We know that the Coronavirus is on the forefront of everyone’s minds, and the news has been alarming. Given the fact that our children take their emotional cues from us, it is important that we remain calm, inform ourselves with facts, and take collective steps to prepare ourselves should the conditions warrant further action. Let’s work together to monitor our children’s engagement in this topic and help them understand what they may be hearing to avoid anxiety.
We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and continuing to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to the spread of COVID-19. As mentioned in the March 5th “Coronavirus and Spring Break Travel” note, we have increased our cleaning and disenfecting procedures within the school and are reminding to students to wash hands often. In addition, FLIK Dining is following their corporate guidelines and using the utmost caution in the packaging and handling of food and utensils. The water jugs in the Dining Hall have been discontinued effective today. With student lunches, they may take a small plastic water bottle, milk or juice. We encourage students to bring in re-usable water bottles from home to fill up at the water stations around campus. These stations will be disinfected regularly throughout the day.
With respect to Field Day this Friday, students are asked to bump elbows in place of shaking hands or high fives. We will also have hand sanitizer stations around the outside playing areas and encourage periodic handwashing. All 5th-8th graders should bring a refillable water bottle from home on Friday.
While there is not an immediate, known threat to the school, our priorities remain the health and safety of the RA community–our students, faculty, staff and others on campus. At this time, we are not announcing any alterations to our plans for the spring. All school events, field trips, and student travel remain on track. However, we are meeting regularly to prepare for the next steps if and when we need to take action. We will be following the guidance of the CDC as well as local health agencies as the situation evolves. We will continue to keep you informed via email and text alerts as information related to COVID-19 is changing by the hour.
For your information, click here to view CDC Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Children.