Dear UCF Community,
While not the official first day of school, this past Monday certainly had that first day feel. This week we invited back all K-12 students to return for in-person instruction. I have been visiting the schools and I am so pleased to see our classrooms filled with excited students and staff. I am also pleased to see social distance mitigation measures in place and everyone doing their part to stay safe together!
Over the weekend, we met with Dr. Sulieman to review her weekly analysis of COVID-19 metrics. See the latest report here. Key takeaways include:
- Chester County positivity rates decreased from 4.7% to 4.3%;
- Chester County has seen a weekly decrease in incidence rate per 100,000 from 86.1 to 70.7;
- Projections indicate that Chester County will likely shift to the moderate transmission rate category in the next couple of weeks;
- The UCF community had a decrease from 21 to 9;
- UCF has seen 87 cases (students and staff) this year with 11 over the past four weeks;
- 271 UCF staff received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine last week and by this Sunday the remainder of our staff who are interested in receiving the vaccine will have an opportunity to do so - meaning 92% of our staff will be fully vaccinated - this is great news and another layer of mitigation in keeping everyone safe.
As we look ahead to Spring break, there are new regulations from the CDC related to international travel. All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. We ask all of our families traveling internationally to follow these new regulations. Additionally, while numbers in our community continue to improve - we encourage you to please be careful during spring break - let's all do our part to stay safe together.
I’d like to thank our students, staff, parents and the community for making the return to full in-person learning possible. Your commitment to our health and safety plan has allowed us to regain a bit of normalcy. After a year in virtual and hybrid learning - it sure feels good to be where we are now.