Sheridan Coronavirus Information
as of 3/19/20
- The Sheridan campus is closed for onsite learning and school activities until further notice.
- Distance learning is taking place Tuesday, 3/17/20 – Friday, 3/20/20, and will resume on Monday, 3/30, after Spring Break until advised by health authorities that we can return to campus.
- Community members are asked to report potential COVID-19 exposure immediately to school nurse Annie Wilcoxen, even while the campus is closed.
To help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Sheridan School campus is temporarily closed, with distance learning and other operations continuing remotely. We are closely monitoring and aligning with recommendations from the CDC, local health departments and independent school organizations and keeping our community informed through this page, News & Notes, and direct email. If you have any questions about our current status, please see the FAQs below or contact Head of School Jessica Donovan.
HEALTH, WELLNESS & CABIN FEVER RESOURCES
At Sheridan, our students are continuing to learn and grow through a daily distance learning program that moves them toward their academic goals and keeps them engaged and active. It may not be exactly how we picture progressive education, but across our community, everyone is adapting quickly, modeling resilience, and bonding over new experiences. We are so lucky to have our incredible teaching team and their unflagging commitment to our students’ learning.
As we do our part to flatten the curve by staying home, we also know that cabin fever and stress and anxiety are challenges for many. Below we offer resources to to help our community stay well and stay busy. Please check back regularly as we will be continually adding new resources.
HEALTH, WELLNESS & CABIN FEVER RESOURCES
- Talking to Kids about Coronavirus (CDC)
- Talking to Kids about Coronavirus (National Geographic)
- Social Distancing: This Is Not a Snow Day
- Common Sense Media: Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty
- Mindfulness Exercises for Kids
- NY Times: 5 Ways To Help Teenagers Manage Anxiety
- Explaining the News to Our Kids
Why did Sheridan decide to discontinue onsite education and school activities?
After participating in national and local debriefings aimed at schools, closely monitoring guidance from the CDC and local health departments, and carefully considering our responsibility to help slow the spread of coronavirus, we decided to close our campus and move to remote learning until the pandemic has eased.
When will classes and activities resume at Sheridan?
While our hope is to reopen our campus for learning on March 30th, we can’t be certain this will be possible. We will be in regular communication with families over Spring Break and have prepared plans for remote learning that extends into April in case it is needed.
When and how will remote learning take place?
On Friday, March 13th, Sheridan faculty and staff will meet at school to finalize remote learning plans. On Monday afternoon, you will receive an email from Lower School Head Kelly Nelson or Middle School Head Jay Briar providing details on what remote learning will look like for your child. Initially, remote learning will take place Tuesday, March 17th through noon on Friday, March 20th, when Spring Break begins.
Will I be able to reach teachers or administrators during the closure?
Yes. All faculty and staff will be working remotely during our regularly scheduled hours and available to speak by email or by phone.
Are there travel restrictions for Sheridan families?
We respectfully ask Sheridan community members with travel planned to the CDC’s Category 2 or Category 3 risk destinations to cancel that travel. This includes travel by any close family member, not just students. If the travel is unavoidable, we ask that you report the travel to school nurse Annie Wilcoxen and observe the CDC’s recommendations for self-quarantining and social distancing for 14 days.
We are also asking that families be mindful of domestic travel plans to areas with high incidences of coronavirus. Again, we ask that all members of the Sheridan community who travel to one of these areas contact Annie Wilcoxen before returning to school to determine if any precautions are necessary.
Should a child be quarantined, we will work together to support their ongoing learning at home.