COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

(UPDATED 3/23/20)

Wyoming Seminary's community draws from 18 states and 35 countries, so events playing out at a distance from our schools can have a real, concrete impact on our campuses and our students' experiences. We are closely monitoring the evolving domestic and international response to COVID-19 and will make every effort to stay in communication with you on the proactive steps we are taking to safeguard, as much as possible, your child's health and safety and that of our entire community, and to approach this challenge in a deliberate and thoughtful manner. We have been and will continue to be informed and guided by advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. State Department, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and state and local authorities on how best to care for our students and community. This is an uncertain and evolving situation, and our students' safety is always our first concern.

Wyoming Seminary has established a COVID-19 Response Group to track developments related to COVID-19, setting policy, and communicating with the Sem community. This group meets on a regular basis and will continue to provide updates.

We have created this page as a means to keep you informed of school plans and procedures for the foreseeable future, and we will be updating it on a regular basis. We also will continue to stay in touch through our established email and newsletter methods.

If you have any questions after reading through the information below, please email COVID-19faq@wyomingseminary.org.

SEM SETS DECISION DATE FOR SPRING TERM

By April 27, President Kevin Rea and the COVID-19 Response Group will announce if Sem will physically reopen for the remainder of the spring term. While our physical campuses are closed until that date, our online learning continues. We will share up-to-date information on this page concerning this decision.

VIRTUAL SCHOOL GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

Wyoming Seminary began offering classes to students at both Lower and Upper School on a virtual school platform on Wednesday, March 18. The links below provide information about what students and parents can expect, what is expected of students and parents, and answers to frequently asked questions.

VIRTUAL SCHOOL GUIDELINES

VIRTUAL LEARNING FAQs

Recommendations for health

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19:

The CDC list the following symptoms specific to COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you and/or your children are experiencing any of the following cold and flu symptoms, please be checked by a physician and cleared before your child returns to school:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

We urge you to follow these general health tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95 percent alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissues in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

We encourage you to watch this video on basic COVID-19 prevention from the WHO.

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