COVID-19 Public Health Statement

Updated April 27, 2020

 

The Washington School for Girls is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) in the United States and the Washington, DC region. We recognize that schools can play an important role in community health. 

While there is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding future stay-at-home orders, we needed to make a decision now on our academic program for the remainder of this school year and wanted to change the schedule slightly to provide additional planning time for our teachers - who are working tirelessly each day to bring learning alive.   WSG will continue our remote learning through the completion of this school year, which will now end on Friday June 12.  In addition, beginning Friday May 1 online instruction will end for students after morning prayer and advisory/SAS on Fridays only, and teachers will have an unplugged planning afternoon (thus not available for office hours or student support during that time).  Monday May 11 will now be a professional development day for faculty/staff as well - and a day off for our students.  We believe these changes will provide important time for our teachers to continue to bring the best program forward and maximize the learning time we have with our students in this school year. 

 

The decision to close school is not one that we take lightly. As a small school that draws students and staff from a variety of areas in DC, MD and even VA, we want to make sure that we are thinking of our entire community with our decisions. We base our school closing decisions on the large school districts and groups in our area, including DC and PG County public districts, the Archdiocese of Washington Schools, and other local schools.  WSG has interconnections with each of these districts, either through geography, shared families, students and staff, and/or overall school policies/guidance, and have used their guidance in our decision. As a result of the closing of PG County (and Maryland) schools, we will also be closed.  

WSG Parents: 

You have received more detailed communication regarding this closure through your primary email and via text. Please refer to that notice for details on our Learning Continuity Plan and steps that WSG is asking you to take.  WSG will continue to provide communication throughout the closure as additional information becomes available. 

WSG Collaborating Partners, Volunteers, Vendors, and Visitors:

Please contact your primary point of contact at WSG with any questions you have about the school's Coronavirus response and how it may impact our partnership. School staff are working remotely and have access to their email and phone extensions. 

 

WSG asks that everyone in our community works with us to ensure that our students can stay healthy:

  • If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 during recent travels or by someone with a confirmed diagnosis, please notify WSG if you have since been in contact with a student or staff member​.

General Resources

To help protect yourself and others:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 

For more information about COVID-19, please refer to the following resources provided by the CDC and local health agencies. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

District of Columbia:

https://coronavirus.dc.gov/

Maryland:

https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx

Virginia:

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/

Washington School for Girls

THEARC Campus / 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020 / Phone: 202-678-1113 / Fax: 202-678-1114

The VIEW Campus / 1604 Morris Road SE, Washington, DC 20020 / Phone: 202-678-1714 / Fax: 202-678-5422

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