Dear Parents,

I am sure that you have been following the press conferences from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In these conferences and on the websites of the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO), the statements are consistent in that there is not a coronavirus pandemic in the United States, and the number of reported cases in the U.S. is still relatively small. However, the global situation is quickly evolving, and we are monitoring developments as well as reevaluating our steps to protect your children daily.  

Your child’s safety is our primary concern and, from the beginning of the flu outbreak and this recent virus, we have regularly scheduled deep cleanings and disinfections of our public areas, including student desks and door handles. We remain vigilant in reminding students of good hygiene practices to stay healthy. Please review these guidelines with your children from the CDC: Prevention of Coronavirus and Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Guides. The CDC and WHO recommend that anyone who is sick, especially with fever or nausea, should stay home until symptoms subside.

As we approach our Spring Break, we encourage you to use caution in your travel plans, especially to China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan, and Hong Kong. Regarding our student trips planned for Spring Break and this summer, we are monitoring those areas daily, and there are currently no coronavirus advisories for those areas. However, we will make the necessary decisions if any travel alerts arise and will keep our community updated. More information for travelers can be found at Travel Alerts and Advice.

Given the level of media attention to the virus, students may become anxious or worried about the virus. This Tips for Speaking to Elementary School Students (Comic Version) , and Tips for Talking to Teens and Tweens provide good guidelines for how parents may speak with children about the virus and their fears.  

Please know that we will keep you updated on any information that directly impacts our school community. We are thankful to belong to a strong and supportive community such as ours. 
Sincerely,
Mac. H. Hall
Head of School