COVID-19 and School Safety
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly contagious respiratory illness, and due to the severity of the illness, it has been declared a global pandemic. The elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system or history of respiratory issues are at a heightened risk. COVID-19 can occur in children, causing moderate-to-severe respiratory illness. Common symptoms include high fever, cough, and sometimes vomiting.
Beyond avoiding contact with anyone known to have the illness, wide-spread policies on ‘social distancing’ and ‘self-quarantine’ have been put into practice in affected areas to limit the spread of the virus.
The WDS Community
We received a directive on March 17th from Shannon L. Tahoe, Interim Commissioner of Education of New York, that pursuant to Executive Order 202.4, school districts, charter schools, and nonpublic schools are to close no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for a period of two weeks, ending April 1, 2020 as a result of the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) occurring in New York State. To be clear, there are no confirmed, active cases of COVID-19 within the Woodstock Day School community. We will continue to follow the New York State and Ulster County mandates for school closures
As a school, we have been actively discussing the best ways to support learning during a closure. A letter was sent to all WDS families indicating how to pick up materials and any needed items from the school. For our younger students, teachers are sending home materials, projects and books that can be used to interest and engage children in educational activities. Our middle and upper school students have the ability to work independently, and their teachers will be using a combination of Google classroom and frequent check-ins.
Advice to community members
- Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often with warm water and soap for 20 seconds.
- Stay connected, but avoid crowds: Limit and reduce non-essential social interactions. This does not mean you need to isolate yourself inside [unless you are sick].
- Avoid all non-essential travel.
Resources for community members
- Flatten The Curve, a consistently updated resource on the importance of social distancing. It also lists realistic ways to keep yourself and your community safe.
- Protecting Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak.
- A resource on Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus Outbreak.
- A running list of social and emotional resources for parents and students, being updated by WDS staff.