It has been such a pleasure to welcome our students back to campus in-person this fall. Their excitement upon seeing their friends and teachers again has made all of the hard work that the administrative team did this summer to prepare the campus for a safe return worth the effort.
In order for Park Tudor to stay open for in-person learning this fall, it is crucial that we all do everything we can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Mask-wearing and social distancing aren’t just essential at Park Tudor; this behavior is also essential in our daily lives.
Particularly with the long Labor Day weekend coming up, we ask that you keep in mind the following tips for safer socializing:
- Outdoor socializing is safer than indoor socializing. Even while outdoors, please continue to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of distance whenever possible. Be sure to wash your hands frequently, and avoid sharing food and utensils.
- Smaller groups are safer than larger groups. Avoid large crowds where social distancing might not be possible.
- Consider a “friend bubble.” Invite another family or a very limited number of friends to join, and limit socializing to your “bubble.” Not only can this help limit the risk of spreading COVID-19, it also makes contact tracing simpler in the event of a positive test. All members of the “bubble” should commit to following certain ground rules agreed upon by the group; mask-wearing, social distancing and frequent hand washing should still be practiced.
- Protect the vulnerable. If you live with someone who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 due to age or an underlying condition, consider wearing a mask in your home to protect them, particularly if you have attended a social event.
- Avoid travel, especially to COVID-19 "hot spots." Per MCPHD guidelines, the school highly recommends that students who travel to locations with high COVID-19 infection rates quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. A high infection rate is currently defined as a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. More information can be found here.