March 6, 2020
Dear Fairmont Families,
While the health risk from COVID-19 (coronavirus) to the general public remains low, the team at Fairmont is continuing to monitor and to plan in the event the county, state, or federal government recommends school closures. Our plan is shared for you below, and we will, at a minimum, communicate which stage we have reached each Friday, via our weekly newsletter. Our goal with this plan is to ensure the health and safety of our entire community without excluding community members based upon race or country of origin. Our “trigger” for elevating our response to Stage 2 will be made based upon the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, and the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA).
At this time we are at Stage 1.
Stage 1: Monitor
- Daily monitoring of the CDC’s website
- Request made of the entire Fairmont community: for employees, for students, family members, or house guests who are traveling abroad in an affected area (currently China, Japan, Iran, Italy, and South Korea) and return to Orange County, we ask you to contact your Campus Director and for all students and/or employees to remain at home for a 14-day period of homeschool or remote work after any household member or house guest’s international travel to these countries. For students, we will discuss academic support options in each individual case.
- Regular reminders to our student and employee populations to wash hands with soap and water, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and to stay at home if you become ill with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
- As is usual, send home any student with a fever
- Our custodial staff continues to focus on regularly cleaning surfaces like doorknobs, countertops, and desks
- New request (3/6/20): we ask that you stay informed of the CDC’s travel advisories when planning travel, particularly because we cannot know what the status of the outbreak will be when spring break arrives
Stage 2: Limit Social Contact
- Maintain all stage 1 requirements
- Send home students and staff with any sign of cold or flu (regardless of temperature)
- Close the campus to outside vendors. After-school classes will be canceled
- Close the campus to outside guests, requiring the cancellation of athletic competitions, tournaments, and other activities
- Cancel all field trips
- Require students to use hand sanitizer when entering or re-entering their classroom
Stage 3: School Closure
- If school closure is recommended by the CDC and/or other government agencies, arrangements will be made for our students to study from home. 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 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.
- Fairmont will continue to communicate via email, at a minimum weekly, regarding the closure
- All schools will be cleaned and disinfected prior to re-opening
We will update our plan as the situation requires, and will be sure to communicate any changes to the Fairmont community. In the meantime, we recommend everyone take reasonable precautions at home – this NPR article provides a helpful starting point – and hold regular, reassuring conversations with your children about the virus. (These tips for talking with children about the coronavirus may be helpful to your family.)
We are always appreciative of our Fairmont Family, but never more so than when we face our challenges together; thank you for being a part of our community. As always, if you have any questions, your Campus Director will be happy to help.