Key School and COVID-19
Key School's campus and Fusco Athletic Park are closed through April 24, 2020.
Distance learning began on March 18, 2020.
All administrative offices are open with staff members working remotely, including Divisional, Head of School, Business, Advancement, Admission, and Communication Offices, in addition to Summer at KEY.
Maintaining flexibility and open lines of communication during difficult times is incredibly important, both to ensure we navigate the coming weeks effectively and to help lessen the anxiety many may be experiencing, including your children. This web page serves as an evolving resource for the Key community and provides links to information from our counselors, faculty and outside agencies we feel can be helpful to our families.
We continue to monitor national and regional outlets, including CDC, State of Maryland, Maryland Board of Education, the National Association of Independent Schools, and Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools.
In every decision we make, our top priority is the health, safety and well-being of your children.
Posts added this week include:
- Extended Distance Learning Update added to First School on 3/28
- Distance Learning Using Zoom added to Lower School on 3/28
- Distance Learning Update added to Upper School on 3/28
- Clinical and supportive resources from Child Mind Institute added to Counselors' Corner on 3/27
- That Discomfort You Are Feeling Is Grief added to Counselors' Corner on 3/26
- Social Distancing guidelines from the CDC added to Prevention and Mitigation on 3/26
- Extending closure through April 24 added to All-School Communication on 3/25
- Update on Distance Learning Plans added to Middle School on 3/25
- Facts about Coronavirus
- Steps to prevent illness
- What to do if you are sick
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread
- Information about Travel
- Combating Stigma
- Talking to Children about Coronavirus 2019
Annapolis Pediatrics COVID-19 Webpage - Dr. Katie Edwards
Resources shared by School Counselors Randi Altschuler and Erin Weiss
- Clinical and supportive resources from Child Mind Institute
- That Discomfort You're Feeling Is Grief, Harvard Business Review
- 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus, written for the New York Times by Lisa Damour, author of Untangled and Under Pressure.
- Coronavirus, Online Learning, Social Isolation, and Cyberbullying: How To Support Our Students
- This is an excellent blog from Sameer Hinduja, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center who spoke at Key earlier this year. It provides solid advice on addressing some of the challenges students may encounter during school closures.
Updated March 26, 2020
According to the CDC, COVID-19 is primarily spread between people who are in close contact with one another (closer than 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
All Marylanders are advised to practice social distancing. Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. Social distancing can take many forms, depending on your lifestyle and your family and work situation, and can include the following habits and steps:
- Avoid handshaking, hugging and other intimate types of greeting
- Avoid non-essential travel (your health care provider may have specific guidance for your situation)
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
- Work from home if possible for your work situation
- Avoid unnecessary errands — consider ways to have essential items, like food and other household supplies, brought to your house through online delivery services or through family or social networks
Healthy hygiene habits are also essential to mitigate the spread of this disease and everyone should regularly take the following preventive measures:
- Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
- Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)