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Recent Communications from Prep

January 7, 2021

Dear Community Member,

We hope you enjoyed a safe and well-deserved winter break. As we prepare to begin the second semester, we face twin challenges. Across the country, the violent breach of our nation’s Capitol has left us shocked, stunned, and saddened. Here in Los Angeles County, COVID-19 case positivity rates remain extremely high and are expected to continue to rise over the next few weeks. In this difficult moment, we remain confident in our republic and its systems of checks and balances. However, the violence in Washington, DC reminds us that it is more important than ever before that we unite as a community to support each other. As we anticipate the arrival of a vaccine for school employees, we feel hopeful, although we still don’t have details on the timeframe of the vaccine availability and distribution. When we have more information, we will share it with our community.

Health and safety remain at the forefront of our decision making, and we appreciate the sacrifices and diligence of our students, parents, faculty, and staff as we provide the best possible educational and social experience for our students and protect ourselves and each other from infection. That said, the data is sobering. ICU availability remains at zero in local hospitals, the level of infection across southern California is high, and the regional stay-at-home order remains in effect. Based on these factors, Dr. Barbara Ferrer on Thursday, January 7, strongly recommended that schools remain closed in LA County through the end of January. We have the following updates regarding athletics and social-emotional learning activities.

As we await additional guidelines and information from CIF on January 19 regarding high school athletics, and as we watch case rates and hospitalizations increase in this critical period following the December holidays, we will not resume athletic conditioning until the first week of February, and then only if it is safe and responsible to do so. Any student-athletes not already registered for our conditioning program who wish to be enrolled when we resume should contact our athletic director, Sean Beattie.

In our November 30 letter, we announced that SEL events originally planned for December were postponed until late January or early February, with the expectation that we would implement regular social-emotional programs for students if it was safe and legal to do so. As we evaluate the current and projected data, we do not expect to bring students to campus for SEL activities before mid-February.

We appreciate your commitment to the Prep community.

Stay safe,

Jim Pickett
Head of School

The COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force also includes:
Theresa King
Kim Kinder
Sarah Cooper
Vanessa Walker-Oakes
Nick Adams-Wright
Andres Alamillo
Nicole Haims Trevor

The COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force can be reached by emailing covidteam@flintridgeprep.org at any time.