I want to assure you that I would not be returning to in-person learning if I felt doing so would be unsafe. So far, our mitigation efforts at school have been very successful. Nearly every case has come from outside of the school building. And, on a positive note, very few quarantined students or staff have contracted COVID.
This is an evolving situation and while I am hopeful that we will be able to stay open until Christmas break, it is impossible to predict the future. I know that the uncertainty of this situation is stressful and impacts family life, especially if schools need to shut down. The most important thing that we can do is to stay home when we are sick, even if you think it is just a cold.
As of this morning, we do not have any positive cases within our faculty/staff and student body. However, the quarantine list is ever changing with 16 on a mandatory quarantine and 21 students who are on a precautionary leave of absence from face-to-face instruction.
I will continue to keep you updated as events unfold. If anything changes, I will notify you immediately. We are looking forward to having the students return to school on Friday.
Stephen B. Cotchen, M Ed.
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
(814) 472-7500 ext. 106