Carroll's Response to CORONAVIRUS
The uncertainty around the COVID-19 outbreak weighs heavily on us here as we learn to navigate this unprecedented time. As a school community, we aim to respond in a proactive, thoughtful, and caring way to ensure the safety of each member of our community, while continuing to focus on our mission to meet the needs (wellbeing, education, and social-emotional) of each child and their family.
Our Carroll School COVID-19 response team meets daily to coordinate all aspects of the school, including distance learning, remote employees, family support, facilities, future events, and more. Our goal is to consider the latest information with thoughtfulness and anticipate challenges in order to care for our Carroll family.
The following communications have been sent to families:
March 19, 2020 - Weekly News from Carroll
March 17, 2020 - Update from Steve Wilkins
March 12, 2020 - Thursday Update with Important Event Updates related to COVID-19
March 12, 2020 - School Closing Announcement
March 10, 2020 - Updated Coronavirus Protocols
March 3, 2020 - Coronavirus Protocols
In an email to our community, Lower School teacher and Math Division Head, Peter Morris wrote, “Crises are a revealing test of leadership. The camaraderie, professionalism, and humanity with which our community has responded is a direct reflection of your (Sue Kingman & Glens Colman) leadership, and I feel lucky and proud to be a part of it.” This sentiment has been echoing across our community towards all levels of leadership.
We are inspired by all the ways our community (leaders, teachers, students, parents, staff) has come together to collectively address the COVID-19 outbreak and continue to focus on our mission to meet the needs of each child.
Some of the ways we’ve put our community first:
- COVID-19 Response Committee: On March 2 (8 days before Governor Baker declared a state of emergency in MA), Carroll School organized a group of administrators (Division Heads, Head Nurse, Director of Facilities, Assistant Head of School, Head of School, Carroll’s consulting physician) to meet regularly to share information from experts in their respective fields and make schoolwide decisions to keep the community safe.
- Social Distancing and Distance Learning: To encourage social distancing, Carroll decides to close school on March 12 and administration begins work to set-up distance learning plans to continue to meet the needs of each child. Within a day, each Lower School student is set-up with a Chromebook to use at home (Middle & Upper School students are reminded to bring home their Chromebooks & chargers). Teachers and admin meet in teams to establish grade-by grade schedules for distance learning using Google Classrooms for work delivery and Google Meet for live conferencing. On March 17, teachers start assigning individualized work each morning to their students, including fun and creative projects amidst the traditional schoolwork.
- Supporting Employees: In addition to supporting families, Carroll commits to taking care of all 200 of its employees regardless of whether they are full- or part-time faculty and staff by paying them during the school closure. Human Resources shares resources to help faculty and staff navigate their work/life balance and healthcare.
- Caring for New Families: Considering the health and care of families looking for a new school for their children, Carroll’s Admission team hosts its first-ever Virtual Information Session and makes the recording available to all families on its website. The Admissions team continues to meet virtually with parents and students.
Recommendations and guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Guidance for Those at Higher Risk (older adults, underlying medical conditions, pregnant women)