May 6, 2021 - Community Update

Paul Amadio, Head of School
Dear Families,
Thank you, one and all, for all of your support over the past nine months. I have a friend who taught me the phrase, “truth floats,” and in this case, the truth is that the students and staff at VVS have done something extraordinary in this the most challenging of all years. VVS operated its plan with integrity, and I am grateful to all in our community for their efforts to create as close to an everyday experience as possible. I do not want to jinx our good fortune, as we still have two weeks of classes left before Field Expeditions, and our remarkable journey is heading towards May 30th with Commencement.
We continue to monitor the gating benchmark two-week COVID positivity rate. Although there has been a slight increase in cases in our county, we are not going to make any changes to the current phase of our reopening plan.  Day students may continue to attend in-person classes through Wednesday, 5/19, and we will continue to utilize mitigation strategies such as masking, distancing, and increased sanitation. Our rationale for this decision is by and large based on the small number of positive cases in the area of the school, the current number of staff and students already vaccinated, and the availability of vaccines for students 16 years and older. What that means is that day students will continue to come to campus for their academic classes. But, I am asking all students and families to follow all CDC protocols and guidelines. The last thing any of us wants is to have an outbreak on this campus that would cause us to cancel Field Expeditions for both boarding and day students and a live Commencement with families and their guests.
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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