Message from Paul Amadio, VVS Head of School

Paul Amadio, Head of School
Greetings, VVS Day and Temporary Boarding Families.  

Thank you all for making the virtual Family Weekend such a success. While nothing will ever replace our in-person events, I am appreciative for our staff, students, and families enthusiasm and partnership. Thanks to those of you who commented on the weekend and your positive feedback.  
 
The Dream Concert to benefit our Native American Scholarship Fund was a huge success - we received an overwhelming response - and early results show that 33,000 people submitted their emails to watch the concert Saturday (and of course that means more watched as you could have others watching with you). The concert is still available to watch (and donate) at the following link.
 

I wanted to let day and temporary boarding families know that Yavapai County has seen an increase in new COVID cases over the last two week period. As you will recall from previous correspondences and Town Halls, the gating benchmarks to determine in-person classes or virtual classes has been and remains 5% or less new COVID cases in each two week period. As of today, Yavapai County's new Covid cases are at 5.1% between September 28 and October 12th. This shows an increase over the previous two week period which was 4.7%. To track - follow this link. https://www.yavapai.us/chs/
 
What does this mean for VVS? We will monitor this carefully during this week as the rates decrease or rise on a daily basis. In the event new cases reported in our county continue to be above the 5% benchmark, day students would return to virtual classes. That decision will be made after classes Monday when the county  updates the figures for the week.
 
Obviously, this is not what any of us wants. But we have done our best to prepare for this scenario. As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority and we will continue to operate this school year with counsel from our medical experts in the region and the gating benchmarks of our local county. We believe our plan and decision making thus far has been effective and offers the best possible chance to avoid any disruption from our regular school schedule or having an outbreak on the campus.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
 
Again, thank you for your understanding and support of VVS during this pandemic and let us hold out hope that this move past us soon. Our goal remains to engage all students wherever they are, and to work tirelessly so that we can all be together safely in the near future.
 
Best,
 
Paul
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