Coronavirus Response

 
ANNOUNCEMENT
 
Connecticut Governor Lamont released a new Executive Order (7J) and new Connecticut DECD guidance was released clarifying the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” initiative that becomes effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (and will remain in effect through April 22, 2020.)
 
In compliance with our State authorities and in best practice for the health and safety of our TMS community, our school educational programs will remain in place but the campus will continue to be closed indefinitely pending additional communication from the State of CT and health professionals.

 

 CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

The Master's School continues to monitor the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). We understand that students, families, and employees have questions. Below you will find FAQ’s and responses that will be updated on an ongoing basis. Click on the question to view the response. Please feel free to contact the school with any additional questions.


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The Master's School has formed a crisis management task force to plan for and manage possible disruptions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, monitor federal and state recommendations, implement guidance, and communicate with our community. The task force is meeting regularly to synthesize the latest information, consult with experts, analyze risk, and prepare for various scenarios. The health and well-being of our community members is our priority.
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We continue to monitor the CDC, WHO, and State Department Travel Advisories regarding the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).  As of this writing, China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea are listed as Warning Level 3 (Avoid All Non-Essential Travel). Japan is listed as Alert Level 2 (Reconsider Travel). Hong Kong is listed as Watch Level 1 (Practice Usual Precautions). Again, the CDC is continually evaluating these ratings, and these countries could change ratings without notice, and new countries could be added.Warning levels are updated by the CDC on their website

While on spring break, if you are in a region that experiences an outbreak, please help protect everyone on campus by letting us know as soon as possible. The more we know, the more we are able to assist you and our community with planning. 

Students and families should complete The Master's School Travel Form to communicate their travel plans to the school.

Faculty and staff should contact Joneen Monitto at jmonitto@masterschool.org.
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We continue to monitor the following:
CDC
WHO
State Department Travel Advisories 
 
The Master's School is also in regular communication with state and local health departments, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and peer institutions. 
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We will be monitoring travel advisories for destinations with increasing numbers of COVID-19 and will follow CDC and WHO recommendations regarding quarantine upon students' return from spring break. Even if there is no quarantine recommendation at this time, there is a risk that, if advised by the CDC or local Health Department, we would require a 14-day quarantine upon return to the U.S. 

As spring break approaches, we ask all travelers to weigh the necessity of any upcoming travel and understand the risks involved, even beyond the CDC risk assessment. All international travelers are putting themselves at an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. This potential exposure can be compounded by unexpected delays and cumbersome logistics upon returning to the U.S., including the potential for missed classes due to self-isolation. We urge all members of The Master's School community to consider these risks when deciding whether to move forward with their travel plans.
 
Students and families should complete The Master's School Travel Form to communicate their travel plans to the school.
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We are currently planning to provide reasonable academic accommodations in the event of a school quarantine. 

While attending class is important at The Master's School, there is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our students and our community at large. We feel confident that any student who is away from campus for two weeks due to either a required or voluntary quarantine can and will be supported academically without impacting his/her academic record. We will navigate the need for longer leaves of absence due to approved medical reasons on a case by case basis.
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All students should take their essential class materials with them during spring break including computers, reading materials, etc. 
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Prevention is key. Wash your hands thoroughly, use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available, cough into your elbow or a tissue, stay home if you are ill, and minimize close face-to-face or hand-to-hand contact. 

If you can avoid travel to countries with increasing numbers of COVID-19 or can fully avoid any non-essential travel, we encourage you to consider doing so. 

Please communicate immediately and honestly with the school. Anyone who has reason to believe that they or their families come in contact with someone with COVID-19 should contact their doctor and then notify the school immediately.
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We are very aware of the anxiety students are feeling about coronavirus, particularly those from countries experiencing large numbers of cases, those who cannot get home for break, and those whose travel plans have been disrupted due to fears of further outbreak.

The counseling and medical staff at The Master's School have made themselves available to students feeling anxious about coronavirus and will continue to provide support to students upon their return to campus following spring break. 
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Closure would be determined in consultation with local health department officials. In event of closure, families will need to be prepared to pick up their child from school.
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Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html for guidelines from the CDC on talking with children about coronavirus.