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School-Sponsored Events Postponed; Healthy Reminders

Cari Genitori,

There are many unknowns surrounding this rapidly evolving situation and we thank you for your patience and partnership as we navigate it together. Though the uncertainty about how severe this virus will be and who this will impact creates fear and stress for many, let us not forget to treat each other with kindness, respect, and solidarity and hold on to the values that our community stands out for.

We appreciate your thoughtfulness and concern and strive to keep the dialogue transparent and our community healthy, relying on the best resources available including the CDC and CA Dept of Public Health. We continue to take actions rooted in science, facts and the knowledge shared by these reputable sources.

While we witness the first confirmed cases in the Bay Area, and the situation is ever-changing, we would like you to think carefully about non-essential travel to geographic areas with widespread or sustained community transmission of COVID-19, at Level 3 according to the CDC. Any travel at this time carries risk since the location of outbreaks around the world remains fluid. If you have known exposure to someone who tested positive to COVID-19 or has visited an area identified by the CDC at Level 3 or higher, we would ask that you follow CDC guidelines for self-quarantine. Please also know that Level 2 areas may change to Level 3 unexpectedly. Remember that your actions have an impact on our whole community.

We also want to share with you that out of an abundance of caution, La Scuola is postponing and canceling select school-sponsored events.

After very careful consideration, our Leadership Team and Board of Directors have decided to postpone our La Dolce Vita Gala scheduled for Saturday, March 28. Our new date is Saturday, May 16. More information will follow in the near future.

As we carefully monitored COVID-19 updates locally and abroad this week, it became apparent this is the best decision for our community. We also consulted the CDC Guidelines for Mass Gatherings, which currently advises the cancellation or postponement of events involving more than several hundred people. We also believe this move keeps us focused on our top priority of maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone.

Two other scheduled trips are also being postponed - our 7-8 grade trip to Italy in April and all faculty professional development occurring in Reggio Emilia, Italy, this spring. 

Please know that as a school we believe we have a responsibility to our community to handle this situation in a calm, fact-based and scientific manner. We are also still considering the impact of COVID-19 on spring travel, upcoming school trips, and other non-typical school activities scheduled through the end of this school year. Our community is prepared to alter our procedures and planning should the situation change. 

To learn more about what La Scuola is doing to prepare and what families can do, visit our COVID-19 Resources Page at www.lascuolasf.org/covid19. As this is a rapidly changing situation, we will be updating information on this website frequently.

We also want to take this opportunity to remind families regarding preventative measures we encourage everyone to take. COVID-19 is in the family of viruses that cause the common cold, so symptoms and prevention measures are similar. MOST PEOPLE will only have mild symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and congestion or no symptoms.

We recommend that you keep your child at home for any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever greater than 101 degrees (your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been below 100 degrees for 24 hours)
  • Vomiting (even once) or diarrhea
  • General feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches, chills
  • Frequent wet or croupy cough
  • Red eyes with visible discharge

To help prevent the spread of germs:

  • Wash hands frequently, with soap and water and for 20 seconds
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, using a tissue, sleeve or facemask
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Get a flu shot (recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older)

Depending on your child’s age, some helpful resources for you to discuss COVID-19 with your child may include: “Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus” and “Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus.”

We continue to plan for how to manage a potential closure, in the case of exposure at the school. The plan also includes remote/online learning for our students. We are still operating at Risk Level 1 (Low Risk) according to our Health Response Plan and taking the actions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health, and the SF Department of Public Health to protect the health of students and staff. Should any additional actions be identified, we will notify families immediately.

Lastly, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions page with some answers to questions recently asked by our community at www.lascuolasf.org/covid19faq. Please email us if you have any immediate questions or concerns. 

Cari Saluti,

Valentina Imbeni, Ph.D., Head of School
& La Scuola Leadership Team