PLEASE CLICK HERE for the March 19 email from Laura.
As schools across the country transition to distance learning in the wake of the coronavirus, Rawson Saunders will be implementing our online instruction program after our spring break. Parents—please be sure to check your email for details. The Rawson Saunders campus will remain closed to all until further notice.
All schools nationwide (public and private) are developing contingency plans in the event of school closures due to the coronavirus. Please be assured that Rawson Saunders is fully prepared to implement comprehensive online instruction. PLEASE CLICK HERE for the March 12 email from Laura Steinbach outlining our Rawson Saunders COVID-19 Contingency Plan.
HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS
Our Director of Psychology, Dr. Jennifer Ayres, has written a very helpful blog on this subject with step-by-step instructions: Stay Calm & Carry On: Coping with Uncertainty, Panic, and Crisis.
Step One: We make space for and name our big feelings.
Step Two: We calm our bodies.
Step Three: After our bodies calm down, we calm our brains.
Step Four: We (adults) research what the scientists are telling us and implement their recommendations that are based on fact-based information.
Step Five: We validate that uncertainty is hard for all of us and bravely continue living our lives, despite our anxiety/fear/panic.
ADDITIONAL LINKS FOR HOW TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS AND HOW TO HELP THEM MANAGE THEIR ANXIETY:
- How We Can Help Kids Increase Their Sense of Control as the Coronavirus Approaches (Washington Post)
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (NPR)
- BrainPOP Coronaivirus Info for Kids (BrainPOP)
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus: Kids worry more when they're kept in the dark (Child Mind Institute)
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus: Keeping your own anxiety in check is key (New York Times)
- Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus (New York Times)
- Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus (Teaching Tolerance, part of the #UsvsHate Challenge)
- Explaining the News to Our Kids (Common Sense Media)
- How to talk to children about difficult news (American Psychological Association)
- Coronavirus, Wildfires, Oh My: What to Say to a Child Who's Scared By the News (Fatherly)
- How to Talk About Coronavirus with Kids (Understood)
- Visualizations of how social distancing works (Washington Post)
Rawson Saunders continues to closely monitor the situation globally and locally and will act in accordance with local, state, and national recommendations, laws, and protocols.
PRACTICE HEALTHY HABITS
Prevention remains the number one strategy for keeping our community healthy. Frequent hand-washing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, avoiding touching your face, avoiding people who are sick, and wiping down frequently used surfaces are proven methods of keeping our community healthy.
SELF-QUARANTINE IF ILL
Please follow the CDC's guidelines for the steps to take if you or a loved one becomes ill during this time of social distancing.
Before Spring Break, Rawson Saunders intensified our efforts to wipe down door handles, water-fountains, light switches, desks, sinks, soap dispensers, water coolers, coffee and tea carafes, refrigerator doors, desks, chairs, shared computers, work stations, remote controls, common play spaces, sports equipment, and more.
Events and gatherings may be adjusted to take place virtually or in another format, or canceled entirely. We are following local, state, and national recommendations regarding events and gatherings. All upcoming events have been put on hold at until further notice.
All upcoming school trips have been put on hold at until further notice.
Because of the rapidly changing situation, Rawson Saunders recommends that families do not go abroad in the upcoming weeks, including for spring break. We will continue to follow local, state, and national guidelines, and students and family members who have recently traveled may be asked to remain out of school for an extended period of time if they have recently traveled to or through any areas where COVID-19 is prevalent. Continue to check the CDC’s travel advisory website for up-to-date information.
If you do opt to travel in the upcoming weeks, particularly in areas with a Risk Level 2 or higher, you must inform Rawson Saunders about this travel. You or a family member may be advised to self-isolate or self-quarantine before your child may return to school. This is in the interest of protecting all members of our school community. This same protocol applies to our faculty and staff as well: In the event that a communicable disease poses a threat to the health and safety of our school community, necessary protective measures will be put into place and may include the mandated absence of ill students or employees until deemed no longer contagious by a medical doctor.
Rawson Saunders strives to provide a safe and healthy environment for all students and employees. In the event that a communicable disease poses a threat to the health and safety of our school community, necessary protective measures will be put into place and may include the mandated absence of ill students or employees until deemed no longer contagious by a medical doctor. Any and all protective measures will be at the discretion of our administration and board and will be specific to the needs and safety of our community. The school will act in accordance with local, state, and national recommendations, laws, and protocols. If an extended school closure becomes necessary, efforts will be made to continue instruction via online/digital means.
The school will not be liable for the suspension of services due to an emergency school closure as a result of a Force Majeure event including but not limited to a local, state, or national crisis, emergency health measures, or acts of nature that render the school facilities temporarily unusable. In the event of extended school closure as a result of any unforeseen emergency circumstances, efforts will be made to continue instruction via online/digital means and all enrollment contracts remain valid.
EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Nationally there are increasing reports of bias and harassment of students who are perceived to be from countries where coronavirus is prevalent. Rawson Saunders is an inclusive community and any sign of harassment, bullying, or exclusion due to a child’s national origin, recent travel, race, ethnicity, etc. will not be tolerated.