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COVID Plan Updates for the 2021-2022 School Year

This page is intended to provide families with the latest updates on the CLS COVID plans and protocols for the upcoming school year.  This page will be updated any time there is new information to share or a change in policy.

Last updated: August 27, 2021

Important Documents:


Update August 27, 2021

Dear CLS Families,

By now, many of you have probably heard about the MSDE decision to mandate masks for students and staff in public schools. I want to clarify that MSDE makes those decisions for public schools only. As a private school, we receive guidance from MSDE, but it is just that–guidance. We are only responsible to the Governor and the Carroll County Health Department and their mandates. In general, I review and take into consideration the guidance we receive from MSDE, the CDC, and other reputable sources. However, in this case, we are not making any changes to the COVID protocols you received by email on August 11th.

In order to offer safe, healthy, in-person instruction to our students this year, we continue to need a team effort. We will do our part to create a healthy and engaging learning environment with many safety protocols in place. At the same time, we need families to continue to do their part, too, with wearing masks in high risk situations, practicing good hand hygiene and healthy habits, communicating with us about any known COVID cases or COVID exposure, and keeping sick students home from school. Together, we can create a successful school year full of learning, new adventures, and much joy.

I look forward to partnering with each of you in our efforts to support CLS students in the upcoming school year. See you soon!

Mandy Gilbart

Update August 11, 2021

Dear CLS Families,

I know it often feels that there are more questions than answers when it comes to COVID. Mrs. Inman, our Delegating Nurse, and I have spent a lot of time this summer reading the changing guidance and protocols and deciding what will be the best fit for our school community this September. Nothing matters more than the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. We have proven that we can work together to keep our school community safe and and in-person for instruction. Now the challenge is before us to do that again in the coming school year.

Attached to this email you’ll find two important documents. The first is our current plan for the COVID protocols we’ll have in place to start the school year. It is important to note that this is our plan as of today. If circumstances would change significantly, or if mandates from the Governor or Carroll County Health Department come into play, our protocols would have to change, too. However, we think that we have established a safe, common sense approach to the first days and weeks of school. Please take the time to read over this information very carefully.

The second document is a COVID Waiver. Your child cannot attend school until we have this signed waiver back in our hands. You can submit it electronically or drop it off in the front office. You can also mail it or hand it to us at any of our upcoming events.

Thank you for trusting us with your children, and for partnering with us in their education. We will continue to strive to keep each other safe and to care for the members of our community. If you have any questions about the attached documents, please reach out.

Mandy Gilbart

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