Dear Parish and Carruth Center Families,
As we continue to closely monitor the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to assure you that the safety of our school community is our top priority. As of March 8, 2020 at 7:15 P.M., there are 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Harris County according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). As such, our efforts to stay informed of the latest developments are heightened, and we will provide periodic updates and information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DSHS.
With spring break beginning March 13th, we know many families will be traveling and we want to provide you with the latest information from the CDC regarding travel to countries where there is widespread community transmission of COVID-19. While domestic travel is not a current concern, the CDC has identified four countries (China, Iran, South Korea, Italy) for which a Level 3 Travel Health Notice has been issued, and one country (Japan) for which a Level 2 Travel Health Notice has been issued. If you will be traveling to or through a country while a Level 2 or 3Travel Health Notice is in effect, we are asking that you stay home for 14 days after returning to the United States. We recommend that you visit the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date travel guidance.
All students, families, faculty and staff who travel to or through a country with a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice are asked to comply with the guidelines of the CDC. If there are no signs of illness at the completion of the 14-day monitoring period, the student, faculty or staff member may return to school. Parents are asked to contact the school upon return to the United States so that the 14-day monitoring period can be determined.
As a reminder, the CDC recommends the following everyday preventive actions to minimize the spread of respiratory viruses. The Parish School will do the following:
- Monitor students and staff for symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, etc. Students and staff who have a fever will be sent home and asked to remain home until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication
- Encourage parents/guardians to keep students home if they are sick. These absences will be excused.
- Teach students and staff effective handwashing
- Teach students not to share personal items or food
In addition, we will do the following:
- Disinfect frequently used objects such as door handles, desks/tables, and classroom manipulatives daily.
- Cancel all non-essential school trips (ie: field trips)
- Notify our school community if COVID-19 directly impacts any of our students, faculty, staff, or families.
Also, as the developments regarding COVID-19 unfold, students’ curiosity and anxieties may also rise. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has created a great tool, Talking to Children About COVID 19 (coronavirus)-A Parent Resource, to assist parents with this conversation.
While I hope the Coronavirus will not impact our school community, we are prepared to take the necessary steps should the need arise. Again, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our utmost priority. We will continue to monitor information from the CDC and DSHS and share updates as necessary.
Head of School