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March 11, 3:30 p.m.

There are few circumstances that do more to showcase the strengths of a community than those that require pulling together to navigate through uncertain times. Working with  St. Martin’s administration, faculty, and staff over the last few weeks to determine our next steps in responding to the threat of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19 has been both reassuring and encouraging. 

We have no reason to believe COVID-19 is currently in our population at school. However, since the number of confirmed cases in New Orleans continues to grow, we feel it is critical to urge our families and employees to help us take steps to protect our community...
03.11.2020, 3:30 p.m.

Dear St. Martin’s Community,

There are few circumstances that do more to showcase the strengths of a community than those that require pulling together to navigate through uncertain times. Working with  St. Martin’s administration, faculty, and staff over the last few weeks to determine our next steps in responding to the threat of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19 has been both reassuring and encouraging. 

We have no reason to believe COVID-19 is currently in our population at school. However, since the number of confirmed cases in New Orleans continues to grow, we feel it is critical to urge our families and employees to help us take steps to protect our community. 

We are actively working to minimize possible exposure to our students, faculty, and staff. We are now:
  • Limiting the number of visitors coming to campus by cancelling some events and postponing others.
  • Asking that if you have contact with someone who has been near a person diagnosed with coronavirus, or if you have any reason to self-isolate, please report that information to Nurse Smilari at 504.736.9944. (See CDC guidance on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.)
  • Reviewing our campus events, field trips, and class trips on a case-by-case basis and communicating any possible postponements individually.
  • Preparing a Continuity of Learning Plan, which will allow us to continue educating our students should the school need to close campus for an extended period of time. Our Continuity of Learning Plan will allow for the continuation of essential curriculum and skill-building at grade levels Pre-k through 12. In addition, our George Cottage faculty will be working to provide resources for our parents and families. 

If you have traveled or plan on travelling to countries or states with elevated levels of COVID-19, please consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. Please report any personal international travel to our nurse to assure that CDC protocols are followed.

As always, our primary priority is the safety and well-being of our community. We are available to discuss any concerns you or your child has regarding the COVID-19 or flu. This article may be helpful in explaining the virus to children. You may also feel free to encourage your child to reach out to our counselors or medical professionals for reassurance.

If you have a question regarding whether your child should stay home, feel free to contact Nurse Smilari at 504.736.9944 or eileen.smilari@stmsaints.com. 

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. Updates will continue to be sent as they become available. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Our approach to this situation is that faith, common sense, and forward thinking guide our steps rather than the paralysis of fear. Our community is a strong one. We are pulling together to provide a safe, healthy, and stable environment for all. 

Sincerely,

Merry Sorrells
Head of School

Eileen Smilari
School Nurse, Chair of Student Support Services Department


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