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Recent Communications from Prep

March 9, 2021

Dear Community Member,

We hope you enjoyed our mascot drive-thru on Friday and our Winter Drive-In movie night on Saturday. It was truly a pleasure to see so many members of our community come together for these events.

As we noted in our update on March 4, adjusted daily case rate data for each county is shared by the State of California on Tuesdays. This information reflects data that is one week old. Today Los Angeles County reached the benchmark of 5.2/100,000 cases, moving the county one step closer to the Red Tier and our school one step closer to a phased reopening. If adjusted case rates stay at or below 7/100,000 when this week’s numbers are reported on Tuesday, March 16, we will be able to begin a phased reopening next week. We will begin implementing our reopening in phases, first by hosting Senior Horizons for the Class of 2021 on campus on Thursday and Friday, March 18-19.

Spring break runs Monday, March 22 through Friday, March 26, though students and faculty can come to campus for surveillance testing on Friday, March 26. Monday, March 29, will be a student holiday and faculty professional growth day so that faculty can prepare for the hybrid transition. Surveillance testing will also occur on Monday, March 29, for students and employees. Those planning to return for hybrid learning must be tested on campus on one of these days. 

The student body will return to campus for a reimagined Book Day in Blue and Silver stable groups on Tuesday, March 30. This half day for students will be part celebration, part education. Classes will resume on Wednesday, March 31. 

More details will be sent to students and parents in the Class of 2021 regarding Senior Horizons, and to all families regarding other aspects of our hybrid program, in the coming days.

What Families Should Expect from Prep as We Return to Campus

The safety of our community is a top priority as we begin the process of reopening. Our mitigation strategies include the following:

  • A mask must be worn over the nose and mouth on campus at all times and hands should be washed frequently.
  • A physical distance of at least six feet must be kept at all times to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Additionally, recognizing that surveillance testing is a useful way to locate asymptomatic cases and prevent an outbreak, Flintridge Prep will require and provide PCR COVID-19 testing several days a week during PE classes. This will allow each student and employee coming to campus to be tested one time per week. Those not in a PE class will be able to register for a test on campus during the days when our test providers are on campus. 
  • Ventilation systems have been upgraded across campus and windows and doors will be kept open to increase air flow.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols are already in place. 
  • Community members will be asked to check for symptoms using the Magnus Health app on a daily basis and stay home if they have symptoms or have not followed our Community Commitment.

More details on our safety measures and Community Commitment can be found in our On-Campus Safety Plan.

What We Should Expect of Each Other

While COVID-19 numbers have decreased, transmission remains widespread in LA County and in many states and countries. Activities during spring break could derail our plans to stay open if those activities include increased travel, gatherings, and nonadherence to safety measures. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. We ask all families, faculty, and staff to continue to avoid non-essential travel and stay within 120 miles from their residence unless they are traveling for essential purposes.

If you plan on traveling, CDC guidelines say that you should get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.

  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Partially or fully vaccinated individuals should still follow these guidelines.

We also want to reiterate to families who have concerns about returning their children to school: No student will be required to come to campus during this time. Learning can continue from home.

Please feel free to direct your questions to anyone on the COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force or to email covidteam@flintridgeprep.org.

Sincerely,

Jim Pickett
Head of School

The COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force includes:

Jim Pickett
Theresa King
Kim Kinder
Sarah Cooper
Vanessa Walker-Oakes
Nick Adams-Wright
Andres Alamillo
Nicole Haims Trevor