The coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandably on the top of many people’s minds. Although there is much we still don’t know, we are focusing on facts. This is an ever-changing situation, and we are monitoring reliable sources continually. Moving forward we will continue to use caution, without panic.
We want our families to always remember that stress and fear can lower immune systems. Knowing the facts and taking precautions won’t lower our immune systems.
We intend to be open as long as we safely can. We will ensure that the school is deeply cleaned over spring break and will keep a close eye on how the situation progresses over the next week. We will reach out via Remind text and email if anything changes before we return to school.
The latest research indicates that children get the COVID-19 virus, but not seriously and they may not show symptoms. However, just having the virus may mean that a person can spread it. The experts at the WHO, CDC, and medical centers are clear that people over 60 or who have underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease, cancer, or diabetes are more vulnerable to serious consequences. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) also note that, there is a possibility the pregnant women “may be at higher risk of severe illness, morbidity, or mortality compared with the general population” and that preterm birth of infants whose mothers are positive for COVID-19 may also result.
We are grateful for your patience and cooperation as we move through this. We are aware that a pandemic is a serious issue and are treating it as such. We continue to urge basic precautions, such as hand washing, physical distancing, and regular cleaning of surfaces.
I encourage you to go out into nature and enjoy your spring break. We will stay in touch.