As we continue into Session 2 and start making the transition to move some classes indoors, it is important to maintain transparent communication with our families. None of us have ever experienced a global pandemic, so how to do this best is not based on training, but rather by listening to experts. OSA staff is committed to following the latest science and the protocols recommended by State, County, and local officials.
We had originally planned to move all classes online between Thanksgiving break and Winter Break. Quite frankly, that is still the safest approach, since Covid cases are rising in much of the U.S., more people are moving indoors, and the chance of contracting the flu at this time is more likely. Family gatherings are also considered one of the ways that coronavirus is spread fastest, and the next 12 weeks will see more family gatherings.
However, it is abundantly clear to us, in listening to students and families, that our outdoor, in-person options have been very important for our students’ mental health. So, when we planned Session 2, we opted to continue them. Now we will also move some classes indoors at Art Trek, provided we can do so safely. As of now, we are only using the space on Thursdays. Fridays may be added, and then additional days are on the table IF we have enough interest and IF all is going smoothly.
While there are no absolutes and no guarantees, the best course of action by epidemiology experts includes a commitment to FOUR layers of protection to REDUCE the likelihood of coronavirus transmission:
- Wearing a mask properly (covering both mouth and nose)
- Maintaining at least three feet of social distance
- Washing hands frequently
- Being outdoors
As we move some classes indoors, we lose one valuable layer of protection. Therefore, we have to adjust the other layers of protection.
This means it is MORE important that all students and staff follow safety guidelines until the time that we are given direction by experts that it is safe to loosen up restrictions.
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