1. Given the high percentage of students in grades 7-12, as well as teachers and Schools staff, whom we estimate have already been vaccinated/are now immune, we anticipate that few COVID-19 precautions will be necessary at these grade levels. Most programming, grades 7-12, will return to pre-pandemic routines (pace-of-day, teaching loads and class section sizes, in-person co-curricular activities, etc.)
To date, 99% of our Schools employees have voluntarily reported that they have been vaccinated; and we believe the majority of eligible students, including boarders, are as well.
2. Given that nearly all students at the Early Childhood Center, Brookside, and in the 6th grade at our two middle schools are as-of-yet ineligible for vaccination, we anticipate that some COVID-19 precautions will continue to be necessary at the middle schools and at Brookside/ECC, particularly in grades 6 and below, to mitigate contact-spread of the illness and to keep as many students as possible learning in school full-time, with limited breaks in in-person instruction due to infection-related quarantines.
Some precautions notwithstanding, we anticipate returning, over time, to as much routine in-person programming as possible for all of these grade levels.
3. We anticipate that children aged twelve (12) and younger will become eligible for vaccination at some point this summer or fall. Thus, precautions at the start of the year will be re-evaluated, and likely revised, in January 2022, if not earlier, with a goal of returning all grade levels to pre-pandemic routines as soon as possible.
4. As was the case during the last academic year, we will continue to keep ourselves apprised of recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and work in direct concert with the Oakland County Health Division, the agency under whose umbrella Cranbrook and all schools in our local area fall when it comes to public health matters.