COVID-19 Info

information about park’s continued preparedness, action, and response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Park School is monitoring the latest news regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) with great interest and concern. Our ongoing focus is on maintaining the health and wellness of all of the members of our community. This page serves as a reference point for general health-related precautions and resources; relevant measures taken at school, including programming and schedule changes; and educational resources in the event that we are unable to proceed with our regular school schedule.  

Should you have any questions or comments for the school regarding our response to the spread of COVID-19, please do not hesitate to reach out. There is a vast amount of information to process and to incorporate into our lives. We understand that the issues at hand introduce a great number of challenges — and significant stressors — that require the support of our caring community. We seek to help in any way we can to ensure that our children stay healthy and thrive.

The best way to reach us is via email: covidresponseteam@parkschool.net.  

Dan Paradis, Head of School


Updates:

Distance Learning programming begins Monday, March 30. Watch for communications from principals, advisors, and homeroom teachers.

Park’s buildings are closed, but campus is open until further notice. Any visitors to the Park campus need to know:
• Playgrounds are closed
Please do not touch playground equipment or allow children to touch playground equipment. 
 Social distancing guidelines should be adhered to
Stay apart from people, six feet or more. If you encounter others, say your hellos from a distance. 
• Gatherings are prohibited.
Please do not participate in gatherings — either planned or impromptu. 
• Lacrosse, soccer, basketball, field hockey, baseball, etc. are prohibited
Outside of your family unit, please do not participate in team sports where close contact is inevitable and equipment is shared.

Social distancing. Throughout the current public health crisis, all of us — students, parents/guardians, teachers, administrators — share a responsibility. Health officials have made it clear that taking steps like closing schools will not be effective unless they are accompanied by social distancing strategies. We ask that you restrict social interactions during this period. If our students are out and about, spending time with various friend groups, the virus is more likely to continue its spread.

Need access to emergency food resources? Want to research options for someone in need? Or want to donate? Click here for Baltimore County resources. Click here for Baltimore City. And here for Howard County. These pages also have other links for small businesses, laid off workers, and more.

Looking for ways to help? Online, you can locate emerging efforts locally, nationally, and globally. In Baltimore City, neighborhoods are developing support networks — check out this resource page to learn more about specific opportunities, or how to initiate a volunteer network in your area.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DISTANCE LEARNING AT PARK


CLICK ON THE TABS BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES REGARDING COVID-19 AND THE SCHOOLS RESPONSE:

COVID-19, or Coronavirus Disease 2019, is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (about six feet). Similar to the flu or other respiratory illnesses, the infection can be spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. We strongly encourage all students and adults to practice the following preventative actions to help reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. (See CDC’s Handwashing website for more information.)
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your flexed elbow. Then, wash your hands.

Resources

Communications SUMMARY

May 15, Message to Families

March 12, Message to Families, Campus Access

March 24, Transition to Distance Learning

March 12, Message to Families, School Closure

March 23, Park Campus Access

March 10, Message to Families

March 20, Counseling Services Message

March 6, Message to BRAIN sPark Participants

March 19, Message to Families, Additional News

March 6, Message to Lower School Spring Break Camp Families

March 19, Follow-up Message to BRAIN sPARK Attendees

March 5, Message to Parents and Guardians

March 13, Message to BRAIN sPARK Attendees

March 3, Message to Families Participating in International Student Travel

March 13, Message to Families, Community Member Follow-Up

March 3, Message to Families Participating in International Student Travel

 

Most communication with our parent community will take place via email. Please continue to monitor your email for the latest news and alerts from school. The school can also use its text communication system to reach families via SMS-enabled devices should the situation require it.

From The Park School Counseling Team: 
Supporting Your Family’s Social and Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19

Accessing Support. During this time, school counselors will be providing online and phone office hours and will be checking email regularly. Please contact the appropriate counselor if you have any concerns about yourself or your child or if you are in need of more support. 

Lower School: Zella Adams: zadams@parkschool.net
Middle and Upper School: Krista Dhruv: kdhruv@parkschool.net
MIddle and Upper School: Porscha Henson: phenson@parkschool.net 

Communicating With Children About COVID-19:

This is a new virus and we are still learning about it, but there does not seem to be much illness in children. Not everyone will get the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. School and health officials are being especially careful to make sure as few people as possible get sick. Adults at home and school are taking care of your health and safety. If you have concerns, please talk to an adult you trust.   

Tips to Support Your Child’s Well-Being:

  • Remain calm and reassuring.
  • Manage your own anxieties.
  • Make yourself available to talk, take your cues from your child and keep the information you share developmentally appropriate.
  • Limit your children’s access to the news. Try to avoid watching or listening to information that might be upsetting when your child is present.
  • Emphasize what you're doing to stay safe.
  • Create and maintain a daily schedule.
  • Be sure each day includes activities for pleasure and (remote) social connection with others.
  • Model basic hygiene practices.
  • Click here for information and a video on how to talk to children about COVID-19.
  • 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the CoronaVirus
  • Click here for a video on COVID-19 specifically for children.
  • Click here for specific information on managing your emotional health and coping during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Managing Days In Quarantine or Isolation:

  • Stick to a routine, as best you are able.
  • Each day do something for the brain, something for the body, something for the soul and something for someone else/family/community.
  • Keep in touch with others via telephone, FaceTime, and social media.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Plan “timeouts” from one another.

Further Resources for Children and Families: