Next week marks the end of the third quarter. Thank you to the more than 400 respondents who completed our schedule survey. Although the majority of the responses support the current schedule, there is expressed hope to expand the 25-minute lunchtime for our students. We will be working on this request in the next couple of weeks and are hopeful that we can identify creative ways to reimagine the 50-minute lunch/study hall break for the fourth quarter.
Another point of interest is for SUA to incorporate more fun into our school experience. The fourth quarter is jammed packed with special events for seniors, along with creative social experiences for juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. This has been a long year due to COVID-19, so it is more important now than ever to celebrate the strength and resilience of our entire SUA community. We are all looking forward to the spring celebrations.
Thank you for continuing to offer your feedback throughout this unprecedented time. We strive to ensure that every decision that the SUA Administration makes is rooted in feedback and data.
Last week, SUA opened up registration for the COMPASS study. We had an overwhelming response to this request and actually opened up a third registration date this past Monday. If you are still interested in having your student participate in this national study, please reach out to Dr. Margaret Powers-Fletcher, Principal Investigator, COMPASS study. Our SUA data will certainly help the NIAID better understand the impact of the coronavirus on youth.
The last two weeks have been more than interesting. The ice, snow, and 60-degree days have resulted in all sorts of unique pick-up and drop-off challenges. I am pleased to share that our Administrative Team has been working in close contact with our Facilities Team and we believe that our campus is now free of ice hills and other remnants of the snowy February. If your student is still experiencing challenges with her arrival or dismissal, please have her stop by and let me know.
There appears to be some increased traffic congestion in the morning and afternoon. We are working with Officer Pope, SUA SRO, to identify the root problem. In the meantime, please remember to keep an open space between cars if you happen to be stopped on East McMillan in front of Fleming or Upland. Blocking the side streets can result in additional traffic flow challenges for our student drivers and our neighbors.
Finally, just a reminder that the SUA faculty and staff are scheduled to receive their second vaccine dosage on Thursday, March 4. Based upon the guidance from our medical experts, we understand that our adult community may have some flu-like symptoms after receiving the second dosage of the vaccination. As such, Lelia and I have determined that there will be no on-campus instruction on March 4 and 5. Students will receive information from their teachers during their in-person classes the week of March 1 and via Schoology on March 4 and 5.
Have a great weekend and remind your daughters that exams are next Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12.