Update to the Roeper Community
Dear Roeper Families,
I know that there is concern within our community because of the multitude of unknowns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). I also know that we will act with calm, thoughtfulness, and care as we support our families and each other. Our task, as always, is to keep our community healthy and safe. This means we must be smart in the precautions we take and thoughtful in our preparations.
As we continue to monitor information from the CCD and the Oakland County Health Department, the Administrative Team met Tuesday to discuss ways for our school to focus on good health practices, communication with the community, and academic program continuity.
The Oakland County Health Department and the CDC have made the following recommendations:
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The simple everyday actions you can take to help prevent the spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent the spread of coronaviruses. These include:
Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoiding close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with people who are sick.
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.
We have been in contact with our cleaning crew who will increase their care and be responsive to the cleaning recommendations from the Oakland County Health Department.
Our food service provider, Chartwells, is aware of the necessary practices they must follow in providing meals in a safe and sanitary manner.
Our maintenance team is ensuring that supplies like soap for handwashing and hand sanitizer are readily available.
Like most independent schools around the country, we are building plans to support students and teachers if extended absences are required. We will be working as a faculty and staff to create a distance learning plan using the tools available to us, including SeeSaw, Edmodo, MS Teams, Zoom, YouTube, and our website in order to support our students. Should conditions emerge where we cannot attend school for a period of time, Roeper will continue to serve students.
Access to online tools is a critical part of this planning. We also know that there are families who may not have high speed internet and/or a computer, laptop or similar device. To ensure that families have access to online learning, please notify your homeroom teacher if you have any concerns about the usage of these tools.
We ask all members of our community to use care in planning travel and to be informed around the risks associated with the locations selected. This is particularly true when traveling outside of the United States and the potential for quarantine. We ask that you please evaluate your travel plans carefully and ensure that you bring with you necessary technology should you find yourself delayed in your return.
Information about the coronavirus is continually evolving. The spread of the virus is difficult to predict, and any number of locations may in time become closed or restricted. Internally, Roeper will continue to review and assess planned trips, camps, and programs to determine the need to cancel or reschedule these activities.
We have set up a Coronavirus page on our Resource Board in MyRoeper
dedicated to updates surrounding coronavirus developments. It's the first tile on the Resource Board. There you will find school communications, including emails already distributed, and helpful resources. Please check the page periodically.
David H. Feldman
Head of School