Date: 05/19/2023

Dear Harmony DC PCS Families,

We hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits. We are writing to inform you about an important update regarding our school’s COVID-19 protocols. After careful consideration and in line with the guidance provided by local health authorities, we have made the decision to remove the mask mandate for our students, staff, and visitors.

We understand that this news may elicit a mix of emotions and opinions, as the pandemic has affected us all in different ways. We want to assure you that our primary concern has always been the well-being and safety of our entire school community. The decision to lift the mask mandate is based on several factors, including a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases in our area, widespread vaccination availability, the end of Federal Covid-19 Public Health emergency, and updated guidance from health experts.

However, it is important to emphasize that the health and safety of our students remains our utmost priority. In line with this commitment, we will require any student who is feeling unwell or exhibiting symptoms of illness to wear a mask while on our premises. This precautionary measure is intended to protect the well-being of the affected student and prevent the potential spread of any contagious illnesses within our community.

While masks will no longer be required, we respect and support the personal choices of our students and families who may still wish to wear masks as an extra precaution. It is essential that we foster an environment of inclusivity and understanding where everyone’s choices are respected.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and remain prepared to adapt our protocols if circumstances change or if new guidance is issued by health authorities. Our commitment to maintaining a clean and hygienic environment remains unwavering, and we will continue to implement stringent cleaning and sanitization practices throughout our facilities.

Thank you for your ongoing support and trust in our school. We remain dedicated to providing the best possible education and nurturing environment for our students.

Warm regards,

Muhammet Turkay, Ed. D.
Chief Executive Officer
Harmony DC Public Charter School