A Message from the Head of School
Starting on Monday, February 8, 2021, we are instituting a Covid testing system in which all students and staff working on campus will be tested each week. We will be providing Abbott Lab BinanxNOW tests on the first day of each week on campus. Any student or staff person may of course instead choose to have a test done at their own provider in advance of coming to campus. For those who want to opt into the free testing at school, you will need to complete the permission form – it’s online in Jupiter in the Forms section, and it’s called “Student/Staff Consent Form for Covid-19 Testing.” Please e-sign that form right now and before Monday morning to enable us to test your student.
BinaxNOW are antigen tests that require a shallow nose swab. Each person tested will swab their own nose unless they would prefer the test administrator to do so. This is not a PCR test that requires a deep nasal swab (AKA the “brain tickler”), and there is typically no discomfort. Test results come back after 15 minutes. Any student or staff member testing positive for Covid will immediately be notified and brought to an isolation room until transportation can be arranged.
I’m really glad we can add this Covid testing system as one more layer of protection against possible infection in our school community. It’s important to note that Covid testing is not perfect, and false results do occur. In addition, it is a snapshot of a person’s status at that time and does not guarantee a person will remain uninfected over time. We see Covid testing testing as another layer of protection in addition to the crucial efforts we are all making in masking, distancing, and maintaining as much outdoor air as possible.
Adam Wilson, Head of School
February 5, 2021
How To Contact Us
If your student or family has any specific needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us—we’re on call for you! We’re now calling firstname.lastname@example.org the “Griffin Hotline” and it’s the quickest way to reach us. Email the Hotline to report absences during online school hours, to report technical issues during an online class or if you can’t locate a class link, or for anything else you need.
For questions about admissions or shadowing (we’re doing online shadows!), email Caroline Wilson at email@example.com.
Where Do I Find the Latest Information?
To stay up-to-date on school information, current students and families should stay tuned to their “This Week at Griffin” emails. In addition, many people are finding the “Griffin Today” on the Pin To Mind Go app useful during this period to see the daily calendar, bell schedule, and information about upcoming events. Refer to your “This Week at Griffin” emails for more information on how to sign up for the app.
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