Fulton School News

Parent Communication, COVID-19, March 5
Mar 5, 2020, 1:37 PM
 
Dear TFS Parents, 
 
Everyone is talking about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and we are too.  The Fulton School is monitoring publications and recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Association of Independent Schools, and local public health officials.  We will follow all local health regulations and recommendations, should the virus show up in St. Louis.  Here is a brief video about the virus from the World Health Organization, and I have attached below an infographic from the WHO on the prevention of the virus.  If you haven't seen it yourself, the CDC has a very helpful website with resources to educate us all.
 
As I write this email, there are no verified cases in St. Louis, but the CDC believes it will soon be widespread. Our understanding is that the virus spreads similarly to the flu or common cold. We continually highlight active handwashing and coughing into elbows all winter, and will continue to do so. We reiterate our health policy requiring that students and teachers with fevers do not return to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours. Our cleaning company has doubled down on tables, counter tops, toilets, faucets, and phones. All that said, the Coronavirus appears less deadly than the flu we fight each winter. Those who have been most severely affected have been the elderly and those with underlying health issues. The majority of people who contract the virus recover completely and many hardly notice they have it.
 
If we end up closing school at length, we will create online opportunities at every age to finish the year. The circumstances and timing will determine the rest of the details.  If other recommendations emerge as the situation evolves, we will communicate those to you and implement them as appropriate for our community.
 
Please don't hesitate to email me, call me, or stop in my office if you have any questions at all.  My door is always open (figuratively)!
 
Sincerely,
 
Kara Douglass
Head of School
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