Redwood Day’s Campus Will Be Closed Beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27, 2020.

Redwood Day’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan

*All updates in blue text were added on March 11, 2020, by the Health, Safety and Infectious Disease Advisory Council

Level Green (Low Risk to Redwood Day; Proactive Response)
  • No Redwood Day students, faculty/staff, or parents/guardians are diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Small numbers of people outside Redwood Day, in Oakland, and the larger Bay Area, diagnosed with COVID-19
  • State and county officials are encouraging proactive measures to protect against transmission of the virus
  • Limited number of schools may be closing throughout the Bay Area temporarily in response to potential exposure within their school communities; no reported or known exposure at Redwood Day
Redwood Day’s Response
  • All school programs and events will continue as normal; as of March 11, 2020, field trips, community events, and assemblies will be canceled on a case by case basis. Please see the updated section below for specifics.  
  • Faculty/staff will regularly and consistently remind students to wash their hands thoroughly multiple times a day and during heightened times when students have increased social interactions (recess and lunch)
  • Students will be consistently reminded not to share food or drinks with each other during snack or lunch
  • Ample disinfectant wipes and antibacterial soap will be provided to all faculty/staff and will be readily available in classrooms
  • The overnight janitorial staff will completely sanitize all public surfaces on a nightly basis including all common areas, desks, countertops, and restrooms
  • Faculty/staff and students should remain home if they are ill (including symptoms other than those associated with COVID-19); normal Redwood Day health protocols, including remaining home with a fever within the last 24 hours, will be reinforced and followed strictly
  • The Head of School and Leadership Team will continue to consult with accrediting agencies (e.g. National and California Association of Independent Schools), governing agencies, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) for expert guidance and direction
 
Updated Redwood Day Level Green Response as of March 11, 2020
To be as proactive as possible in mitigating the School’s need to elevate to a Level Yellow, the Health, Safety and Infectious Disease Advisory Council has indicated that the following preventative action steps be taken while in Level Green to ensure that Redwood Day can remain open as long as possible: 
 
  • School-sponsored events will be assessed on a case by case basis and will be reassessed over a rolling 30-day window as guidelines and conditions change. We have made the following decisions on specific events at this time:

    • The Redwood Day at Night Auction on March 28, 2020, is canceled; the Auction Team may plan a smaller-scale event for later in the year; in the meantime, most items will be moved to the online auction, to be held April 1-8, 2020.
    • Community events, including parent education workshops and Friday Coffee, will be canceled beginning today.
    • Events for outside groups that use Redwood Day’s facilities will be canceled starting on March 17, 2020.
    • Assemblies and other large school gatherings will be canceled starting this week; should we need to bring more than 50 students together for any purpose at one time, we will practice social distancing.
    • Field Trips and Athletic Events will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Field trips to public spaces and/or that require public transportation or parent drivers will be canceled.

  • Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, in an attempt to minimize exposure and keep the school open as long as possible, we will be limiting those on campus to only students, staff, and teachers. This means that we will be closing Redwood Day’s campus to parents/guardians and non-essential outside individuals. All students must be dropped off and picked up at the curb in the morning and afternoon. For parents/guardians of younger students, if you prefer, you can walk your child to the front Gallery door at the beginning of the day; teaching assistants and/or teachers will be there to greet your child. At the end of the day, for students in X-Care, parents/guardians will be permitted up to the X-Care check-out desk in the Gallery, and no further, to check out their child(ren). After you sign your child out, we request that you wait outside the front entrance of the school for your child; this will help minimize congestion in the front of the Gallery. 
  • If your child needs to bring in food for a birthday or advisory celebration, only store-bought, pre-packaged food can be brought on site. For individual student lunches, prepared meals from home are allowed; faculty/staff will monitor students to ensure they are not sharing food at lunch or recess. “Pizza Fridays” will continue as normal without parent volunteers.

  • Any community members, including students, who have a travel history over the past 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 2 or Level 3 will not be permitted on campus for at least 14 days after returning. As of March 11, 2020, these areas include China, Iran, Italy, South Korea. and Japan. Parents/guardians are required to notify the school if this is the case for your family.


Level Yellow (Medium Risk to Redwood Day; Heightened Response)
  • The School is made aware that a community member has had contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19
  • An increased number of people outside Redwood Day, in Oakland and the larger Bay Area, are diagnosed with COVID-19
  • State and county officials are recommending people work from home if they are able to; officials are making stronger recommendations to the public regarding individual and community responses
  • Redwood Day is experiencing student attendance issues and/or significant staffing deficits due to illness
 Redwood Day’s Response
  • If a community member has had contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, the School must be made aware immediately; in this event, the CDC and state/county officials may require Redwood Day to close for a short period of time to deep clean the school’s campus and facilities in accordance with their guidelines 
  • Added March 11, 2020: By following the preventative measures added to Level Green above, we are doing everything we possibly can to minimize the possibility that the school needs to close if a parent/guardian has had contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19. While the additional measures do significantly alter our social norms on campus, they are important action steps for the school to take to minimize the possibility of a closure. Even with these measures in place, depending on the fact pattern, the CDC and state/county officials may still require Redwood Day to close for a period of time.  
  • If Redwood Day is closed temporarily (one to three days), no distance learning or alternative program will be delivered; the School has included “buffer” days into the school year to absorb some closures due to circumstances beyond our control. If the number of days the school is closed exceeds the allocated “buffer” days, the school will add days to the school year at the end of the year
  • If there are no identified cases of community members in contact with individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, but conditions described in Level Yellow above prevail, the school will:
  • Follow all proactive measures outlined in Level Green above, including the action steps added on March 11, 2020

 
Level Red (High Risk to Redwood Day; Maximum Response)
  • Community member(s) have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • A large number of people outside Redwood Day, in Oakland and the larger Bay Area, are diagnosed with COVID-19
  • State and county officials are requiring schools to close and people to work from home 
 Redwood Day’s Response
  • Redwood Day will close until cleared by state and county officials to reopen
  • Online and distance learning programs will be implemented at all grade levels
  • Redwood Day’s campus will not reopen until a deep cleaning that meets county and/or state guidelines and clearance from governing agencies is granted

FAQ

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What preventative measures are being taken on a daily basis?

    • Throughout the day, surfaces (desks, tables, work surfaces, doorknobs, counters, etc.) are being wiped with disinfecting wipes. In the evenings, all surfaces in classrooms and public spaces (i.e. the Gallery) are being disinfected.
    • When handling any sort of food or snacks to serve to students, adults are wearing gloves.
    • Handwashing, handwashing, handwashing for 20-seconds! Students are asked to wash their hands as they transition from recess back into the classroom. Before lunch, students wash and/or sanitize their hands before they handle their food. We have sanitizer available in all classrooms and heavy traffic areas, including the Gallery and the Middle School admin building.
    • If a child falls ill during the day, they are sent/brought to Jill’s office and parents/guardians are contacted to pick up their child.
  • Q: Under what circumstances should I decide to keep my child home from school if they are ill?

    • In light of the precautions being taken to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we request that you keep your child at home if your child is exhibiting any signs of illness, including common cold symptoms, respiratory issues, fever, cough (even in the absence of fever).
    • As stated in our Community Handbook, "students are required to remain home for at least 24 hours after they are free from vomiting, diarrhea, or fever without the assistance of medication. This is especially important in light of flu outbreaks."
    • Furthermore, if a student is running a fever, the Front Office will notify parents/guardians and ask them to pick up their child as soon as possible.
  • Q: What will happen if a parent/guardian, faculty/staff member, or student comes in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or tests positive, themselves, for COVID-19?

    • If you come in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or you test positive for COVID-19, you MUST notify the school immediately. Email John Loeser at jloeser@rdschool.org or call 510-534-0800 and ask to speak to John.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19, the CDC and/or the public health department will require you and your child(ren) to quarantine at home for at least 14 days, and the school may be required to close for a period of time.
    • If a faculty/staff member or student is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is likely that the school will be required to close for up to 14 days, if not more.
    • If you, a faculty/staff member or a student comes in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, the school will consult with the CDC and/or the public health department to provide the fact pattern and receive guidance on appropriate mitigation measures.
  • Q: What should I do if I’ve traveled to a CDC Level 2 or 3 area of the world in the last 14 days? What should I do if I have travel plans that take me to these parts of the world in the future?

    • Any community members, including students, who have a travel history over the past 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 3 or Level 2, will not be permitted on campus for at least 14 days after returning. As of March 10, 2020, these areas include China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea, and Japan. Parents/guardians are required to notify the school if this is the case for your family.
    • If you have travel plans to any parts of the world that are currently designated as Level 2 or Level 3 by the CDC or are so designated in the future, prior to or during your travel, you MUST notify the school immediately. Email John Loeser at jloeser@rdschool.org or call 510-534-0800 and ask to speak to John.
  • Q: What are some ways that I can mitigate exposure for my child and my family at this time, outside of school?

    Ultimately, we ask that families practice the same precautions around social distancing that we are putting into place at Redwood Day. To that end, we encourage you to make thoughtful decisions about your and your child’s participation in various outside-of-school events, including birthday parties at third party venues, such as the Bladium, Pump it Up, etc. or other large group gatherings.
  • Q: How can I help avoid stigma?

    It is imperative that parents and guardians partner with us to hold our mission and school values front and center during this uncertain, dynamic and fluid situation. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about COVID-19 in the public arena which is leading to racist and xenophobic narratives. As role models for our young students, it is critical that adults play an active role in interrupting these narratives. The following resources are available to help guide you:
  • Q: How will the school let me know if it needs to close?

    Redwood Day will communicate with you via email and via our emergency broadcast system which pushes voice and text messages to the contact numbers on file. It is critical that your contact information is current and up-to-date. Please CLICK HERE for instructions on how to update your contact information in our online portal.
  • Q: Why is Redwood Day open during this time of heightened concern?

    When school closes for an extended period of time there is a significant impact on children, families, faculty/staff, and the community as a whole. For our students, Redwood Day is their second home, and by remaining open we provide them with predictability and security. Additionally, closing school potentially places a burden on public resources if parents/guardians are unable to attend to work, especially if they are public servants (e.g. doctors, nurses, first responders, etc.). Our response plan is in place to ensure that Redwood Day can remain open as long as possible in light of the changing circumstances related to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Q: If school is open and I opt to keep my child at home, will there be an online version of the program available? How will my child’s absence be documented and how will my child’s grades be affected?

    If school is in session, Redwood Day does not have the human resources to concurrently offer an online version for students who opt to remain home. All student absences during this timeframe will be documented as excused. Middle School students who remain at home will be required to stay current with their school work; assignments will be posted on the school portal and students can remain in touch with their teachers and advisors via email. For Lower School students, parents/guardians should notify the classroom teacher and make arrangements to pick-up workbooks and classroom materials for use at home during this timeframe. Lower School teachers will be able to provide a general overview of what students should do to keep up with their school work while out of school; Lower School teachers will not be able to offer a concurrent online program while school is in session.

Latest COVID-19 Communications

List of 3 items.

  • Communication from RD on Friday, March 13, 2020

    Redwood Day’s Campus To Close on Tuesday, March 17

     
    Dear Redwood Day Community, 
     
    Since the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our team at Redwood Day, including our newly formed Health, Safety and Infectious Disease Advisory Council, has been hard at work, thoughtfully planning for various scenarios. Throughout all of our decision-making, our ethical obligation to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty/staff, parents/guardians, and community members at large, has always been front and center. While the plans we communicated since the beginning of March were designed to maintain as much predictability and routine for our students as possible, it is now clear that our model of education must adjust, for the time being, to maximize social distancing and minimize the transmission of the virus.  
     
    In consultation with the Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees and the administrative team have made the decision to close Redwood Day’s campus to students, beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Starting on Thursday, March 19, 2020, our program will transition to a distance learning model at least through Friday, March 27, 2020. Prior to March 27th, we will assess the possibility of returning to campus and will communicate the next steps to you as soon as decisions are made.
     
    It is important that you know that this is a proactive decision; Redwood Day does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our community. We have been in consultation with the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), public health agencies, experts in infectious disease, and administrators at our sister independent schools throughout Oakland, the Bay Area, and the state - many of whom are taking the same course of action. Schools are taking this action based on the evidence before us that this is a critical moment in time when we can help curb the widespread transmission of the virus, protect our school and the larger community, and potentially save lives by doing so. 
     
    At Redwood Day, faculty and staff have been actively planning for delivering our program online, and we are confident that we will continue to deliver on our mission. While we hope to reopen Redwood Day’s campus to students on Monday, March 30, 2020, there is no way for us to know if this will be possible. Therefore, we ask that you plan accordingly for the possibility that Redwood Day’s campus may be closed beyond March 30, 2020. The administrative team will be in regular communication with you throughout this time, as will your child’s core teachers, specialists, and advisors.  
     
    We understand that school closure can be a significant burden on families. While we are unable to provide childcare at this time, should we stay closed beyond March 27th, we are assessing the feasibility and safety of providing supervised care for those who need it.
     
    Thank you for your patience, partnership and support as we navigate this complex and challenging situation. While we will all be making large adjustments to our daily lives in the coming days, the solidarity of our community will continue to be a source of strength and inspiration for all of us. 
     
    Take care, stay healthy, and reach out if you have any questions. 
     
    John Loeser Galia Szurley
    Head of SchoolChair of the Board of Trustees


    What You Need to Know About the Next Few Days:

     
    Monday, March 16: Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences Will Continue 
    Parent-Student-Teacher conferences will continue as planned with some online and some in-person, depending on your arrangements with your child’s teacher or advisor. If your conference is scheduled for Monday, we highly encourage you to arrange with your teacher or advisor to hold the conference online. For families who come in person today, Lower School teachers will send home materials with you and your child in anticipation of online learning. Middle School students can pick up their materials from their lockers. On Monday, for any Lower School families who still need to pick up their child’s learning materials, teachers will have the materials lined up underneath the student cubbies in the hallways for you to quickly and easily pick up. If you do not have an in-person conference scheduled today (Friday), please do not come to campus to pick up materials; teachers will not be able to have them ready in time. If you are not able to pick up your child’s learning materials on Monday, please contact Jim or Johanna to make other arrangements. 
     
    Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 and 18: Faculty Preparation Days
    Next Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 and 18, will serve as faculty and staff preparation days for the transition to distance learning, enabling important time for teachers and administrators to collaborate with one another, refine their distance learning plans, and further practice using the various technology platforms necessary to deliver our curriculum. Please note that there will be no remote classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. During these two days, families should establish a workspace at home for their child(ren) so that they have a designated place to keep their school materials organized and complete their assignments. 
     
    Thursday, March 19: Distance Learning Begins
    We will begin our distance learning program on Thursday, March 19. Cheryl Ting, Assistant Head of School, and Jim Rendle and Johanna Aeschliman, Division Directors, will send an overview of specific guidelines and tools for students, parents, and guardians via email on Wednesday morning. While online learning will not look or feel the same as the classroom experience for our students (or teachers), it will ensure that students continue to meet learning objectives as well as provide a valuable opportunity for faculty and students to remain connected and have continued engagement. As we begin on Thursday, we appreciate your flexibility and patience as we all acclimate to this new learning environment. 
     
    Our teachers will be using various learning management systems (LMS) to support the delivery of the curriculum. K-2 Core Teachers and LS Specialists will use SeeSaw, while 3-5 Teachers and some LS Specialists will use Google Classroom and the School Portal. Middle School Teachers will use Hapara and the School Portal to communicate and deliver programming. Lower School Core Teachers will communicate directly with their class families to share information about the daily class schedule for learning. This includes academic and specialist subjects. Jim Rendle will send out a communication to families regarding schedules for 6-8 students.
     
    Kindergarten through second-grade classes will run from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 12:15-1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Third through fifth-grade classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 1:30-2:00 p.m. Middle School students will follow a schedule that runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All class schedules will have articulated learning blocks that will include online work via uploaded video lessons/messages from core and specialist teachers, academic work packets, activities, a morning break and a lunch period. Some teachers may schedule a time to connect with students via Zoom, during which students will log on for synchronous learning. However, we recognize that a fixed schedule may be challenging for some families, so these presentations will be recorded and uploaded for students to view at another time. If necessary, most of the lessons and learning can be completed independently at a time that aligns with your family’s schedule.
     
    Tech Support During Distance Learning:
    We understand that the transition to distance learning will have varying impacts on our families. As students will require access to a computer for part of their studies, we want to be sure that families have the necessary resources to support their child’s learning. If your family has particular needs, please contact Jim or Johanna, and they will connect you with a member of our Technology Team, iif appropriate.
     
    Athletics and Community Events Cancelled Until Further Notice:
    All community events and co-curricular programs including X-Care/Plus will be canceled or postponed until our return to campus. All athletics programming, including practices and games, will be suspended until we return to campus.
     
    Social Distancing During Online-Learning:
    We are transitioning to online learning to create physical distance in our community, in order to stop the spread of a virus. During this time, all students should practice social-distancing. Public health experts emphasize the need to avoid groups larger than three people (besides family) and to maintain six feet of distance between individuals. This means students should not meet or socialize in larger groups. We understand that some families may need to find ways to provide childcare coverage for their child(ren) and we ask that families adhere to the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing as much as possible.
  • Communication from RD on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    Redwood Day Remains at Level Green; New Updates to School’s Response Plan

     
    Dear Redwood Day Community, 
     
    If you feel like I do right now, you are inundated with information about COVID-19- everywhere you turn there are updates, new media reports, new expectations, and new guidelines, etc. For some of us, we are grateful to have all of this information- the more prepared we are, the better. For others, all of the information can be overwhelming and anxiety-producing. I understand that my communications fall somewhere in this range for all of you, and I hope that they lean more toward the “grateful and prepared” side than the “overwhelming, anxiety side.” In this communication, I’m going to be mission consistent, and differentiate the information according to what you feel you need to understand regarding the school’s evolving response.
     
    Amidst evolving guidelines and news of other school closures, the Health, Safety and Infectious Disease Advisory Council (members: Louise Bedsworth, Christine Chen, Adithya Cattamanchi, M.D., Deann Hays, Nardine Riegels, M.D., John Swartzberg, M.D. [grandparent; Jeremy Swartzberg, M.D., and/or Hena Borneo, M.D, in John’s absence], Galia Szurley, and Cheryl Ting) met and decided upon new measures that will be implemented to reduce the risk of exposure amongst our community and beyond, and ensure Redwood Day can remain at a Level Green as long as possible. We strive to remain at this level as long as possible because we know that closing Redwood Day, for as little as two days to as many as fourteen days or more, will have significant impacts on our students, faculty/staff, and parents/guardians. While these new measures will significantly alter how we operate as a community and will shift our social norms, they are intended to be temporary. Our hope is that, as the risk diminishes, we will be able to resume normal operations; as always, we will update you accordingly. Additionally, teachers will be communicating with students about these new measures in developmentally appropriate ways across the grade levels; our primary goal is to lessen all of our students’ worries and concerns, provide a safe forum for students to share their feelings, and reinforce for all of them that the health and safety of our community is our greatest responsibility.    
     
    For those of you who prefer a brief, high-level summary of the updated Level Green measures in the response plan, please see below: 
    • School-sponsored events will be assessed on a case by case basis and will be reassessed over a rolling 30-day window as guidelines and conditions change. We have made the following decisions on specific events at this time:

      • The Redwood Day At Night Auction on March 28, 2020 is canceled; the Auction Team may plan a smaller-scale event for later in the year; in the meantime, most items will be moved to the online auction, to be held April 1-8, 2020.
      • Community events, including parent education workshops and Friday Coffee will be canceled beginning today.
      • Events for outside groups that use Redwood Day’s facilities will be canceled starting on March 17, 2020.
      • Assemblies and other large school gatherings will be canceled starting this week; should we need to bring more than 50 students together for any purpose at one time, we will practice social distancing.
      • Field Trips and Athletic Events will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Field trips to public spaces and/or that require public transportation or parent drivers will be canceled.

    • Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, in an attempt to minimize exposure and keep the school open as long as possible, we will be limiting those on campus to only students, staff, and teachers. This means that we will be closing Redwood Day’s campus to parents/guardians and non-essential outside individuals. All students must be dropped off and picked up at the curb in the morning and afternoon. For parents/guardians of younger students, if you prefer, you can walk your child to the front Gallery door at the beginning of the day; teaching assistants and/or teachers will be there to greet your child. At the end of the day, for students in X-Care, parents/guardians will be permitted up to the X-Care check-out desk in the Gallery, and no further, to check out their child(ren). After you sign your child out, we request that you wait outside the front entrance of the school for your child; this will help minimize congestion in the front of the Gallery. 
    • If your child needs to bring in food for a birthday or advisory celebration, only store-bought, pre-packaged food can be brought on site. For individual student lunches, prepared meals from home are permitted; faculty/staff will monitor students to ensure they are not sharing food at lunch or recess. “Pizza Fridays” will continue as normal without parent volunteers.
    • Any community members, including students, who have a travel history over the past 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 2 or Level 3 will not be permitted on campus for at least 14 days after returning. As of March 11, 2020, these areas include China, Iran, Italy, South Korea. and Japan. Parents/guardians are required to notify the school if this is the case for your family.  
     
    For those of you who prefer a more detailed explanation and rationale for these new measures, click HERE. In this more detailed section, you will find information about field trips and community events that have been canceled, our current outside food policy, and information about our preparations for distance learning.  
     
    We also created one central location on our website HERE for all information related to the School’s response plan. This portion of our website will also include FAQ’s to provide even more information if you lean more towards “prepared” as opposed to “overwhelmed” when it comes to reading all of the content. The FAQ’s section will provide information about the following topics:
    • Preventative measures being taken on a daily basis
    • When to keep your child home from school 
    • The School’s response should a community member come in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or if a community member tests positive 
    • Self-reporting if you have or will travel to a CDC Level 2 or 3 area of the world
    • Preventative measures to minimize exposure at home
    • How you can help to avoid the stigma
    • How the school will communicate with you if a closure is necessary
    • How absences will be documented and how students can keep up with school work if you opt to keep your child(ren) home
    On a final note, Parent/Teacher Conferences will continue as regularly scheduled on Friday, March 13th and Monday, March 16th. We encourage parents/guardians with video conferencing capability via ZOOM to use this option. If you would like to participate in your student’s conference via ZOOM, please notify your student’s teacher or advisor, and they will send you instructions to join the meeting.
     
    As you know, the dynamic, constantly changing COVID-19 situation has been unprecedented. It is during times like this that the strength of our community shines through. As our mission statement guides us, we are absolutely “ready for anything,” and will continue to be, as this situation evolves. Thank you, as always, for your partnership, support, and understanding. 
     
    Take care, stay healthy, and reach out to me if you have any questions (jloeser@rdschool.org).
     
    John
  • Communication from RD on Thursday, March 5, 2020

    Update Regarding Redwood Day’s Response Plan for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

     
    Dear Redwood Day Families,
     
    I’m writing to update you on the school’s response plan to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and a potential outbreak in the Bay Area, Oakland, and/or our school community. Rather than add “fluff” to this letter, I’m going to be concise and to-the-point, providing all the information you need in an easy to reference, bulleted format.
     
    I want you to know:

    1. The health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is our number one priority.
    2. We recognize there is a media “frenzy” and, to some, unwarranted, and to others, warranted, hype around the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation globally and in the United States; at this time, our primary responsibility to our community is to be proactive, balanced, thoughtful, objective, and measured in our response and planning.
    3. The Leadership Team and I have been consulting with CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools), NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), our sister independent schools across the state of California, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) for expert guidance regarding how to respond to potential scenarios.
    4. We have developed a three-level response plan (Redwood Day’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan) to guide decision making. Please review this plan, in its entirety, so you know how Redwood Day will respond in different scenarios.
    5. We are currently at Level Green in our response plan, proactively implementing various strategies, protocols, and practices to mitigate, as much as possible, the transmission of germs and viruses in our school community.
    6. The faculty and staff are hard at work proactively developing a plan to deliver a version of our curriculum and program via a distance learning model (online learning) should Redwood Day be required to close for an extended period of time; this model will look different at each grade level, attuned to the developmental needs of our students.
    What we need from you:

    1. If you or a member of your family has been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) or recently traveled to China, Italy, Iran, or South Korea, please notify me directly (jloeser@rdschool.org or 510-534-0800 X223). If you or a member of your family plan to travel to China, Italy, Iran, or South Korea in the future (e.g. during Spring Break), please also notify me directly.
    2. In order for us to prepare for the potential delivery of a version of our curriculum/program online, we need to fully understand any concerns related to technology access at home for all of our students. We need you to fill out this simple form now so we can plan accordingly. It is imperative that one parent/guardian fill out this form no later than Monday, March 9 by 5:00 p.m. We need to be sure that every student has access to technology to engage in our program should we need to deliver it via a distance learning model for a period of time. For families who do not have a laptop or device their child can access at home, the school will provide one on loan.
    3. If your contact information and/or emergency contact information is not up-to-date in the parent/guardian portal, please edit/revise as necessary now. Visit THIS webpage for instructions on how to update your information in the portal.
    What to do if your child asks questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) or expresses worry and concern:

    1. Here are two great resources you can consult:
    2. We will continue to be calm, measured, and proactive in our response to our students. We will answer their questions honestly, transparently, and with great attention paid to developmental appropriateness. Our counselor, Lucy Ridgway, will be available for any students who need additional support in the coming days/weeks.
    As I mentioned in my Weekly letter this past Sunday, thank you for entrusting your children to us during this uncertain time. I speak for every faculty and staff member when I say that we are incredibly grateful for your support and partnership, always, and especially during times like this. I promise to continue to communicate with you in a timely and transparent manner, and I will update you as necessary depending on the school’s response level. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me, Cheryl, Johanna, or Jim know.
     
    John