COVID-19 - An Update From IND's Head of School

Statement from IND's Head of School, Christine Szala

Good Evening IND Community,
I wanted to send an update on our continued preparations should the COVID-19 virus impact our school community. Our Administration Team meets daily to discuss and modify our response plan. In addition, we are in close contact with area schools and the Archdiocese of Baltimore to ensure a unified response.
 
Here is the latest as of this afternoon:
School Preparedness
  • Should there be a widespread illness we have a system in place for online learning. Rest assured our faculty is prepared for flipping classrooms or Zoom using online instruction. We have five unused snow days this year, and if IND closes, we will use days one and two for teacher meetings and begin online instruction on day three. If we must implement remote learning, you will receive more information from Assistant Head of School for Academics, Lisa Wetzel.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed in or outside of every classroom for girls to use before entering. When class is over, our girls must wipe down and disinfect their workstations.
  • Buses are being disinfected/wiped down regularly. Additionally, we have stepped up efforts for disinfecting doorknobs, light switches, railings and bathrooms.
Travel
  • School Trips
    • Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our spring break service trip.
    • As of now, all field trips scheduled through spring break have been cancelled.
    • All onsite events/gatherings that are open to people outside of IND’s immediate community have been postponed/cancelled.
      • Cancelled - Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade, all choir performances outside of IND and the Spring Arts Festival, etc.
      • Postponed - senior overnight retreat, Parent Education Night (PEN) Event, Penguin Pride Bingo, and HildieFest Spaghetti Dinner, etc.
  • In reference to athletics, our Athletic Director, Ms. Fredrica Newman is in constant contact with conference leadership as well as the AD’s from other schools. We will be in direct contact with the teams if schedules change. 
  • Personal
    • We are requesting that if your family or loved ones have been out of the country or have plans to travel out of the country to please refrain from entering the building until you have been back in the U.S. for at least 14-days.
    • We strongly suggest that you let our school nurse Mary Rizzi-Ayd ’86 know if someone in your household/extended family or personal community has either been exposed or come in contact with someone who is quarantined or has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or if someone in that same circle is quarantined or has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Staying Healthy
  • Remind your children to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly, cover cough and sneezes.
  • Please keep children with fever, cough, and respiratory symptoms home until they are 24 hours fever-free (less than 100.0 degrees) without fever-reducing medication and are feeling well enough to participate in routine activities.
Take care,
 
Christine E. Szala
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