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Communications

Thank you for your continued support and understanding as COVID-19 unfolds. The La Jolla Country Day School campus is closed for all events, tours and visits until further notice. The health and safety of our students, families, faculty and staff are our highest priorities.

Fall 2020

List of 4 items.

  • July 17: Return to Campus, Governor Announcement

    Dear LJCDS community,

    We hope you are doing well. Yesterday, we announced effective procedures to bring students safely back to campus. Today at noon, Governor Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines for the physical reopening of school (for both public and private schools). 

    The announcement allows schools to physically reopen if the county has been off the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Given that San Diego County is currently on the monitoring list, LJCDS may not resume in-person learning unless the county is off the watch list 14 days before the start of school. 

    The first day of school will remain August 19, 2020. LJCDS will open online or on campus. While the physical return may be delayed, the start of school will not be delayed. 
     
    Additional Protocols
    The governor also announced the following protocols: 
    1. A classroom cohort must move to distance learning when there is a confirmed COVID-19 case within a cohort.
    2. The entire school must go remote when multiple cohorts have cases or if 5% of all teachers and students test positive for COVID-19.
    Our Commitment 
    The health and safety of our community are paramount. Our policies, procedures and protocols exceed the San Diego County Health Order and state guidelines. Therefore, we will be ready to reopen the campus when it’s possible.   

    The LJCDS team is committed to being agile, responsive and ready to adapt as circumstances and regulations evolve in our county or state. We will continue our efforts to enhance and share our policies on the reopening of campus, including protocols for hygiene, physical distancing, face covering, symptoms checking and testing. We will also hone our distance learning techniques and methods.  

    Return to Campus Webinar
    It was wonderful to have nearly 400 members of our community in attendance for our Return to Campus webinar yesterday. 

    While we were unable to answer all of the questions that were submitted, our team is diligently reviewing them to help inform our future communications. We will continue to update our Return to Campus website and communicate with families in the weeks ahead. 

    We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate the uncertainties. Please know that there are amazing educators who are waiting and eager to engage with your children remotely or in person. I can say with confidence that our educators will exceed your expectations. It is almost impossible to fall short when you love your students, their families, and deeply value the art and science of teaching and learning.
  • July 15: Return to Campus Commitment

    Dear parents/guardians, 
     
    The San Diego Unified School District recently announced that their 226 campuses will not open for the start of the 2020–2021 school year. We can only imagine how difficult this decision was for San Diego Unified.  
     
    The challenges and issues of a school district with more than 120,000 students and 13,000 teachers and staff are quite different than those of LJCDS. In their announcement, San Diego Unified stated, “The federal government must provide schools with the resources we need to reopen in a responsible manner.” LJCDS has the resources, expertise and commitment to maximize the safety, learning and well-being of our students. We are fortunate because of you and your support.
     
    The health and safety of our community remain our top priority. We are committed to on-campus learning while providing families with the option of distance learning for any reason. The current San Diego County of Health Order recognizes that schools, with the appropriate protocols, can safely reopen. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics acknowledges that on-campus learning is essential to the long-term well-being of our children.  
     
    We are making significant investments to our campus and protocols to provide the finest on-campus education while maximizing safety for our students, faculty and staff during this challenging time. If we discover that we cannot create a safe on-campus environment (augmented with hybrid and distance learning) for any reason, we are well equipped to immediately change course. As of now, we are 100% committed to reopening campus. 

    I invite you to join me this Thursday, July 16, at 11:30 a.m. on a Zoom webinar. I will answer frequently asked questions about the return to campus plan. Click here to register and submit your questions in advance. The webinar will be recorded for those who are unable to attend. 

    Thank you for your continued support in La Jolla Country Day School.
  • July 10: Return to Campus

    Dear LJCDS community,

    Thank you for your support and patience as the LJCDS team develops the Return to Campus plan. We are committed to delivering an exceptional on-campus experience that is safe for every student and member of our community, and we’re pleased to share the next steps in our plans. Below you will find details from each division. 


    We have created a website to house all the Return to Campus plans at www.ljcds.org/return-to-campus

    Please take some time to review the plans and digest the information. On Thursday, July 16, at 11:30 a.m., I will be hosting a webinar to answer questions about the return to campusClick here to register and submit your questions in advance. The webinar will be recorded for those who are unable to attend. 

    We will continue to keep you informed in the coming weeks ahead.
  • June 22: Campus Reopening Update

    Dear LJCDS community, 
     
    I hope this email finds you and your family safe and well. With the conclusion of the 2019–2020 academic year, our team has been actively working on our reopening plan for 2020–2021.
     
    La Jolla Country Day School is committed to reopening and resuming classes on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Our utmost priority is the health and well-being of all our community members. 
     
    Our plan exercises protocols that reduce the spread of COVID-19 while still allowing us to deliver exceptional educational and community experiences for all students. The following information provides a window into the active efforts and conversations occurring among members of our leadership team along with outside consultants. More details will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.  
     

    Guiding Principles

    • Maintain a commitment to LJCDS’s mission, promise and core values
    • Prioritize student, faculty, staff and community members’ health, safety and well-being
    • Prioritize in-person, face-to-face learning over an e-learning or hybrid model, whenever safe and feasible
    • Utilize and implement hygiene and physical distancing protocols
    • Develop and maintain proper channels of communication and feedback

    Four Pillars of Safety 

    1. Hygiene: Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting
    2. Distancing: Physical distancing, reducing the density of people by using outdoor and reconfigured indoor spaces
    3. Masks/Shields: The use of masks and face shields when appropriate
    4. Screening: Health screening survey, on-campus testing 

    Learning Environment

    • In-person classes, activities and events will occur in small groups.
    • We are designing cohorts, small groups of students, who will stay together with assigned teachers throughout the school day to minimize group mixing to limit viral transmission. (Cohorts of 10-12 students in ECC, 14-16 in Lower School, 16-19 in Middle and Upper School) 
    • Classes designed to utilize both indoor and outdoor spaces, with no more than 20-30 minutes indoors before students proceed to outdoor assigned classroom space
    • Seating/desks spaced at least 6 feet apart and facing forward when feasible
    • Foot traffic flow on campus designed with one-way routes when possible to maximize social distancing
    • Visual reminders, such as floor markings, floor mats, health and hygiene signage displayed around campus 
    • Alternative plans created for rainy days and heat waves if learning isn’t feasible outdoors
    • Shading available as well as desk and chairs for outdoor classes
    • A hybrid and online learning model available for students who are unable to attend classes in-person. An investment in additional technology that will support hybrid learning
    • Sample schedule of the school day available in July 

    Health, Hygiene and Screening

    • Face masks required when indoors or when physical distancing isn’t possible. We understand face coverings may be challenging for some students (especially younger students) to wear all day, and we are working on solutions to address this.
    • A staggered schedule in all three divisions may be implemented to support health checks, sanitizing and traffic patterns.
    • Health screening surveys will be administered to students, faculty and staff.
    • On-campus testing protocols for students, faculty and staff.
    • Temperature checks are required before coming onto campus each day.  
    • Increased frequency of daytime campus cleaning will be accomplished through the use of additional cleaning staff. UV sanitation and electrostatic sprayers (from Earthsafe Chemical Alternatives) will be added to cleaning protocols.
    • More than 200 touchless hand sanitizing stations are added around campus.  

    Extended Care

    We know several of our families rely on our Extended Care options. As our first priority is the health and safety of our community, this service will be modified. Morning drop off for Extended Care will start at 7:30 a.m. and after-school pick up will conclude at 4:30 p.m. to honor the cohort model. Students will remain in respective cohort classrooms. 

    Transportation

    LJCDS has secured more buses to ensure every route will continue as scheduled while adhering to physical distancing. Seating will be spaced at least 6 feet apart by blocking off every other seat, alternating on each side of the school bus. Students will be loaded back to front to reduce contact.

    Lunch

    Boxed lunches will be available and delivered to students in K–Grade 12. Parents/students may pre-order lunch in advance. SAGE Dining Services® remains committed to providing a variety of quality and healthy options that accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions. Students will be allowed to bring their own lunch to campus. We are working on ways to honor cohorts and observe social distancing while allowing students the ability to socialize with their peers. 

    Athletics

    Lower and Middle School students will participate in physical education outdoors and in the gym with other members of their cohorts. Our athletic department is currently forming its on-campus summer athletic workout plan following guidelines recently published by the state, county and CIF. The South Coast Middle School League and CIF have not determined how/if Middle School (SCMSL) and Upper School (CIF) athletics will return in the fall. CIF plans to provide more details on July 20. We will keep you informed as we learn more.

    General 

    • In phase one of reopening, the campus will likely be open to current students, faculty and staff. Parent/guardian and guest visits will be limited.
    • We will continue to utilize technology for larger gatherings, e.g., PA meetups, assemblies, parent education and other events. 

    While we are planning to reopen in August, we are also developing concurrent plans to respond quickly if there is another surge of the virus. This entails putting measures in place to best deliver our rich and meaningful instruction in any scenario. 

    As we work to solidify our plans, we know this note may catalyze many questions for you and your family. We appreciate your patience. More details will be communicated throughout July and August. We will provide another update in early July. You may find an archive of all COVID-19-related communications at www.ljcds.org/torreystogether

    As we move forward together, I want to thank you for your continued patience, support, commitment and trust in La Jolla Country Day School. While school procedures and protocols may look different in our new reality, I want to reassure you that the heart of this community remains, and our commitment to our mission is unwavering.

Spring 2020

List of 22 items.

  • May 22: COVID-19 Update: Safety Protocols

    Dear LJCDS community,
     
    We are immersed in a lengthy period of uncertainty. Regardless of the ambiguity before us, our compass remains fixed on developing an exceptional educational experience for our students that is mission-driven. La Jolla Country Day School prepares individuals for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility. 
     
    As David Nabarro from the World Health Organization shares, “The coronavirus is not going to go away, so we must learn to live with it.” Our note this week shares our ideas and evolving blueprint for our path forward.  
     
    Blueprint for Reopening
    I heard the term VUCA for the first time in 1988 while discussing U.S. national strategic planning. VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of general conditions and situations. It became the new normal in 1988. I suspect it will be called “new” forever.  
     
    Reopening our school is another VUCA situation. However, with a thorough and comprehensive plan developed by a diverse group of internal and external leaders, reopening can be done while advancing both the well-being and education of our students. In a rapidly changing world, our promise to serve our students and families with distinction remains. 
     
    The four pillars of preventing the spread of COVID-19 are hygiene measures, screening, physical distancing and masks. Each pillar of safety has flaws. However, when taken together and taken seriously, they prevent the spread of the virus. 
     
    Safety Protocols
    LJCDS has the resources and expertise to shape these pillars into actionable protocols for the well-being of our students and community. From experts around the nation, we are learning how the disease spreads, and from that knowledge, we are in the process of creating appropriate safety protocols.   
     
    1. Surface transmission: A way to catch COVID-19 is when you touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on. You may touch a countertop or doorknob that’s contaminated, and then touch your nose, mouth or eyes. Note: This week, the CDC stated that the coronavirus “does not spread easily” on surfaces or objects.
     
    The LJCDS operations team is working with KBS Cleaning Solutions to implement the best practices on facility cleaning. Surface transmission preventatives will include:
    • Using hand sanitizer when entering and exiting rooms/spaces on campus
    • Requiring masks on campus
    • Using UV lighting  
    • Spot cleaning continuously throughout the day
    • Cleaning in depth each evening 
    • Leveraging our extensive outdoor space
    • Limiting time indoors

    2. Droplets/aerosolized transmission: When an infected person sneezes, coughs, talks or breathes, droplets and aerosolized particles with the virus fly into the air. Anyone who is within the radius of the droplet or aerosolized cloud can breathe those droplets into their lungs. Researchers currently suspect that it takes 1,000 coronavirus particles to infect you. We can avoid hitting that threshold through appropriate distancing, ventilation, leveraging outdoor spaces and wearing masks. 
     
    The divisional leadership is aligning opportunities to create a distinguished, hybrid learning model. For on-campus learning, they are addressing how to minimize “commingling.”
    • Flexible scheduling of classes 
    • Efficient moving around campus 
    • Creating cohorts of students 
    • Creating cohorts of interdisciplinary teachers 
    • Identifying the use of indoor and outdoor space 
     
    Aerosolized particles carrying the coronavirus can remain in the air for a period of time in closed areas with little ventilation. It can dissipate rapidly in well-ventilated areas and outdoors. We are fortunate to have a 24-acre campus and are creating opportunities to do as much learning outside as possible because the current research suggests that the spread of the disease is limited outside. 
     
    We are collaborating with research universities and biotech companies on evaluating screening etiquettes and how best to screen individuals who visit campus: 
    • Checking temperatures 
    • Health questionnaires 
    • Virus testing

    Testing 
    To create a safe community, our goal is to understand where the virus is, and where it isn’t within our community. Therefore, it is the mild symptoms that are of utmost importance to identify in children attending school. The most impactful screening, therefore, may be testing for the virus. Testing will help minimize virus outbreaks and implement new interventions as needed, should we resume in-person activities this fall. We understand that all tests have limitations and may not be feasible. 
     
    Among the shortfalls of diagnostic testing are the possibility of false negatives (failing to detect a condition when it’s present) and false positives (detecting a condition when it’s absent). It’s easy to see why false negatives can be a problem—we lose the benefit of early intervention. But false positives can also cause harm, including unnecessary treatment. This is why positive screening tests are often followed up with a second, different test to confirm a diagnosis. We are working with local companies to learn more. 
     
    As therapeutics come onto the market, we will become more comfortable sending our children to campus. Many believe that we will be back to normal when a vaccine is approved. However, we are aware that uncertainty may remain even after a vaccine is found.   
     
    As the 2019–2020 academic year comes to a close, my goal is to continue to keep you informed about our fall 2020 plans. I wish you and your family a summer filled with peace and good health. If you have questions about these ideas, please let me know. We are in this together. 
  • May 8: COVID-19 Update, E-Learning Continuation and Task Force

    Dear La Jolla Country Day School families,

    “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” —Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 

    This week was Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers impact all of us. They deserve to be celebrated and appreciated every day. The LJCDS faculty have positioned us well. We were ahead of the curve in preparing our school closure in March to fulfill our responsibility to flatten the curve. Adjusting successfully to an e-learning model was the result of our faculty’s dedication to our students. 

    Continuation of E-Learning 
    While we are proud of the achievements of our distance learning programs, we are committed to reopening the campus. The calculus of reopening is complex. Nevertheless, we are well-positioned to develop processes and procedures to safely bring our community back together again in the fall. 

    With just a few weeks left of the academic year and given the time necessary to create new safety procedures, LJCDS will continue with e-learning for the remainder of the 2019–2020 year. The last day of school remains as scheduled on May 29.  

    I know this is deeply disappointing news for all of us. I, too, want nothing more than to see campus filled with the joy and energy of our community. The entire LJCDS team is committed to ensuring we finish the school year strong. In the coming weeks, each division will communicate updates on the reimagined end-of-year events and celebrations, including culminating projects, promotions and commencement.  
     
    The Masterminds of Our Task Force 
    The LJCDS leadership team recently conducted a Zoom meeting with our four COVID-19 advisors to discuss the issues and opportunities of reopening our campus. We invited 20 independent schools throughout San Diego to join us. The four panelists are LJCDS parents whose expertise spanned the areas of science, medicine, pandemics, safety and human well-being: 
    • Dr. Sandra I. Coufal P’16 ’23 has been the biomedical advisor for the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation since 2001 and has been a member of their Global Pandemic Response Team since 2009. She is the co-founder, director and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Tricida, Inc., and the co-founder and co-manager of Sibling Capital Ventures, LLC, a private venture capital firm investing in medicine, chemistry, technology and material sciences. 
    • Professor Roger Mills, M.D., P’20 was involved with the development of antiviral drugs for almost 20 years. He developed drugs for herpes viruses and HIV, including the first HAART triple therapy study. While at Gilead Sciences, he was the head of Tamiflu development for influenza. During that time he was involved with the national pandemic planning for the H5N1 virus at the CDC together with the DoD, FDA and NIAID. 
    • Bob Kain P’23 is the CEO and co-founder of LunaPBC. LunaPBC subsequently founded LunaDNA, a community-owned platform for health research. At Illumina for 15 years, Bob led the design and development of the modern, high throughput genome sequencer that brought the cost of human genome sequencing below  $1,000. He also was responsible for supporting Illumina’s growth from a startup to an organization with revenues exceeding $3bn. Bob is also a member of the LJCDS Board of Trustees.  
    • Dr. Josh Schimmer P’24 is a senior managing director on Evercore ISI’s biotech team, focusing on small, mid and select large-cap biotechnology companies. He was ranked no. 1 in Institutional Investor’s All America Research Team for SMID Biotech in 2018 and 2019. Dr. Schimmer received his medical degree and subspecialty training in internal medicine and rheumatology from the University of Toronto. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, his investigative research has been focused on pandemic issues.  
    • In addition, Mark Minasian P’24 has recently joined our task force to assist us in the design and implementation of updated cleaning and disinfection protocols for our campus. He is the CEO of KBS, the largest privately owned industrial cleaning company in North America. With over 75,000 active customer sites, his firm has been on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing sanitization and disinfection services to clients like Amazon, Target, Kroger and Microsoft.          

    Planning for Fall 2020 
    We have every intention to reopen the campus in August 2020. We have a diverse team preparing for several possible scenarios for the reopening of school. The team is working on all aspects of reopening: academics, community, wellness/medical, facilities and financials. 

    Within the past month, the leadership team at LJCDS has participated in hundreds of webinars and meetings on navigating the pandemic. Our collective research, along with the guidance and wisdom of a unique team of experts, is allowing our school to be in an enviable position to create safe and effective learning environments on campus.  
     
    We are currently in the phase of addressing overarching strategic questions to solidify the essential issues that will detail an operational plan. We have the expertise, community and leadership at all levels to design and implement a quality learning experience for our students. 

    As we shape a school for the future, we need to be driven by science and the well-being of our community while perceptively adjusting to the needs of our students, parents and teachers. 
     
    We have a remarkable community that allows us to support one another and share joyful experiences as well as struggles. Having this open bond with other Torreys is what creates our valuable relationships and gives us a more profound sense of belonging. Our community’s wisdom and insights provide us the ability to do amazing things for our children.  

    As always, please reach out to me or any other members of the leadership team with your questions, concerns, suggestions and encouragements.
  • April 24: COVID-19, Dr. Krahn’s Message

    Dear LJCDS community, 

     
    For everyone who is juggling work, home life and children, you are on my mind. I know the last several weeks have been challenging as you try to balance everything in quarantine—virtual meetings, emails, helping your child with schoolwork, parenting overall, bulk grocery shopping, cooking, financial challenges and caring for yourselves. We are thinking about you and your children. 
     
    I encourage you to adjust and adapt your routine for you and your family’s well-being. For your children, you have never been more important to them and their wellness.
     
    Harvard professor and author of In Search of Deeper Learning Jal Mehta recently gave an interview on Education Week. Jal’s final statement in the interview was, “This is a tough time for everyone. Do what works for you. If you need to work and have them watch Frozen 2 for the thousandth time, so be it. If it stresses you out to have a schedule, don’t have one. Ultimately, you want them to look back at this period and see it as a chance to spend some happy time with you and to do some learning that they could not have done in school.” 
     
    You started this school year with LJCDS by dropping off your child in a loving, caring environment with a challenging and supportive learning model. Albeit virtually, we are committed to providing the same loving environment that is student-centered, active and challenging. We will continue to surround your child with access to mentors and resources that give your child the best opportunity to achieve greatness today and in the future.   
     
    The reopening of school is a high priority after our commitment to the education and well-being of the community. The board of trustees, our trusted COVID-19 consultants and advisors, and the leadership team are working together to plan for the day when we can reopen the school. Some top-of-mind questions include: 
    • What are the stages/phases of our reopening? 
    • How should classes be arranged (e.g., hybrid schedule, outdoor classes, furniture)? 
    • Do we run a parallel online program for families who do not wish to send their children to campus? 
    • What is the protocol when a member of the community tests positive?  
    • Should visitors be allowed on campus? 
    • Should we take the temperature of each student every day on campus?  
    • If we’re required to close the school for periods of time, how best to do this?
    • What are the supplies we need on hand (e.g., masks, hand sanitizer stations, cleaning supplies, etc.)? 
     
    There are many questions before us. The most important question is, how do we serve our families and students with a safe and high-quality learning program today and in the future? Under the leadership of Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs Colleen O’Boyle, the academic team has created a school setting where families know that their children are being both educated and treasured.  
     
    As our journey continues, it is worth noting that LJCDS is enjoying one of the best enrollment outcomes in its history. Retention is at an unprecedented rate of nearly 95%. In many ways, we see the amazing work of our faculty realized in that retention figure. We have the privilege of welcoming some remarkable new students and their families into our community for 2020–2021. The admission team continues to work with prospective families virtually in the next phase of the admission season. Families whose children are not currently at LJCDS are learning about our school, faculty and programs, including our response to COVID-19. Thank you for your pride and support in the school.    
     
    We are living in an incredible time. I am thankful to be part of this extraordinary community. My door is always open. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions or comments. 
  • April 9: COVID-19 Update, Finances, Security, E-Learning

    Dear La Jolla Country Day School community,
     
    On behalf of the entire La Jolla Country Day School team, I want to thank you for your unwavering support during this challenging time. Our community is made up of faculty, staff, children and parents/guardians, all of whom are working to navigate this uncharted landscape. At the same time, we are role models to our children, demonstrating to them how to thrive during uncertain times. 
     
    National leaders in education are stating that for many institutions, online education will provide a viable option for continuing to teach students through COVID-19-related interruptions. I am writing with some updates that are top of mind for many families and our leadership team at La Jolla Country Day School.
     
    Financial Resources
    I want to assure you that we carefully manage our school’s financial resources. We are always looking for ways to reduce costs without impacting the student experience. During this difficult time, we strive to bring compassion and support to all members of our community. 
    • We have not furloughed any of our employees. We are paying bus drivers. We have helped our contract employees. However, contracted services such as Sage Dining, security, janitorial and others have been significantly reduced. 
    • We have increased costs associated with enhancing technology and the management of distance learning, as well as disinfecting the campus.
    • Faculty are getting nominal stipends for using their internet or wireless services.  
    • Most importantly, we are deferring and managing tuition payments from families who are experiencing genuine hardship to allow all students to continue their education at LJCDS this semester.
     
    Resources are continually being shifted to serve our families today and to prepare for possible health, security and creative educational opportunities in the near future. 
      
    Refund for Services
    LJCDS is working on a plan to provide educational credit for services not delivered during the 2019–2020 school year related to sports, outdoor education, global and national trips, extended day, transportation and other services. The Business Office will be working with families on a case-by-case basis to manage these educational credits that will roll into the 2020–2021 school year. The credits are expected to be posted by April 30, 2020. If you have questions about how this applies to you, please email Roxanne Walker, accounts receivable, at rwalker@ljcds.org. 

    Financial Hardship 
    La Jolla Country Day School is prepared to work with families on a case-by-case basis who find themselves in extraordinary financial circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We trust in the integrity of our community that those who are in genuine need will let us know. We trust that we will see this through as a community. We trust that things will get better. Please write to admission@ljcds.org with the subject line “COVID-19.” Director of Financial Assistance and Enrollment Management Brian Murphy will be coordinating the effort.
     
    La Jolla Country Day School is prepared to provide a comprehensive, online educational experience for our students for the 2019–2020 school year from April 6 through May 29, 2020. Even though the inquiries about reducing tuition have been low, it is an important question. Given the pace of change, the current level of uncertainty and that all indicators suggest that we are providing the finest distance learning program in San Diego, we do not anticipate that we will adjust our tuition. 
     
    Zoom Privacy and Security
    LJCDS has developed safety protocols and guidelines that will address concerns surrounding Zoom-bombing and to secure the virtual classroom better. These protocols include:

    • Enabling a waiting room so that teachers can check in students one by one. 
    • Requiring passwords for Zoom meetings
    • Educating the faculty on how to remove a participant 
    • Posting Zoom links privately in an email, calendar meeting invite or private document

    Zoom, as a company, is also addressing security concerns during this unprecedented time. 

    E-Learning 
    Your feedback is so valuable to us and will help the school enhance the e-learning experience for our students. Please provide feedback by clicking here

    The stories from this week bring me great joy. PE teachers Coach C, Coach K and Coach J did the “Tooty Ta” for their junior kindergartners. Middle Schoolers are beginning to create mixtapes with cover art in art class. Students in fifth-grade humanities are studying the poetic devices of Shel Silverstein’s poems through small breakout groups in Zoom before conducting a larger group discussion. Students in neuroscience are creating impressive websites for their reports on Drugs of Addiction (see one example). Upper School biology students are learning about epidemiology, and there’s no better time. 

    I am proud of our Student Council who are infusing joy to the Upper School community by instituting spirit week with PJ Monday and collegiate Thursday and even a quarantine bingo competition. This community is truly remarkable. 

    Each week, I join a videoconferencing call with heads of school throughout California. I have learned a great deal from these sessions. I have learned that not only do we have great teachers, but we also have great parents/guardians. Thank you again. 

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly or the leadership team at leadership@ljcds.org with questions, comments or concerns.
  • April 8: COVID-19 Virtual Counseling

    As students resume their course instruction remotely, LJCDS remains committed to supporting mental health and wellness during this unprecedented and challenging time. Both Michelle Hirschy (Upper School counselor) and Ashley Marlow (Lower and Middle School counselor) will be available to students, faculty and parents during school hours, Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. We will also host a virtual Coffee with the Counselors on Monday, April 13, at 9 a.m. Details below.

    We are available to provide resources and consultation regarding the social, emotional and behavioral functioning of students, including any issues related to the COVID-19 impact on your children or families. We are also available to schedule individual sessions with students. In line with our typical services and limitations, school counselors are not able to provide ongoing therapy services. Rather, short-term counseling support is available to address focal issues that impact school functioning. If it is determined that a community mental health provider is more appropriate given the identified needs of a student, referrals will be provided.

    Virtual Counseling
    While we intend to continue to provide support, it is important to note that there are differences between in-person and virtual counseling services. Sessions between a school counselor and student are considered confidential, with notable exceptions that involve safety concerns or legal reporting requirements. That said, virtual counseling is inherently less private due to the limitations of technology and space within each home. While LJCDS is committed to student privacy, it is important to acknowledge the challenges that can exist in a virtual platform. 

    For students to schedule a virtual meeting or chat session through Zoom with one of the school counselors, the following items should be addressed and/or adhered to:
    1. Access to counseling support will take place exclusively on Zoom using LJCDS’s platform and LJCDS assigned email addresses. 
    2. Acknowledgment that confidentiality will apply with exceptions that reflect safety and legal reporting requirements. However, electronically transmitted communications are inherently less private than in-person communications. 
    3. Students should use a secure internet connection rather than public/free Wi-Fi.
    4. Sessions will not be recorded without the permission of all involved parties.
    5. Students will need to be in a quiet, private space that is free of distractions (including cell phones or other devices) during the sessions. 
    6. An emergency contact (parent/guardian) and the physical location of the student will need to be identified in advance of the meeting in the event of a crisis situation.

    Counseling services will differ somewhat in each division due to the age and developmental level of students. If any parent of a student under the age of 18 does not want their child to speak with a school mental health professional utilizing a virtual format, please contact their respective counselor directly.  

    Virtual Coffee with the Counselors
    Please join the LJCDS wellness team, including our partner, Dr. Shapiro, on Monday, April 13, at 9 a.m. for a virtual Coffee with the Counselors on “Wellness During a Pandemic.” We will be sharing tips and strategies to cope during this challenging and unprecedented time. 

    We wish you all good health. We are in this together and happy to support you however we can!
     
  • April 3: Upper School E-Learning Update

    Dear Upper School Families,
     
    We hope this finds you all safe and healthy. I want to take a moment to acknowledge what for many of us is a stressful and unprecedented time. Surrounded by such uncertainty, I find comfort in the prospect of our LJCDS community preparing to gather again virtually. Faculty have been preparing an e-learning experience that will be rich, engaging, relevant, and effective. They are eager to see their students on Monday, and look forward to learning with them. Although they will meet remotely, the opportunity to gather again brings joy and sense of purpose to their lives.  Situations like these test us all and I am confident we will see the best in all the members of the LJCDS community.   
     
    This communication will provide important information about the structure and philosophy of our e-learning environment moving forward. Please take some time to read it thoroughly; consider reading it as a family, and allow it to provide order and structure in a time when we need it most. 
     
    GENERAL INFORMATION
     
    I plan to be available to students and parents via email and phone from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Outside of those hours I will still be accessible but my responses may not be as prompt. The number at which I can most easily be reached is (619) 535-7767.
     
    Dr. Clouser and Mr. Jenkins will also be available via email from 8:00 to 3:30 and will respond as quickly as possible.
     
    Faculty will be accessible to students from 8:30 to 3:30 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays similar to how they would normally be available on a school day. Students may request appointments to meet (virtually) with faculty during office hour blocks (explained below) or during faculty free-blocks with which students should be familiar. On Wednesdays faculty will still be reachable but responses may take as long as 24 hours.
     
    We acknowledge that, in terms of pace and content coverage, things will move more slowly in our virtual world. Our faculty is working very hard to adapt curriculum to maximize efficacy and efficiency while maintaining a rich, engaging, and exciting learning experience. We will continuously reflect, gather feedback, and adapt as we move forward together.
     
    La Jolla Institute for Immunology is hosting a webinar on COVID-19 on Monday, April 6 at 12 p.m. (PST). Infectious disease expert Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire will share updates on her research efforts and observations from the field. The webinar is free and open to the public. Click here to sign up.
     
    THE SCHEDULE
     
    Below you will see a copy of the e-learning schedule we will implement as of Monday, April 6. 
     
    Thank you for the feedback from our 3/17 e-learning practice day which included students, faculty, and parents in all three divisions. Subsequently the division heads collaborated as we developed our division versions and US department chairs and I went through this together.
     
    We will use the terms synchronous and asynchronous learning quite a bit as we move forward so I’d like to be certain we are on the same page. Synchronous learning/time is an opportunity for students and teachers to virtually interact with each other in real time. This can be done via Zoom, a discussion board, a shared Google Doc, etc. Asynchronous time is an opportunity for students to work independently or with peers. Expectations for those times will be clearly communicated by teachers.
     
    Here are some intentional features of the schedule:
    • The Middle School and Upper School schedules align in terms of academic blocks.
    • The rotation was simplified to promote routine and clarity.
    • Wednesdays are asynchronous days. Students can spend time away from screens while still working on assignments/projects, etc. pertaining to their classes. Faculty will have time to prepare, collaborate, and reflect in order to maintain the highest quality learning experience possible. We set the bar high during the first week and we want to be sure to give faculty the time to maintain and/or raise it. We will also use this time for various remote gatherings like division and department meetings. 
    • Middle School and Upper School asynchronous days align but Lower School will be asynchronous on Fridays (as per their constituent feedback).
    • The length of breaks between blocks was intentional in order to provide time for support as well as time away from screens between classes
    • The class length of 60 minutes was decided upon both due to feedback and in order to encourage balance between synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.
    • The *-OH blocks (OH is for Office Hours) were designed to ensure that all students and their instructors would be free at a specific time for interaction. They also align with MS milk breaks and some lower school breaks to allow families an opportunity to interact between classes. These might also be used, under special circumstances, to increase class time to take advantage of opportunities that might present themselves (speakers, virtual labs, etc.).
    • The class start time of 9:00 a.m. provides some time for families to get organized and potentially more sleep time for all.
    • Time for advisory and flex activities has been embedded in the schedule.
    • Lunch is one hour and intended to provide time for families to prepare and enjoy the meal together. It also provides a reasonable and reserved screen break for students and faculty between morning and afternoon classes.
     
    Here is a link to a breakdown of the different features of the schedule with some more detailed explanations.
     
    INDEPENDENT/ASYNCHRONOUS WORK
     
    When assigned, we will start by targeting an average of up to 1 additional hour (in addition to the 60 minute class period) of asynchronous work per class. This would mean students who have four classes on Monday, would have up to four hours of asynchronous work before Thursday (keeping in mind the Wednesday asynchronous day). We will be soliciting regular feedback and can certainly adjust as we move forward. So things will look like this:
     
      
    ATTENDANCE
     
    Attendance will be recorded for every synchronous class meeting. If your student will miss or be late for a class, parents should communicate with Mr. Dixon as they normally would. You can call the attendance number (858-453-3440 x300) or send him an email  (sdixon@ljcds.org).
     
    COMMUNICATION
               
    For each of the first two weeks of e-learning after the break, detailed information should be sent to students and their parents for each class. Beginning the week of April 20th, we will continue this practice of emailing students and parents with 9th graders but will only email students (not parents) in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
     
    GRADING
     
    At present our current letter grades/feedback system will remain in place for all divisions. We believe this is in the best interest of our students, particularly those in upper levels. We will have to make adjustments to our process, approach, and thinking and those adjustments will be clearly communicated by your teachers. Our college counseling team is tracking nationwide independent school choices around grading and we are currently aligned with the majority of like independent schools.
     
    Moving forward we will dedicate ourselves to providing the absolute best e-learning experience for our students and community. We know you understand there will be successes and challenges and that we will learn from both. We welcome your feedback as we continuously reflect on our progress and make adjustments as needed. The importance of our working together, showing patience and empathy, and taking care of each other and ourselves can not be overstated. As always we will make decisions based on what we believe is in the best interest of our students and community. I can say with confidence that from what I have witnessed so far, we will find our way through these times and emerge a stronger and closer community.
  • April 3: Middle School E-Learning Update

    Dear Middle School Families,
     
    I’ve been thinking about you.  More than any other time, I’ve seen emails wishing everyone good health and safety.  These are challenging times and a unique chapter in our lives. Yet, I hope that you’ve found moments of happiness with your children these past two weeks.  And, I hope that the LJCDS community’s return from Spring Break, albeit virtual, brings a sense of joyous anticipation.  
     
    Looking back, I think our first week of e-learning was quite successful.  Thank you again for all the feedback. The survey responses and emails were great.   Although we knew this before, the thoughtfulness of our community is tremendous and something worth applauding.
     
    Per the feedback received and in an effort to transition to an e-learning platform, we have made adjustment to our schedule: 
     
    Middle School E-Learning Schedule
    Features of the new e-learning Middle School schedule:
    • Simplified Monday to Friday schedule
    • Advisory check-ins each morning
    • Significant screen and play breaks for our kids (and faculty) during the day
    • Synchronized academic blocks with Upper School
    • Time for our teachers to continue to prepare high quality e-learning experiences
    • A late start to ease the morning
    • Family lunch time across all divisions
    • Redefined homework policy (see below)
    • Well defined office hours for kids to meet with teachers
    Grade Level Communication
    For those of you with older Middle School children, you have seen first hand how different 8th graders are from 5th graders, and, consequently, we have not made blanket decisions as a division, but decisions that we believe meet the academic maturity needs of each grade level. 
     
    5th Grade: Feedback indicated that the 5th Grade needed structured guidance, both on synchronous and asynchronous days.  Given that they are still in travel groups, we are able to provide daily plans.

    • Sample Daily 5th Grade E-Learning Plan 

    6th Grade: We feel confident in the adult guidance the 6th graders will be receiving between their morning advisory and their teachers on synchronous days. The 6th grade team will provide a “Family Guide” with asynchronous plans to help students and their families structure the asynchronous day. For additional guidance, the day will begin with a check-in with their advisors and end with faculty available for office hours. 

    • Sample 6th Grade "Family Guide"

    7th and 8th Grade:  The 7th and 8th grade students are much further along their journey towards becoming independent academically, but we think starting each day with a check-in with their advisor is age appropriate.  Teachers will continue to utilize email and the portal to manage their courses. For those families that would like more structure to the week and the asynchronous day, we have provided an optional planner that they can use to organize their day.

    • Optional asynchronous and weekly planners 

    Do we still have “Homework”?
    With this schedule design, 5th and 6th graders can be assigned up to 30 minutes of independent work from each class with the intention that this is completed on Wednesday during their independent learning. There will be no independent learning assignments over the weekend for 5th and 6th grade. So, their learning pattern will be:
    7th and 8th graders can be assigned up to 30 minutes of independent work per class for Wednesday and for the weekend.  

    Thus, no child should be working late into the evenings on any given day due to homework.  

    There are two exceptions:
    • Math will be allowed to assign more practice to help them stay on pace to meet the academic benchmarks for the year.
    • A student may want to spend more time on a written essay, although time will be given during the school day. This should be infrequent.
    COVID-19 Webinar
    La Jolla Institute for Immunology is hosting a webinar on COVID-19 on Monday, April 6 at 12 p.m. (PST). Infectious disease expert Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire will share updates on her research efforts and observations from the field. The webinar is free and open to the public. Click here to sign up. 
     
    Next Steps
    Students and parents will be receiving an email from their advisors with Zoom links for their Monday morning advisory.  They will go over the new schedule and the academic expectations moving forward. 
     
    With the e-learning plans in a healthy spot, our attention will begin to shift towards meeting the social needs of our middle schoolers.    As it was mentioned earlier, finding moments of happiness is important, and it is our hope to create those opportunities for our children.  
     
    Please, don’t hesitate to reach out if you are in need or if you just have the urge to say hello. 
     
  • April 3: Lower School E-Learning Update

    Dear Lower School Families,

    “Carve a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
     
    We are all experiencing our share of disappointments right now, and I want to honor the losses we are feeling. This is hard.
     
    I also want to honor a both/and mindset as a leader by celebrating the wide tunnel of hope I see ahead of us. This is hard and it is filled with joy and light because of the greatness that exists in all of us. I know we will continue to rise during these uncertain times and shine bright as a community. We are Torreys!
     
    When we return from our spring break on April 6, we will have an updated e-learning model for our Lower School based on the feedback that was provided from our practice day on March 17. Our e-learning model will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning and will include online and offline experiences. We will continue to have Zoom meetings in the morning and afternoon each day that will focus on relationships and well-being. We will also have a morning and afternoon Zoom instructional block for core academic content and skills.  Our rich and robust program will be reflected in the model by offering physical education lessons and two specialty classes each day. Below are links to key documents that provide an overview of the model for each grade level.

    • E-Learning Schedules 
    This spreadsheet provides a detailed look at the kindergarten through Grade 4 daily and weekly schedules for e-learning.

    • Sample E-Learning Weekly Plan 
    This is an example of an e-learning plan that will be emailed to every family on Sundays by 6 p.m. The e-learning plans will provide everything each student will need for their week of learning. The document is an active Google doc link and teachers will be updating it throughout the week based on learning that takes place each day. Families and students should check the document every morning.

    Our e-learning model is going to present opportunities and challenges as we navigate a different approach to teaching and learning in Lower School. It is going to require us to provide learners with structure and flexibility. We are going to need to be brave and vulnerable with and for each other. Most of all, we will have to make a lot of space for grace during this process as we all juggle personal and professional responsibilities at home.

    Please continue to provide us with feedback, the joys and struggles, so we can reflect and adjust our model accordingly. We will be hosting a Lower School Parent/Guardian Zoom Meeting tomorrow (Saturday, April 4) at 9:00am to answer any questions (Zoom Meeting LINK). I am also available by email phobbs@ljcds.org or by cell phone 919-824-4142 anytime.
     
    La Jolla Institute for Immunology is hosting a webinar on COVID-19 on Monday, April 6 at 12 p.m. (PST). Infectious disease expert Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire will share updates on her research efforts and observations from the field. The webinar is free and open to the public. Click here to sign up.

    Thank you for trusting us on this journey and encouraging our amazing faculty who are going above and beyond to position our children for success.
     
    Enjoy this special video message: We Miss You, Torreys!
  • April 2: COVID-19 Update, Return from Spring Break

    Dear La Jolla Country Day School community, 
     
    We think about you daily, and we hope you’re taking care of yourselves and your families. During such uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to nurture your relationships and stay connected. That’s what makes our LJCDS community so unique and extraordinary. 
     
    President Trump’s extension of the voluntary national shutdown until May 1 indicates that we should expect to continue distance learning for at least four weeks. In addition, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond’s office sent out a letter to fellow superintendents that stated, “Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing, it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.”
     
    As we prepare for our return from spring break, we are pleased to share with you an incredibly thoughtful and thorough plan that has been established by our division heads and leadership. Each division will provide a detailed e-learning plan and schedule via email on Friday, April 3.
     
    Over the last two weeks, our academic team:
    • Created a new school schedule, which incorporates a common lunchtime for ECC-Grade 12
    • Identified office hours for one-on-one meetings with students
    • Developed wellness and physical education plans 
    • Established expectations and netiquette guidelines 
     
     
    Our goal is to deliver e-learning at the very highest level to ensure that our students continue to learn and flourish. I would like to recognize the tireless leadership of Assistant Head of School Colleen O’Boyle, along with Lower School Head Payton Hobbs, Middle School Head Ryan Song and Upper School Head Tom Trocano. 
     
    For those families experiencing challenges with their Wi-Fi connectivity, here is a helpful resource
     
    By April 30, our goal is to share comprehensive communication concerning refunds for club sports, aftercare (extended day), afterschool programs, international trips, Learning Resource Center services, transportation and other support activities. We appreciate your patience during this period of unprecedented change.
     
    We want you to know that we are here for you and offer our unwavering optimism for the future. We’ll send our next update on Thursday, April 9. 

  • March 26: COVID-19 Update, FAQs

    Dear La Jolla Country Day School community, 

    Maya Angelou said, “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” When we are in the midst of trying times, it is so important to look outward for ways in which we can assist one another. Some of us thrive on information. Others simply want to stay distracted until the problems subside. Through this message, I hope to provide you with answers to frequently asked questions that are being generated by our community during this unusual time. 
     
    Frequently Asked Questions

    When will school reopen?

    The reopening of La Jolla Country Day School will be evaluated on a week-by-week basis. We continue to consult with local and national experts. When it is safe for students and faculty to return to campus, LJCDS will be ready to open campus as soon as possible. 

    Our decision to reopen will be based on advice from the medical community. There is still much to learn. The testing for COVID-19 is being rolled out throughout the country. This will be critical in providing information about the extent of the outbreak throughout the country and in San Diego in particular. That is the evidence that will help guide this decision. The safety and well-being of our students continue to be our uppermost concern.

    Can our children go outside?

    We have been given lots of advice on this. Yes, you can go outside. Though our lives will be very much curtailed over the coming weeks, fresh air is good. Run around, ride a bike, walk the dog, but remember to maintain a safe distance from others. You should limit your time outside due to the possibility of being around other people. Please do not allow or encourage get-togethers with other children beyond the virtual meet-ups. 

    If our child left something essential to their learning at school, can we come by to pick it up?

    Yes, please coordinate your visit with Mark Marcus, assistant head of school for operations, at mmarcus@ljcds.org.

    Will I receive a refund for enrichment and transportation?

    The information on possible refunds will be forthcoming regarding refunds for club sports, aftercare (extended day), afterschool programs, international trips, transportation and other support activities. We appreciate your patience during this period of unprecedented change.

    What will happen to all our culminating end-of-the-year events like promotion and commencement?

    Should we not return to school in May, our academic team is researching various platforms that can accommodate virtual event celebrations. More information will be forthcoming.

    May we reach out to teachers and staff with questions during spring break?

    Yes. Many of our administrators and our staff are available and delighted to connect with you, virtually. Please understand that during spring break, there may be a delay in our teachers’ responses. This is an opportunity for faculty to revitalize and restore themselves as we return to e-learning on April 6. We appreciate your patience.

    How will the school manage testing and finals?

    Our academic team is researching various platforms that can accommodate online testing. More information will be forthcoming. 

    Will there be a new schedule for remote learning?

    As a result of the feedback from our E-Learning Day on March 17, 2020, the academic team has developed a new schedule to offer a balance between synchronous and asynchronous learning. You will receive communication with our new schedules and learning expectations on Thursday, April 2, 2020. 

    The survey for E-Learning Practice Day is great but how will you collect feedback during long-term virtual learning?

    For as long as e-learning occurs, we will be soliciting weekly feedback from parents, students and faculty. Your feedback is very important to us and will help guide our e-learning plan.  


    Many people have myriad reactions to what we are experiencing as a nation and around the world. It is important that we support one another’s reactions in a way that is both compassionate and thoughtful.  

    Our next communication to families will be on Thursday, April 2, 2020, where families will receive the e-learning plan for after spring break. We will not be publishing a communication on Tuesday, March 31. I hope that you and your family find sources of joy over spring break. Thank you for the resilience, empathy and support you continue to demonstrate for our community.

  • March 24: COVID-19 Update, Spring Break

    Dear LJCDS community,

    Spring break is upon us. I hope you and your family are staying well. Despite the extraordinary changes around us, La Jolla Country Day School’s leadership and faculty remain committed to serving our community. To best position us, we have decided to honor the two-week break to allow our students and faculty the time to rest and recharge. The pandemic has required the entire community to invest a great deal of practical, mental and emotional energy to adapt to the circumstances unfolding around us rapidly. 
     
    Our academic leadership and faculty have been researching and designing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for remote learning that remains exciting, engaging and inspiring for our students. Students are adjusting to their new learning environment, alongside support from parents and guardians. While I have encouraged the faculty to take time to care for themselves and their loved ones, I believe that many are using the spring break to prepare further e-learning lessons. This is a testament to their deep care and love for our community of learners.  

    The reopening of LJCDS will be evaluated on a week-by-week basis. We will continue to consult with local and national experts. When it is safe for students and faculty to return to campus, LJCDS will be ready to open campus as soon as possible. 

    With the notable work of the LJCDS community, you can be assured our priority remains focused on teaching and developing your children, along with caring for their well-being. Students will be afforded the opportunity to grow and develop throughout the remainder of the year, wherever their learning environment resides. 

    Please enjoy the spring break resources below developed by the LJCDS team:

    On Thursday, I will be in touch with addressing frequently asked questions by parents. 

    I hope you and your family can tend to your wellness over the break. Let’s remind each other that this difficult time also offers greater opportunities for learning, kindness, compassion, generosity, and new trails to forge to make our world a better place.

  • March 22: LS Spring Break/E-Learning

    Dear Early Childhood Center and Lower School Families,
     
    Last week was filled with an abundance of joy despite the uncertain and challenging situation we are facing. Seeing the children’s smiles and hearing their giggles during Zoom meetings has been the highlight for all of us. 
     
    Our educators have embraced a growth-mindset and are learning new skills at a rapid pace. Our students are modeling adaptability and adjusting to their new digital classrooms with eagerness and excitement. Parents and guardians are assuming new roles as they support their children’s learning at home while juggling personal and professional responsibilities. Our community has truly exemplified what it means to lead with dignity and is inspiring greatness for a better world as we reimagine what teaching and learning will look like in the weeks ahead. I am proud to be a Torrey!
     
    I extend my gratitude for the grace, patience and encouragement all of you have provided our team as we experimented with different e-learning models this week. The feedback you have been providing is informing adjustments that will be made to ensure the possibility of a long-term e-learning plan is a positive and productive model. 
     
    We understand many of you have a desire for our educators to continue the interactive e-learning during the next two weeks. To position our teachers for success in the digital world for an unspecified period of time, we need to honor the spring break for rest and restoration.
     
    To help position you and your children for joy and success over the next two weeks, our hard-working educators have created additional Independent Learning Menus (ILMs) that provide enriching learning options your child can choose to explore.

    Here is a link to a Suggested Daily Schedule for kindergarten-Grade 4 students that you can use to guide your child’s learning over spring break. Please feel free to make a copy (file > make a copy) and adjust it to best align with your family’s needs. We would also suggest making a larger version of your daily schedule and placing it somewhere in the house that your child will see frequently. This will help provide some structure and predictability to their lives.
     
    I will be sharing a Morning Message via Zoom every day at 9 a.m. over spring break to keep us all connected. To join these morning Zoom meetings, please use the following link.
     
    If you are interested in finding any of the information that was previously shared, we have created a Google Drive Folder that will give you access to all the grade-level Independent Learning Menus (ILMs) from the week of March 16 and the detailed E-Learning Plans from Tuesday, March 17. We will be using this folder as the main platform for organizing all e-learning materials for our Early Childhood Center and Lower School.
     
    We hope you take the time these next two weeks to enjoy the slower pace with your family and all the blessings you have in your lives.
     
    "Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day." -Henri J.M. Nouwen
     
  • March 22: MS Spring Break/E-Learning

    Dear Middle School Team,
     
    For those of you who have LJCDS children in the Middle School, I encourage you to read this together as a family.
     
    To my recollection, this is my first letter to the entire Middle School community. I’m personally touched to be writing to the students, parents, guardians, faculty, and staff at once. As I alluded to in my last family letter and my presentation to the students and faculty, this is going to require a team effort. For those reasons, I believe we all need to hear the same words as we move forward.  

    This week, we jumped into new territory, fully immersing ourselves in an e-learning model. We expected hiccups, and there were some, but they were far and few between.  

    In between the technology tickets, I received a number of encouraging emails from students and parents sharing the week’s success. Teachers shared their victories too. We all need those nourishing morsels of encouragement. Thank you for taking the time to share. I also heard stories of teachers helping teachers, students helping students, and I was even copied on a few emails where students helped guide their teachers. That is the LJCDS community that we all know and love. We make each other better people and lend a hand when we recognize a need.

    I have also received feedback from families that we’ve been reviewing and considering in the planning stages for  post-spring break. We will be looking into how to manage the total screen time, encourage physical activity and social interaction, and streamline communication. 

    Faculty have also shared their feedback. Seeing and hearing the students brings joy to their day. All of our teachers are investing a great deal of time and energy, preparing resources and activities for their students.  Naturally, some students tend to overlook written directions, which is inhibiting them to access these resources fully. E-learning is a new model for us, and with that, a new level of independence is required of each student. Students, please take the time to read each email, watch each video, and check your course pages. These are new habits and skills that we will have to build. Parents and guardians, we’ll need your helpful nudge and voices of encouragement as well. We know that eventually, the habits will form. They are all habits we want instilled long term, so the investment is more than worthwhile as they will pay dividends for a lifetime. 

    The week leading into spring break is typically tough as faculty, staff and students are mentally exhausted, but this one was like no other.  As wonderful as e-learning has been, I know our students and faculty need a break. Please honor the break and refrain from reaching out to faculty during these next two weeks. Allow our faculty the time to refresh and reset, so they are equipped to end the year strong. Students, please rest and enjoy the break but also be mindful and find ways to help out at home and unplug occasionally; your family needs you. 
     
    As we head into spring break, we know that there may be circumstances that arise, which could result in hardship.

    • If the online learning model has created hardship for your family, please contact Director of Financial Assistance and Enrollment Management Brian Murphy (bmurphy@ljcds.org) or 858-453-3440 x104.
    • If you or your children are concerned about the well-being of another individual, we encourage you to use the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System. Users can submit an anonymous tip 24/7 through the websiteapp or by phone.
    • Additionally, our Middle School counselor will be available if you are in need. Please feel free to contact Ashley Marlow at amarlow@ljcds.org
    Team Middle, you are an amazing community!  You’ll be hearing from me again during the second week of the break with our plans to move forward.  Until then, I wish everyone well and extra rest.

  • March 22: US Spring Break/E-Learning

    Dear Upper School Families,

    As we head into spring break, I want to acknowledge the challenges we have all faced in recent weeks and months. I am grateful for the ways we have come together as a community to work toward the common goal of maintaining connections, providing valuable learning experiences, and supporting each other. It has been truly impressive and serves to reinforce the strength of the Torrey community. 

    Our Upper School faculty rose to the occasion last week by crafting and implementing remote lessons that were engaging and effective. Their time, effort, heart and soul were palpable. The vast majority of feedback from students and parents/guardians has been very positive. In addition to teaching, the faculty were encouraged to explore different tools and processes to help them shape the best virtual classroom experiences possible. Both faculty and students emphasized the importance and positive impact of seeing each other in our virtual learning realms. 

    We appreciate the requests that we’ve received for a continued virtual learning experience over spring break. However, we are intentionally protecting this time to allow our faculty the well-earned opportunity to rest, recover and seek inspiration for the weeks to follow. Please respect the need for that experience, and do not expect them to engage over the course of our break. It is also an important time for students to decompress, practice self-care and enjoy activities outside academics. Take advantage of the slower pace to be together as a family. 

    All of us are experiencing fear, anxiety, confusion and doubt. Specifically, I empathize with our class of 2020. Many of the memorable traditions and culminating events they have worked so hard to earn are now uncertain. Please know we will work hard to preserve as many opportunities to forge those lifelong memories as best we can. As we learn more, we will communicate information and decisions as quickly and clearly as possible.

    As we head into spring break, we know that there may be circumstances that arise, which could result in hardship.

    • If the online learning model has created hardship for your family, please contact Director of Financial Assistance and Enrollment Management Brian Murphy at bmurphy@ljcds.org or 858-453-3440 x104.
    • If you or your children are concerned about the well-being of another individual, we encourage you to use the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System. Users can submit an anonymous tip 24/7 through the websiteapp or by phone.
    • Additionally, our Upper School counselor will be available if you are in need. Please feel free to contact Michelle Hirschy at mhirschy@ljcds.org.

    I am grateful to all of you for the support you have shown to each other and the LJCDS community as a whole. Parents and students alike have adapted to rapid change, provided optimism and leadership, and helped us navigate this journey.

    I wish you all a healthy, safe and positive break. Your support and patience have been invaluable and energizing. Know that it is felt and appreciated. If you have ideas, suggestions, and/or feedback, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I am so proud to be part of this community and will do all I can to support all its members.

  • March 21: AP Testing for 2020 Update

    Hello LJCDS families,
     
    Among the many concerns we all have to deal with during this difficult time, students that are enrolled in AP courses have been left wondering what their options will be for the AP exams. Fortunately, the College Board came out today with what seems to be a solution so students can still take the exam if they wish. For the 2019-2020 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. The College Board has educator-led development committees currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. This means that the test will be “cut back” a bit from what it normally would cover during a “full-academic year". For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates you can choose from. All of the details have not been hashed out yet, but the specific test dates and the free-response question types will all be posted by April 3, on the College Board website. I will be sending out more information as I receive it, but in the meantime, to remain updated on AP tests for this year, please go to the College Board site section focused on this issue. Until then, stay safe and positive.
  • March 19: E-Learning Feedback Results & COVID-19 Updates

    Dear LJCDS community,

    I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and well. Even when we are physically apart, it is important to remember that the heart of a community is made up of the care, rapport and connection that we have for one another that transcends distance.  

    This week has been filled with an extraordinary amount of new information. With every update, the impact of COVID-19 on our nation grows exponentially. I feel for our nation. I will do my utmost to keep you updated on what LJCDS is doing to support our students’ academic continuity and address your concerns. 

    E-Learning Feedback
    After our E-Learning Practice Day on Tuesday, March 17, the process of adapting our lessons to remote learning is well underway. This transition is a significant adjustment for everyone. We are committed to providing this support for as long as it is needed. We will continue to leverage our expertise in the science of learning to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning. Your feedback is greatly valued.
     
    From the survey, here are some of the ways we plan to adjust. 
    • A balance of screen time vs. independent learning.
    • Being mindful of multiple users at home, e.g., students in various grades all on Zoom.
    • Assign projects, synchronous learning, that requires check-ins with teachers about progress on a daily basis. Ensure one-on-one connections between student and teacher.
    • Ensure all voices are heard on Zoom calls; incorporate protocols to provide for this. 
    • Communicate the next day’s lesson the night before so that students/families are prepared via the learning management site or email.  
    • Share spring break tips.
    • Click here to review a summary of the report

    Supporting Our Children 
    I want to remind you that children are often the most vulnerable in times of crisis. We suggest that you don’t rely on the news to give your child the information they are seeking. Clarify their confusion and give honest answers, but stick to the basic facts and follow up with the reassurance that their safety is most important to you. Your child will look to you not only for reassurance but also regarding how to deal with uncertainty. 
     
    Play, Inspire, Give Back
    Please remember to play (and laugh often). Play is every child’s natural form of communicating and processing events. 

    Allow yourself enough private time to process what you’re going through so that you have the resources to be there for them. Inspire them. Children need to rediscover a sense of personal empowerment and resilience when they feel things are out of their control. Help them direct their feelings constructively and consider what they can do to help others. 

    Having them write a card to a friend or teacher not only gives them something positive to focus on but sets the tone for giving back. Here are some other ways families can give back during this time
     
    Future of Campus Reopening
    Governor Newsom’s recent statement, “It is unlikely that many of these schools, few if any, will open before the summer break,” urged families with schoolchildren to make long-term plans. This conjecture was hard to fathom because so much is still unknown, as this pandemic continues to evolve at a rapid pace. We do not know when LJCDS will reopen. I do know, however, that we need to be prepared to finish the current year in this adapted model. 

    During these unsettling moments in time, we must remind ourselves that challenges are temporary and to:
    1. Remain focused on positive outcomes
    2. Model the behavior that inspires others
    3. Have faith in your community
    4. Encourage each other by sharing successes, even small ones. 

    Next week, we will share ideas to help keep everyone engaged and active over spring break. We promise to update you as we learn more about how we will shape classes and experiences after spring break. We are committed to serving you and your family.  

    Our students, families, faculty and staff are a great team. We hope these photos from e-learning bring you joy.
     
  • March 17: COVID-19 Update, E-Learning Feedback

    Dear LJCDS community,

    As COVID-19 continues to impact the world, I want to share that I am thinking of you and your families. I am keenly aware of the emotional impact on our students, faculty, staff and families, as you navigate the challenges and strains of this unprecedented time in our global history. 

    While we are honoring social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19, please remember that social distancing doesn’t mean isolation. Leaning on our communities and virtually staying in touch with family and friends are more important than ever. 

    I am grateful for the ways in which the Torrey community has supported one another during this difficult time. The kindness, generosity and displays of humanity have been inspiring. 

    I want to thank our faculty for their untiring efforts to create quality remote learning experiences for our students. Our entire community is adapting and making significant adjustments in the best interest of our children because it takes a village. The people in this community and their commitment to our promise of inspiring greatness for a better world will excel us forward.  

    While we have temporarily moved into a virtual space, please know the strength and impact of this community are beyond the four walls of the classroom or the gates that surround our campus. 

    E-Learning Practice Day and Feedback
    This week, we will reflect upon our E-Learning Practice Day to learn from our experience. We understand that students, faculty, staff and parents all have a lot to learn from each other as we navigate the K–12 remote learning territory. Please provide our school with feedback, so we can best serve you and your family.

    Current Status
    The health and safety of our students, families, faculty and staff are our highest priorities. At this time, we have not been notified of any student or faculty/staff member at LJCDS diagnosed with the virus. If we are notified, we will inform you and share only the person’s division to protect the anonymity of the individual.  

    Items to Note

    Emotional Support
    The school counselors are on standby and are available to support students and families. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Michelle Hirschy at mhirschy@ljcds.org or Ashley Marlow at amarlow@ljcds.org

    Resources From Our Wellness Team:

    Thank you for your notes, compassion, patience and understanding. As the situation continues to unfold, I will keep you posted throughout this week and during spring break. 

    Take good care of yourself and one another. 
  • March 12: Update: Coronavirus, No School On Campus; Learning Continues

    Dear LJCDS Community,

    Thank you for your continued support and understanding as COVID-19 unfolds. The La Jolla Country Day School risk management team has been meeting daily to discuss the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and rising concerns. After consultation with various medical and public health experts around the nation and the world, La Jolla Country Day School is taking proactive measures and no classes will be conducted on campus starting Monday, March 16. The campus will be closed, and parents, students and faculty will not be allowed on campus.

    Plans going forward:
    • Friday, March 13
      Last day of in-person classes

    • Monday, March 16
      E-Learning Professional Growth Day for Faculty and Staff (Faculty/staff are off-campus practicing and preparing remote learning plans at home; no school for students)

    • Tuesday, March 17
      E-Learning Practice Day (Remote learning for students; remote teaching for faculty)

    • Wednesday, March 18—Friday, March 20
      Off-campus learning will continue and teachers will send independent learning plans for your child
    We did not make this decision lightly. In difficult times, difficult decisions must be made. While there are currently no cases of the coronavirus in our school community and only a handful of cases have been identified in San Diego, we believe that it is in the best interest of our local, national and global community.

    In anticipation of the possibility of the virus spreading in San Diego in the upcoming weeks, La Jolla Country Day School has a responsibility to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We believe this is a critical moment in the outbreak when such proactive measures can potentially impact the spread of the disease.

    Preparations
    • Middle and Upper School are amending the school schedule tomorrow, Friday, March 13, to give students and teachers the opportunity to touch base. The Lower School will remain on the same schedule with dismissal at 2:30 p.m. and Extended Day is available.

    • On Friday, March 13, all students should clean out their lockers and bring home all their belongings, including books, laptops, musical instruments and athletic gear (and anything in the athletic lockers). Faculty and staff are also encouraged to pack all of their belongings. The operations team will be deep cleaning the campus.

    • E-Learning plans for each division will be shared tomorrow.
    Next Week’s Events
    • All in-person events, practices and games are canceled next week and over spring break.

    • The CIF San Diego-section commissioner, Jerry Schniepp, has recommended that all schools that close also cancel athletics during the closure.

    • Blue Bash Goes Virtual will occur as planned online from Friday, March 13–Monday, March 16.
    Communications Plan
    • LJCDS will communicate updates with families every Tuesday and Thursday over the next three weeks.
    • In the event that LJCDS closes after spring break, we will communicate with the community in the following ways:
      1. Email
      2. Text message (You must opt-in, text the word “Alert” to 22300)
      3. Voice call
      4. Website homepage pop-up
      5. Notification on school mobile app
      6. Our full set of communications is also available on www.ljcds.org/COVID-19.
    Supporting Each Other
    We understand that this decision will cause inconveniences and challenges for our families. I, along with my leadership team, ask that you support each other during this difficult time. Out of an abundance of caution, we want to encourage parents to ask their children to practice social distancing and to avoid gathering in large groups. Also, in the spirit of caring for our students’ well-being, the CDC has wonderful resources on Mental Health and Coping with COVID-19.

    Resources and Contacts Over Break
    The leadership team will be available to support families and answer questions over the next three weeks. Please contact leadership@ljcds.org. A member of the leadership team will be monitoring this inbox Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.

    We thank you for your understanding and partnership during this important time. We wish you and your family a healthy and safe spring break.
  • March 6: Coronavirus E-Learning Practice Day

    Dear Parents and Guardians, 
     
    The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the nation and new developments unfold, La Jolla Country Day School is preparing for the likelihood of a mandated school closure. 

    The school will be conducting an E-Learning Practice Day on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. No classes will be conducted on campus on that day. Students will not be allowed on campus from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. 

    By shifting our education to virtual learning for one day, we can better prepare how best to continue a quality LJCDS education in the event of a long-term closure. This simulation will be a learning opportunity for the entire community—students, parents, faculty and staff. Faculty and students will practice teaching and learning remotely while additionally giving the school the opportunity to deep clean the entire campus. 
     
    Early Childhood Center
    We will provide our Early Childhood Center families with suggestions for learning activities that children can explore on the practice day in lieu of online learning plans to honor the developmental needs of our three- and four-year-olds. 

    Lower School
    The Lower School is preparing kindergarten through Grade 4 learning plans that will include online activities as well as activities that can be completed offline. Students will have an opportunity to check in with their teachers through video conferencing and chat rooms.
     
    Middle School
    Middle School is preparing to adapt lessons to an online format that fully utilizes the learning management system built into the school’s portal. The faculty will also leverage the collaborative features of Google Drive.  
     
    Upper School
    The Upper School will use Blackboard to support and facilitate this experience. Classes may take the form of video conferencing, instructional videos, or independent reading and practice to name a few. All of these options will be supported through interactions with the teacher via email, discussion/chat rooms, or face-to-face interactions through video conferencing. 

    Each division will communicate their learning plans with families on Thursday, March 12, 2020. 

    Items to note on March 17: 
    • No students will be allowed on campus. No childcare will be provided.  
    • All after-school programs and athletic practices will be canceled. 
    • Only previously scheduled athletic games will occur. Questions about athletics should be directed to Jeff Hutzler at jhutzler@ljcds.org.  
    • No athletic game-related transportation will be provided. 

    If the online learning model creates challenges or hardship for your family, please contact Director of Financial Assistance and Enrollment Management Brian Murphy at bmurphy@ljcds.org or 858-453-3440 ext. 104. 
     
    We recognize the inconvenience that this may create for families. However, we believe this strategic decision is in the best interest of our students to align the people, processes and technology in the event that we need to close our school for an extended period of time. 
     
    We thank you for your partnership and your understanding.
  • March 5: Coronavirus Update

    Dear Parents and Guardians, 
     
    We are paying close attention to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and the leadership team is conferring daily about the extent to which developments may necessitate changes in school activities. 
     
    Because of the fluidity and expertise required during the outbreak of diseases and viruses, we are continuously monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for guidance, and we will be in touch with state and local health departments as needed. 
    Given the uncertainty and unpredictability of the spread and impact of COVID-19, concern is certainly understandable. We can, however, turn that concern into actions to help our community stay healthy. 
     
    Cleaning and Hygiene 
    • The janitorial staff has increased the cleaning and disinfection of all classrooms and common spaces with extra detail to all high-touch surfaces. Door handles, hard surfaces, keyboards, etc., are getting extra attention every night.
    • The school is also using Protexus, a handheld electrostatic sprayer to disinfect classrooms, the theater, gym, locker rooms, lobbies, libraries and other high-trafficked areas.
    • Extra cleaning supplies, including hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes, are readily available for classrooms and offices. As the stock of supplies goes into backorder, LJCDS has a partnership with Sandstrand Services, our janitorial contractor, who has access to disinfectants that may be back-ordered for the public.
    • We will be adding more touchless hand sanitizers in high-trafficked areas.
    • SAGE, our dining services, has taken proactive measures as well: 
      1. Conducting a Serve Safe discussion every day during the pre-shift meeting, along with a team wellness check
      2. Cleaning and sanitizing the entire buffet, shelves and decor items twice a day after the morning break and lunch
      3. Changing out all publicly handled serving utensils every 15 minutes
      4. Encouraging students to use the provided hand sanitizer before entering the servery
      5. Reintroducing the Take 5 training (instructional videos) about proper procedures for handwashing and glove use, etc.
     
    Illness Protocol 
    • We strongly encourage all employees to stay home if they are not feeling well. Substitutes and alternate plans will be provided.
    • Please keep your child at home if they are sick to help prevent transmission to others. If a student comes to school sick, they will be sent home.
    • Faculty members will provide flexibility to support students who miss classwork, tests or quizzes. Students should not be worried about missing class due to illness.

    School-Hosted Spring Break Trips 
    • LJCDS is canceling all international school trips over spring break because travel advisories and travel restrictions are changing daily. We do not want to risk a situation in which students are unable to return to the United States on schedule. For our families affected by the cancellation of the Croatia and Morocco global education programs, or any other families with questions related to our international travel, please contact Dan Wagner at dwagner@ljcds.org or 858-453-3440 ext. 322.
    • The seventh-grade trip to Los Angeles on March 10 is canceled. (The trip to the Islamic Center of San Diego on March 9 is still scheduled.)
    • Other domestic trips will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
    • During the next few weeks, we will be working with our travel agencies to minimize the financial impact of our decision. Please know that we are committed to refunding the total program cost each family has paid, and we thank you in advance for your assistance and patience as we work to sort out the details over the coming weeks.

    Other Travel
    For those families who might be traveling over spring break, we encourage you to follow the guidelines outlined by the CDC

    Future Learning Preparation
    The Lower School, Middle School and Upper School faculty and administrators conduct ongoing conversations to discuss remote learning plans to prepare for the possibility of online teaching.
     
  • February 26: A Message from the Head of School

    Dear LJCDS Community,

    Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave a press conference updating the American public on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The CDC shared that the coronavirus is extremely likely to spread in communities across the U.S. The idea of a widespread virus is justifiably alarming. We wanted to take this opportunity to share some information that may be helpful as you consider your next steps.

    First, the United States is not currently facing a coronavirus pandemic. A pandemic occurs when a disease is spreading diffusely across a large region (or multiple regions).

    The CDC’s principal deputy director, Anne Schuchat, M.D., stated that the COVID-19 is very transmissible. Our ability to limit the spread of the virus may not hold for the long term. She has also noted that the virus is not as severe as the CDC first feared. What we see regarding severe cases are primarily in the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions and those that are immunocompromised. The incubation period for the COVID-19 virus can appear in as few as two days and as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms of the COVID-19 are similar to a cold or the flu and may include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Upon further investigation, the disease may also include diarrhea and vomiting one to two days prior to the development of fever and shortness of breath. The CDC is still learning about the virus. Dr. Schuchat’s interview is at the 3-minute mark in this video.

    We know that some of you will be thinking about N95 masks or similar face coverage. It is important to understand that these are not a particularly effective strategy for protecting individuals from contracting the coronavirus. If you plan to use a mask for protection or prevention, note that masks would have to be worn almost 24 hours/day to avoid any possible contact. Instead, follow general health and wellness best practices, with a particular focus on thorough hand washing. You can find the CDC page on Coronavirus Prevention & Treatment strategies here.

    Other questions may be answered on the World Health Organization’s “Myth Busters” page on the coronavirus.

    We continue to act with vigilance and diligence in promoting overall preventative health hygiene within our schools, including:
    • Increased daily cleaning by staff and janitorial staff, with special attention to “high-touch” surfaces
    • Increased attention to and instruction on healthy hygiene practices for our students (e.g., proper hand-washing and proper coverage of coughs and sneezes)
     
    As always, we ask for your partnership in keeping your child home if you observe the following symptoms of a contagious illness:
    • Fever of 100 degrees or more (Children must be free of fever for at least 24 hours, unassisted by fever-reducing medication before returning to school)
    • Heavy green discharge from the eyes or nose
    • Deep cough
    • Vomiting (Children must be kept home for 24 hours after vomiting)
    • Diarrhea
    • Rash or other open sores

    We will continue to monitor the public health agencies for updated information to help protect your children and our community. We are a responsive and supportive community, and we need to take care of ourselves and each other during this time of heightened concern.
  • January 24: Influenza/Coronavirus

    Dear LJCDS Community,

    It is flu season, and there have been cases of flu reported at LJCDS. Because the influenza virus, or flu, is easily spread from person to person, we are asking for your assistance to help reduce the spread on campus.

    Seasonal flu is transmitted by droplets, which spread when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person may contract flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and touching their own mouth, eye or possibly their nose.

    People can spread the flu virus before the onset of symptoms, as well as when they are sick. The incubation period is usually one day before the onset of symptoms and up to five to seven days after symptoms begin. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get vaccinated. It is not too late for this flu season. It is recommended that everyone in your family who is 6 months or older get the flu vaccine. The vaccine is available at your physician’s office, community health centers and retail pharmacies.

    Here is what you can do to help:
    • Teach your children to wash their hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Hands should be washed often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Adults can set a good example by doing this also.
    • Teach your children to cover their coughs with either the crook of their elbow or a tissue and to avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. If tissues are not available, coughs and sneezes can be covered with the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of hands.
    • Know the signs and symptoms of flu. Symptoms of the flu virus may include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
    • Keep sick children at home until the fever is gone for 24 hours without fever-reducing drugs. By keeping children home when they have a fever, we can reduce the number of new people who may get infected.
    • Do not send children to school if they are sick. Children who are sick while at school will be sent home.

    The other virus in the news is the coronavirus that started in Wuhan, China. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak. Many cities in China have been quarantined. The CDC is recommending that people should avoid nonessential travel to Wuhan, China.

    If any students (or their parent/guardian) have been to Wuhan, China, or come in contact with someone who was there recently and has exhibited fever and respiratory illness, the parent/guardian should notify the attendance office and me.

    Symptoms of the coronavirus include headaches, a runny nose, fever, sore throat and cough. Human coronaviruses can result in lower-respiratory tract illnesses such as pneumonia or bronchitis, according to the CDC. The same precautions for the flu should also be used for coronavirus.

    There are currently no vaccines or specific treatments available to protect you against human coronavirus infection. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own. Please use the above precautions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The following are suggestions for treating the symptoms of the coronavirus: 
    • take pain and fever medications (Caution: do not give aspirin to children)
    • use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough
     
    If you are concerned about your symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. For more information, visit the CDC: coronavirus and influenza virus.

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