If you are sitting 6 feet apart and wish to do so, you may remove your mask.
It was an honor to spend most of our summer working with your teachers, administrators, support staff and all who take care of us in so many ways to develop a comprehensive plan to enable us to be here this morning. It is an emotional moment. I am particularly grateful to Mr. Burns whose vision and unwavering commitment to being back on campus provided the foundation for the protocols we have developed. After thorough study and advice from our medical team, we have a plan that is easy to follow and up-to-date. It is based on best practices and practical scientific data we could find. It is not based on politics or personal opinion….yours and mine included.
Selfless: concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one's own; unselfish.
The key to being successful is for each one of us….students, faculty and administration to consistently, encouragingly and selflessly follow the following foundational principles of the PLAN.
Men of McCallie: The Five W’s: Wear, Watch, Wash, Where, Wellness
Wear a face covering when under a roof.
Watch and keep your social distance at 6 feet.
What constitutes close contact and what constitutes exposure to the coronavirus?
Close contact to COVID-19 occurs when you are within six feet of someone who is showing symptoms or is asymptomatic for at least 15 minutes while not wearing face coverings. If you wear a face mask, it is not considered exposure.
Wash and disinfect your hands regularly.
Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Be mindful of Where you are and your off-campus social footprint.
This is the challenge. Don’t let your guard down. It affects all of us.
Check your Wellness every morning.
Fill our the Basecamp Ascend App every morning. If you don’t, we will find you. The McCallie culture of toughing it out and coming to school sick doesn’t apply this year.
Abraham Lincoln delivered his Inaugural Address on March 4, 1861, speaking in his high tenor voice with a Kentucky accent. The nation was on the brink of Civil War as seven states had already succeeded from the Union. He closed with this paragraph
Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
These are: empathy, self-control, the "moral sense," and reason
Men, let’s call upon, and resiliently rely upon, these better angels of our nature.
I have never wanted anything more for a group of young people than for you to be in school on this Ridge with your brothers.
Go Big Blue!