Beginning March 16, all Menaul School classes will be taught online
What School Looks Like for the Next Few Weeks:
Due to the threat of coronavirus in our community and consistent with the decision of the New Mexico Public Education Department to close public schools in the state, Menaul School will move to online instruction beginning Tuesday, March 17. We will continue to observe the teacher workday already scheduled for Monday, March 16 (no school for students) and our spring break scheduled for March 30 to April 3. The school will be open from 8:30 to 10:30 am on Monday, March 16 for students who need to pick up personal items or instructional materials.
During these two weeks, schooling will continue but move to an all-online format.
We will continue to use our learning management system, Canvas, as a base for instruction. In the same way that they do now, teachers will post weekly assignments as well as instruction. Instruction may take the form of a screencasted lesson, of a video lesson, reading assignment, or other mode. Students will be expected to complete lesson materials through the week, and should keep an eye on due dates so that they’re able to turn in their work. Video conferences that are scheduled for set time periods may also be part of the instructional framework.
Boarding students will remain on campus in the care of our excellent residential staff.
All off-campus activities outside of shopping trips and low population density outings have been cancelled. Should any of these students become ill, we have a procedure in place to isolate and care for them.
Teachers will be working primarily from home and will be accessible via email or Canvas messaging. Students are encouraged to ask questions, participate in online discussion boards, and to otherwise maintain a normal academic life, albeit a digital one. The transition to online schooling may not always be smooth, but we believe this is the best choice for our community and for the education of our students. Grades for assignments during the period of online schooling will count the same as any other grades and work is due as normal. In both divisions, Middle and Upper Schools, teachers do not plan to accept late work turned in after the week it’s due unless other arrangements are made with the teacher for sickness and other extenuating circumstances.
The School asks for parent support to help students through this difficult period.
Please help monitor students so that they complete their studies and are able to finish the school year on time, without the need for summer school. The School aims to support families by starting a Facebook group to connect families, by continuing to share information as we receive it, and by sharing school decisions promptly.
If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to email your division head, Julie Shuler-Misra (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Troy Williamson (email@example.com). Support staff, including Registrar Marian Bock, will continue to work from school offices unless the situation changes. Our Chaplain, Rev. Takako Terino, will be available through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and over the phone (917-796-0873). Our facilities team will use this time when students are off campus to deep clean classrooms and common spaces in anticipation of students’ return.
If your student shows signs of infection with Covid-19, please call your doctor and alert the New Mexico Department of Health (855-600-3453).
The School would prefer to be notified of any student’s illness, and we would not share that information with others. Once we return to campus, please keep our community healthy by staying home when you are sick. Faculty are prepared to support students who have been out of school due to illness. Students need to stay home and will be sent home with the following conditions:
- Active vomiting or diarrhea (students need to stay home 24 hours, symptom-free).
- Fever, chills, or generalized body aches (students need to stay home 24 hours after becoming fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications).
- During the first 24 hours of various antibiotic treatments (e.g. strep throat, pink eye, etc.).
- Undiagnosed, new, and/or untreated rash or skin condition until treatment begins.
Frequently Asked Questions
Students do not need to self-quarantine, but as the governor recommended yesterday when announcing the first cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico, it is wise to practice social distancing and avoid public gatherings during this time. Please make smart decisions about where you choose to go and what events you attend, and continue washing your hands thoroughly and following other recommended hygienic practices.
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.
During these two weeks, schooling will continue but move to an all-online format. We will continue to use our learning management system, Canvas, as a base for instruction. In the same way that they do now, teachers will post weekly assignments as well as instruction. Instruction may take the form of a screencasted lesson, of a video lesson, reading assignment, or other mode. Students will be expected to complete lesson materials through the week and should keep an eye on due dates so that they’re able to turn in their work. Video conferences that are scheduled for set time periods may also be part of the instructional framework.
Until further notice, all athletics — games and practices — are canceled. Students are being encouraged to work out on their own in many cases. There are to be no group workouts. Coaches will be in touch with their athletes to provide guidance.
- 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.
If we are able to execute our online learning plan effectively, we foresee our students graduating on schedule.
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 (email@example.com) 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
Agora Crisis Center
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741