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Jean Bernieri to Graduates 2020 JUNE 12th

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KINDNESS CHALLENGE May18th

Please read letter below from Dept of Health – May 11th

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PALM SUNDAY April 5th

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COVID 19-Update March 31st

https://now.tufts.edu/articles/home-learning-kids-and-parents-amid-covid-19

COVID -19 UPDATE March 23rd

COVID-19 UPDATE March 16th

COVID-19 UPDATE March 13th

 

March 13, 2020

Dear Visitation Community,

Out of an abundance of caution and the desire to keep all students and faculty safe and healthy, Visitation Academy will be closed beginning March 16th.  Visitation will be closed for at least one-week March 16th – March 20th.  We will need to make a determination next week if school will remain closed after March 20th, as this current health situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is ever changing.  We will inform parents promptly as to when school will reopen.

There are currently no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 at Visitation.

Our teachers and students are ready for digital and distance learning.  Books and/or packets are being sent home today with the students and the students have access to online classroom sites. The Middle School will use Google Classroom on the Chromebooks for assignments, lessons, and projects.  The Lower School faculty (K – 4) will be sending home directions as to how to access the individual classroom site for assignments and lessons.  Pre-K will have a packet sent home (with availability to access online).  Teachers will be posting assignments, projects, assessments and the students will be expected to complete all work assigned.

More information about report card distribution and phone conferences will follow after we return to the school building.

While we are closed, the school will continue to be cleaned and sanitized.

Thank you for your cooperation, patience, and support as we navigate through this ever-changing health crisis.

 

Jean Bernieri                                               Mother Susan Marie Kasprzak

Head of School                                            Mother Superior/President

 

 

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 COVID 19 UPDATE March 6th

Dear Visitation Community,

The Visitation community has not had a confirmed case of COVID-19, nor do we know of any community member who has had contact with an infected person. Unfortunately, the number of coronavirus cases in the tri­ state area has risen, and schools and colleges across our region have closed in response to the health crisis. The health and safety of our students and staff is our utmost priority , and we have been following the guidelines and recommendations for schools set by the CDC and the New York State Department of Health. I have been in contact with the Diocesan office regarding this constantly evolving situation. At this point , there is not a recommendation to make any changes to our normal school operations.

In the event of a health emergency, any decisions to close the schools would come in consultation with the Diocesan Education Office and with the state and city deparbnents of health. Parents will be alerted via OptionC Parent Alert. We are working to develop contingency plans to support the educational needs of the sh1dents should school be closed. We want to ensure continuity of education , and we will use digital and distance learning for our students. The Middle School will use Google Classroom on the Chromebooks for assignments, lessons, and projects. The Lower School faculty (K – 4) will be sending home directions as to how to access the individual classroom site for assignments and lessons. Pre-K will have a packet sent home (with availability to access online) should we need to close.

In school we are practicing and reinforcing healthy habits with the students; please reinforce healthy habits at home:

*covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue ; then throwing the tissue away and washing hand s.

*washing hands after using the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

*staying home, if you do not feel well.

We ask that parents make plans to pick up their child immediately, should she become ill during the school day .

We follow the CDC recommendations regarding cleaning and disinfecting the school. Over the past weekend, we had additional cleaning and sanitizing of the school building, including high-touch areas. We will continue to work with the state and city departments of health and the Diocesan Education Office to ensure that we are taking necessary safety measures to support the health and safety of our school community.

The faculty and staff have been meeting regularly to assess the situation, develop contingency plans, and make decisions to support the health and safety of our community and the operation of  Visitation.  We  have been working overtime to keep our community healthy, and to prepare for the eventuality of a school  closing. I am proud to work with such caring and dedicated professionals. Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to work lo protect the health and safety of the Visitation community .

 

Jean Bernieri

 

 

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19}?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. ‘The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, Chin a.

 

Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19?

Yes. COVID-19 is spreading from person  to  person  in  parts  of the United States. Risk  of  infection  with  COVID-19  is  higher for people who are close contacts  of  someone  known  to  have COV ID-1 9, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people  at  higher  risk  for  infection  are  those who live in or have recently been in  an  area  with ongoing spread of COVID-1 9. Learn more about places with ongoing spread at https:L/w\ w.cdL.w  ·v/ cm onavi r-us/2 01   n cov/;1bou t/

 

Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?

Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in  the  United  States  was reported on January 21,  2020.  The  current  count  of  cases  of COV ID-1 9 in th e United States is available on CDC’s webpage at b ttps ://www.cd c.,gav/ cqr m1.vir 1s/ 20 J 9 ncov/ca.s s- in-us.hhn l.

 

How does (OVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected

person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has

the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,  but  this is not  thought  to be the main way the virus spreads . Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at ht tp s;/ / www.cJ ;;;. gt•v/

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

fever cough

shortness of breath

What are severe complications from this virus?

Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi -organ failure and in some cases death.

 

How can I help protect myself?

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

 

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness

to others, you should

  • 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

 

What should I do if I recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19?

If you have traveled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to 2 weeks. If you develop symptoms during that period (fever, cough, trouble breathing), seek medical advice. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

 

Is there a vaccine?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive

action s, like avoiding dose contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.

 

Is there a treatment?

There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-1 9. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms .

 

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need to Know

 

What is Coronavirus?

 

  • Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild illnesses like a cold, to more serious illnesses like
  • A novel (new) coronavirus is a type of coronavirus that has not previously been seen in
  • 2019 novel coronavirus is a new type of coronavirus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness (which affects breathing) called COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 infections have now been reported in many countries including the United States. For an updated list of affected areas, visit gov / cor onavi rus.

 

What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?

 

  • Commonly reported symptoms include fever, cough or shortness of
  • Most people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms. People who are at most risk for severe illness are those who have other health conditions, including chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune

 

How Does Coronavirus Spread?

 

  • The virus is likely to be spread from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or

 

Who is Most at Risk for Coronavirus?

 

  • People who are at most risk for severe illness are elderly or have other health conditions such as chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes or a weakened immune

 

How Can I Protect Myself and Others from Coronavirus?

 

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand

sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed
  • Do not shake hands. Instead wave or elbow
  • Monitor your heath more closely than usual for cold or flu
  • Get the flu shot. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronaviru

 

What Should I do if I Feel Sick?

 

  • Stay home and call your doctor if you have cold or flu symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, fever or sore
  • If you do not feel better in 24-48 hours, seek care from your
  • Avoid going out in Do not go to school or to work until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen.

The NYC Health Department may change recommendations as the situation evolves.                          

 

Health

  • If you need help getting medical care, call
  • NYC will provide care regardless of immigration status or ability to
  • Hospital staff will not ask about immigration Receiving health care is not a public benefit identified by the public charge test.

 

Is it Safe to Attend Large Gatherings?

 

  • If you are sick, stay
  • If you have chronic lung disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or a weakened immune system, avoid unnecessary events and
  • If you have no symptoms, it is okay to go to events, but practice good hygiene and remain vigilant about your
  • Right now, no large events or public gatherings are cancelled but we are monitoring developments and will adjust as

 

What Else Can I Do?

 

  • Help reduce overcro w ding.
  • Consider telecommuting where possible. Pri vate -sector employers should consider allowing employees to telecommute if the job all ows.
  • The City is also asking private-sector employers to consider staggered work For example, instead of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., consider changing some work hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 4p.m.
  • Walk or bike to work, if you
  • When taking the subway, if the train is too packed, be patient and wait for the next one.
  • If you have family or friends who have a chronic health condition, do not visit them if you feel sick.

 

What Should I Do about Harassment or Discrimination Related to Coronavirus?

 

  • It is important to separate facts from fear and guard against stigma. A lot of information circulating about coronavirus on social media and in some news reporting is not based in the facts.
  • Support your friends, neighbors and colleagues by sharing this fact sheet to counter misinformation. Obtain information from trusted sources like the NYC Health
  • If you are being harassed due to your race, nation of origin or other identities, call 311 to report discrimination or harassment to the NYC Commission on Human Rights.
  • If you are experiencing stress or feeling anxious, contact NYC Well at 888-NYC -WELL (888-692- 9355) or text “WELL” to 65173. NYC Well is a confidential help line that is staffed 24/7 by t rain ed counselors who can provide brief supportive therapy, crisis counseling, and connections to behavioral health treatment, in more than 200

 

Where Can I Get More Information?

 

  • For real-time updates, text COVID to 692-692. Messages and data rates may apply . Check your wireless provider plan for
  • Visit nygov/ coronavirus for additional resources and information.

 

The NYC Health Department may change recommendations as the situation evolves.

 

 

  • For translated versions of family letters, go to Coronavirus Parent Letters

 

Our Commitment to Health and Safety

The health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. We encourage everyone in our school communities to listen to facts and not respond to fear.

 

 

Important  Precautions

 

How to Stay Informed and Fight Bias Actions We’ve Taken

 

The health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. We are writing today with a number of important updates  for all  students and families, including the latest information about ways to protect your health.

 

There are a number of actions we have taken and many  things  you can do to keep our communities safe. The most important action you can take is to stay home  if you are sick. Please  see the attached  What  You Need to Know   fact sheet.

 

Our Preparations and Protocols

School Cleaning + Hygiene

We continue to work in close partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to enhance protocols in schools. These include:

 

  • Taking steps to ensure that all DOE school buildings have a nurse by the end of the week;
  • Increasing deep cleanings to two times per week, disinfecting surface areas with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-approved cleaning disinfectant;
  • Ensuring that all 1,800 schools have adequate hygiene and cleaning materials so that bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels;
  • Supplying all schools with facemasks to be used if a student or staff member exhibits symptoms and requires isolation prior to transport to a doctor and/or testing; and
  • Strongly encouraging regular hand washing throughout the day, particularly before meals, and making changes as needed to ensure  students  have time. A

 

International Travel

  • All DOE-sponsored international travel for students and staff for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year is
  • This includes study abroad programs, where students are scheduled to come from other countries to stay with host families in NYC, and where DOE public school students are hosted

 

Attendance

We are committed to easing families’ concerns on attendance and admissions.

 

  • Student absences in the current school year (2019-2020) will not impact applications of fifth- and eighth-graders applying to middle- or high-schools for the 2020-2021 school
  • Student absences in the current school year (2019-2020) will not impact applications of current fourth- and seventh-graders applying for middle- or high-school for the 2021-2022 school

 

What if a student feels sick in school?

  • In the event a student is sick, complaining of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, that child should be taken to the school
  • Any student with respiratory symptoms and fever should wait in a supervised setting with a closed door, away from other

 

What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in my school?

  • In the event that the DOHMH determines that there is a need for investigation, closure, or other action at a school, you will immediately be
  • Per New York State, if there is a confirmed case in a school, the school must be closed for at least 24 hours while DOHMH investigates and
  • We urge you to ignore any rumor you might hear from others separate and apart from official communication from

We are working with the State to provide more information on school closure guidance to share in the near future.

 

Large Gatherings

Right now, the City has not advised the cancellation of large events or public gatherings, but is monitoring developments and will adjust as needed.

  • If you are sick, stay
  • If you have chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, a compromised immune system, chronic lung disease, and/or cancer, avoid unnecessary gatherings and

 

What You Can Do

Reduce Overcrowding

  • Walk or bike to work
  • If the train is too packed, wait for the next

 

If You Feel Sick

  • Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms including but not limited to coughing, shortness of breath, fever, sore
  • If you do not feel better in 24-48 hours, seek care from your
  • Avoid going out in Do not go to school or work until you have been fever-free at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
  • If you need help getting medical care, call
  • NYC will provide care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay

Special Guidance for Vulnerable New Yorkers                                                                                                                      

  • The City is advising those with chronic lung disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or a weakened immune system to avoid unnecessary events and gatherings.
  • If you have family or friends who have one of these conditions, do not visit them if you feel

 

If You Have Traveled Recently

Anyone who has traveled to Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, or China and returned on or after March 4, 2020, must stay home from work or school for 14 days after their last day in that country and minimize contact with other people.

 

  • If returning travelers from affected countries develop fever, cough, or trouble breathing, they should call their medical provider and tell them about their symptoms and history of
  • For those self-monitoring at home, the Health Department has developed a supporting doctor’s note and FAQ available at nyc.gov/coronavirus under “Returning “

 

 

Continue to Practice General Viral Infection Prevention Measures Including:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed
  • Do not shake hands. Instead wave or elbow
  • Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.

 

How t0 Stay Informed and Fight Bias

To get regular updates on the latest developments regarding coronavirus in New York City, text COVID to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments.

 

  • Please read the What  You Need to Know 5   fact sheet for more
  • Visit ny,c.gov/coronavirus5 at any time for important updates, including

ways to fight stigma and bias around this issue.

 

 

It’s important we come together as a city and support one another as neighbors and New Yorkers during this time. COVID-19 is not more likely found in any one race or nationality, and we must each model inclusion and actively work to combat bias in our workplaces and communities.

 

The health and safety of our students continues to be our chief priority, and we will continue to follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly, and stay in consistent communication with our families.

 

March 2nd Letter