Message from the Superintendent
We have nearly made it through the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. Amid a worsening pandemic, that is no small accomplishment. All of us at Mountain Brook Schools are looking forward to resting and spending time with family over the upcoming Winter Break, and we know you are as well.
But while we attempt to catch our collective breath, we also will be preparing for the second semester. As you know, the number of positive coronavirus cases and associated quarantine cases in our school district has increased exponentially in recent weeks. Today, we have 81 positive cases and 189 quarantine cases among our students, faculty, and staff.
While we still believe that students are safest in school, these numbers cause concern as we enter a holiday season that historically has featured large social gatherings in our community. In the coming weeks, we need your help to slow the spread so that our students can stay in school.
MBS reminds you to be vigilant in masking, distancing, and practicing good hygiene. We also urge you to avoid large social gatherings. Many of the positive cases reported in our school system are the result of non-school-related activities and family contacts, and we know the number of events occurring in our community is directly contributing to the rapid case growth we are experiencing.
While we are preparing for multiple scenarios, our second semester start date of Jan. 6 remains unchanged. We will, however, continue to monitor our data — including staffing availability and community infection rates — and communicate with the Jefferson County Department of Health throughout the break. We will share any possible updates as information becomes available.
Please know that our school system’s abiding priority is to ensure the health and safety of our school community while providing an effective, challenging, and engaging education for every one of our students. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you have a great break.
Dicky Barlow, Ed. D.
COVID-19 Testing and Reporting
Please see the flyer below to learn more about the COVID-19 testing opportunity available to members of our school community. Interim Healthcare will be offering testing on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays over Winter Break. If you need to report a positive coronavirus case or quarantine over the break, please use the MBS COVID Winter Break Reporting Form. You can access this form on all Mountain Brook Schools websites, as well as through the link included in this newsletter.
We will review the submitted information periodically throughout the break and use it to help inform our planning for the second semester. Starting Jan. 3, families should begin contacting their school nurse directly via email to report positive or quarantine cases. If you have COVID questions during Winter Break, please contact the Jefferson County COVID Line at 205-903-1208.