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COVID-19 Awareness and Information

Our mission, values, and a commitment to the health and safety of our community members are central to how Moorestown Friends School is navigating decisions surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We recognize that people all over the world are being affected by this virus, and we are guided by both real-time information from experts as well as our core value of respect for all human beings.

MFS continues to closely monitor and evaluate the latest information about COVID-19 and has created this page to serve as an ongoing resource for our community. We will keep it updated with new information as it becomes available. Head of School Julia de la Torre has formed a Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) that is meeting regularly to make key decisions and proactively address the school’s needs. We thank you for your partnership as we make decisions with the best interests of our students, faculty/staff, and families in mind.

Health & Hygiene

The MFS Nurse’s Office reminds community members to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid sharing cups/water bottles, utensils, lip balm, etc.

The practices identified above are also helpful to address the 2019-2020 influenza season, which is in full swing. We ask that all community members be attentive to any flu-like symptoms. If anyone begins to experience flu-like symptoms they should:

  • Stay home for at least 24 hours if sick with flu-like illness that includes a fever. The fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • Report to the Nurse’s Office to relay symptoms and get their temperature checked.
  • Limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from spreading the illness.
  • Cover their nose and mouth with a tissue (or sleeve) when coughing or sneezing. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash their hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.

We recommend the following sources for accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19

Questions and concerns may be sent directly to the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) at crt@mfriends.org.

Coronavirus Response Team: Kimberly Clarkson, Julia de la Torre, Jenel Giles, Meredith Godley, Chris Kimberly, Jen Raue (School Nurse), Mike Schlotterbeck, and Lisa Carbone Warren.

Resources for Parents and Guardians

We recognize that supporting students to understand the changing situation surrounding Coronavirus can be a challenge. We hope the following resources give you a starting point for talking to your children about the issue.

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
New York Times Parenting

How to Talk to Your Anxious Child About the Coronavirus
Psychology Today

Just For Kids: a Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
NPR

Explaining the News to Our Kids
Common Sense Media