Dear Life School Parents,
During spring break, our staff has been closely monitoring the news and latest information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Texas Education Agency, state and national health officials and other emergency medical professionals. Additionally, our campuses have been thoroughly cleaned with commercial-grade disinfectant to ensure our buildings are ready for the return of our students and staff.
Life School is aware of many announcements of unprecedented closings by colleges, universities, and school districts, as well as large event cancellations in an effort to implement social distancing measures as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As of today (March 12, 2020), there has been no decision regarding the closure of public schools in Texas, especially those who do not currently have a case of COVID-19. Life School leadership will meet with local health officials tomorrow, March 13, to receive additional information and precautions at that time. After the meeting, Life School will share any updates as necessary.
Life School is committed to the health and safety of our school community. As a reminder, at the campus level, we will continue to ensure that sufficient soap and sanitizer supplies are available to students, staff, and visitors in all locations, at all times. Maintenance staff will also continue to thoroughly disinfect frequently used surfaces on a regular basis.
Prior to spring break, Life School sent an email about monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel alerts and guidelines. We continue to ask all parents and staff to monitor these alerts and follow the CDC’s guidelines upon return from spring break: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
An evolving situation
Please be aware that information, precautions and procedures are fluid and changing rapidly. In the coming days as more information from our health agencies becomes available, we do anticipate that additional information will be distributed to public schools. As soon as we have more information, we will notify parents and staff as quickly as possible.
With several university and college closings, we recognize that closing school sounds simple, but there are many protocols we must follow in a public health situation. This is not just a local decision and we must have all the facts and implications prior to making any decision.
Currently, Life School is working on several contingency plans to ensure we make decisions based on directions from health and medical professionals. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to determine the best safety plans possible for all students and staff. We do not take any of the decisions ahead lightly.
Please enjoy the rest of your break and prepare to follow any CDC travel guidelines upon return. Additionally, please wash your hands regularly and follow CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of any illness.
For more information and resources, visit https://www.lifeschools.net/apps/pages/covid-19
-- Life School Communications Team