Recent Update (March 12, 2020):

Friday, March 13, will be the last day of in-person, Waltham-campus programming for students and faculty until Monday, April 20. 

We will commence online classes on Thursday, March 19.

Athletic and evening events are suspended through Passover. 


Additionally, we have made the difficult but necessary action of canceling the 10th-grade myIsrael course this spring.
 
We will be evaluating our post-Passover plans and will share more information in the coming weeks.


 

Supporting all Students:

Many of our students are feeling anxiety and concern about the COVID-19 virus. To this end, we are instituting a set of additional student supports that reflect the deep educational values of our community:
 
  • Gann school psychologist, Dr. June Bowman, will be holding office hours for students who would like a confidential space to discuss feelings of anxiety and concern.

  • Jewish Studies classes, Zman Kodesh, and Advisory blocks will be supportive spaces for student sharing and centering.

  • Teachers across disciplines can offer mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and artistic options for students during lunches and community blocks as needed.



Summary:

With our Home Learning program, our main goal is to continue the normalcy and routine of Gann for those individuals who feel safe to come to school while recognizing the real needs and concerns of many of our families, faculty, and staff. We understand that there is a level of complexity to implementing these plans and we are asking members of our community to work together to support one another. Now is an opportunity for us to be the best, kindest, and most generous versions of ourselves.
Gann Academy has been monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) closely through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and all of our various state and local health and education agencies. Each of these agencies has provided progressively more guidance for schools as they have learned more about the virus and its impact.

Gann has designated a COVID-19 Response Team to manage and coordinate all efforts, including any disruptions to campus programming, events, and travel. This team, in partnership with our consulting physicians, monitors federal, state and local recommendations, and communicates its latest planning efforts with our community.

General Information

Prevention Measures:

Please practice important, everyday measures that promote hygiene and help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and the flu:
 
  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • 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 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Resources for Families:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides helpful guidance and recommendations.

While the immediate risk to the American public remains low at this time, everyone can help respond to this emerging public health concern:
 
 

Updates from the Response Team

Please check back regularly for updated communications from our Head of School and the Gann Academy COVID-19 Response Team.

Talking to your student about Coronavirus

Below are a selection of resources for talking to teens and children about infectious diseases and COVID-19.
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