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.
Read more about MSD families' remote learning experiences last spring (due to COVID-19):
"I just wanted to thank you again for all the work and labor of love you put into the virtual classroom!!! It is phenomenal and [my son] loves it! To be completely honest, we are very protective of our kids’ screen time and have kind of sheltered them. When COVID hit I spent countless hours (literally dozens and dozens) scouring the net for age appropriate things that well, were quality. And they were hard to find or I was very picky or bad at google search or something...Your virtual classroom is a wonder to behold! Every single thing you have in there has a purpose, actually teaches the kids something while drawing them in (kind of like the real classroom!) and doesn’t just suck them in leaving them dry like most everything else. And it’s fun! I just cannot thank you enough for bringing so many beautiful, rich, thoughtful resources for our children in one place where they can spend true quality time; and which we can reinforce and expand at home." - current Upper Elementary parent, Irene Whitt
"I just wanted to write to express my appreciation for how effectively the MSD team managed to pivot to distance learning these past couple of months. Part of what has always impressed me about the teaching at MSD is the way in which it provides for the powerful emotional and sensory needs of every child. Part of what has always made me so happy about watching my children at MSD is watching them acquire a love of exploration and interaction with their peers. When the lockdown began, I wondered how on earth it would be possible to continue to provide for these same emotional and sensory needs. While distance learning can never fully replace what the classroom can offer, what the teachers have managed to offer online these past couple of months has been extraordinary." -now Alum Parent, R. Neta
"I just wanted to express our sincere thanks for everything that you've done to create a remote learning experience that was engaging and fun. Each assignment was meaningful and the students were able to maintain their academic progress without experiencing unnecessary stress. The end of the year projects and activities were especially thoughtful and memorable." - Current Elementary Parent
"We just wanted to thank you for putting an incredible effort into the last part of this year, under difficult and unexpected circumstances." -Current Parents, M. and P. McElwee
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)
- Psychological First Aid (PFA) framework, developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: “Listen, Protect, Connect—Model & Teach,”
- “Helping Kids During Crisis,” from the American School Counselor Association,
- “Scared Kids, How to Deal with Fear,” from The Child Mind Institute.