Updated LA COVID-19 Statement , March 11 2020
The worldwide Coronavirus outbreak is a dynamic situation that changes daily. With that in mind, we are working to make the best possible decisions with the information we have on any given day. Our chief concern is to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.
At this time LA will stay open for all classes and extracurricular activities. However, we recognize that this outbreak may impact our ability to educate students over the next few months, and having access to a digital learning platform may provide options. For this reason academic advisors are gathering information about whether students have access to the technology needed to complete classwork remotely, which would include internet access and a laptop or chromebook suitable for academic work. We are looking for options that will help all students connect to school digitally from home.
While this virus can be transmitted by people who are asymptomatic, the vast majority of transmissions happen through the respiratory secretions of people with a fever (100.4f/38C) and a cough. These symptoms and a person’s travel history are the basis health professionals are currently using to make determinations about likelihood of an illness being COVID-19. We are in regular contact with LA Health Center Medical Director, Dr. Andy Russ, to stay up to date as recommendations change with the spread of this illness. If someone in your household experiences a cough and fever, please notify the LA Health Center at 207-563-3596 ext. 134.
The school takes seriously the risks posed by upcoming travel. We have canceled the April break trip to France as well as the Alternative Education trip to Washington DC and the pre-vacation Band Trip to New York City.
The Office of Residential Life has been working with dorm students to offer alternatives to international travel, and families of residential students have been extremely understanding of this request. The LA Health Center will help ensure that residential students have a safe re-entry to campus after vacation, using best practices laid out by Maine Health and the CDC.
Families of day students must make their own decisions about traveling over April break. That said, we respectfully ask that all LA families help protect our community’s health using the following guidelines.
- Do not travel to places where the risk is high.
- Take common sense precautions while traveling, even to places with low risk.
- Monitor symptoms vigilantly, and self-quarantine immediately if fever and cough present.
- Contact school nurse Eric Duffy (email@example.com or 207-563-3596 ext. 134) with any concerns about travel or re-entry to the school community.
Keeping our community safe requires that we all consider the public good when making decisions. While healthy teenagers are at low risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19, they can be carriers and infect higher risk populations, including older people and those with underlying health conditions like asthma and diabetes. For the sake of our neighbors, relatives, classmates, and colleagues, we ask all members of the school community to exercise an abundance of caution at this time.
Parents are invited to the LA Parent Association meeting this Thursday, March 12, at 6 pm in the LA Library, where Head of School Jeff Burroughs will discuss LA’s response and answer parent questions.
Thank you for your efforts to keep our community safe during anxious times.
Jeff Burroughs, Head of School
Eric Duffy, Director of Health Services
Jenny Mayher, Communications Director