COVID-19: HEALTH ADVISORIES AND UPDATES
THERE ARE NO KNOWN CASES OF COVID-19 AT RIDGEFIELD ACADEMY.
This is an unprecedented time for all of us as we partner together to help fight the spread of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) across the globe. At RA, we take the health and safety of our families, faculty, and staff very seriously.
We have formed a COVID Task Force that meets regularly to discuss the latest recommendations from health professionals and government officials so that we can make the best decisions for our community. This group is currently making plans to accommodate a variety of scenarios that will allow for the continuity of learning to take place remotely for our students during the recommended time away from the classroom.
We thank our school community for your patience, understanding, and support as we continue to assess and respond to this situation. We have and will continue to take recommendations and advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as we make decisions regarding COVID-19 for our school community.
The CDC has currently established travel warnings for countries considered high risk. The United States is currently at a low risk.
Based on updated guidance from the CDC, we are expanding our school travel policy to require any student or immediate family member who has traveled to any of the restricted countries to self-quarantine for a 14-day period. This policy also applies to any faculty or staff member in our school. If you will be traveling to a country during break or in the near future that has a restricted travel warning, we request that you share your travel plans with Nurse Laura and self-quarantine upon your return to the US in accordance with recommendations from the CDC.
Any student or immediate family member, faculty, or staff should contact Nurse Laura and remain at home until receiving further instructions if they:
- are being evaluated for or believe they have coronavirus infection;
- recently visited an area restricted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the past 14 days (View the list of countries here.)
- have had "close contact" with someone who has been to a CDC restricted area in the past 14 days; or
- have had "close contact" with a person confirmed to have or being evaluated for coronavirus infection.
- being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a coronavirus case for a prolonged period of time. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a coronavirus case; or
- having direct contact with infectious secretions of a coronavirus case (e.g., being coughed on).
PRECAUTIONS RECOMMENDED BY THE CDC
Get a flu vaccine.
Avoid contact with sick people.
If you're sick, limit contact with others. Stay home (or keep your child home) for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to seek medical care or for other necessities. Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
If an outbreak of flu or other illness occurs, follow public health advice. If a child, faculty, or staff member is suspected of having COVID-19 and receives confirmation from a doctor, we will follow the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC and local health authorities when determining appropriate management of that situation.
Center for Disease Control
The State Department
The World Health Organization
How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus (Healthline)
Tips For Navigating School Closures (NY Times)
Connecticut Association of Independent Schools
David Suter, Associate Head of School and Director of Enrollment
Alison O’Callaghan, Head of Preschool and Lower School
Clinton Howarth, Head of Middle and Upper School
Basil Kolani, Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning
Laura Clark, RN, BS
Siobhan Powers, Director of Landmark Preschool – Westport
Kimberly Swabsin Director of Landmark Preschool Redding & Bedford
Larry Curry, Director of Facilities and Security
Stephanie Kowalski Director of Human Resources
Kara Morgan, Director of Marketing & Communications
Rachel Sondheimer, Board of Trustees Chair