Week one of full, on-campus learning in the books! It is such a great feeling to have all the grade levels back on campus. There is an energy, a general vibe of the place that, coupled with the truly glorious weather we are having, makes AISL a pretty wonderful place to be.
But, true to form, I am not ALL roses and caviar this week. The increase of students unfortunately leads to an increase in my anxiety levels. As I have said before, my number one priority is the health and safety of the students, faculty and staff of AISL. After all, we can’t have quality learning if we are not physically safe. So, this week I want to speak on the topic of complacency.
As some of you may know over the summer I contracted a pretty nasty case of COVID. It was a bad one that put me up in the hospital. Now, I didn’t have it nearly as bad as some other people in the AISL community, and I in no way want to put myself up there as some kind of special case. However, having gone through a frankly hellish experience, which sadly lingers into the present in the form of long-COVID fatigue, I am more committed than ever to doing all that I can to prevent what happened to me from happening to anyone else.
So, when I harp on the kids for having their masks warming their chins, or for forming little scrums in the walkways, please know I am not doing this out of a deep-seated cruelty, quite the opposite really. All the things we do as a school for health and safety, even those things that seem overly restrictive and conservative, are done because we truly care about our students, the faculty, and the entire community.
A few logistical items:
For further clarification please refer to the attendance policy in the Secondary Handbook.
Thanks to you all. AISL wouldn’t be the same without you. Have a great weekend!
Dr. Rick Odum
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