In this article, Dr. K notes strategies to consider while talking to your child during this time of distance learning and social distancing. Important takeaways include how your child might respond to these changes, and ways to see the glass half full. Click "Read More" for details.
Coronavirus Response & Resources
Remote Learning is underway. Continue to check your email for communications from teachers.
Have a question? Call us between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. At this time, there is no physical access to campus.
Several weeks ago, Laurence School started creating contingency plans for responding to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. We have created this area on our website to provide updated information about our plans to the entire community, as well as helpful links to learning resources for you and your family.
The health and safety of your family is and always will be our highest priority. We have been in constant contact with medical professionals, infectious disease experts, and emergency room first responders. Additionally, our task force includes several doctors and medical professionals from the Laurence community. Please keep this page bookmarked and available, as it will be updated regularly with new information. We will also continue to provide our community with updates via email.
We have established division and grade-level appropriate expectations for how we implement remote, online learning in order to maximize the connections of students and teachers. We have created a website page to provide you and your family with the online resources you will need for remote learning, including training videos.
Please keep an eye out for specific information from your child's division director and teachers about specific learning plans.
We hope that you are doing well and staying healthy. As we work to keep everyone in our community safe, we are also doing our best to keep Laurence functioning as normally as possible, to ensure that student learning continues to be supported by smooth business operations. During this time, please know that you can leave a voicemail or email anyone in our office and our administrators, just as you normally would. Read on for important links.
I hope that all of you are staying healthy and safe this weekend amid the concerns of the Coronavirus pandemic. These are extraordinary times, and I am grateful to be a part of our strong and supportive Laurence community as we navigate these uncharted waters together. As you know, our administration, faculty and tech team have been hard at work readying for remote learning beginning this Tuesday, March 17th. We understand the pressures that this puts on parents as children stay home, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for partnering with us as we embark on this process.
In the meantime, I have been hearing from many of you with questions about how to handle this time at home and social distancing. I would like to share a few key points with you today:
Thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate this unprecedented situation. In consultation with the school's safety task force, the Administration, and the Board of Trustees, we have decided to temporarily transition from in-person learning and to activate our distance learning protocol which has been developed by our faculty and staff over the past several weeks. The school will operate in this manner until the start of spring break (through March 26th).
Spring Break Travel
- You will need to make decisions for your own family about spring break travel. For international trips, please refer to the list of foreign travel advisories published by the CDC.
- As we have previously advised, any travelers from countries where there is a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice (including any country that is added to the CDC's list) will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days after their return, as well as provide the school with medical clearance before resuming full participation.
- Please inform the front office or your division directors if any member of your family is traveling internationally, during spring break or otherwise.
Parent-teacher conferences and spring camp have been cancelled.
We want to remind you that the purpose of moving to online learning is to practice social distancing. We suggest that families give serious consideration to not holding group playdates or other group activities.
Plan for Return to School
We are actively working on a comprehensive plan to transition back to in-person instruction. We will be using this time to develop comprehensive necessary safeguards to manage the risk and protect our children and our community. Please be assured that we will return to campus as soon as it is practical under the circumstances.
- Parent Portal
- Faculty/Staff Directory
- Resources for Spending Time at Home
- CDC: Steps to Prevent Illness
- CDC: What To Do If You Are Sick
- CDC: Travel Information & Warnings
- The CDC and WHO have dedicated pages with information virus.
- The WHO's mythbusters page addressing common myths and misperceptions.