COVID-19 Updates

March 31, 2020

SEA Family:

As we enter week two of remote learning, Fr. Trey and I would like to say thank you. We recognize that this is a very stressful and uncertain time for you and your family. SEA students, families, faculty, and staff are adjusting extremely well to this very different learning model. The team and I appreciate your kindness, questions, and ongoing communication. The SEA community is resilient.

Drawing from national guidance to continue social distancing efforts and yesterday’s FDOE directive for all Florida public schools to extend their closure periods, the Sweetwater Episcopal Academy campus will remain closed through April 30. We anticipate returning to campus Monday, May 4, unless the FDOE extends the closure period again.

Like you, we are eager to return to campus. Until then, our faculty will continue to deliver remote student instruction in meaningful and helpful ways. As an independent school, we will continue to issue credit for remote instruction, and do not plan to extend our school year into summer months.

As a Christian school, we will observe our currently scheduled Easter Break.

If you have questions or need anything, please let us know; we are here to help in any way that we can.

Comfort and peace,

Marybeth Harter-Schultz

 

Helpful Resources:

Know! To Reassure and Support Children During the COVID-19 Crisis (Prevention Action Alliance)

Talking to Your Child About the COVID-19 Crisis: A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)

 


COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

 

How can I help stop the spread of Coronavirus?

To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 and flu, follow these important tips:

  • Follow the guidelines and recommendations from the Florida Department of Health.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

 

Who can I contact with questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Florida Department of Health number for those with COVID-19 questions is 1-866-779-6121 and can be reached 24/7, or you can email COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

 

How long will SEA be closed?
Per the School Closure Order by Governor DeSantis on March 13, 2020, along with the Florida Department of Education and with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, SEA will be closed through April 15, 2020. During this time, there will be no school or school-sponsored athletics, activities, or meetings. Student instruction is continuing online. We will continue sending email communications and posting new updates regarding the extended school closure on the school website and on social media.

 

What do I do if I am having trouble accessing assignments for my child during the extended school closure?

Please reach out to your child’s teacher or Head of School via email and they will be able to help troubleshoot the situation.

 

What if I am having technology issues during the extended school closure?

If you are having tech issues during the extended school closure, please contact kdaly@sweetwaterepiscopal.org.


 

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