To give you the most accurate information I have decided to send this message as soon as possible. The following is an excerpt from an E-mail I received from Mrs. Allen:
I am sure you and Sandy are feeling the repercussions of the quarantine issues that have arisen from the Beech Grove Show Choir Invitational. Due to the number of kids and adults who are quarantined and/or have tested positive, I am sorry to tell you that I am going to withdraw our request to the Elkhart County Health Department to have the NHS Choir Invitational on March 27 and canceling the NHS Choir Invitational. There could still be parents, kids, and even staff who are affected by the trip this past weekend even that far away. The hardest part of this for me is the disappointment for you, the kids, MMPA and all of the work all of you have done to make it happen.
I am very sorry.
In my reply, I asked about our participation in contests March 20th, Mrs. Allen replied:
The issue is now that I fear we are still not finished with choir kids testing positive who are currently quarantined. We are still waiting for test results from students and adults who were on the trip. Every time someone new tests positive, all of the kids and adults who would be close contacts with any of them will have to quarantine even longer. The risks are too great for travel like this at this time. Consequently, I cannot approve the NHS Show Choir March 20 trip. I am so very sorry, Dan.
Since I’ve known her, Mrs. Allen has been such a huge support to our programs. She simply would not make these decisions to punish us, but instead to keep us safe. Not to mention, this prevents us from infecting our contest or any venue we would visit turning them into super spreader events.
I am still attempting to process all of this, and I do not have words to say regarding what happens next. One thing that comes to mind, is that I would like to thank you all for your hard work and dedication. My wish right now is that we respect the quarantine and stop this spread within our organization. If you are ill and even if you are just quarantined, stay home; I am praying for health and peace for all of us.
Thank you for reading this and respecting the decisions our administrators must make for our school’s safety.
Yours in song,
Mr. Dan Baker