Many schools throughout the DFW metroplex are implementing new policies as COVID-19 cases surge. Schools are doing the best they can to try to stop the spread within their schools’ community as the number of cases in the area continue to rise.
Head of School David Baad sent out an email early October addressing the student body as an attempt to dissuade students from gathering in large groups as the holiday season quickly approaches.
“As we approach the weekend of the Texas-OU football game and the beginning of Halloween season, we know there will be the temptation to gather in large groups,” Baad writes. “When participating in these types of activities, community members are exposing themselves to a possible 14-day quarantine. If large-scale quarantines occur, this puts extraordinary pressure on our classroom teachers and jeopardizes our in-person teaching and learning status.”
To continue in-person learning, administrators and staff are highly encouraging students to stay home and continue following social distancing guidelines.
“We’re at a spot right now where a lot of the choices we make as individuals affect the community as a whole,” nurse Marcia Biggs said. “We have put in a lot of mitigation levels as [students] are all aware. Some are more effective than others, but the ultimate goal is to keep as many people on campus for as long as we can be here.”
Administration is doing their best to continue ensuring the safety of the student body as cases continue to rise in the area. However, to stop the spread, the entire student body must follow guidelines collectively; this is not an individual task.
“We’re at a spot right now where a lot of the choices we make as individuals affect the community as a whole,” Biggs said. “People need to be held responsible for their actions and just understand what impact their choices have on the community. I think as long as everyone is doing their part, we can continue going to school safely.”