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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) PREVENTION and READINESS: THE WEISS SCHOOL

March 17, 2020
 
*THE WEISS SCHOOL REMAINS CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 15, 2020*
 
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Florida Department of Education announced that ALL public and private K-12 schools will be closed through April 15, 2020 due to the continued health concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Therefore, THE WEISS SCHOOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED AT LEAST THROUGH ARPIL 15, 2020 and All School Operations, Events, and Activities remain canceled through this time period.
 
The Weiss School Administration and Faculty have been meeting daily to develop the Continuous Instructional Plan in an effort to limit the impact of COVID-19 on student learning at The Weiss School. The Plan is being designed to ensure that Weiss School students can continue their education from home through a Virtual Learning Environment after Spring Break. Additional information will be provided in the near future.

ALL FUTURE UPDATES regarding The Weiss School re-opening will be announced via The Weiss School website, the myWeiss portal, social media, and through local TV stations. 

Our top priority remains to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff members. 

March 13, 2020

Dear Weiss School Families:
 
After careful consideration and monitoring the continued community health concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), The Weiss School Administration has decided that THE WEISS SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020 through FRIDAY MARCH 29, 2020. All School Operations, Events, and Activities are cancelled during this time period. While there are no reported cases of COVID-19 at The Weiss School, we feel that this is the best response to implement in order to prevent and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 within our community.
 
Please consider the period of March 16th – March 20th as an Extended Spring Break and no instruction will be provided during this time. The Weiss School faculty and staff will not be present on campus during this time period. However, faculty and staff will be available via the myWeiss portal or email to address any parent or student questions/concerns regarding outstanding student work. The period of March 23rd – March 27th is the week of Spring Break and The Weiss School faculty and staff will not be available during this time period.
 
Additional information regarding The Weiss School Continuous Instructional Plan will be sent in subsequent communication as we continue to plan for Weiss School students to be able to continue their education from home if the need arises through a Virtual Learning Environment. This Plan would be implemented if The Weiss School is closed past March 30, 2020. Faculty and staff are in the process of creating
 
The Weiss School Leadership Team will continue to monitor the evolving situation of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and impact on the local community over the next two weeks and make appropriate decisions as advised by State and Local health officials.  
 
ALL FUTURE UPDATES regarding The Weiss School re-opening or the possibility of additional closures will be announced via The Weiss School website, the myWeiss portal, social media, and through local TV stations. 

With Spring Break approaching, we are cognizant that many of our Weiss School families have plans to travel throughout the United States, and possibly to International countries, during this time. As a school community, it is critical that all of our Weiss School families and extended families consider the possible exposure to COVID-19 and we encourage you to please review the latest travel advisories from the CDC.
 
Our top priority is to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff members. 
 
Stay Safe,
Dr. Tammy Ferguson

March 12, 2020

Dear Weiss School Families:
 
We are holding daily meetings to discuss the continuously evolving situation of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the potential impact that it may have in our local community. With Spring Break approaching, we are cognizant that many of our Weiss School families have plans to travel throughout the United States, and possibly to International countries, during this time. As a school community, it is critical that all of our Weiss School families and extended families consider the possible exposure to COVID-19 and we encourage you to please review the latest travel advisories from the CDC.

Proactive Steps that have been taken by The Weiss School as of March 12, 2020
 
Within The Weiss School, administration and staff continue to proactively safeguard our school community by implementing the following steps: 
  • Added an additional custodian to The Weiss School campus who is solely focused on disinfecting the school throughout the school day
  • Enhanced deep cleaning by The Weiss School evening custodial crew to sanitize the school each night paying special attention to “high-touch” surfaces
  • Additional custodian is working on a 20-minute rotation throughout the school each day using cleaning products to disinfect and sanitize “high-touch” surfaces including all door knobs/handles, bathrooms, desks/tables, hallway walls, and other school surfaces
  • Each classroom has been issued a full stock of Purell Hand Sanitizer to be used by faculty and students. The school has plenty of products to continuously replenish classrooms
  • The 3 portable, hand sanitizer stands located throughout the school (front office entrance, aftercare entrance, and the cafeteria) are continuously replenished with Purell hand sanitizer each day
  • Continued daily “wellness” checks of students and promptly sending students home if they show signs of illness
  • Increased attention to and instruction on healthy hygiene practices for our students (e.g. proper hand-washing, proper coverage of coughs and sneezes). We invite you to reinforce these practices at home using the Hand Washing Guide
As of March 12, 2020, The Weiss School remains open and operating as normal. However, Administration is also making preparations for the possibility of The Weiss School closing at some point in the future due to the health issues surrounding COVID-19. The Weiss School will be following the guidance of state and local health officials regarding any potential school closures. Administration will also be closely monitoring the School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) in regard to their decisions about school closures. In the event that SDPBC closes schools, The Weiss School will also close due to health concerns regarding COVID-19.
 
Effective as of March 12, 2020, Administration has implemented the following actions to limit/prevent health concerns:
  • All Weiss School-sponsored field trips have been cancelled until further notice. 
  • All Weiss School Athletic events and practices (Tennis, Track & Field, Baseball, Flag Football, and Golf) are cancelled as of March 12th at 3:00pm and will remain cancelled indefinitely until further notice. Parents and students will be notified by their respective coaches if any practices or games are rescheduled in the future.
  • March 14, 2020: The LLS Family Fun Day has been postponed. Parents and students will be notified if the event will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • March 20, 2020: Field Day has been postponed. Parents and students will be notified if the event will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • As of March 12, 2020, Terra Nova testing will still occur from March 16th – March 19th. If students are absent during this week of testing, make-up testing will occuron a date to be determined following the return to School after Spring Break. If School is not in session after Spring Break, parents and students will be notified of the make-up testing days when the School re-opens.
Continuous Instructional Plan: The Weiss School
 
The Weiss School Administration has been meeting on a daily basis to formalize a Continuous Instructional Plan to limit the impact of COVID-19 on student learning at The Weiss School. The objective of this Plan is to ensure that Weiss School students are able to continue their education from home if the need arises through a Virtual Learning Environment. All students in EC-8th grade will be able to take their technology device home for use in the event of a school closure.
 
Provided below is a preliminary timeline of the implementation of the Virtual Learning Environment in the event that The Weiss School is closed for a period of time due to the health concerns related to COVID-19:
  • March 16-19, 2020: Weiss School is expected to be open and operating as normal. Terra Nova testing will occur Monday – Thursday and ending at 11:30 a.m. After lunch/recess, students will resume their normal school day and dismissal will occur at 3:30 p.m. as usual. Due to 3rd quarter ending on March 13, 2020, this time will be used to begin introducing students to the Virtual Learning Environment that will be in place at the beginning of 4th quarter (March 30, 2020) in the event that the School is closed.
  • March 20, 2020: Noon Dismissal
  • March 23-27, 2020: SPRING BREAK – NO SCHOOL 
IF SCHOOL CLOSURE IS REQUIRED FOLLOWING SPRING BREAK – Tentative Plan (subject to change as determined by ongoing community health updates)
 
March 30 – April 10: Virtual Learning Environment
 
The Weiss School has a 1:1 technology device to student ratio which will allow students to continue their learning through a Virtual Learning Environment at home. Specific plans are still being finalized regarding the daily and weekly schedule of the Virtual Learning Environment if needed; however, please be assured that The Weiss School will continue to provide ongoing instruction to students through a variety of methods in the event of an unexpected school closure.
 
The Virtual Learning Environment would involve interactive instruction and learning between Weiss faculty and Weiss School students utilizing alternative delivery methods (specific methods will vary based on student grade levels):
  • Faculty and students will utilize the Zoom Meeting software that allows for students to receive interactive discussion through the use of video presentations and teleconferencing. Training resources on the use of the Zoom Meeting software for faculty are currently being developed and faculty will be ready to provide instruction via the Virtual Learning Environment during any potential school closure dates. If school is still in session during the week of Terra Nova testing, the second half of the school day will be utilized to begin introducing students to the Zoom Meeting software and how it will be used for their classes. Additional and specific information regarding the Virtual Learning Environment and the use of the Zoom Meeting software will be provided to all students and families in the near future as more information is received regarding potential school closure.
  • Faculty and students will continue utilizing the myWeiss Learning Management System (LMS) as normal to communicate with each other regarding their coursework. Faculty will post student assignments, assessment, projects and other school-based tasks to ensure that educational instruction is uninterrupted.
  • Students will be asked to log into their myWeiss portal on a daily basis to check their Assignment Center for class assignments, assessments, announcements, scheduled Zoom Meeting times, and other learning projects.  
  • Communication between Faculty and Students will occur through the messaging feature in the myWeiss portal, via Weiss School email, and through the Zoom Meeting software.
  • Student class assignments, assessments, and other learning projects will be submitted and collected through the myWeiss portal and/or through the Zoom Meeting software.
  • Depending on the timing of a potential school closure, Academic “work packets” will be sent home with students to complete. If the School experiences a closure before packets can be sent home, the packets will be emailed to students and parents in addition to being uploaded to the myWeiss Assignment Center.
  • Counseling staff will provide information and resources via Zoom, myWeiss, or via email to families regularly on mindfulness, relaxation, and other stress reducing techniques that can be done in the home.
  • Counseling staff will be available to the school community as needed via Zoom, myWeiss, or via email during school hours to provide direct counseling services. 
Thank you,
Administrative Team

March 11, 2020
 
We are holding daily meetings to discuss the continuously evolving situation of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the potential impact that it may have in our local community.
 
With Spring Break approaching, we are cognizant that many of our Weiss School families have plans to travel throughout the United States, and possibly to International countries, during this time.
 
As a school community, it is critical that all of our Weiss School families and extended families consider the possible exposure to COVID-19 and we encourage you to please review the latest travel advisories from the CDC.

Proactive Steps that have been taken by The Weiss School as of March 11, 2020
Within The Weiss School, administration and staff continue to proactively safeguard our school community by implementing the following steps: 
Added an additional custodian to The Weiss School campus who is solely focused on disinfecting the school throughout the school day
 
  • Enhanced deep cleaning by The Weiss School evening custodial crew to sanitize the school each night paying special attention to “high-touch” surfaces
 
  • Additional custodian is working on a 20-minute rotation throughout the school each day using cleaning products to disinfect and sanitize “high-touch” surfaces including all door knobs/handles, bathrooms, desks/tables, hallway walls, and other school surfaces
 
  • Each classroom has been issued a full stock of Purell Hand Sanitizer to be used by faculty and students. The school has plenty of products to continuously replenish classrooms
 
  • The 3 portable, hand sanitizer stands located throughout the school (front office entrance, aftercare entrance, and the cafeteria) are continuously replenished with Purell hand sanitizer each day
 
  • Continued daily “wellness” checks of students and promptly sending students home if they show signs of illness

  • Increased attention to and instruction on healthy hygiene practices for our students (e.g. proper hand-washing, proper coverage of coughs and sneezes). We invite you to reinforce these practices at home using the Hand Washing Guide

Thank you in advance for your continued support as we monitor the COVID-19 situation.

March 6, 2020


Talking with Children About the Coronavirus
Given the level of media attention to the coronavirus, some children may become anxious and have concerns about the virus and its transmission. These tips for talking with children about the coronavirus may be helpful to you and your family. In addition, it’s important for families to make contingency plans and preparations at home. This article may provide a helpful starting point to guide preparations both at home and work. See also these additional FAQs concerning the virus’ effects on children.
 
Please rest assured that our highest priority is ensuring the health and safety of every member of our school community. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves. 

February 28, 2020

Dear Weiss School Families:
 
As news regarding the coronavirus threat continues to evolve, we wanted to reiterate and update you on the current policies we have in place to preempt exposure within our school community. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and align our response with guidance from local and national health agencies, as well as emerging information from within the education community. 
 
We are proactively implementing a policy to safeguard our school community with the following guidelines: 
  • Follow the CDC travel advisory, which warns against all non-essential travel to China. 
  • If your family (including students) have returned from travel to China, as of February 24, 2020, we ask that you voluntarily keep your student(s) home from school for 14 days. Every effort will be made to assist students in keeping up on schoolwork and easing their transition back to school after the quarantine period. During this period, students will have excused absences from school. 
  • If any individuals in your household have traveled from China on or after February 24, 2020, we ask that they voluntarily quarantine themselves for 14 days. This may mean staying away from children, so that children may continue to attend school. This may also apply to guests visiting who traveled from China. 
  • As further clarification, we request that if individuals in your household are under self-quarantine in your home, please also keep your children at home for the same 14-day period, beginning on the day the individuals arrived in the U.S. from their China travels. 
We remind our families, our students, and our staff that we are a strong, supportive community, and we need to take care of ourselves and each other during this time of heightened concern. While we cannot make these requirements mandatory, as we do not have the authority of a government agency, we do ask that, in the spirit of community, you do what is best for everyone. 
 
In addition to the self-quarantine policy for China travelers, please keep in mind that we are also in the height of flu season. If you have any illness symptoms, please go get tested to rule out Flu A and B, as well as getting the appropriate treatment:
  • Increased daily cleaning by staff and janitorial staff, with special attention to “high-touch” surfaces 
  • Continued daily “wellness” checks of students and promptly sending students home if they show signs of illness 
  • Increased attention to and instruction on healthy hygiene practices for our students (e.g. proper hand-washing, proper coverage of coughs and sneezes) -- we invite you to reinforce these practices at home using the attached Hand Washing Guide 
School Health Guidelines are Strictly Enforced. We understand that missing work to care for a sick child may be inconvenient; however, for everyone’s health and safety, 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. 
  • Green discharge from the eyes or nose 
  • Watery, inflamed eyes 
  • Crusty eyelids 
  • Sore throat 
  • Deep cough 
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Heavy nasal discharge 
  • Unusual irritability 
  • Rash or other open sores 
  • Flushes appearance, clamminess 
If you have questions regarding coronavirus symptoms, prevention and treatment -- consult the official resources: http://coronavirus.gov
 
Thank you in advance for your continued support. Together, we can keep our community healthy and safe -- We sincerely appreciate everyone’s efforts! 
 
Sincerely,

Dr. Tammy Ferguson

Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Are there any treatments available for children with COVID-19?

    A: There are currently no antiviral drugs recommended or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for COVID-19. Clinical management includes prompt implementation of recommended infection prevention and control measures in healthcare settings and supportive management of complications. See more information on CDC Clinical Guidance for COVID-19Children and their family members should engage in usual preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory infections, including covering coughs, cleaning hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza.  Additional information on prevention measures can be found here (Prevention for 2019 Novel Coronavirus).
  • Q. Are children at increased risk for severe illness, morbidity, or mortality from COVID-19 infection compared with adults?

    A: There have been very few reports of the clinical outcomes for children with COVID-19 to date. Limited reports from China suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 may present with mild symptoms and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon. However, as with other respiratory illnesses, certain populations of children may be at increased risk of severe infection, such as children with underlying health conditions.
  • Q.
    Does the clinical presentation of COVID-19 differ in children compared with adults?
     

    A: Limited reports of children with COVID-19 in China have described cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting and diarrhea) have been reported in at least one child with COVID-19. These limited reports suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms, and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon.  See more information on CDC Clinical Guidance for COVID-19.
  • Q.
    Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented?
     

    A: No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Infections in children have been reported, including in very young children. From limited information published from past Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreaks, infection among children was relatively uncommon. For information on risk, please see current risk assessment. Children should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, including cleaning hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding people who are sick, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza vaccine.  Additional information on prevention measures can be found here (Prevention for 2019 Novel Coronavirus).
The Weiss School is a co-ed private school that serves gifted students in PreK-3 through 8th grade in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A Weiss School education prepares students to think analytically and creatively, act socially responsible, live vigorously, and create imaginatively in a warm and supportive educational environment.