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March 18, 2021Dear VMS Community,
I want to extend my sincere appreciation to all families for keeping sick children home and allowing us to continue in-person learning. Because of your efforts, we are now able to revise our quarantine protocol, in conjunction with new Eagle County Public Health protocol for schools.
Students will no longer be required to quarantine if they are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case at school, assuming masks were worn. If a student is exposed outside of the school building they will still be required to quarantine. Athletes exposed during competition while wearing masks will also not be required to quarantine. As a result, we are now able to loosen cohorting requirements in the Lower School. While Lower School cohorts will remain in place, Lower School students will have the opportunity to gather with other students in the same grade on the playground and in other situations. Some Homebase and Specials teachers will no longer need to push carts into cohorted classrooms! I am sure Lower School students will welcome the opportunity to expand their connection to students outside of their cohort.
This new quarantine protocol is based on mask compliance. Therefore, there will be exceptions to the "no-quarantine" rule. Students may need to quarantine after VMS consults with the health department in the following situations:
- If a student is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case outside of school
- If a student is exposed to a COVID-19 positive student at lunch and was not wearing a mask
- If a student is exposed to a COVID-19 positive person while carpooling
- Athletic teams if traveling is involved
- Athletes on a team when there is more than one positive case
Head of School
- Follow the Eagle County Five Commitments of Containment.
- Limit or eliminate out of state travel.
- If you do travel on an airplane or have been in a questionable social situation, please quarantine for one week after this exposure. This may mean remote learning after the break for your child.
- Per Gov. Polis’ instructions, only interact in person with people from your household.
- If you or a family member becomes ill over break, please keep the school informed by completing this form. Our school nurse is also on a well-deserved break but will be checking for these forms throughout the break.
Resources for Parents and Students
Our new School Counselor Julie Bednar and our Staff Psychologist Kate Drescher have put together several valuable resources to help parents navigate support their children.
Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During COVID-19
Stress Management and Teens
How Mindfulness Can Help During COVID-19
Supporting Kids During COVID-19
Screen Time During the Coronavirus Crisis
Learning at Home: 5 Steps to Plan Your Day
Helping Children Cope with Changes During COVID-19
WELL BEINGS: Teens, Covid and Coping on YouTube
How Parents Can Help Kids Who Are Scared and Anxious During the Pandemic
Admissions is Open!
Our Admissions Officers look forward to talking with you! We are currently offering some in-person tours and interviews, virtual tours, and interviews, and telephone or Zoom conversations. Contact Jen Bill for Lower School admissions and Jeremy Thelen for Middle and Upper School admissions. Please visit our Admissions webpage for more information!