Dear Saklan Community,
As I am sure you know, yesterday the state officially announced that Contra Costa County has returned to the purple tier, as our infection rates and positivity rates have doubled in the past two weeks. With the upcoming holidays and our Friday Blog post, we’ve been getting numerous questions and phone calls regarding our Travel Policy. Please read below for more details.
Expectations and Travel Guidance
Wear a face covering and keep six feet of distance when encountering people outside of your household.
Avoid large gatherings and situations in which others are not practicing physical distancing and wearing masks.
Do not spend more than 15 minutes indoors with those outside your household who are unmasked and/or within a six-foot distance.
Specific Travel Guidance
For those of you planning travel, the California State Government has issued a travel advisory asking those who travel outside of California to self-quarantine for two weeks* (due to the 14-day incubation period of COVID-19) upon their return. Saklan will apply this policy to our community. If you travel outside the state, your child will need to quarantine at home for two weeks (starting upon your return to CA). While the State has delineated between essential and non-essential travel, we are applying the policy to all travel outside the state. The advisory also recommends that Californians refrain from all non-essential travel during this period; therefore, we encourage families not to travel until the advisory has been lifted.
If you travel out of state or will not be able to follow the guidelines bulleted above, we will gladly work with your child virtually. Teachers will work with families to help students stay up to date with their school work through zooming into the class, distance learning, and/or assignments sent home.
I understand that this all feels incredibly unfair, and this is a heavy burden for all. We are lucky your children have been in school with us for this long and will continue to work hard to keep them safely in-person. That said, we do not know how high the infection rates will go and at what point we may have to decide to temporarily switch back to distance learning for some or all grades. This could happen as soon as early December or January. Of course we hope to stay in person, but safety is our number one concern. Additionally, we do not know what the state may mandate; they have committed to not closing schools that have opened, but that can change too.
We continue to be vigilant on campus, but our systems are only as good as our weakest link. It is up to the entire community to be dedicated to reducing the possibility of COVID-19 from even entering campus.
Educating your children safely in person is our number one priority. If you have to travel, please help us stay in person by quarantining upon your return. If we have our priorities straight, we can have a pandemic and school at the same time.
Stay safe, and thank you for your patience and understanding.
*Two weeks after exposure is the incubation period for the virus. Taking a PCR testing during that time period does not ensure that the virus will not surface later within that time frame.