiencing symptoms to be tested before returning to school. Anyone who tests positive for Covid will be expected to quarantine.
We have been so appreciated the support our families provided last year as we navigated this pandemic, and have great pride in what we accomplished together. As we gear up for another school year with new information, our administrative team will continue to do their best to make positive choices for our school, students and employees and local community.
Director of Schools