Coronavirus Update – March 12, 2020

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Dear Fairmont Family,

First, thank you for paying close attention to our emails these last few weeks as we have continued to monitor the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Orange County and the world. As a global education provider, we take the privilege of keeping your children safe as our very first priority and appreciate your confidence in us.

Our Plan

Due to the governor’s announcement earlier today, we have moved into Stage 2 of Fairmont’s Three-Stage Coronavirus Response Plan (included at the end of this document), and will be at Stage 3 on Monday, March 16th. Please be advised:

  • All weekend and evening extra-curricular school onsite and offsite events will be canceled (including Open House at Anaheim Hills on March 13th, and Open House at Historic Anaheim on March 20th)

  • Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17 will be non-student days to allow our faculty and staff to prepare for online learning

  • We will move to Stage 3 – Remote Learning – Wednesday, March 18th

Parents: Your Campus Director will email you with guidance on preparing for and facilitating remote learning tomorrow, Friday, March 13th.

Our goal is to provide you with accurate, timely information and thoughtful planning. It is important for us to continue to address this outbreak united, both as a community and as a family. In this rapidly evolving situation, we ask for your partnership. Our team has been working diligently…balancing concerns for safety, state and county health guidelines, and support for our families who would be in need of alternative sources for caring for children participating in our online education platform.

We have provided an expanded version of our “Three Stage” plan below, and ask that you review it as it provides important information on what to expect in upcoming days.

We will continue to closely monitor this situation and to provide regular updates to you via our websites (fairmontschools.com, fairmontprepacademy.com, fairmontsummerprograms.com), your parent Blackbaud tiles, Facebook, and our weekly newsletter. You will also be welcome to send your questions or concerns to a dedicated email address: coronavirusquestions@fairmontschools.com.

We ask that you remain calm, that you continue to consult reputable sources such as CDC.gov and WHO.int, and that you prepare your family for a period of social distancing. We hope that by keeping you well informed, by continuing to be vigilant on recommended hygiene measures, and by not spreading misinformation or speculation, we can ensure the health and well-being of the entire Fairmont family.

Thank you, both now, and in advance, for your patience and cooperation. We are so grateful to have each and every one of you as members of the Fairmont Family.

Sincerely,

David R. Jackson,  Chairman

Chad Jackson, President


Fairmont’s “Three Stage” Coronavirus Response Plan

→Stage 1: Consistent and daily monitoring of the CDC website and local/national news with email updates to our community, as needed.

1. Continue to ask for anyone in a home with someone who has traveled to the CDC’s list of high-risk countries to self-quarantine for 14 days before students attend Fairmont. PLEASE NOTE THIS UPDATED LIST FROM THE CDC, and please continue checking this updated list here.

2. Continue education of students to help prevent the spread of the virus e.g. handwashing for 20 seconds, covering noses/mouths when coughing or sneezing, and avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth.

3. Require that parents keep their children home if they have a cold or flu-like symptoms.

4. Fairmont will send home students that have a fever.

5. Fairmont will make reasonable accommodations for making up academic work. No grades will be negatively impacted.

6. Fairmont will replace school-wide assemblies, such as our flag ceremonies, with other activities.

7. Hand sanitizer is available throughout our campuses, and use is encouraged.

8. Fairmont will continue to provide diligent cleaning services to disinfect the campuses.

→Stage 2: Modified exposure plan (as of Friday, March 13, 2020)

1. Maintain all stage 1 requirements.

2. Send home students and staff with any sign of cold or flu (regardless of temperature).

3. Close the campus to outside vendors.

4. Move food services toward prepared, prepackaged salads, etc.

5. Close the campus to outside guests, requiring the cancellation of athletic competitions, tournaments, and other activities.

6. Cancel local field trips.

7. Non-local field trips (i.e. Catalina, Sacramento/San Francisco): please review communication from our third-party trip vendors. WorldStrides, the vendor for our Sacramento/San Francisco trips will offer a flexible choice plan, allowing students to postpone their trip to a later date.

8. Require students to use hand sanitizer when entering or re-entering their classrooms.

9. Fairmont will retain expert cleaning services to disinfect the campus bathrooms,

drinking fountains, sinks, and other public spaces.

10. Fairmont will adopt a higher level of communication via email to all families including that we ask parents to inform us via coronavirusquestions@fairmontschools.com  if they intend to travel to countries noted to have “Risk of Community Spread of Coronavirus.” As spring break is near, Fairmont encourages families to exercise an abundance of caution.https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

→Stage 3: School is moving to a remote access platform until further notice (as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020)

1. Fairmont Schools are set up to be successful in implementing an online curriculum using our Learning Management Systems, Blackbaud and Canvas. These two LMS’s allow teachers to offer a robust and continuous learning experience for students. School faculty including administrators, teachers, and support personnel will be available during normal school hours to answer any questions students and families have via email, chat, or video conferencing.

  • Preschool/Elementary: Daily content will be delivered via Blackbaud and will include online videos, online games, access to other digital resources, and hands-on activity suggestions to be done individually or with parents.

  • Junior High: Students will receive a curriculum digitally, using online tools such as Blackbaud and Zoom for virtual class meetings.

  • High School: Students will receive a curriculum digitally, using online tools such as Blackbaud, Canvas, and Zoom for virtual class meetings.

2. Fairmont will continue to communicate via email, at a minimum weekly, regarding the closure

3. Fairmont will communicate with our families when the CDC advises that the risk level is lowered and acceptable to resume school activities.

4. Please continue to direct questions to our task force through our coronavirusquestions@fairmontschools.com, after first checking our website/Blackbaud updates/FAQs.

5. All schools will be cleaned and disinfected prior to re-opening.

Additional Resources

CDC
CDC Travel Advisory
WHO
OC Health Department