COVID-19 Public Health Statement

Updated March 26, 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. 

Following the State of Maryland and numerous other school systems, WSG's physical campuses will be closed from March 14-April 24. Because of our scheduled Spring and Easter Break, students will resume distance learning on Wednesday, April 15 and we expect to return to our physical campuses on April 27. We will not be hosting Intersession (previously planned for March 30-April 3)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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