COVID-19 Recent News & Updates

Springing Foward — Unified and Healthy

Dear Colleagues, Families and Students, 

Last summer, we built our health and safety protocols with the clear goal of fully preventing on-campus COVID transmission. Your remarkable cooperation for nearly seven months – combined now with dropping positivity rates and rising vaccination counts – puts us in a position to accomplish our goal for the entire 2020–21 school year. We can do this!

It will not be easy. As we have seen at Duke this weekend and in localized COVID spikes across the country, the virus remains an active threat to the health of our people and the continuity of our on-campus activities.

As you know, we have seen COVID in the DA community – a total of 15 confirmed cases among students, faculty and staff since August. It is notable that 9 of those cases occurred during or immediately after school vacations.

Now is the time to sharpen our focus and recommit to keeping each other safe. Please continue to avoid potential exposures. Wear masks. Wash hands. Stay home if you are sick. In the event of a positive diagnosis in your household, contact Gem Gates and Hunter Babwah at health@da.org immediately.  

As I shared on Jan. 18 and Feb 21, our plans and expectations for the coming remote week prioritize health and safety, streamline learning for all students and reduce the chance of unplanned disruptions in March.

If you chose to travel over Spring Break . . .

Please keep your student(s) home for 10 days after your return. Students may also return to campus after 7 days with a negative result of a PCR test administered 5 days after returning home.

COVID-19 testing on campus

We will again host drive-through PCR testing sessions at the times below. All are welcome. Preregister here for your 10-minute appointment slot.  

  • Monday, March 15 from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, March 17 from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, March 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here’s to a bright and healthy spring for us all!

Best,

Gem Gates, Nurse Consultant  

Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School