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September 2 - Remote Learning Class Schedules for September 3-4


Dear Summit Families,

I’m writing to inform you of a new opportunity to offer Summit employees and students (with parent consent) voluntary COVID-19 testing at Summit on a weekly basis. This opportunity is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Highlands-Cashiers Health Foundation.

The purpose of the voluntary testing program is to offer an additional level of safety to our Summit community in our return to on-campus learning.

The Highlands-Cashiers Health Foundation has contracted Mountain Park Urgent Care and Walk-In Clinic in Sylva to offer voluntary testing at Highlands School, Blue Ridge School, and Summit at no-cost to the schools, students, or staff. Trained health care providers from Mountain Park will administer the testing on site at each school one-day per week starting the week of September 12 and ending December 18.

A few details on the testing:

  • The proposed test is a mid-turbinate nasal swab that goes about one inch into the nose (not the more invasive high nasal swab).

  • Students (with parent consent) and staff who participate in the program will be assigned a scheduled weekly testing time.

  • Nurse Becky will coordinate scheduling and escort participating students to the test at their scheduled time.

  • The test is entirely voluntary and requires parent consent for students to participate.

  • In cases of a positive test, school administration and the local health department would be informed and appropriate notification protocols would be followed.

This program is fully funded by the Highlands-Cashiers Health Foundation, is entirely voluntary, and participants are able to opt-out of the weekly testing program at any time.

I’ve included a consent form and diagram of the offered test for your information. If you would like your child to participate in this testing program, please email Becky Baker (bbaker@summitschool.org), our Interim School Nurse, a signed copy of the consent form for each of your participating children. Forms must be received by September 2 for participation.


Please feel free to contact me or Nurse Becky with any questions.


With gratitude,


Kurt


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