I hope you all are having a good evening. Like many of you, this year has seemed like one setback after another. I never thought my last time in person this week with students was to be in rehearsal Monday night telling them, “Things don’t happen to you, they happen for you.” Although it is not my quote, I feel it even stronger now.
Below is the official announcement from our school system and information:
Hopefully by now you are all aware of the difficult decision made to quarantine all show choir students/staff. This decision came after we were made aware that several individuals who attended the competition on Saturday have tested positive for COVID-19. While we are fairly certain that we had quarantined all those individuals who had exposure to the initial positive person, nothing is foolproof, unfortunately, and with a few more individuals having positive test results this week, we decided to do the safest thing and eliminate any risk of additional exposures.
Unless your student has already been contacted about an exposure from this week, your student may return to school on Monday, March 15.
Again – if the school had already contacted you about a specific exposure that happened this week at school, please reference the return date from that exposure. All others may return on the 15th.
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this chaotic time. Please know that the safety of our MCS students and families is our #1 priority. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Dana Clark Director of HR Middlebury Community Schools
Also, due to the number of quarantines and cases, all rehearsals and performances will be cancelled next week. We will begin again Monday, March 15th. This is for the safety and health of not only our students, but also the hosts of the contest we were to attend. I want to make sure when we are back, that we are 100%.
That being said, earlier today I contacted contest sites on March 20th to see if we can add a contest in addition to Carroll. I am happy to report Bishop Dwenger has shifted their schedule and are adding both show choirs to their performance list. Our contest season is not done and we will not stop fighting for our students and to give them opportunities for excellence.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Yes, this is a rough period, but we simply will not give up as long as we can have safe performances. Have a great night.
Yours in song,
Mr. Dan Baker