December 11, 2020
Dear Moravian Academy,
We have important updates to share with you before we turn to our regular Friday newsletter stories. The rapid and sustained rise of COVID-19 cases is impacting all facets of life in the Lehigh Valley, including schools. The overall health and community spirit of Moravian Academy remain very strong, and we are grateful for this collective perseverance as we approach the following changes and updates for the next several weeks:
- School will move to remote instruction for one week following Winter Break, from January 4-8, 2021. We will return to in-person instruction on January 11. This period of remote instruction will provide a 10-day buffer following December 31, allowing us to safely work through any potential increases in exposures from the holidays. This will help us return more safely to campus on Monday, January 11.
- During the week of remote instruction, all students, faculty, and staff will need to complete their daily Ruvna health screening. Please know your responses remain a pivotal component to the continued health and safety of our school.
- The new state-wide mandates announced by Gov. Wolf yesterday have a direct impact on school-wide co-curricular activities. All in-person sports and after-school activities are canceled from December 12 to January 4. This week, the Colonial League instituted new procedures for the winter sports season. These are outlined in the 2021 Winter Athletic Update.
We will have time next week to prepare for remote instruction, including reviewing expectations and materials for those students who have not yet experienced remote instruction this year.
We will continue to share relevant health information with you. The recent spikes have tested and validated our protocols and to this point we have been able to keep the virus from spreading on campus. We see that all students and faculty members who were quarantined after possible campus exposure have successfully completed their quarantines. The majority of our positive cases and quarantines seem to be the result from time spent indoors between close friends and extended family members.
In hearing from our community, we want to acknowledge the concerns, fatigue, and grieving that many are feeling right now. As we remind our students, who themselves bring so much joy into the lives of others, today is always the right day to reach out with support, grace, and appreciation for the people around us.
Thank you for helping us keep our community safe. We hope you and your family have a wonderful, blessed, and safe holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Jeff Zemsky Dr. Erica D'Agostino '91
Head of School Assistant Head of School