2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:31
This page is intended to provide the SAA-SDS community with helpful information, resources and updates about COVID-19 and our school response. The situation is rapidly evolving and, as such, we will update this page frequently. Please take time to pray for the leaders of our school, our city, state and country, and especially for the members of the medical community as they make appropriate and timely decisions and work together in support of the safety and well being of all.
We are praying for all our school families at this time away from each other. If you want to share your prayer requests, fill out the form to the right. Your prayers and intentions will go to a prayer team staff member who will be praying on a daily and weekly basis.
There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Correspondence from President Hood
- How do we conduct symptom checks, testing, and monitoring of our community?
- How do we create multiple smaller cohorts so students and staff are exposed to fewer people?
- What are classroom capacities with social distancing in place?
- What additional cleaning needs to be undertaken during the day? Each night?
- How do we feed our community each day when we cannot gather in the dining hall?
- What are our specific actions upon identifying an individual on our campus who is sick? How does that impact the way school operates?
- How do we communicate effectively with our families and our community?
- When you are a four-year-old, it is especially hard to spend your days without your friends. The joy was evident on the faces of our JK students as they held their first Zoom gathering this week! There were lots of smiles and laughter, and the children can’t wait to see their friends again next week.
- Since our 8th graders couldn’t be in Washington, D.C. this week as originally scheduled, their teachers decided to bring a little "D.C." to the 8th-grade geography classes. The students dressed up in red, white, and blue patriotic attire (and decor!) and showed off their contest entries during Zoom class time meetings. Everyone had a great time and appreciated the opportunity to have some fun during our stay-at-home protocol.
- The Class of 2020 is marking their senior year with a few “new” SAA traditions. Our friends at Balfour arranged a drive-thru line to distribute graduation invitations to the seniors. Last weekend the class held "Zoom Prom 2020." Classmates dressed up in their best prom dresses and Zoomed the night away! This week Senior Voices were shared with the Upper School via our first “aZOOMbly.” Thank you to our student leaders who stepped up to make these events happen. While they may be untraditional, the SAA spirit, strength and sisterhood are evident!
- In the Early Childhood Center, Ms. Jamie has been reading bedtime stories to her class each night. Ms. Jennifer has shared her backyard garden with the PK students, and Ms. Megan left a surprise for every student on their porch.
- Dean Boccia gathered virtually with all the SAA Lower School students for their weekly Meet in the Middle assembly, and St. Dominic students began the week together with their Greet the Week Assembly via Zoom. Despite the distance, our Deans were able to provide consistency and love to their students.
- K-8 Counselors are regularly tele-counseling with students via Zoom.
- Our Upper School Chaplains are sharing daily prayers with the community. The Freshman Drama Class is creating Pep Talks to offer encouragement to everyone, and Student Government elections will continue, complete with campaign speeches via Zoom.
• Wash hands often with soap and water
• If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
• Avoid contact with people who are sick
• Stay home while you are sick
• Avoid close contact with others
• Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
Prayer for Week of May 18, 2020
Bishop David for the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena
Today is the feast of St Catherine of Siena. She is the patron Saint of nurses & those who are ill. Today we pray especially for those who are ill during this time of pandemic & all those who care for them. Our thought for the day is from St. Catherine of Siena, a doctor of the Church, who lived a life of service to God and the poor and had a major influence on the Church. May she inspire us to serve others and God with greater commitment. St. Catherine, pray for us. Happy Feast Day!