Second Semester Instruction and COVID-19

Meridian School has been able to maintain social distancing in classrooms with roughly half of our students on campus. We have had a total of 12 reported positive cases from students or staff who were on campus before testing positive. 
We have been enforcing the wearing of masks, washing and sanitizing hands frequently, and maintaining social distancing whenever possible. We are not aware of any community spread within the school at this time.
As always, we encourage families to use their own judgement to weigh what works best for their children in regards to choosing distance learning and on campus learning.
It takes a village, and we truly appreciate our families' support -- both those who have committed to distance learning for the safety of their families and the rest of the school community, and to those who have worked hard to keep their families engaged in safety measures like mask wearing and social distancing both on and off campus. Thank you. We see all of our parents, guardians, and staff making hard decisions in the interest of public and personal safety, and we appreciate you.  
Helpful reminders/resources:
When we receive notice of a positive case from someone who has been on campus, our nursing staff works with that person regarding contact tracing and notifies anyone who might have been in close contact according to CDC guidelines.*
We update our COVID-19 Dashboard as soon as we are able to alert the general public. 
If you do require a switch (temporary or for the remainder of the quarter), see details on how to do so on our COVID-19 Resource page below the dashboard.  
*Close contact is defined by CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.​ The World Health Organization (WHO) additionally includes persons with direct physical contact with a probable or confirmed case, direct care for a patient with probable or confirmed COVID-19 disease without using proper personal protective equipment, and other situations as indicated by local risk assessments.
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