SRA Parent Communication
In light of the news that one of our faculty has received a “presumptive positive” result for the coronavirus, this faculty’s class rosters were provided to RIDOH, and they began making phone calls to student’s families on Tuesday evening, March 3. The students who were in contact with this faculty member will be under self-quarantine from now until the end of the day on March 12, 2020.
RIDOH stresses that the quarantine is only for the SRA student who was in direct contact with the faculty member. Parents, siblings and other household members are not impacted and may go about business as usual. Students who are not self-quarantined are allowed to be out in public.
At this time, RIDOH is not requiring that the school remain closed, but SRA administration has decided to continue online coursework through March 13. Although transmission risk is still low, we prefer to take a conservative approach. Presently, we expect normal operations to resume on Monday, March 16. We know that this is unconventional, and we ask for your continued patience and cooperation as we work to safeguard the well-being of the community.
It has recently come to our attention that one of the other chaperones who was undergoing testing has come back negative. We are very relieved for her and the school community.
We are working with the appropriate agencies to determine how extra-curricular activities (including sports and drama) will be conducted during this school closure.
We once again ask for continued prayers for those affected, but also stress the need for continued compassion and sensitivity during this challenging time.
Saint Raphael Academy has been informed that a third member of our school community has tested presumptive positive for Coronavirus. This female faculty member recently returned from the school trip that visited Italy, France and Spain. We are happy to report that this individual's symptoms do not warrant hospitalization, and she is resting at home. We will continue working with the Rhode Island Department of Health and are also now working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC is the leading national public health institute of the United States and we will follow their guidance and comply with their directives. Saint Raphael Academy will provide updates as soon as we are able. Please stay positive and continue to send your prayers to all of those impacted.
UPDATED,: Saint Raphael Academy has been informed that a second member of our school community has tested presumptive positive for coronavirus. This individual recently returned from the school trip to Europe. Although this individual’s symptoms do not warrant hospitalization at this time, they are closely following the directive of the RI Department of Health (RIDOH). In accordance with RIDOH’s request and in an effort to ensure the well-being of our community, the Academy will be closed for the remainder of the week. Students will be instructed at home through virtual learning. During this time period we are asking our students to continue to follow good health practices and avoid gathering in large groups. Saint Raphael Academy will provide updates as they become available and will continue to keep all members of our community in our prayers.
Saint Raphael Academy is saddened to confirm that a member of our community has had a “presumptive positive” test result to the coronavirus. It is important to note that this member of the community has not been at the Academy since returning from Europe, and none of his immediate family members are symptomatic at this time. The administration has been in close contact with the RI Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At their directive, the students and chaperones who were on the recent trip to Europe will be out of school until March 9. They are on self-quarantine and will be self-monitoring with RIDOH supervision. Although not directed by the CDC or RIDOH, out of an abundance of caution, the SRA Administration has decided that all students, faculty and staff will have Virtual Days at home on Monday and Tuesday (March 2 and 3) while ongoing campus sanitation continues. All after-school activities and practices (including sports) are also cancelled. Classes will resume on campus as usual on Wednesday, March 4.
We would like to reiterate that Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director of the RI Department of Health, has said the general level of risk for Rhode Islanders is low. In this situation, the risk is low even for those who have travelled with the infected person. Only travelers who were on the Europe trip are required to be on self-quarantine by the RIDOH, and they have been contacted.
Please keep the SRA community in your prayers.
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