COVID-19: Information & Resources
This page serves as the information hub for Greens Farms Academy news related to the COVID-19
coronavirus and should be referenced regularly as we navigate this global health crisis together.
Posted on 4/13/2020
After consultation with local public officials, medical professionals, and colleagues at other schools, while taking into account the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) suggested measures, Greens Farms Academy will continue in online distance learning throughout the remainder of the school year.
To minimize the possible transmission of these respiratory viruses, please
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the sleeve (not your hand) when coughing or sneezing. Throw tissues in the trash.
- Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home if you have early symptoms indicative of influenza (e.g., fever, headache, extreme fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, muscle aches, or a runny nose with unusual tiredness.
- Stay home until fully recovered from an illness (e.g., have no fever, vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours, are no longer extremely fatigued and have significantly reduced respiratory symptoms).
- Our Coyle Scholar events with Dr. Jonathan Haidt including his 7 p.m. talk, “What’s Happening with Gen Z: How to Make Our Kids Smarter and Stronger” has been moved to October 21.
- Grandparents and Special Visitors Day has been cancelled.
- The Alumni Washington, D.C., Reception on May 6, and the NYC Alumni Reception on May 28 have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. Fall Alumni events, starting with Reunion on October 16–17, will proceed as scheduled.
Zoom Security Practices at GFA
With the advent of Distance Learning for all, many useful platforms have emerged that help deliver these experiences in a more meaningful way. That being said, just like any software platforms, some have sought to use these platforms to disrupt the good work that schools and other organizations are doing to keep students engaged.
How are we keeping our Virtual Learning Spaces safe?
From the outset, we’ve advised Faculty to apply to most stringent security settings within the Zoom Platform. Any faculty member that is utilizing the platform is doing so under our enterprise account where we’ve enabled many of these settings by default
We’re monitoring related FBI warnings and guidance around using Zoom. So far, all we’ve done aligns closely with their guidance. Links to GFA virtual meetings are only posted to our password-protected portals or are emailed directly to students within a given class/advisory.
We’ve taken steps to ensure students are logging into the platform using their GFA Google credentials so they are easily identified/verified when they attempt to join meetings.
To that end Faculty members have a “waiting room” function available where they “check-in” students one at a time prior to the start of a meeting. While in a waiting room, participants are not able to share audio or video.
We’ve provided guides to students that cover best practices and etiquette within Zoom.
We’ve taken a multi-faceted approach to online learning at GFA in which Zoom is just one piece of the puzzle. Concerns arise about school use of Zoom when it was the sole means of communication between students and teachers, this is most certainly not the case at GFA.
Stay Home, Stay Safe: Office of the Governor
Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel (Dept. of State)
How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus (Healthline)
Bob Whelan, Head of School: 203-256-7551
Kathleen Raby, School Nurse, RN, BSN: 203-256-7535
Jennifer Campbell, CFO/COO: 203-256-7543
Ward Abel, Director of Travel Programs: 203-349-7440
Jason Hannum, Coordinator of Campus Security: 203-256-7507
Elizabeth Day, Upper School Counselor: 203-256-7550
Jackie Woods, Middle School Counselor: 203-349-7203
Corinne Kennelly, Lower School Counselor: 203-349-7218