District Operational Update: An Open Letter from Dr. Kramer

Hello London Families,

One of my favorite quotes is by American novelist James Lane Allen, who said, “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” It is safe to say that we have had ample opportunity to understand the character of those around us over the last 15 months. Being an optimist, I often choose to focus on the positive. Over the course of the pandemic, I have witnessed an abundance of understanding, care, and selflessness demonstrated by our students, staff, and community. While adversarial situations seem to grab the national headlines, I have had the good fortune to see many more acts of kindness and compassion here in London. This coupled with the reduction in infection rates gives me a great deal of hope.

I am happy to announce that the health restrictions currently in place on our campus will expire once our last student is dropped off from our last day of school tomorrow. This means that individuals visiting our campus after tomorrow afternoon, whether indoors or outdoors, will no longer be required to wear a facial covering. Although not mandatory, parents and individuals are reminded that Madison County Public Health encourages unvaccinated individuals over the age of 12, children between the ages of 2-11 (when indoors), and those individuals who may be immunocompromised to still wear a facial covering. Anyone who still wants to wear a facial covering is more than welcome to do so. Other restrictions such as social distancing, limited groups to less than ten, etc. will also be relaxed. 

We have been informed by our local health department that students and staff will still be required to quarantine and isolate themselves under the following conditions:

  • A fully vaccinated person does not have to quarantine following a known exposure to a COVID-19 case if the vaccinated person remains symptom-free.
  • An unvaccinated person must follow normal quarantine procedures if he/she is exposed to a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case. The quarantine period is not less than ten days following the exposure. The quarantine period will be managed by Madison County Public Health.
  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must follow normal isolation procedures. The isolation period is not less than ten days. The isolation period will be managed by Madison County Public Health.

Our district will take a common sense approach in regards to scheduling large group gatherings with consideration given to the event, location (indoor/outdoor), logistics, and current rate of infection in the community. Finally, hand sanitizer will remain abundantly available on campus as well as masks and rapid COVID tests to those individuals who would like or are in need of them.

All in all, we are expecting a “normal” start to the 2021-2022 school year. Many things will quickly go back to the way they were pre pandemic, but we also found that some things that we reimagined this year actually worked better. We are very happy that our London Unlimited program was able to provide over 400 students a virtual or hybrid education this year. Although this program has been in operation for several years, the program grew by a factor of five during the 2020-2021 school year. We are working to improve this program for next year in an effort to continue to provide a great deal of flexibility for families, who would like their children to attend school in a manner that is tailored to their schedule and circumstances. If you are interested in applying to take part in the London Unlimited program for the 2021-2022 school year, please complete this application as soon as possible but no later than July 2nd.

This weekend, we will graduate 164 seniors, who have already witnessed a world that none of us could have imagined a year and a half ago. After graduation they will honor tradition by walking through the archway of London High School, which is inscribed “Per Angusta Ad Augusta.” Translated this means through difficulties to honors. I don’t believe there could be a more fitting way to end their time as students at London High School.

Thank you again for all of your support and understanding throughout the year. Best wishes on a wonderful summer.

Dr. Lou Kramer

District Superintendent