School Updates re COVID-19
MSD is committed to balancing the need to provide a safe school environment with students' developmental needs to socialize and inspire a love of learning. Based on families choice, we have students on campus learning as well as students at home learning. This page is a resource for current families and prospective families to better understand our procedures during the pandemic. The administrative team is happy to field any questions you may have.
As a staff of around 30, we represent a small percentage of the MSD community, so parents, we need your help! Because we are such a close-knit community, we cannot do it without your support. To that end, we are asking MSD Families to commit to the following actions so we are all working as a team to keep each other healthy. We have the great fortune of being a responsive, dedicated, and caring community of families and teachers. By following these precautions together, we can decrease the chance of possible transmission.
In Public Spaces, including work, all members of my household commit to the following:
- Increased social distancing
- Minimizing close contact conversations to less than 10-15 minutes
- Face coverings worn when social distancing measures not available
- Monitoring for symptoms
- Hand sanitation after contact with high touch surfaces
- Hand washing during or after public activities
At home, all members of my household commit to the following:
- Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19
- Teach and model proper hand washing techniques to your child
- Teach and model proper wearing of face coverings to your child (to prepare Early Childhood and Elementary students to wear their face coverings on campus)
- Promote awareness and help your child identify when hand washing might be necessary
- Reporting to school when there is a confirmed case in our family
We appreciate your family's support in this way.
There are some great resources on how to talk to children and how to reduce their anxiety levels, but please be mindful that for our younger students these conversations may not be appropriate unless they specifically ask. Included among these resources are the following:
- Talking with children about children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)
- How to Support Children (and Yourself) During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Center on the Developing Child- Harvard University)
- How to talk to your kids about COVID-19 (Mayo Clinic)