Coronavirus Update - March 16th - 2020


Dear Parents, Given the circumstances, I will be sending daily updates for the next week or so. ISD Coronavirus Case After an investigation by the CDC, it has been determined that the risk of transmission from the children of the parent who tested positive to the ISD community is very low.  The affected students and teachers, as well as their family members, have not been asked to quarantine themselves. Community Action I have heard reports that harassing messages have been sent around this issue.  I’d like to remind the students that harassment is not tolerated in person or online. In accordance with this policy, any hurtful messages surrounding the Covid-19 virus sent among students is unacceptable and needs to stop.  I am asking all parents of secondary school students to have a conversation with their adolescents about the situation.  Here are some possible talking points. · How would you feel if a family member was sick and other kids were sending you harassing messages? · How would you feel if a family member was sick with covid-19?  How would you want others to treat you?  What could they say to support you?  What could they do to support you? · If you knew another student who was sick or had a family member who was sick, what could you do to support them? As a community, now is the time for us to come together and support each other.  It is a character-defining moment for all of us. Do we want to be a positive force or a negative force? In times of anxiety and stress, it is easy to look for someone to blame.  By fighting this instinct, we can find a collective deeper strength that allows us to show compassion to one another and to become a positive force that continues to unite our community. As always, I am available for any questions or concerns you may have. Feel to reach out to me at alank@faculty.isd.sn. Sincerely, Dr. Alan Knobloch Director, ISD



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