Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Dear St. Charles Preschool Families:

March 23, 2020

I appreciate the patience and support you have shown this week, not only with the teachers and myself, but especially with each other. One blessing in any crisis is the opportunity to show our love and concern for others.  Thank you for doing all you can to help. 

As we all suspected, Arlington County has announced that schools will be closed starting Monday.

Public school students are scheduled at this time to return to school on April 14.  This date coincides with our Spring Break.

St. Charles is currently scheduled to reopen on April 20th.  

For those of you registered for the Easter Camp hosted here by PSA, they are prepared to open camp on the 14th, as allowed by the County's announcement.

We will continue to evaluate and monitor the situation on a daily basis and will provide an update on our plans as new information is available. 

Teachers will begin emailing you lessons, activities and ideas for how to pass the time productively.

We know you will appreciate our efforts to keep your children engaged, occupied and learning.

We realize changes in schedule can be hard on little ones (and big ones, too.) 

We hope your family can find some opportunities to spend time together in prayer, playing a game, taking a walk, making a meal together, cleaning a room, reading a story, etc.

Feel free to reach out, even let your child dictate an email to me or their teacher.  We would happily receive messages and pictures from your children.  

The office staff and I will be available to answer questions throughout the duration of the closure via email.

Teachers will be checking email between the hours of 9 and 3, Monday-Friday.   If you think it would help the mood and/or keep some normalcy in your household, feel free to contact us. You can also be email-pals with your classmates!

Although we have not shared explicit information with the children about this situation, they are aware that adults are anxious. 

We encourage every family to turn off the TV and be there to listen and hug. 

Some children may act differently (retreat, act out, need more attention, have difficulty sleeping, etc.) as a response to this changing and unstructured situation. 

Just reassure them that your love is unconditional and tell them we all love them too!

Be assured of our prayers that everyone remains safe and healthy during this stressful time.

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,

Amy Fry

Director

afry@stcharlesarlington.org

March 11, 2020

I would like to share some specific information about how we are preparing and responding to the concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  First, we have decided it would be prudent to reschedule Donuts for Dads celebrations.  

Arlington Public Health Department continues to update and share information with the community as this is an evolving situation.  The best information is directly available from their website.

I also want to provide you with the letter from Dr. Vorbach, Superintendent of Catholic Schools. As he mentions, we have been working closely with family members who have recently traveled in addition to carefully monitoring the health of our students.

We have implemented practices as recommended by Public Health officials.  This includes having students wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds as many times as appropriate throughout our school day.  Any students or staff who are sick are asked to stay home.  Our custodians are following all protocols for cleaning.  We continue to get updates and immediately follow all public health guidelines.  Our training on the 16th has been canceled to allow each Catholic school time to do a deep clean of all the student spaces in the building.

We will also be preparing on Monday in case Arlington County determines that it is necessary to close school.  St. Charles will abide by the decision of Arlington County regarding any health emergency.  In order to support student learning, we will provide ongoing instructional resources and activities that teachers will email directly to their students each week of a closure. Home bound study will rely somewhat on e-learning websites, but as always we defer to your judgement as parents regarding how much screen time is appropriate for your child.  

Please do not hesitate to stay in touch with your child's teacher, or directly with me, if we can answer any questions.  Our students' safety and well-being is our first priority.  St. Charles will continue to provide updates, and we will work together to ensure our students' learning is supported.

Thanks for your support of our students and staff!

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,

Amy Fry

Director

afry@stcharlesarlington.org

March 13, 2020

I am sorry that the present realities will not allow us to safely finish this school year together as we had hoped.  Today the Governor announced an extension of the school closure through the end of the school year.  This means that all our special events will not happen as we planned and the teachers and I will have to come up with some creative ways to celebrate Dads, and Moms, Our Lady and our "graduates".  For the safety of our children, and each other it is best that we all seek the comfort and shelter of our separate houses and forsake what has been a loving second home to every teacher and student of St. Charles.  Please know that we all wish this were not so.  The teachers and I are committed to continuing to remotely foster learning and a sense of belonging through May, by ever more creative means.  We sincerely appreciate your support of these efforts.  The more feedback we receive from parents, the better we can tailor the offerings.

 

I have received many emails with valid questions regarding the tuition and the outlook for Summer Camp.  Once I am authorized by the Diocese to release the answers we have been diligently working on, I am sure many of you will have even more questions.  Please DO NOT CALL the school, as we are not able to access phone messages remotely at this time.  You can email myself or the office staff at any time and be assured of a prompt reply.

I pray for you all, and wish you every grace and blessing that can come from the present.

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,

Amy Fry

Director

afry@stcharlesarlington.org