A Message From the Head of School
The following information is provided to explain and clarify FASPS’s response to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic with respect to a limited number of topics (see bottom). We continue to follow and learn from what’s happening locally, nationally, and internationally with respect to new variants of the virus, updated health and safety guidelines, vaccine developments, and more. The foundation of all of our planning will continue to be the health and safety of our students, of our faculty and staff, and of our community in 2021–2022. Close behind our commitment to health and safety has been and will continue to be our commitment to providing our harmonized, bilingual program. These two commitments have underpinned and informed every planning decision we have considered and made since the start of this pandemic, and they will continue to do so in the 2021–2022 school year. We are committed to working together as a community, and we will continue to depend on your commitment to this community, for it is as a community that we will weather this storm, coming out stronger than we have ever been by the time it has passed.
Our Primary Goals & Guiding Principles Are the Following:
- Mitigate risk and prevent the spread of virus to the best of our ability in order to ensure a learning environment that is as safe and healthy as possible for our students, faculty, and staff.
- Offer our harmonized, bilingual program through in-person learning whenever possible, understanding that some aspects may look different, but that our students will continue to benefit from the excellence of our program.
- Support our students’ social and emotional learning by adapting and strengthening our program with the partnership of our families.
Our Community’s Commitment, Each to One Another
To keep our community as healthy and safe as possible, we will continue with certain changes to our physical spaces, protocols, policies, and procedures, while modifying others, and eliminating some. Maintaining a healthy campus environment is a collective effort that will take the vigilance, cooperation, and commitment of our entire community both on and off campus. We must all commit to:
- staying home when sick
- wearing face coverings whether vaccinated or not
- maintaining physical distancing when able
- frequently washing our hands
- cleaning and sanitizing surfaces regularly
- avoiding touching our eyes, nose, and mouths
- covering our coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues that we immediately throw away
- avoiding as much physical contact as possible
- avoiding gathering in groups when physical distancing is not possible
It is imperative that we partner together to ensure students limit their exposure both during the school day and while off campus in order to mitigate the spread of disease.
The information here, which we will update as necessary, is not meant to be an exhaustive or definitive look at the coming school year. Instead, our hope and desire is that it will give our community the clarity and direction we all need to drive us forward with a renewed sense of confidence and self-assuredness. Please read this information closely (together with your students if you are a parent) and continue to send us your questions and concerns.
Thank you, and warm regards,
Head of School