Dear UCF Community,
Tomorrow we welcome our middle and high school students back to school - in person. It is the next step of our plan to safely educate all of our students. COVID-19 is still all around us and while our numbers locally are stable - they are not zero. We can and have been preparing for cases in our community. We have an updated Health and Safety Plan that our staff knows and is ready to implement as needed. We are dedicated to continuing to be open and honest about our status - to that end - this link takes you to our COVID-19 dashboard. Most of all, we are moving forward together - as a community - because that is the best way to ensure success.
The numbers this week remain mostly stable - a good sign - and one that enables us to begin our hybrid program. We ask that everyone continue to follow protocols at home, in school, and whenever you are around other people. It is through the hard work of students, parents, and staff who have worked tirelessly and selflessly that our virtual and now hybrid programs are outstanding.
During our weekly meeting with Dr. Sulieman she presented the most recent COVID-19 transmission rates and metrics. While the numbers for Chester County and our community are mostly good - we will keep a keen eye on transmission rates as cases are on the rise nationally. These are the important takeaways:
- Chester County positivity rates increased from 3.1% to 3.3%;
- Chester County has seen a weekly decrease in incidence rate per 100,000 from 51.7 to 48.5;
- UCF municipalities have seen a decrease in incidents from 38 to 15 (we spiked last week because of an outbreak at the Pocopson Prison);
- Projected incidence rates per 100,000 - in the coming weeks - show Chester County cases to be around 50.
We will continue to be diligent in the implementation of our Health and Safety Plan and vigilant in monitoring and analyzing COVID-19 transmission rates. We ask you to practice ‘layered mitigation’ at school and home - by using masks, social distancing, hand washing, etc. The more ways we block the spread, the fewer cases there will be. Now, more than ever we all must be honest with ourselves and let that truthfulness dictate what we do. This virus is sneaky and spreads quickly. Let’s not allow it to continue to dominate how we live.
We want to keep everyone safe so we can make the right decisions at the right time. There are many moving parts –including 4,000 students and almost 700 teachers and staff - and we want to ensure that we keep every one of them as safe as possible. As always - we appreciate your support and understanding.