Week of March 12, 2020
From the Head of School
Salem Academy Flexible Instructional Plan
I want to reassure you that we are working diligently to finalize a teaching and learning plan in the event that we become a virtual campus due to the Coronavirus.
Our flexible instructional plan will allow collaboration among classmates as well as faculty instruction. Our goal is to “keep school going,” yet we do not want students to be glued to a screen all day. The students have been involved in multiple learning environments all year, and our intent is to continue this as much as we can.
We will continue to use Google Classroom and email as communication tools between faculty and students.
We are all hopeful that we will not need to adjust our routine but realize that it could happen.
Thank you for your support and patience as we all navigate this situation.
Far may our song ring clear!
Note: During this time, we ask all families to remain diligent about checking and responding to their email. Emails will be the main correspondence to receive Salem Academy news and updates.
Academy Town Hall Meeting
Reminder: Town Hall Meeting from 9:30 - 11:00 am. on Saturday, March 14 in Shirley Recital Hall of the Elberson Fine Arts Center.
Health And Wellness Update: Coronavirus
As we all work to stay well in the wake of COVID-19, preventive measures recommended by trusted health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are our first line of defense. We are writing to share with you some of the measures that Salem Academy and College is taking to aid in the prevention effort. We are also asking for your help by using preventive hygiene practices, getting adequate rest, staying hydrated, and staying home if you are ill.
In our effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our campus, here are some of the measures that Salem is employing:
- Hand sanitizer stations will be set up in strategic, high traffic locations on campus for your use. While hand sanitizer is very helpful, please remember that thorough hand washing is best.
- Disinfectant wipes will be placed in classrooms, computer labs, science labs, the fitness center, and other strategic locations for use in wiping down frequently touched spaces (e.g., desks, chairs, keypads, mobile devices, etc.).
- Our Physical Plant custodial staff are enhancing the frequency of their cleaning of frequently touched surfaces on campus (e.g., doorknobs, handrails, countertops, tables, toilets, sinks, etc.).
- Hand washing and preventive hygiene posters by the CDC and other trusted health organizations have been placed around campus as reminders to us all.
The sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be placed around campus for use beginning today. These supplies are meant to be tools for use by our campus members in those designated locations and we encourage you to use them. We will continue to provide these materials for use by our campus members as supplies are available and the situation warrants.
As President Doran and Head of School Carol Killebrew shared in their community message earlier this week, the CDC has advised that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed and to stop the spread through everyday prevention practices such as:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- 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. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash or use your elbow or sleeve to cover your cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect your frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Other helpful measures include:
- Do not eat, smoke, or drink after others and refrain from sharing personal items like towels and bedding.
- Use self-care: get sufficient sleep, exercise regularly, manage stress (Students: remember Counseling Services - Ms. Johnson for support), drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Salem Academy is continuing to monitor the development of the coronavirus disease internationally as we diligently keep abreast of this developing situation. At any time that a student feels unwell, she is asked to seek an adult in the building to ensure that she receives proper medical care. Our Novant Health team has been in regular contact with the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, and the safety of our school community remains our highest priority. Salem Academy has a nurse in the building two mornings a week, and we are also ready to take students to a medical facility if any symptoms arise.
Note: In addition to the development of the coronavirus, we are also in the midst of a robust flu season in North Carolina, and it is imperative that all of us are vigilant in washing our hands and covering our coughs and sneezes with our elbows to diminish the spread of germs.
Interim Grade Reporting Information
Teachers will write an individual comment for each student at the midpoint of the second semester, the week of March 16. Each student will meet with her advisor to discuss these comments on Thursday, March 19, and the interim reports will be available in the Parent Portal on Friday, March 20. Students and parents can view course grades in the Parent Portal at any time.
SAT for March 14th
Dr. Spong has been monitoring the College Board website and so far testing in our area will still occur. The list has changed today, however, so I will be monitoring the website and if I see changes for us I will let you know. You can also monitor this on CollegeBoard's website.
Dr. Spong has spoken to some students today concerned about testing due to the virus. College Board has parameters allowing for changes if you would like to make them. View the parameters needed for testing changes.
If you have any questions please email Dr. Spong.
Spring College Visits
If you are scheduled for a college campus visit this spring, please be sure to check ahead with their admissions office prior to departure as many colleges/universities are making adjustments. Dr. Spong is happy to help if you need assistance. For safety measures, read this article regarding college visits and the coronavirus outbreak.
Seniors: College Admissions Decisions
College admissions offices are still working even if their campuses are closed. Many have shared they still plan to release decisions in the next two weeks. As you receive decisions please keep Dr. Spong posted. Also, Dr. Spong is available to meet with you virtually to talk through your options.
Academy Summer Storage 2020
The school year is swiftly moving forward and the end of the year is near. We need feedback from boarding students and families about your summer storage needs. Please complete the Summer Storage Survey by April 7th. For any questions and concerns about Academy summer storage, please contact Miss Jo Teel.