CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESPONSE
The Oakridge School is diligently monitoring the status of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Oakridge has taken proactive steps to minimize health and safety risks to our students, faculty and staff, and the larger community. It is out of an abundance of caution that we have closed campus and initiated our Distance Learning Plan.
Campus Operations & Events
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakridge school leaders initially extended Spring Break through Friday, March 20. Other steps taken, include:
- Our Distance Learning Plan will take effect Monday, March 23 until the end of May.
- Campus is closed to admission tours. Zoom meetings and virtual tours will be offered to all prospective families. Contact Mrs. Amy Wilson, Director of Admissions, with any immediate questions or to schedule an online meeting.
- Community events, extended day/enrichment activities, fine arts performances, and athletic competitions are cancelled until further notice.
Oakridge Leadership Communication
Resources for teaching and learning from a distance and working remotely have been put into place. Here are some of the messages about that and more from Head of School Jon Kellam to parents, guardians, faculty, and staff:
If you are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Tarrant County Public Health officials have advised that you call your health care provider to discuss symptoms or contact history.
Do not go to a clinic if experiencing symptoms without first calling. As new information emerges, we will continue to update you.
Protecting Our Community
Oakridge recommends our community members follow CDC and public health guidelines, which are similar to what is recommended during cold and flu season, including:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
Know the Facts
While there is understandable concern and widespread news coverage of coronavirus, there also has been a great deal of misinformation. The World Health Organization (WHO) has created a myth-busters site, while the CDC has a “Know the Facts” site to combat rumors about the virus and its transmission. PBS explains what doctors and public health officials mean about "flattening the curve" on COVID-19.
Talking to Children & Teens
Most of our children, whether in the Early Childhood Center and Lower School or teenagers in Middle and Upper School, have already heard or read about COVID-19. Parents and guardians, however, may still be uncertain of how to talk to their children about the pandemic. Below are links to sites recommended by our educators. We hope these resources are helpful to your family.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here for answers to additional FAQs relating to school operations and our response to COVID-19.
This is an unprecedented moment for Oakridge, our region, and the world. We are grateful for your cooperation and support as we navigate this critical situation, and take steps together, to ensure the education of our children and safety of our entire Oakridge Owl community.
Learn the latest information at www.theoakridgeschool.com/coronavirus.