National Health Concerns
David H. Feldman
Head of School
Roeper is an incredibly diverse community with families from around the globe who travel frequently, and so we recognize that the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a topic of discussion and concern.
Please know that our leadership team is monitoring the situation, reviewing our Emergency Operations Plans, and is making efforts to efficiently address concerns. We will be talking with faculty and staff about potential strategies to continue school, in case the need arises, as we prioritize the health and safety of our community.
To support you and your family as you seek important information, I’ve included links to some valuable sources of news on both the national and the local front.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) publishes a continually updated webpage with the latest data and resources that you may find helpful: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Locally, we work closely with the Oakland County Health Department to understand what can be done to educate ourselves and our community, as well as what precautions we all can take to prevent the spread of all communicable disease. Oakland County also has an excellent website with information and an easy to read fact sheet: https://www.oakgov.com/health/information/Pages/NovelCoronavirus.aspx
A new virus can be very concerning, but the best way to protect ourselves is with accurate information and following the same simple precautions the Health Department recommends for more common illnesses like the flu:
· Wash your hands often with soap and water
· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing
· Avoid sharing cups, utensils
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
We want our community to focus on their health and stay home when they are ill and to allow their bodies to heal and get stronger.
Finally, I want to implore our community to model our core values and not only focus on health and wellbeing, but to also see this health challenge as a test of our humanity and an opportunity for leadership. Yes, from what we know, the Coronavirus had its beginnings in China, but this must not shift our cities into a hostile form of profiling people from the Asian community. Sadly, stories are starting to fill our news streams of hate-filled discrimination justified by anxiety associated with the Coronavirus. It is easy to allow fear to cause us to act with prejudice, exclusion, and treating people as “the other.”
Our challenges are global; our solutions will come from thoughtful research and intelligent practices. Exclusion and hate born of fear will only weaken us, this is a time for Roeperians to live our values and use our wisdom to lead by example.