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Matt Allio

July 13th Covid-19 Update

Dear Trinity Families,

I hope you are well and are navigating this unprecedented time with your family. The intent of this note is to provide you with a quick update regarding Trinity’s planned reopening on August 19.

Like you, we have been closely monitoring news discussion surrounding school re-openings, including in Los Angeles, as well as broader U.S. COVID-19 transmission trends. These draw different reactions in different families – from pauses for reflection, perhaps increased anxiety about what the future will bring, to, above all else, an ongoing desire to keep your loved ones healthy. Regardless if you are new to Trinity or have been at the school for many years, you may wonder what this means for our community.

I want to assure you, above all else, that the health and safety of our families, faculty and staff is the most important aspect of our planning. 

  • We continue plans for a full start of school on August 19. Currently, we are answering Phase II Reopening Questions, based on your questions at the end of the school year and during the summer.
  • As a review, here is the FAQ and ECP Reopening Presentation that we presented in early June (at that point, a frame only).
  • We have taken significant infrastructure steps across both campuses to ensure the safety of our entire community, from ordering “touchless” sinks in all bathrooms, as well as hand sanitizing stations, touchless soap dispensers, touchless thermometers, masks, and much more.
  • We have been steadily working through the Phase II Reopening Questions, which build upon our original reopening frame. Insofar as rolling out the Phase II protocols, I see it as the following:
    • July 24 to 27 – Distribution of Phase II Questions to our community.
    • July 28 to July 30 – Distribution of Survey to families – this will help us assess how many families plan to return or to continue via distance learning, among other questions.
    • August TBD – Orientation(s) for Families regarding reopening protocols.
  • We are in close contact with the San Mateo County Office of Education and are using their planning documents: SMCOE Framework for Reopening.
  • Overall, we are very well-resourced through our professional networks, webinars and workshops, as well as outreach to local medical professionals.

Though this is an uncertain time for all of us, I am humbled and encouraged by the way our staff has come together, “all hands on deck,” to thoughtfully prepare for the year ahead. And, as I have said before, it’s important to try and look beyond this time – to the community and education we’re planning for not just in 2020, but for years to come – of which you are an indelible part. We will get through this, together, and as always, my door is open to you.

My best to you and your family,

Matt

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