Important Announcement: Overnighter
Dear Da Vinci Families,
We are excited to welcome students back next week. The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priority, and Da Vinci Schools has implemented an extensive set of measures to promote a safe environment on our school campuses.
I am writing to share with you an update regarding the Da Vinci “Overnighter” events planned for 9th and 10th grade students attending Da Vinci Design, Da Vinci Communications, and Da Vinci Science. In order to ensure the health and safety of our Da Vinci students, I have made the difficult decision in consultation with our Da Vinci Schools trustees to delay the Overnighter events until COVID case rates improve to a level that lowers the risk of the highly transmissible COVID Delta variant.
We have been tracking case rates in Los Angeles County, with current case rates increasing to the high levels that Los Angeles County experienced earlier this year. Very recent information has become available regarding COVID outbreaks, including risks associated with activities that place students in close contact with each other and staff. Da Vinci Schools continues to follow state and local requirements to keep our students safe at school; however, the Overnighters require groups of students to sleep in close proximity in the same cabins, increasing the risk of transmission. For this reason, we have opted to delay the Overnighters at this time.
The Overnighter is a very special signature practice at Da Vinci Schools that alumni look back on as one of the most important events of their high school experience. Like our approach to the 2020 graduation when we postponed and then later held an in-person ceremony, we will make good on this promise to hold the Overnighters again as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and support. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.