The CDC website continues to be our guide on all issues related to COVID–19.
Our best defense continues to be hand washing and respiratory etiquette. We have been instructing our boys in proper hand washing techniques and have been giving boys time to wash hands throughout the day. We have increased the amount of hand sanitizer in the building and the custodial and maintenance staff is increasing our sanitizing efforts. The entire building will be deep cleaned over the break.
Many PDS families will be traveling over the next week for Spring Break. We encourage you to follow the CDC guidelines on travel. As you know, information regarding the spread of COVID–19 is changing daily. At PDS, we are utilizing the CDC as the final authority of issues related to travel.
The CDC is asking all travelers arriving in the United States from China, even if asymptomatic, to self-quarantine for 14 days. The self-quarantine protocol has extended to people traveling to CDC Level 2 and Level 3 areas. We are following the suggestions of our local and regional organizations to make the following request:
Any faculty, staff, students or parents who are traveling to a Level 2 or Level 3 area are asked to self-quarantine and not return to school until a 14 day period has elapsed following their return to the United States and to obtain medical clearance before returning to campus. PDS has been instructed to extend this self-quarantine to all members of a household. We will make every effort to provide remote learning if your family is quarantined.
The leadership team at PDS has met to discuss possible disruptions to the school calendar and ways to continue learning during this time. All of our plans will be dependent on internet access. If access to the internet is a problem in your family, please contact your son’s division head.
School contacts for reporting of illness or exposure
- Alice Ball, School Nurse email@example.com
- Debbie Todd, Head of Early Childhood firstname.lastname@example.org
- Laura Glenn, Head of Elementary email@example.com
I am spending time in prayer each day to ask for God’s guidance and protection for our community and school. While this situation does call for solid planning and contingency plans, I am hopeful these plans will not be necessary. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or to the people listed above.