The obvious concern of the day is the spread of the Coronavirus around the world. Members of our leadership have been researching information about the Coronavirus, what are the recommendations from places like the CDC and Virginia Department of Health. We’ve also discussed as a Leadership Team how this could uniquely effect our school and what we should do to prepare for it. Please read through this entire document carefully.
While not submitting to a mode of panic, we are concerned about our students, their families, our faculty, and the broader community. We welcome any questions you may have and are grateful to those of you who have communicated with us so far. Please join us in praying for our school and communities as we seek to love our neighbors through this challenging time.
Let’s cut to the chase. Will the school close down for a few weeks?
- The short answer: YES
- We are willing to shut down for a temporary quarantine should the need arise. There are a number of things that factor into that decision. This is a situation that we are constantly monitoring. Rather than fretting over if/when we would temporarily shutdown, we need to discuss being prepared for such an event.
How long would the temporary shutdown last?
- We are seeing that most schools that have a temporary shutdown are for 14 days.
Will we continue education during the temporary shutdown?
- The short answer: YES
- In as many ways as possible, we are making plans to facilitate continued learning at home should we go on a temporary shutdown. While it will not be possible to continue everything exactly how it would have been done had we had school, teachers will provide work for students to do while they are home to keep their minds sharp and active towards their subjects.
- Teachers will be working on specific plans during InService this coming Monday.
How much notice would we have?
- This is unknown, but we need to be prepared for a very short notice. Should we choose to temporarily shutdown, unless conditions prevent us, we would open up the school the next day for a few hours to allow families and staff to drop by to get their books and supplies.
What can we do to be prepared for a temporary shutdown?
- Plan ahead for childcare for your child should we have to shut down.
- Make sure you have some general school supplies at home for continued learning.
- Have a few books from the library ready.
Would a temporary shutdown change the end of the school year?
- At this point, no. Our plan is to end as our Academic Calendar states on May 22nd.
- We will make every effort to keep to this plan.
Are we canceling field trips/special events?
- The short answer: NO
- At this point, special trips including the 9th - 12th grade Sight & Sound field trip, the 3rd - 6th grade SeaQuest field trip, Math Olympics, and even the Senior Trip are not canceled. These are situations that we are monitoring and will make decisions on a case by case basis. If school is shut down for a quarantine, all trips and extra-curricular activities will be suspended as well.
How can we stay updated on RCS info regarding the Coronavirus?
- We have just setup a new Update Center on ridgeviewchristian.com. At the top navigation you will find the tab for the new Update Center. There you will find:
- A compilation of all communications sent out regarding the Coronavirus
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Quicklinks to more information about COVID-19
When should we notify the school?
- Please notify the school when someone in your household:
- Has been exposed to someone who has a presumptively confirmed case of COVID-19
- Has been exposed to someone who has recent traveled to or through a “hot zone” area
What are some things we can do to prevent the spread?
- Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Wash for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
- As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
- Cover your mouth and nose when with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
- We will continue to be vigilant about sending students home who have a fever or who have vomited. Students must not be returned to school until they are fever or vomit free without medicine for 24 hours.
- Out of an abundance of caution, students with a persistent cough will be asked to remain out of school until symptoms subside. This policy will be in effect for the remainder of this year.