CDS Reopening Plans - Fall 2020
Relevant updates and resources regarding the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) event on Charleston Day School are below.
Our COVID-19 Response Task Force Team, including Head of School, Judith Foley Arnstein, is working diligently to plan for the health and safety of our community. We will communicate critical updates as needed. Please know that the safety of our CDS community is paramount as we navigate this fluid situation.
(Excerpt below from July 24, 2020 letter)
Over the course of the summer, the COVID Task Force has been working tirelessly and in consultation with health organizations such as the CDC, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Concerns (DHEC), as well as state and local officials to develop a safe, comprehensive plan for our return to campus. We continue to focus on two major areas in our planning: the health and safety of our community and the educational experience of our students. Please review our newly created Return to School Plan for more information about our specific plans and other details regarding the upcoming school year. Please note that we will continue to update this document in the coming weeks as new or modified information is available.
In planning for the re-opening of the school in August, we have created three working plans. In addition, should we return to on-campus learning, we have added an Alternative Learning Plan (ALP) option for those families who feel that their student is at risk or are uncomfortable returning to campus. As always, the health and safety of our students and faculty are paramount, and we will continue to be guided by the school’s mission: to foster scholarship, integrity, respect and responsibility in our students.
At this point, we are continuing to focus on returning to campus in August; however, the plan that will be executed for our school opening will be dependent on the guidance of national, state and local authorities and the current state of the pandemic in South Carolina in early August.
How to Prepare for School
Tips for Staying Healthy
- Wash your hands (Proper handwashing technique from the WHO).
- Cough into your elbow or a tissue (and then throw the tissue away).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Keep your distance from people who are coughing.
- Get a flu shot.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) – The site has general information about coronaviruses, a brief video explaining the virus.
- U.S. State Department – The State Department issues advisories for travel and currently has issued a level 3 advisory (reconsider travel) for China and a level 4 advisory (do not travel) for Hubei province, which includes Wuhan. The U.S. Embassy in China and the U.S. State Department Overseas Security Advisory Council also post updated information regarding travel.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) – This site has information on:
- From NAIS
- Understanding Coronavirus
- Helping Children Cope with Frightening News
- Helping Your School Community Recover from Traumatic Events (see the “Media Consumption” information)
- From SAIS, resources for talking with children
- NPR: Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
- Child Mind: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
- New York Times: How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
- USA Today: How Do You Talk to Your Children About Coronavirus?
- American Psychological Association: How to Talk to Your Kids About Difficult News
- Common Sense Media: Explaining the News to Our Kids
- COVID-19 Global Cases Map
Please contact Charleston Day School at 843-377-0315.