March 27, 2020
Open Letter to St. John's Preschool Families regarding school closure for remainder of 2019-20
Dear St. John’s Preschool Families,
It is with deep sadness that we are writing to announce the closure of St. John’s Preschool for the remainder of the school year.
Just as our social distancing at home is driven by concern for our community, the closure of preschool reflects our recognition of the need to do our part in response to this public health crisis.
We all share in the disappointment that school has ended so unexpectedly. As we all adjust to this change, we want to continue to stay connected and support learning by sharing updates through our Facebook page.
For our 4 year olds who are graduating and going on to Kindergarten, we send you love and wish you a spirit of compassion for others, curiosity to learn, and creativity to dream as you continue your lifelong educational journey. We will share specific resources so that you can complete your kindergarten readiness. For our 2 and 3 year olds, we look forward to welcoming you back to school next school year when we can safely open our doors again.
We know our families are struggling to balance work, child care, isolation and self-care while keeping COVID-19 worries — both your children’s and your own — at bay. Be kind and generous to one another in the days and weeks to come. In times of uncertainty, the greatest skills you can help cultivate in your young ones is the ability to cope, express their emotions, and find joy in the things that we often take for granted and that matter the most.
We will be in touch with more information on how to collect personal belongings.
We are sending well wishes for everyone’s health and well being,
St. John’s Preschool Teachers
March 15, 2020
Open Letter to St. John's Preschool Community regarding COVID-19 Response
Dear St. John's Preschool Parents and Families,
As you are likely aware, this past Friday, Governor Ralph Northam issued an order for all K-12 schools across Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. In light of the state government’s guidance for educational institutions, and in an effort to proactively slow the spread of COVID-19, we are writing to inform our parents and families that St. John’s Preschool will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27 in alignment will all Virginia K-12 schools. Additionally, all events and activities are cancelled during this time.
We recognize the significant impact this extended closure will have on our entire community, students, families, and on our staff. These measures are intended to help protect our most vulnerable populations and safeguard our students as much as possible.
While school is closed, everyone is encouraged to continue practicing good hygiene, engage in social distancing, and follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Limit interaction and maintain a distance of at least 3-to-6-feet between yourself and others. Refrain from public contact to the extent possible with those who are immunosuppressed or a member of a high-risk group as defined by the CDC.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
If you have a fever, cough, and breathing difficulties, stay home and seek medical attention early by calling your medical provider.
Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider.
When we do resume our learning, our team will ensure the Preschool is cleaned and sanitized, and will maintain rigorous cleaning protocols daily.
We are so grateful for you and your shared efforts to help keep our community safe and healthy. On the other side of this global public health crisis, we’re convinced that we’ll have a deeper understanding of the value of human interaction and connectedness, and what an important part we play in each other’s lives. We will miss our time together, and endeavor to post learning activities via the Preschool’s Facebook page that our students can engage with from home.
We will keep you updated as more information is available.
Wishing you and your dear ones a healthy few weeks ahead,
St. John’s Preschool Teachers