This past week, our Returning to Campus Safely Committee spent extensive time meeting with Dr. Sulola Adakoya, Acting Health Director for the Piedmont Health District, and her team of medical professionals with the Piedmont Health District/Virginia Department of Health, reviewing the most recent data and developments at our disposal.
In doing so, we learned that of the seven counties in our health district, all seven are now designated as “high” regarding the CDC Indicator for Transmission (meaning more than 100 new cases per 100K population within the past 14 days).
We also learned that this increase in positive cases is a direct result of the Delta variant now being in our area, and that the variant is more contagious and a real cause of concern for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
As a result, our Returning to Campus Safely Committee has elected to exercise more precautionary measures regarding face coverings and to follow the recommended CDC and VDH guidance (universal face coverings indoors for all faculty, students, and staff) to begin the 2021-22 school year.
Our hope is that this additional measure will help us better protect the health and well-being of our students, staff, faculty, and families, and to remain safely in-person, on campus, and able to provide our students with an excellent educational experience without interruption.
Fuqua School Returning to Campus Safely Committee
We are committed to providing a continued program of instructional excellence during COViD-19. To do so, we will continue to institute a multi-layered mitigation approach to protect the health and wellbeing of our students and staff. Even in the midst of change, we remain dedicated to ensuring that each student continues to reach their boundless individual potential.
For more information on our 2021-2022 COVID19 plan, please visit our Returning Safely to Campus parent guide here.