VIGILANCE AND COMPASSION
Vigilance and Compassion
At Middle Way School, our primary commitment is to the students and families we serve, what we call our sangha. Our priority is keeping them safe. We are currently open on campus, in-person with outdoor classrooms and a cohort system. It’s so good to be back!
We rely on the innate wisdom of each individual in our community, their compassion for each other, and on each person taking responsibility for their actions. We are all closely interconnected through this amazing group of children and our actions have direct impacts on everyone in the community. Being compassionate means staying vigilant. Please remind your children to wash their hands frequently at school and elsewhere and keep up with the best practices in your home as you would elsewhere. The reality is that we’ll likely all be forced to go virtual if any COVID cases pop up and none of us want that. Cases are likely to start rising locally as public schools in our region begin to open in person. This is in all of our hands so please be smart and respectful of others in the choices you make regarding socializing.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If anyone in your household is not feeling well or you believe someone in your home has been exposed or travelled to an area with a health advisory please follow the four steps below or refer to this flow chart [PDF].
- DO NOT ATTEND SCHOOL
- Fill out the Possible Exposure Form
- Consult your Health Care Provider
- Wait to return to school until you have one of the following:
- A doctor’s note confirming an alternative diagnosis. In this case be sure to act according to the guidelines for that diagnosis
- Received a note confirming a negative test result, have been fever free for 24 hours, and have an improvement in symptoms
- The Ulster County Department of Health releases you from isolation.
HOME CHECK QUICK LINKS
Our Healthy School Committee—made up of medical experts, educators, school leaders, and parents—published a plan, as mandated by New York State, to reopen safely based on all of the best information available. This plan was approved by the State in August. It is a living document that is revised regularly as the mandates change.
A slight uptick in the number of allergy and viral-like symptoms is very common for this time of year. With the added anxiety around the pandemic, now is a good time to review the similarities and, more importantly, the differences. For details on how to tell the difference between allergies and COVID, continue reading.
For what you need to know about who should get tested, where to get tested in Hudson Valley, and what types of tests are available, click here.
PREVENTION AND EARLY TREATMENT
Poughkeepsie-based Bambini Pediatrics created a document with helpful information about how to stay healthy.
COVID-19 REPORT CARD
Every day, MWS reports to the NY State Department of Health, tracking our real-time COVID-19 infection and testing operations.