COVID-19: Coronavirus Information

Information current as of June 25, 2020.

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.

Virtual School Family Guide

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.

Virtual Admissions Process

Communications to Families

Public Health Resources

Staying Healthy

Family Resources

For any questions or concerns about how the school is managing our response to the coronavirus, please contact the Director of Public Relations, Brittnea Turner.

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