Virtual Days Extended March 2-6, 2020 - Updated
March 1, 2020
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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