Messages to the Community

May 18, 2020

Dear Menaul School Community,

Menaul School is in a unique position to manage the school reopening this fall successfully and safely.

Here is our plan:

We will have regular classes with the first day of school as August 19, 2020. We expect to hold regular classes following the best hygienic practices recommended by the CDC and others which will include:

  • Classroom sanitation professionally daily
  • Using UV lights cleansing in the classrooms and public spaces daily
  • A schedule of student hand washing
  • Masks
  • Student temperature monitoring daily

As recommended, we will increase the social distance in classes:

  • Spread out in the classrooms
  • Use one of our dozen larger spaces or outdoors for bigger classes. If we are required to use a percentage of our capacity, we believe we can hold our classes on a regular schedule by adjusting space use.
  • We will move chapel to once a week in the gym or outdoors

We adapted to online learning quickly and effectively so will be able to support a blended learning environment for students with the following issues:

  • Heath issues
  • Late arriving to school from other countries
  • Quarantine for having been exposed to an infected person

This summer we will train faculty in best practices for hybrid or blended learning, so we are prepared to use our strong technological platform and experience to the best degree possible.

We are constantly studying how other countries like the Netherlands and Denmark have reopened their schools.  We are preparing to implement best practice protocols, so our students are safe and healthy, access the power of the Menaul School experience which is grounded in community and connection and provide the activities that inspire so many young people.  We also are increasing our counseling support for students and staff struggling with the stress of our new reality.

Dutch National Institute for Public Health’s report on children and Covid-19: https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/children-and-covid-19

Lancet study which states that school closures are of questionable value compared to other interventions:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642(20)30095-X/fulltext

Denmark successfully reopens primary schools:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-52649919/coronavirus-inside-a-reopened-primary-school-in-the-time-of-covid-19

This too shall pass. Blessings!

Mr. Lindsey R. Gilbert, Jr.

President and Head of School

Menaul School COVID-19 Update – May 18th, 2020

Menaul School COVID-19 Financial Relief Program – May 8th, 2020

Menaul School COVID-19 Update – May 1st, 2020

Menaul School COVID-19 Update – March 27th, 2020

Menaul School Boarding Families Update – March 27th, 2020

Menaul School Remote Learning Update – March 16th, 2020

Menaul School COVID-19 Update – March 11th, 2020

Menaul School COVID-19 Update – March 9th, 2020

Menaul School COVID-19 Update – March 5th, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

All enrolled families are eligible to apply for COVID Relief through Menaul School. An application will be provided starting June15th, to request a tuition payment waiver. To ask about the start date of your payment plan, contact admission@menaulschool.org. To be eligible for COVID Relief, your family must first have an application processed through FACTS Grant and Aid, and be enrolled at the school.

Although there have been no known positive COVID-19 individuals on campus, call the NMDOH Coronavirus Hotline at (855) 600-3453 if you have concerns about exposure. Please continue to follow medical advice from your provider, and consider tele-health options if it is offered by your health insurance. It continues to be very important that you and your family members stay home when they are sick.

  • Educating the community about proactive hygienic measures
  • Increasing the cleaning of surfaces in classrooms and common areas
  • Urging faculty and staff to stay home when symptomatic
  • Taking extra measures to ensure non-contamination with food services

We have no knowledge of any students or staff with symptoms or exposure to the virus.

Should a case arise, due to HIPAA, we cannot ever reveal the identity or specific case details.

Our Chaplain, Rev. Takako Terino is available to students and families for emotional and spiritual support while the school proceeds online.  You may reach her through email (tterino@menaulschool.org) and over the phone (917-796-0873).  
Additional, all of the resources listed below are free, confidential, and open 24/7. All resources provide trained individuals to talk to. If you are having a life threatening emergency, call 911.

New Mexico Crisis and Access Line
1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474)

Agora Crisis Center
505-277-3013

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741

Helpful Links

New Mexico Department of Health

CDC

World Health Organization

Talking to Children About COVID-19