Hello BCP Families! The superintendent of MDCPS announced today that all schools will be closed, starting Monday, March 16, 2020. At a minimum, they’ll be closed just next week and the following week of spring break, but since we’re dealing with a global pandemic, that timeline could be extended. We want to first pause to acknowledge how difficult this might be for you as you look to provide childcare for your kids without school being open. You’ll likely need to make sacrifices and changes to your daily routine that can put stress and pressure on you as you juggle all types of responsibilities. This doesn’t go unnoticed on our end, and we appreciate you for doing what you have to in this difficult time. We are here to support in any way that we can. At the same time, we want to assure you of two things:
- The situation at hand is serious, and unprecedented in recent history. Ignore all media that suggests that this will “blow over” because things are going to get worse before they get better. The best thing you can do is to prevent the virus from getting into your household. Follow the CDC guidance and check the website regularly as they update it daily.
- Stay away from crowded places in public. To the greatest extent possible, stay home, and keep your kids home. Transmission rates are very high, and cities have limited power to test for the virus, so many people are walking around with COVID-19 and don’t know it.
- Reinforce good hygiene for your students. Please use this crisis as an opportunity to foster an obsession for cleanliness in your children. Teach them to wash their hands often and avoid touching their faces.
- Go to the grocery store and stock up on non-perishable food items. Grocery stores still have food, but they’re running low on supplies. It would be prudent to buy things like rice, pasta, canned veggies and beans, and other items that are inexpensive and easy to cook. If possible, buy enough food to feed your family for up to 30 days.
- Stay informed. Things are changing day-to-day, and as the leader of your household, you need to have the most accurate and up to date information. The CDC website is the best place for this in combination with local news.
- This may be the hardest one, but don’t panic. We need to maintain a level of calm for the sake of our kids. Our kids are impressionable and feed off of our energy, so if we act panicked in front of them, they’ll absorb all of that fear and anxiety, and they don’t need that. Reassure them that they are not at risk for the worst of it, but at the same time empower them with messaging about prevention so that they don’t get sick and pass it to somebody else in your family.