This is Remote Packer.
(Formerly: Coronavirus Information Hub) This page provides families with convenient 'dashboard' access to information and resources related to our closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please bookmark this page and check back regularly.
Our Guidelines Regarding Travel and Exposure
Please be aware that the CDC is advising against travel to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Japan. Please consult the CDC’s travel advisories, and note that they may expand to new regions between now and the resumption of school on Monday, March 30.
In order to keep our community safe, we are asking any community members who travel to Alert Level 2 or 3 countries to refrain from coming to Packer for a 14-day period beginning the day after their return to our area.
Health Reporting [Updated March 13]
We will continue to monitor our community’s health over Spring Break (March 13-29). If anyone in your household, including caregivers, is being evaluated for Coronavirus/COVID-19 or receives a positive diagnosis during this period, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (do not call the office).
Given our understanding of the virus’s incubation period, this information may be relevant to our entire community and, in this regard, we will communicate if needed. To preserve confidentiality, identifying details will be withheld.
We are asking all visitors, including family members and caregivers, to refrain from visiting Packer if they have a fever or flu-like symptoms. Like students and employees, visitors must be fever-free for 24 hours before being permitted to enter the school.
If you are planning to visit Packer, please also note the CDC’s guidelines on the elevated risk of group gatherings for older adults and those with compromised immune systems or serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.
Standard Prevention Measures
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Do not shake hands. Instead, tap elbows, wave, or just smile.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.
The PA remains committed to supporting and connecting all Packer families to one another and to the school.
NEW: Free Resources for Home Learning and Entertainment
More to come! Families, if you have found sites offering high-quality free resources for many ages, please email links for possible inclusion in this list to email@example.com.
Talking to Your Children
It is natural that children and adults in our community may feel anxious or afraid. We have provided additional resources for discussing these issues at home. Our psychologists, nurses, and health educators are actively engaged with your children, and they are happy to be a resource to you as well, including during a closure.
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
- Talking to Tweens and Teens About the Coronavirus (New York Times)
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus (NPR)
- Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus (Teaching Tolerance)
Information is for Everyone
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