February 27 – Keeping Keystone safe and healthy

Dear Families:

As you may have seen, the Centers for Disease Control issued a statement noting that more cases of COVID-19 virus in the United States are “likely.”

We want you to know that our Safety Committee of administrators and teachers has put together a plan in case San Antonio should see more cases or if the virus affects Keystone. For now, we are monitoring the situation locally through the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC, and asking all members of our community to stay vigilant.

We are reminding our students to wash their hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, and we are frequently sanitizing smooth surfaces on campus.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Please remind your children to wash their hands often and use hand sanitizer.
  • Please remind your children to cough or sneeze in either tissues or the bend of their elbow.
  • When your children miss school for medical reasons, please send an email to School Nurse Penny Moyer at pmoyer@keystoneschool.org, in addition to notifying your children’s teachers.
  • When your children have fever, please make sure they’re fever free 24 hours before returning to school. (We are reminding faculty and staff to follow the same 24 hour rule).

Should events warrant adjusting activities or more serious measures that could ultimately include remote learning, we are prepared to implement our plans and will let you know immediately. Our plans include a variety of contingencies depending on the severity of an outbreak: these range from curtailing or cancelling certain types of activities to potentially closing school and implementing “tele-schooling” for a limited period of time.

Obviously, we hope that we will not institute any of these measures, but we want you to know that we are actively planning for different possibilities.

We sincerely and humbly thank you for entrusting us with your children. At this point, the best preventative measures we all can take are the simple actions that protect people from this and other types of respiratory viruses. Thank you for your help in keeping our community safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Billy Handmaker

William B. Handmaker
Head of School