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Important Message from IMS Ceo, Bruce Robinson – Update 4_22_22 Network Mask Mandate Update

March 4, 2022

April 22, 2022
Dear IMS Community:
We are writing to share a status update regarding COVID-19 mitigation procedures
in our schools.

The City of Philadelphia announced today that residents and visitors are strongly
encouraged, but not required, to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. This change
follows a recent leveling-off of case counts and a decrease in COVID-19
hospitalizations in the City. This change is effective immediately following the
Board of Health’s vote on Thursday night to rescind the requirement.

As such, use of masks will be optional, but strongly recommended, for all students
and staff effective Monday, April 25, 2022.

Our collective goal remains the same: to maintain healthy school and work
environments that keep our students in school, full time and in person, where we
know they learn best. That takes each of us continuing to do our part and adhering
to the other health and safety measures that will remain in place such as staying
home if you are sick, getting tested if you are showing COVID-like symptoms,
quarantining if you have been exposed to COVID-19, and isolating if you test
positive for coronavirus.

All other COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing, increased ventilation, and
enhanced cleaning will continue to remain in effect. We will continue to monitor
and report COVID-19 cases and the further reduction of other mitigation efforts
will be considered over time pending circumstances.

We continue, in the strongest possible terms, to encourage all students and staff to
obtain the COVID-19 vaccine and booster.
We remain grateful to our school families, school administrators, faculty, and staff
for working with us as partners in school safety during some of the most
challenging circumstances we have seen in generations. Our goal is to continue
providing educational services at every level in an uninterrupted fashion while
maintaining a safe environment for all members of every school community.
Sincerely,
Bruce Robinson
CEO, Independence Mission Schools

April 11, 2022

Dear IMS Community:

We are writing to share a status update regarding COVID-19 mitigation procedures
in our schools.
As part of our continuous monitoring of COVID-19 statistics, the city of Philadelphia
has seen a significant increase in the number of positive cases. As such, the city of
Philadelphia announced that Philadelphia once again will be under an indoor
mask mandate.

NOTE: Effective Monday, April 18, 2022, masks will be required in all indoor
spaces, including schools and child care settings, businesses, restaurants, and
government buildings.

Our collective goal remains the same: to maintain healthy school and work
environments that keep our students in school, full time and in person, where we
know they learn best. That takes each of us continuing to do our part and adhering
to the other health and safety measures that will remain in place such as staying
home if you are sick, getting tested if you are showing COVID-like symptoms,
quarantining if you have been exposed to COVID-19, and isolating if you test
positive for coronavirus.
All other COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing, increased ventilation, and
enhanced cleaning will continue to remain in effect. We will continue to monitor
and report COVID-19 cases and the further reduction of other mitigation efforts
will be considered over time pending circumstances.
We continue, in the strongest possible terms, to encourage all students and staff to
obtain the COVID-19 vaccine and booster.
We remain grateful to our school families, school administrators, faculty, and staff
for working with us as partners in school safety during some of the most
challenging circumstances we have seen in generations. Our goal is to continue
providing educational services at every level in an uninterrupted fashion while
maintaining a safe environment for all members of every school community.
Sincerely,
Bruce Robinson
CEO, Independence Mission Schools

March 3, 2022
Dear IMS Community,

On Wednesday, March 2nd, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)
announced that if COVID case counts remain low for the City of Philadelphia, they
will relax the mask mandate for schools starting Wednesday, March 9th.

This means that, for now, all staff and students are still required to wear
masks. PDPH will continue to monitor COVID case counts over the next week, and
may officially relax the mask mandate for our schools starting Wednesday, March
9th, if case counts remain low.

If PDPH relaxes the mask mandate, mask-wearing would be optional for all
students and staff. Students and staff would be able to choose whether or not
they want to wear a mask in our school. We ask that you thoughtfully consider
your personal situation and family circumstances, and do what is best for you or
your child – and please respect everyone else’s right to do the same, even if their
choice differs from yours.

If masking becomes optional, our collective goal remains the same: to maintain
healthy school and work environments that keep our students in school, full time
and in person, where we know they learn best. That makes each of us continue to
do our part and adhere to the other health and safety measures that will remain
in place such as staying home if you are sick, getting tested if you are showing
COVID-like symptoms, quarantining if you have been exposed to COVID-19, and
isolating if you test positive for coronavirus.

As an extra precaution to help minimize the risk of a COVID surge in our schools
after Easter Break, all students and staff would be required to wear a mask on April
19-22, the week after we return from Easter Break.

Starting next week, you can get four more free at-home COVID-19 tests sent to
your home through the website Covidtests.gov so is sure to order yours.
We will keep you updated as PDPH guidance evolves.

Sincerely,
Bruce Robinson
CEO, Independence Mission Schools

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