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COVID-19
We are committed to keeping our families informed and will provide email updates as new information becomes available. All updates will also be posted here on our website. Should any cases of COVID-19 be identified in our area, we will work closely with local and state health officials to protect our students, families, and employees through appropriate control measures.
 
We will notify you using our Parent Alert system if recommendations include a disruption to our daily operations. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus and our StoneBridge School community.

StoneBridge School and COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19, commonly called the coronavirus, is part of a large family of coronaviruses that circulate among animals. Sometimes coronaviruses can evolve into a new human coronavirus and make people sick. Three recent examples of this include the current COVID-19, SARS in 2003, and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2014.
In February this year, the World Health Organization officially named this new (novel) coronavirus disease COVID-19. CO stands for corona, VI for virus, and D for disease. It was first identified in Wuhan China in 2019.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu or cold: fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with a common coronavirus diagnosis.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). The virus can be spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
A person could contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. But this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Check the CDC here for more information on how the virus spreads.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest), however health experts are still uncertain of exactly when an infected person is contagious. Fourteen days is the longest incubation period seen for similar coronaviruses, although it could be shorter for some people.
Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

How long someone is actively sick can vary. Current CDC guidance for when it is okay to emerge from isolation should be made based on the following requirements:

  • The person is free from fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • The person is no longer showing symptoms, including cough.
  • The person has tested negative on at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.
As with the flu and other viral illnesses, it is always best to protect yourself and others from infection by following these practices recommended by the CDC:
 
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading any virus to others. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes in your elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. When used correctly, commercially available disposable disinfectant wipes, cloths, or towelettes are effective for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing household items like dishes, cups, eating utensils, bedding and towels.
  • Seek medical care right away. Call your doctor’s office or emergency room before you go and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
StoneBridge School administration is monitoring this situation closely and will proactively update the community as appropriate. We are aware of how quickly this illness has spread, and the school takes this potential threat very seriously. We are continually working to ensure all members of our StoneBridge family are safe should this illness impact our community.
 
Our janitorial team will continue to clean thoroughly using solutions that are known to kill 99.9% of all germs on all surfaces that are in common use, including extra touches on those things that are handled more frequently.
 
Additionally, we urge parents to reiterate to children the importance of frequent and proper handwashing. Please visit the CDC website for further information.
The CDC reports that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness, including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. People who are immune-suppressed or immune-compromised may also be at greater risk. StoneBridge School administration is always mindful of those in our community who face a much higher risk of serious illness from infection.

We urge all our parents to help protect these members of our community by following the CDC’s recommendations on COVID-19 as well as the StoneBridge School’s sick child policy as stated in our Policy and Procedures manual.
In the case of any illness, StoneBridge School policy indicates:
 
  • If a student or employee becomes ill at school with a fever over 100⁰, they will be sent home quickly. Students will need to be picked up immediately.
  • Students/Staff must be fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications before returning to school.
 
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 infection within our StoneBridge community, the administration will notify parents. We will not share identifying information about the individual infected. We will close the school for the recommended 2-5 days to thoroughly clean and disinfect the campus and follow VDH guidelines.
 
The administration’s priority is the health and well-being of our community. We will continue to follow the guidelines provided by the Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will notify parents should campus closure be deemed necessary to help mitigate the contagion.
All returning travelers must comply with all CDC directions and guidance received from other government agencies.

MARCH 18 UPDATE:
  • Students traveling internationally are required to stay home for 14 days from date of reentry, per CDC guidelines.
  • Families traveling domestically by any means from known hot zones within the United States will be required to stay home for 14 days. Please check the CDC for the latest hot zone areas in the U.S. Travel may result in your student having to stay home for 14 days upon your return.
  • We recommend that families avoid unnecessary travel over spring break (by car or air) to reduce the spread of the virus.
StoneBridge administration is monitoring communications from the Virginia Department of Health, the CDC, and other public health agencies. Because the COVID-19 spread is a fluid situation, planned travel-related events outside of the state have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.
MARCH 18 UPDATE: At this time, public health authorities are urging limited large group gatherings or public events. As of March 18, all after school activities and athletics events have been cancelled through April 10. Activities beyond this date will be determined on a case-by-case basis.