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Dear Parents and Staff,Uncertainty is never easy and I sensed a lot of uncertainty today as news of the coronavirus and cancellations started to come into the media. 
Having a plan is always a better idea. The Task Force has just finished meeting. 
 Here is our plan: School will be closed starting tomorrow (no school on Friday) and will remain closed through Fri., April 10, the end of spring break. This is, of course, because of the spread of the coronavirus, in our attempt to be proactive and minimize risk.
With a number of families already choosing to have their children stay home, this will allow us to swing into full motion with remote learning. I will be meeting with my staff tomorrow morning. Expect to hear from them later in the day.
Please send me your ideas for how we can stay connected remotely through this process. 
I welcome your thoughts and questions.Elaine

Elaine Kennedy
Head of School
New Morning School


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Dear Parents and Staff,
As you know, last night the media announced two cases of presumed positive cases of COVID-19 – one in Wayne County and one in Oakland County. Both cases were linked to travel and there is no current evidence of community spread.

We are still in Phase 1 of our plan and the school will stay open for now. However, if you are more comfortable keeping your child home, the teachers will make every effort to provide schoolwork for your child. 

Most of the classrooms are already prepared for remote learning – worksheets as well as online. What the teachers won’t be able to do if you keep your child home is communicate back and forth with the students at home. Their focus has to be running the physical classroom.

If we have to close the school, we want every elementary and middle school student to have access to an iPad or computer at home. If you don’t have a device, please let Carrie at the front desk know. At the appropriate time we can sign out a laptop or iPad to you.
On another note, when visitors come to school we have been asking them to fill out a simple questionnaire on their health status. We will ask these questions ahead of a visit for any prospective parent.

We also have all of you, extended family and caregivers dropping off and picking up. I ask you to self-monitor. This means if you’re not feeling well or you have a sick child in the car, please stay in your car and call the front office. We will walk your child to class or bring your child to the car at the end of the day. This is something simple and cautious that we can do and it will help you out, too.

Note that if we decide we have to close the school for a period of weeks, we will announce independent of what Plymouth-Canton Schools decides. We will announce on TV, radio and online media sites. We will post on our website as well as send out an email to you.

I truly believe that everything has a silver lining. This is our opportunity to overcome adversity and develop grit, learn new skills, and support our children in learning. Uncertainty is tough and there will be challenges, but we will get through this together.

Please email me with any questions.

Elaine

Elaine Kennedy
Head of School
New Morning School

elaine@newmorningschool.com


Dear Parents and Staff,

We have a history of working together to handle challenges. The COVID-19 virus is our next challenge. I know that we can work together to keep everyone safe – children and adults – and to keep the kids’ learning moving forward.

The information we know is changing rapidly. Attached, as promised, is the 3-tiered plan reviewed by the NMS Task Force and authored/ adapted by Hamid Ghanbari, MD. This plan will evolve as we move forward.

We are currently in Phase 1. This means we want to keep kids and adults home when sick, practice proper handwashing and cough into your elbow. To that end, I am asking that for now students and adults refrain from hugging each other or hand-shaking.

We are also limiting any guest readers for March is Reading Month to be only adults who are regularly in the building – parents, staff, or extended family members or nannies who are in and out of the building regularly.

Joan will be communicating with the aides about additional disinfecting to do each day. We are also having the school professionally disinfected twice a week.

If you have questions, please contact me. If I don’t have the answer, I’ll have it soon.

We can travel through this together. Thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

Elaine
Elaine Kennedy
Head of School
New Morning School