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Head of School Update: 11/19/20 

November 19, 2020


Dear McGillis Families,


As we look forward to the Thanksgiving break, we are entering a precarious moment in the pandemic, and there is much worry about what our actions over the break may mean for the weeks that follow. When classes restart on November 30, our intention is to continue in our Hybrid Teaching & Learning model, supporting both our in-person and remote learners. The continuation of this model will ultimately depend on our community’s health, as well as the health of our county and state.


Following are recommendations from the McGillis COVID-19 Task Force to help our students and teachers experience a healthy return to learning:

  • If you are traveling over the break, or if your family joins with people outside of your immediate household, even extended family members, please consider learning remotely for the week of November 30.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidelines for “Holiday Celebrations & Small Gatherings”. Familiarize yourself with “The do's and don'ts of holiday travel during the pandemic”.
  • If your child/children experiences any symptoms in the days leading up to our physical return on Tuesday, December 1, yet feel better on that day, please consider keeping them home for another day or two to evaluate their health, particularly if you were active outside your household.
  • Should your child/children start exhibiting COVID-related symptoms, it is strongly recommended that you contact their primary care physician or the Utah Department of Health to have them tested immediately. Individuals that have had an exposure and do not display symptoms may consider being tested to prevent spread to others.
  • Please inform over the break if anyone in your household is diagnosed with a positive COVID-19 case. The School will communicate over the break if we have a positive case, so families can make informed decisions.


Our community commitment has worked well up to this time. With each of us doing our part by staying home when needed, minimizing our risk and exposure, and sacrificing pastimes and extracurriculars, we prioritize the education of our children. We must continue to do our part even during this time when we are eager to gather and celebrate with our extended family and closest friends.


Together, families, faculty, and staff have worked in partnership to navigate this pandemic, maintain strong health in our community, and support learners at home and in school. We are grateful for our collective strength and support of one another.


On behalf of all McGillis employees, we wish you a safe and restful Thanksgiving holiday.


Jim Brewer

Head of School