Statement from IND's Head of School, Christine Szala
Good afternoon Parents/Guardians,
I wanted to take a moment to reach out and inform you that IND is working proactively to address concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). On February 4, our nurse, Mary Rizzi-Ayd ’86 sent an email to you in reference to influenza and COVID-19. Many of the things Mary highlighted remain relevant and are applicable for the prevention and spread of illness.
The same measures taken to protect and prevent the spread of the common cold and flu also apply in reference to the prevention and protection of COVID-19. These measures include:
Proper hand hygiene - washing hands thoroughly and the use of hand sanitizer if soap is not available
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home when ill
Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue (or your arm if a tissue isn’t available at that moment). Throw any tissues away once used to cover cough or sneeze
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces.
Mary and I cannot stress enough the measures outlined above. The most difficult one for most is number four, but please STAY HOME if you are sick. All too many times we hear students say that they came to school (when feeling ill) to take a test, quiz or to hand in a project. When in doubt, stay home for the day and rest! Work can be made up. Resting that one day may prevent further absence due to illness, and it helps fellow classmates and our faculty/staff stay healthy.
Please refer to the rules outlined in the student handbook for reporting an absence. Parents/Guardians should contact Nurse Mary to report the absence. You may call and/or leave a message on her voicemail.
If there are concerns that a person in our school community might have been exposed to COVID-19, either through travel or by other means, we will follow the health department guidelines and reach out to the health department immediately for guidance.
The safety of our students and employees is our primary concern. The best prevention is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Student travel or school activities will be assessed and might be canceled due to an abundance of caution. It is important that we all focus on the continuance of learning for students. In the event of a widespread illness, we have a system in place for remote learning.
We are closely monitoring all COVID-19 virus information and recommendations and will modify our response in compliance with the directives provided by the various health authorities and experts. Please feel free to contact us if you have any specific concern.