Wooster School Coronavirus Information
This page is designed as a hub for the Wooster School community regarding the coronavirus. All updates will be posted to this page, unless emergency communication is required.
What to do if you or someone in your household contracts, or comes in contact with someone who is diagnosed as having COVID-19?
At present, Wooster School is not drawing a distinction between someone who knows that they have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, someone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or someone who has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. For safety purposes and to minimize the risk of the spread of the virus in the Wooster community, all three instances should be handled with similar levels of caution.
Step One: Contact local health authorities and your own healthcare professional. Most healthcare facilities are now recommending that you CALL FIRST, before visiting so as to reduce that risk that healthcare workers become infected.
Step Two: Keep your student(s) at home and call Wooster School to fill us in on the situation. Your first point of contact should be our nurse Anna Jette, at (203) 830-3925.
Step Three: Restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. Here is a link to that procedure if you’ve been exposed and/or diagnosed. Within that link is another link to what to do if someone in your home has contracted COVID-19.
We've been processing lots of data, bulletins, and news reports -- and exchanging information with other schools and associations. Here are links to what we believe are the most reliable sources of information to date:
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control (US)
- An interactive from John’s Hopkins University which tracks the available data on infections AND the number of people who’ve recovered.
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (added March 5, 2020)
- Which Groups Are Most at Risk from the Coronavirus? Good, statistical information about who is most at risk by Scientific American. (added March 5, 2020)
- Coronavirus effects by age, from Worldometer, a trusted internet data resource (added March 6, 2020)
- Connecticut's Official State Website for the latest information, resources, and guidance related to coronavirus (added March 9, 2020)
- New York's Official State Website for the latest information, resources, and guidance related to coronavirus (added March 9, 2020)
- What is social distancing? This is a short video that explains the concept very well. (added March 11, 2020)
- Social Distancing A definition. (added March 11, 2020)
- Covid-19 is now in 50 countries An Economist magazine article which goes into further depth about the spread of viruses within the context of this current health emergency. (added March 11, 2020)
- Does closing schools slow the spread of coronavirus? This interview with Professor Nicholas Christakis of Yale provides some useful insights into the value of proactive school closings. (added March 11, 2020)
- Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now This article provides is a deeper dive into data. (added March 14, 2020)
- How Much Worse the Coronavirus Could Get, in Charts This is a NY Times interactive graphic. (added March 14, 2020)
- Younger Adults Make Up Big Portion of Coronavirus Hospitalizations in U.S. This NY Times article makes it clear that everyone is at risk, not just the elderly. (added March 19, 2020)
- List of helpful links in understanding the seriousness and severity of the virus and pandemic. (added March 25, 2020)
- The Coronavirus and Teenage Anxiety A NY Times article about ways to help teens manage anxiety about the coronavirus
- A helpful article on the spread of the virus.
- Practice proper health hygiene protocols. Here is a link to a helpful infographic.
- Do not touch your face -- particularly eyes, nose, and ears.
- Do not come to school if you are feeling sick and/or have a fever.
- Never share any drinking or eating receptacles or utensils.
- Pay more attention to sanitizing surfaces at home and in your car on a regular basis, particularly after groups or individuals have been using them.
More information about preparing at home for the virus.
- Teachers will frequently remind students of health hygiene protocols.
- We will begin disinfecting classroom surfaces at least once per day with two electro-static disinfection systems that we have purchased for this purpose.
- We are carefully vetting any planned visitors to campus. At present, we are not allowing planned visits from any persons who have been to, or interacted with, anyone from a Level 3 or Level 2 (see CDC warnings) area since January 1, 2020.
- Following the guidelines for student travel shared by the CDC, and given the fluid nature of the situation (the expectation that more cases of the coronavirus will be reported in areas that are as yet free from any confirmed cases), Wooster School has put a moratorium on school-related trips outside of the United States until further notice. This includes the Spring Break trips to Cuba and the April Jamaica trip.
- Seniors will be prohibited from traveling to any areas for their Senior Independent Study projects with reported “active transmission” of COVID-19. Active transmission refers to areas where cases are being detected as a result of interactions with other local community members, as opposed to isolated cases resulting from contact with an individual who has recently been in an area of active transmission.
- We are strongly suggesting that Wooster individuals and/or families not make trips outside the US for Spring Break, and/or to areas of the US where active transmission of COVID-19 is occuring.
- If at any point, you suspect that you, your child, or any other family member has been exposed to COVID-19, and/or is showing symptoms, please refrain from returning to campus. Please reach out to your local health care provider and then the appropriate Division Director here at Wooster School to discuss next steps.