An Update from the Head of School

Mr. Zimmerman keeps the Linsly community updated on the latest information concerning the Coronavirus:

Please be assured that The Linsly School faculty and staff understand and share your concern for the well-being of our students, employees, and school families during this high-stress time. We are doing everything possible to monitor and prepare.

Given the complex and rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to visit the public resources available from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the West Virginia Health Department, and the Wheeling/ Ohio County Health Department. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I keep my child home from school?
If your child is ill, please follow the policies to email or call in your student as absent - it will be excused. Do not send your child to school if you suspect he or she may be ill and has exhibited any of the following signs or symptoms:
  • An elevated temperature of 100 degrees or more during the last 24 hours.
  • Vomiting within the last 24 hours.
  • Repeated episodes of diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
  • Chills, loss of appetite, unusual fatigue, and/or lingering headache.
  • A significant amount of nasal discharge, particularly if the discharge is yellow or greenish in color.
  • A persistent cough.
  • A significant sore throat.
  • An earache.
If your child has been diagnosed with any serious communicable disease, you must notify the school so we can comply with reporting requirements.

What happens if my child feels sick while at school?
As usual, if a student falls ill at school, parents will be called immediately and the student will be cared for until he or she can be picked up. Boarding students will be cared for in our health center.

What can families, students, and school personnel do to keep from getting sick and spreading COVID-19?
The CDC recommends the following preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick (and do not return to school until you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication). We ask you to strictly adhere to this policy.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
What additional steps is the school taking at this time?
The school will take extra care with cleaning and disinfection processes, with particular attention to common surfaces.
  • Additional cleaning of common surfaces by faculty and staff is happening at regular intervals throughout the school day.
  • The evening cleaning crew has implemented a disinfectant protocol in addition to the regular cleaning.
  • All faculty and staff are required to maintain appropriate hand washing and sanitizing protocols upon entering the building and throughout the day.
What can I do if my child is fearful of coming to school?
This can be scary and confusing for students. We want to acknowledge the likelihood of an emotional impact on both kids and adults stemming from the Coronavirus as well as the news coverage and conversations taking place about it. We encourage parents to engage in conversations about this with their child and help them process any fears that are present. We see the following resources as good starting points for approaching these conversations.
Healthline - How to Talk to Your Kids about the Coronavirus
Psychology Today - How to Talk to Your Anxious Child About the Coronavirus

Is The Linsly School closing because of COVID-19?
Linsly will remain open at this time. We are monitoring all state recommendations and will follow the lead of the State Departments of Health and Education if closure becomes a possibility.

How would the decision be made to close the school?
The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. While Linsly will monitor other school closings, we make decisions independently based on the school’s unique needs and situation, as well as guidance from external agencies.

In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in our community, the school would work closely with the Ohio County Health Department, the WV Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and health professionals to determine the best course of action, following all public health protocols.

What can a parent do to prepare for a school closure?
  • Plan alternative childcare arrangements for children in case school is dismissed early and/or closed.
  • Talk to friends, neighbors, and other parents in school about sharing childcare duties if your children are well, but school is closed.
  • Talk to your employer about working from home or shifting schedules in the event of a school closure.
What about trips, events and gatherings?
We will make decisions about upcoming trips, holding or canceling events with an abundance of caution and based on the updated information from the Ohio County Health Department and all other available information. We are currently discussing the planned seventh grade trip to New York and the fifth grade trip to Canada. More information will be forthcoming as soon as we have made decisions.

What can a parent do to prepare for an outbreak of COVID-19?
Although the current risk in our area from COVID-19 remains low, the situation is rapidly evolving. We encourage you to stay up to date with the latest information and recommendations from health officials (see resource list above).

How would my child’s education continue in the event of an extended school closure?
Faculty would prepare lessons, assignments, activities, resources, etc. that would allow our educational program to continue as much as possible in the event of an extended school closure. A combination of physical lesson packets and online resources including Zoom calls, Google Docs, and Schoology would be used in varying degrees depending on grade level.

We continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated as things change.

Respectfully,
Justin Zimmerman
Head of School
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