SRA Remains Closed through March 13; Online Learning Continues
March 4, 2020
This message was sent to SRA parents earlier today.
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.