COVID-19: Coronavirus Information

Information current as of March 31, 2020.


Prevention
Best practices to avoid spreading any infection:

  • If students, faculty, and staff are sick or exhibiting contagious symptoms such as fever, coughing, or sneezing, please keep them home from school to avoid spreading illness remain home until you are symptom and fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine.
  • Frequently clean hands by using soap and warm water (for at least 20 seconds) or hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – dispose of the tissue immediately and wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
  • If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care, and share recent travel history with your healthcare provider

Travel Recommendations

During spring break, we are particularly mindful that many of our families will travel, and we encourage families to take the usual health precautions. A number of families are rethinking personal travel plans, and as you evaluate your own travel, keep in mind both the potential health issues and any travel restrictions that could arise. If you plan to travel abroad, check entry and exit requirements for the U.S. and your intended destination(s) before your departure and your return. Many countries have instituted restrictions and quarantines for travel into and out of the country that may directly affect you. Please be mindful that travel restrictions can change with little or no advanced notice, and airlines may change or cancel flights in response.

Many of our parents are required to travel for business, and we ask that those who travel to areas of Level 2 or Level 3 concern inform the school of their travel so that we may provide appropriate guidance. We will minimally be asking travelers to refrain from coming to campus for 14 days after their return home.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all Sewickley Academy families returning to the U.S. from an area identified by the CDC as an area of Level 2 or Level 3 concern to refrain from coming to campus for 14 days after their return home and to obtain medical clearance before returning to campus.


School Trips

At school, we have carefully evaluated our school-sponsored trips to determine whether they should go. Given the continuing uncertainty regarding both health risks and potential travel restrictions, we have already canceled our planned trips to China and Haiti.


Virtual School

In the event that school must close and Virtual School is required for an extended period of time, Sewickley Academy has plans in place to continue learning for students in all grades. With that in mind, we encourage students and faculty to take all school-related materials home with them over the spring break.


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  • Lower School

    We encourage families to spend time together in learning that often feels like play. For example, play a game that requires math/strategy/critical thinking. Something as simple as a Tic-Tac-Toe game turned into a graph of wins/losses/draws is one such simple idea. More ideas from our teachers will be shared and updated.

    For students in Pre-K and Kindergarten:
    • Families should read with their children daily. Lower School librarian Sarah DeMicheli will be available by email to make personal recommendations for family read-alouds. Make sure there is creative play time as well. 
    • Homeroom Teachers will email families one video lesson (5-7 min. max.) per day that provides direction on reading a book, posing questions, and other learning prompts.

    For students in Grades 1-3:

    • At the beginning of each week, Homeroom Teachers will email a video to families to introduce and explain the learning approach and focus for the week.
    • Homeroom Teachers will email the families of their students every day by 9 a.m., providing one literacy (reading/writing) task, one math task, and optional activities from
    • Spanish, Art, Music, PE, Technology, and/or Library.
    • Homeroom Teachers will explain how and when students should submit the work.
    • Students should engage in independent reading, shared reading, or be read to by a family member for approximately 30 minutes each day. Lower School librarian Sarah DeMicheli will be available by email to make book recommendations for students looking for their next book.
    For students in Grades 4 and 5:
    • At the beginning of each week, Homeroom Teachers will email a video to families to introduce and explain the learning approach and focus for the week.
    • Homeroom Teachers will email the families of their students every day by 9 a.m., providing one literacy (reading/writing) task, one math task, and optional activities from mSpanish, Art, Music, PE, Technology, and/or Library.
    • Homeroom Teachers will explain how and when students should submit the work.
    • Students should engage in independent reading for no less than 30 minutes each day. Lower School librarian Sarah DeMicheli will be available by email to make book recommendations for students looking for their next read.

    Special Classes
    • All Virtual School information from special classes will be routed through, and communicated by, the homeroom teacher directly to families.

    *All Lower School faculty will respond to emails from families in as timely a fashion as possible, taking no longer than 24 hours.
  • Middle & Senior Schools

    MySewickley will remain the primary vehicle for all communication, including announcements, assignments, and basic expectations for teaching and learning. Faculty and students will continue to follow the PANTHERS cycle even though the timing and rhythm of the day will necessarily require flexibility among students, faculty, and families.

    Students should expect daily assignments and timely feedback from their teachers.

    Faculty will be sure that all assignments for students are posted in MySewickley by 8:30 a.m., each day of the PANTHERS cycle.

    Division Offices will send an email from Sewickley Academy to all students at 8:30 a.m. each school day that includes a schedule for the day, announcements, and a link to a Google Form check-in.

    Students should read the email and complete the check-in form by 12:00 p.m. of each school day. The form provides students with the opportunity to let us know that they are present for the day of learning and indicate if they need support of any kind.

    Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:10 p.m., faculty will monitor email and other electronic tools
    (including Google Classroom) to keep track of student progress and be available for questions that emerge.

  • Support Services

    Students and parents will be able to access support services during any period of closure by contacting the relevant specialist directly via email:
Avoiding Bias
We are very aware that anxiety can be heightened during situations like the current one, and we want to be sure to separate fact from rumor by relying on our healthcare experts and the local, state, and federal agencies that are responsible for guiding us. We also want to emphasize that no one in our community should be unfairly targeted because of their background or country of origin, as such conduct is contrary to our Core Values. As we work with members of our community to meet the challenges ahead, we are committed to keeping the channels of communication open and doing all we reasonably can to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all.

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