Coming back to school is too important!
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our world in many different ways, and interruption in our children’s education is one of them. Students could be experiencing significant learning loss of up to 50% or even a whole year of education. This displacement from the school environment and culture has had other devastating effects. Families have had to deal with the consequences of the pandemic and remote learning on their own, and this has been difficult. Many students ended up dropping out of school altogether. Other effects of being out of school include depression, anxiety, and other traumatic situations.
Now, we are seeing an alarming resurgence in COVID-19 illness due to the stronger, more contagious Delta Variant of the COVID-19 virus. Nevertheless, it is imperative that our children return to in-person, on-campus learning to recover learning loss and continue on a path of academic growth and achievement for a successful future.
In order to do this we must protect everyone’s health. We want to ensure that our pregnant students are safe from COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “…pregnant people and recently pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared to non-pregnant people. “ and …”Pregnant people with COVID-19 are also at increased risk for preterm birth (delivering the baby earlier than 37 weeks) and might be at increased risk for other poor pregnancy outcomes.”
We also want to protect the newborns, infants, toddlers and their parents here at Cardinal Academy. Newborn babies have limited immunity to infections because their immune systems are not fully developed. Children under 12 years old cannot yet be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Therefore, Cardinal Academy will follow the CDC Guidance for K-12 schools to provide in-person, on-campus instruction, including:
- Providing voluntary vaccination clinics;
- Masking by all students, staff, teachers, and visitors (age 2 and older), regardless of vaccination status;
- Maintaining at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk;
- Handwashing for at least 20 seconds, about the time it takes to hum the Happy Birthday song twice;
- Hand sanitizer use;
- Staying home when sick and getting tested;
- Contact tracing;
- Cleaning and disinfecting all areas of the school.
Together, students, parents, teachers, and staff, can protect ourselves and our children from contracting COVID-19 and safely return to school so students can learn and parents can work.
We at Cardinal Academy thank you for your cooperation. Let’s have an awesome school year!
Here is where we got our information:
- Research Shows Students Falling Months Behind During Virus Disruptions (Published 2020)
- Learning loss from virtual school due to Covid is significant
- Delta Variant: What We Know About the Science
- Pregnant and Recently Pregnant People
- How your baby’s immune system develops | Pregnancy Birth and Baby
- A New Reason Why Newborns Can’t Fight Colds
- Impact on Children