Dear Indian Creek Community,
We are one week away from the start of the school year, and I wish you could all be on campus right now to sense the excitement in the air!Welcoming our Faculty
On Monday, we welcomed all faculty and staff to campus. Teachers are engaging in extensive health/safety and technology trainings in addition to the typical back-to-school faculty meetings to prepare for the coming year. Their unparalleled dedication to getting this right for our students is why I'm confident that this year - while unusual in many ways - will also feel familiar in the ways that matter most. Our students and teachers will partner in learning, and students will form strong
connections with teachers and their peers. We are all learning together in 2020-21, and I can't imagine a more dedicated and inspiring team for this journey. Please join me in expressing a big
thank you to our teachers.Anne Arundel County Department of Health Approval
Last Wednesday, the Anne Arundel County Department of
Health requested that all private schools schools submit their
reopening COVID-19 safety plans to the county. The letter
stated that all plans submitted will be reviewed by the
Department of Health for compliance with all aspects of the
CDC and MSDE guidance to ensure the safety of students and
Upon receipt of the Department of Health request, we submitted our Planning for 2020-21: Learning Together
reopening plan for review. We were notified Monday morning that Indian Creek's plan has been approved. "Thank you for sharing your Reopening COVID 19 Safety Plan for Indian Creek School with the Department of Health," shared County School Health Services
Program Supervisor Anne Laible. "It is a pleasure to collaborate with you to ensure the health and safety of your staff and students during this public health crisis. Your plan has been reviewed by our team. It addresses all of the key areas and is approved. Thank you for your dedication to the health of our community."
It is affirming and confidence-building to see the results of months of intense planning so quickly and resoundingly approved. We thank the county for their partnership in our efforts to keep our community healthy and safe.Creek Conversations
Learning Together: What is Required of ICS Families?
Thursday, August 20, 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
I hope you can join us for tomorrow's Creek Conversation, "Learning Together: What is Required of ICS Families?" This virtual community gathering will focus on Health and Safety expectations for the entire community. We will spend the first 20 minutes of our time together with an overview for parents on health & safety protocols and expectations. We'll then move into an open Q&A format. I look forward to connecting with you all!
ICS Community Pledge
At tomorrow's Creek Conversation, we will introduce the ICS Community Pledge. As members of the Indian Creek School community, we are all interconnected; each of has an individual
responsibility to protect our collective well-being. This pledge provides an overview of Indian Creek's health and safety expectations. It also provides our families and faculty with the assurance that every member of the community has acknowledged their understanding of and commitment
to our health and safety standards. All members of the ICS community who wish to come to campus must sign this pledge. Those who do not sign the pledge, or who do not comply with
these policies and procedures, will not be permitted on campus.
ICS readiness and community metrics:
Our faculty and staff have all completed our health and safety trainings, and are complying with all expectations around mask wearing and distancing. Faculty are submitting their daily health screening each day before coming to campus, and complying with requests around required testing according to Maryland travel restrictions. The systems we have prepared are working. ICS internal metrics indicate clearance for reopening.
Anne Arundel County: 7.0 daily new cases per 100k people (7 day moving average); 3.22% Positive Rate (7-Day Avg)
Prince George's County: 13.9 daily new cases per 100k people (7 day moving average); 3.65% Positive Rate (7-Day Avg);
Anne Arundel County numbers alone place us in a near-yellow situation, but considering 20% of our student/faculty body comes from PG County and another portion from Baltimore City, we need to consider those counties as well.
Based on the above, ICS remains in "orange." As long as metrics do not indicate a need to move to "red", we will remain in "orange" through at least the first module. We will start
assessing/anticipating a color phase for Module 2 in early to mid-September.
Can't wait to see you (on campus!) soon!
Head of SchoolClick here to read the full update.