As the holidays quickly approach and the weather turns colder, we all want to snuggle up with our families and share in the love and connection that brings us joy each year. I hope that each and every one of you get to experience these gatherings this year, though they just may look a little different than normal. Please remember that there is a safe way to be together this holiday season. When possible, celebrate virtually. Keep in-person gatherings small (5 people or less) and always keep a 6-foot distance and masks on with people who do not live in your household. Wash your hands frequently and quarantine if you feel sick or are waiting for results of a COVID test, whether you’re symptomatic or not. If you are traveling, adhere to the quarantine rules. This holiday season may test our emotional strength now, more than ever. Let’s find ways to celebrate and come together in new and creative ways!
Note about COVID-19 Cases: We recognize that individuals may choose to share personal information through a variety of channels. While there is heightened interest and anxiety in COVID-19 cases, I hope we can lean into our values of cultivating community and fostering integrity by avoiding gossip and/or shaming behaviors, and instead be kind and respect our fellow families during these challenging times. Additionally, it is important to note that there are a number of far more frequent and likely reasons for individuals to be home sick that have nothing to do with COVID-19.