End-of-Year

I was out for morning arrival today, coffee in hand, greeting everyone, and taking advantage of the outdoor mask removal so I could enjoy basking in the sunshine. Like Relay for Life on the weekend, it was a great opportunity to soak in the apparent relaxing spirit of the feeling of recovery, even while limited by our sense of caution. I also shared a bit of time with Elementary staff this morning as they gathered outside officially for the last time, sharing their praise and farewells in creative ways. I’m certain similar events will play out in Middle School and High School in the final days.

But, our most significant event is back, even though we won’t quite be ready to open our doors wide, we will be outdoors for our Closing Assembly on the Annex field, complete with all students and staff, our Flag Ceremony and bell ringing to bring our toughest year on record to a traditional close. We have much to be proud of and we are hopeful that this event will bring important punctuation to all that we have accomplished together. Here’s the link for the live stream feed so that we can share this with all of you:

We start at 10:00a!!

Next Year Protocols

As promised, and we will discuss at the Town Hall, I have a draft to share for our upcoming shift next year to more detailed protocols. This is a draft for public comment, so it comes with a link to a survey for you to share your comments after you have a chance to review. I’ll be reviewing with my team and staff later in July as we get ready for the school year and a final version will be published in August along with other announcements.

Link to the document is HERE

Link to the survey is HERE

Thank you in advance for your participation in our process of planning and looking forward. You have until early July to provide your thoughts.

Final Note

A final note of thanks to all for your fortitude and courage throughout the year. I’m happy and proud having been your shepherd this year and I want it clearly understood that we could not have achieved this without each and every one of you. Even in periods of adversity, I appreciate that it encourages us to consider other points of view and balance our approach in the shadow of conflict. I was happy to be the target of anger and frustration, I’m happy to serve in that role if it helps. I remain committed to all of you as we continue this journey together, staff, parents, and students. I wish for all of you a wonderful summer of recovery and renewal. For those departing to other adventures, we will miss you and hope for you a journey that is safe and rewarding. For those new families who may also be reading this, we look forward to greeting you in August, ready to embrace fellowship together. We welcome you!

As one student in Grade 5 wrote to me recently, “I have been given a great opportunity to become part of the ASW Community, which I am very thankful for. I promise not to take it for granted and always be the best MS Warrior I can!” I appreciate the idea that we all should consider how we contribute in a community like this. Let’s all take this to heart as we plan for reuniting in August!!

Relay for Life

Looking forward to seeing those who have signed up this weekend. I’m looking forward to it and walking with my wife as a family team to honor and remember my father, Arthur P. Zurfluh, Jr. who we lost to his fight with cancer in 1995. I’ll be wearing a t-shirt that I had made for the opportunity and remember well his short fight with this terrible menace. I look forward to sharing this time with others, both survivors and those who have lost loved ones in an event of remembrance. As I suggested in my speech at graduation, looking forward to “putting the pieces back together.”

A huge thanks to Epixpert for their donation of testing for this event. They have been true partners this year and we very much appreciate their help in facilitating broader community involvement in this event under the circumstances. Please join me in thanking them as you get tested on Friday for the event. They are true friends and warriors!!

Testing Next Week

Speaking of testing, we’ve confirmed paid testing for the community next week on Thursday and Friday, June 10 and 11. Epixpert will be here 8a to 4p each day for pre-travel testing, both PCR and antigen. Please contact your airlines for details on what you need and the timeframe requirements. You can stop in on Monday through Wednesday and get forms in advance of Thursday or Friday in order to speed your processing on testing day. Again, thanks to Epixpert for these additional hours.

After next week, Epixpert will only be at School on Mondays from 8a to 11a each week, but still available for paid testing at these times. They will also be providing support for Summer School on those days.

Have a great long weekend!!

End of Year Shaping Up

Dates/Events/Links

Below is a list of upcoming and end-of-year (EOY) events. I thought I’d provide this list and the live stream links where appropriate. Lots of important things to keep us engaged until the final day.

  • May 28 – 9:30a – Senior Awards Assembly
  • May 28 – 7:00p – Studniowka
  • May 29 – Graduation
  • June 2 – ASW Staff Social Gathering – Campus closed at 3:45p and until 8:00p.
  • June 3-4 – NO SCHOOL – Corpus Christi Holiday
  • June 4 – 12p to 12a – Relay for Life
  • June 7 – 9:00a – Open House – Please share with your friends who might be considering coming to ASW.
  • June 11 – 10:00a – Closing Assembly – We will have a closing assembly outdoors for all students together on the final day, complete with flag procession and live-streaming. We won’t be able to open this to all parents, but only to the population of cleared staff and adults currently on our roster.

There are probably more links below for specific grade levels or other divisional events. Our thanks to all the important involvement from all areas of the school to support these wide-ranging activities. In particular, it’s a very busy time for PTO and grade level reps as they bring many activities to a conclusion. Thank you for all that you do and thanks for the great general meeting last week!!

Yearbook

We are providing the yearbook again this year as a complimentary gift to all families. Every student will receive a yearbook according to the schedule of their divisional offices.

Parent Survey

Please remember to fill out your parent survey. Thank you to the early responders! You will continue to receive weekly reminders until you are done! Please only use the personal link sent to you. If you have any trouble accessing it, please contact us. Appreciate your attention to this important task!

Testing

As you know, we changed our testing frequency starting this week and scheduling has gone well. We’ll change the testing next week again because of our holiday. Next week will be a three-day schedule and we’ll follow the same schedule the following week. That means our last testing day will be June 9th.

We are now looking forward to transition from school year to summer and want to announce that testing for summer school and staff will start on Monday, June 14, and will be Mondays, 8a to 11a each week through the summer until August 2. Testing will remain in the main lobby for staff who continue to work during the summer and paid testing will remain available during these hours only for ASW Community members.

Travel

Based on a review of current regulations and stipulations of EU member states with our medical advice and after reflection with the Crisis Team, we will make one additional change for the remainder of the current academic year. We are aware of official status change in countries across the EU and did a comprehensive review on the European CDC site. Based on these reductions of restrictions, we will align and reduce the travel restrictions to only areas outside of the EU. The revised question and the guidance that follows will be implemented in the next 24-48 hours.

Question #5 – Travel
Have you or someone in your household traveled to areas outside of the EU or to areas identified as high risk? (Not applicable to fully vaccinated individuals.)

This question no longer includes travel within the EU and is primarily focused on the risk associated with larger populations.  Travel in a private vehicle or under controlled conditions is not the focus of the question and is not considered a risk in and of itself.  Risk exposure is still reported in question #6 and is of equal concern whether traveling or not. Remember, most children at school are not yet vaccinated and risk has to be assessed for that reason.

Further, this question also applies to visitors coming to your home if they have traveled to areas of risk.

Exclusion is 7-days and the app will inform you of your date for re-entry testing once you enter the date returned.  You may come to school for testing during your exclusion.  CDC guidelines recommend one test at 3-5 days after travel and a second test after at least 7 days. Government quarantines of longer periods will supersede ASW guidelines.

Excluded from consideration (answer “no”): Fully vaccinated or recovered individuals.