Programming During a Pandemic
Our top priority is ensuring Stanley is well prepared and that school continues even as the impact of COVID-19 rolls on. Stanley's coronavirus task force is managing the school's response based on information and advice from local, state and federal authorities, including the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
British Primary education carries on. Since returning to school, we have been conducting on-campus classes adhering strictly to guidelines of the agencies described above and outlined in our 2020 Return-to-School Guide. For affected cohorts and individual students, Stanley teachers are conducting a home-based learning program.
Teaching and learning – in-person or otherwise – should align with core principles of our educational philosophy and values including flexibility, choice, student agency, student-teacher connection, equity and experiential learning. The goal of home learning is not to replicate a Stanley classroom experience, but to enable students to continue to progress in developing essential skills and concepts while maintaining connection with classmates and teachers in meaningful ways.
Resources for you and our neighbors
Care for Stanley community and beyond
Stanley’s fundamental work of educating and supporting our students continues. For help, or simply encouragement, contact Head of School Sumant Bhat, your division leader or a member of our administration (all in the staff directory), or our social-emotional teachers Allison (K-1-2), Laura (3-4-5) and Emily (middle school).
Access Wi-Fi internet
Need internet access, but don’t have a home Wi-Fi service? You can use a friend or family member’s cell phone hotspot; or use a free internet connection near you on Xfinity’s free local Wi-Fi Hotspot map.
Get food, wellness or financial services
If your family, or someone close to you, would like help in accessing resources, there are many community resources that have mobilized to provide supplies:
- Emergency food assistance at Rocky Mountain Foodbank locations
- Denver support services (health/wellness, housing/utilities, unemployment/business)
- Free breakfast and lunch for Denver Public Schools families
- New York Times 'Money' resource: Hub for Help During the Coronavirus
Take care of yourself
Tough times can bring out the best in people, and the Denver mental health community is here for us. You can feel better by participating in any number of interventions designed for parents on the front lines: Take advantage of "Support Through the Coronavirus" zoom meetings Crom CU’s Johnson Depression Center, "Surviving the Coronavirus at Home" from family therapist Craig Knippenberg, "Coping in the Face of Uncertainty" from CU's department of psychiatry, and other programs. Our Middle School Counselor, Emily, has introduced a coronablog for Stanley parents, stop in and add your thoughts to the conversation.
Lend a hand
We want to do all we can to support our enveloping communities during this challenging time. If you can donate time or money to help others, here is a short list of highly regarded non-profits that can use your support:
How to support children
As with any emergency or difficult current event, we are committed to supporting our children in developmentally healthy ways. These are just a few resources:
- Handling Your Kid's Disappointment When Everything is Canceled
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
- Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus
- How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Helping Children Cope with Stress During 2019 Coronavirus Outbreak
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 – A Parent Resource
What we know about coronavirus
What is COVID-19?
Awareness and preparedness are critical. Learn more about the COVID-19 virus from the CDC.
What is the health risk from COVID-19 in Colorado?
Cases of COVID-19 are present in Colorado and Denver County. For the health of everyone, grandparents, parents, healthcare workers, friends and neighbors, we must all behave as though we have been exposed and observe the state's prevention and community spread guidelines.
What do we know about the risks to children?
There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. Most confirmed cases have occurred in adults. In outbreaks of SARS and MERS, infection among children was relatively uncommon and symptoms were mild. Reports available indicate that COVID-19 symptoms in children may present mildly.
How can I do my part to keep Stanley healthy and safe?
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides useful information at healthychildren.org. In addition, while any individual may never show symptoms or require medical care, individual actions can put others at risk; Stanley is taking steps to help protect the health of the public overall.
> Current Quarantining Cohorts (requires sign-in)
(For more, please see archived updates below.)
How Stanley families can help
As a treasured part of our community and the one around us:
- Be responsible: Please prioritize physical distancing to prevent community spread. Children pose a risk to more vulnerable populations, even if they may not develop symptoms or become sick from COVID-19.
- Seek help: If you or a family member have symptoms, please follow protocols from the CDPH for seeking medical guidance, getting testing and managing infection.
- Notify school: If a family member is diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact Sumant, head of school, or Melissa, our student health coordinator; your information will be treated confidentially and, if needed, could aid us in cooperating with public health experts.
We are advised by the CDE and CDC that the best steps we can all take is to follow the same practices as you would during flu season:
> Wash your hands often with soap and water
> Cover coughs and sneezes
> Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
> Stay home if you are sick
> Avoid close contact with other people
> Follow Colorado's How Sick is Too Sick for School guidelines
> Check the handbook for more guidance on staying healthy