As we are getting closer to reopening I know that parents have the pandemic and COVID-19 on their minds. With our students' safety at the top of my mind, I want to share with you some of the contingency plans we have been working on, for example, in the event that someone in our School community is diagnosed with COVID-19 or shows symptoms of COVID-19. Please see below our procedures if someone on campus is suspected of having COVID-19.
What will the School do if someone gets COVID-19?
What about notifying local health officials?
Will the School close if there's a COVID-19 case? For how long?
It's likely that students and most staff members will be dismissed for 2-3 days in order to allow local health officials to evaluate the situation and for School custodial staff to clean and disinfect the affected areas.
Will the students switch to Spartan Distance Learning?
How will I find out if my child was in contact with the infected person?
If the infected person(s) has been on a School-owned/operated bus, CDC guidelines for sanitization of non-emergency transport vehicles will be followed.
Depending on how long the School is closed, we will communicate to the School community throughout the closure regarding what is being done, status, and next steps.
As soon as possible, School administration will communicate to the School community the expected reopening date and whether or not there will be a transition to distance learning.
Generally, there is no need for long-term closure. Once sanitization is complete, facilities can be re-occupied immediately. However, School administration will work closely with local health officials to determine the best course of action, and will communicate that to the community.
St. Johns faculty and staff have spent the summer preparing lesson plans, buildings, cleaning protocols, and much more to ensure the comfort and safety of our students and staff when we return to school on August 11. However, I understand that some students or their families may have medical issues or other factors that inhibit their return to campus next month. If you don't feel comfortable with your child returning to campus on August 11, please contact your Division Head no later than Friday, July 31 to register for distance learning.
As always, please let me know if you have thoughts or any other questions.
|All the best,|
|Head of School|