APRIL 6, 2021 - Community Update

Paul Amadio, Head of School
Dear VVS Families,
I am grateful to all of you and our students for the support that's been given as we have navigated this school year. I have often found myself disappointed and impatient that I could not “fix” the many uncontrollable variables that have impacted us all for the past nine months. I have often had to communicate difficult news, but today, I write with good news. 
Day Student Return
The Yavapai County two-week positivity rates continue to decline (2.5% over the past two-week period and well below our gating benchmark of 5%), and I am officially welcoming our Day students back to campus on Monday, April 12th. Finally!
In last week’s communication, I included the Day Student Guidelines for your review. I am attaching that document again below. Please direct any questions regarding schedules and academics to Meg Haesloop, Academic Dean, mhaesloop@vvsaz.org, and any non-academic student related questions to John Kelley, Assistant Head/Dean of Students,  johnk@vvsaz.org. You can always call the Main Number at 928-284-2272 as well. For all other questions, please contact me directly at pamadio@vvsaz.org or 469-404-4252 (my cell) or email my assistant Vanessa Trujillo-Tenbrink at vtrujillotenbrink@vvsaz.org. One important item in the Day Student Guidelines is time-sensitive and I am including it here - All Day students should submit a negative COVID test prior to arrival at VVS. Please reach out to Julie Pompos, Health Center Director, if you have questions or extenuating circumstances. 
I am also offering the opportunity to any day student who wants to finish out the year in our temporary boarding program. Please contact Kim Hollingsworth, Director of Enrollment Management, with any questions about that process at 928-284-2272 or khollingsworth@vvsaz.org.
Health Center Updates
As of today, unless there is an already existing off-campus appointment scheduled, we are not able to accommodate elective medical or dental appointment transportation for the remainder of the school year. We will, of course, transport for medical and dental emergencies and extenuating circumstances. Please reach out to Julie in our Health Center with any questions via email at jpompos@vvsaz.org.
Additionally, we are not able to facilitate transportation for the COVID vaccine requests this school year. Should parents elect their children to be vaccinated, we encourage them to schedule these appointments when their child is home after the school year.
I wish you all a healthy and happy April. We are in the midst of a busy time at VVS and looking forward to the end of academic classes, the start of traditions, Field Expeditions, Baccalaureate, and Commencement on May 30th, with senior families joining us on the quad. 
In best service,
Paul Amadio
Head of School
Verde Valley School is a co-educational, International Baccalaureate boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12.
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