March 13, 2020
Dear Moses Brown Community,
This afternoon, state officials released new information about the COVID-19 outbreak, and I’m writing hastily to provide very important updates.
Today, Governor Raimondo and Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, announced that nine new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the state, bringing the total to 14.
In an effort to contain the virus from spreading further, all K-12 public schools in the state will shift their anticipated April break to next week---effectively closing for one week---and thereafter they will adopt a week-by-week approach in terms of deciding whether to hold school in person or through distance learning. The Governor also asked all people who can work from home to consider doing so next week and banned visitation to nursing homes.
Dr. Alexander-Scott emphasized that, as a tool for combatting the spread of infectious disease, school closure works best when there is unified action. In support of this statewide effort,
Moses Brown will close its campus next week,
Monday, March 16th
, including all athletic practices. Non-teaching staff will work remotely from home.
We hope that athletic practices can begin the following week, and we will update the community no later than next Friday, March 20.
The Governor also announced that, by authority of an executive order, any Rhode Islander who has traveled anywhere outside the mainland United States within the preceding 14 days must undergo a 14-day self-quarantine before returning to work or school.
This is a significant new stipulation that may affect MB families who plan to travel during spring break. If you do plan to travel abroad, it is essential that you reach out right away to your division head so that we can begin making plans to support you and your child(ren) during the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
We also continue to ask all community members to fill out the
Family Travel Survey,
which has been broadened to include both international and domestic travel.
Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation in keeping our community safe and healthy.
We wish everyone a happy and safe Spring Break.