We are so grateful to have had a complete, in-person school year in 2020-21, and Lord willing, we are planning for the same this upcoming year.
COVID-19 conditions around us are ever fluctuating. We remain committed to student/staff safety, and we are also profoundly aware of the importance of offering our students an optimized learning environment that is as normal as we can reasonably make it. We walk this line prayerfully and with close attention to the advice of local, state, and national authorities. Our two highly experienced school nurses are ever vigilant in monitoring student, staff, and family health conditions. If and when conditions/recommendations change, we will adjust as needed, with the safety of our MVC students as our highest priority.
The challenges of COVID taught us much about optimizing safety without sacrificing the excellent educational experience our MVC families expect. Those lessons have made us stronger as a school community, and these are some of the things we're carrying forward into 2021-22:
- During COVID we made substantial investments in facility and technology upgrades that will benefit our students long after COVID. We know how to transition quarantining students quickly into and out of temporary remote learning in a way that is not disruptive to their learning experience. If and when we encounter situations that require a student quarantine in the coming year, we are still fully set up to employ the same strategies.
- We have an extremely capable and experienced team of two school nurses who remain in regular communication with the Tulsa Health Department to determine best practices for managing our school health procedures. This partnership with THD will continue. As they did all last year, our nursing team remains laser-focused on protecting student health.
- This summer we are completely replacing the entire HVAC system in our Lower School building with a new system that includes ionization units to kill pathogens. As stated earlier, we are continuing with comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting measures by a qualified janitorial service that will take place nightly with approved chemicals.
We do not pretend to have perfect predictions about the future of this school year. But our Eagle community is strong, our teachers are fiercely committed, and (most importantly) the Lord has determined our steps and holds our future in His hands. We are walking through this--and every!--school year relying on Him.