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Coronavirus Information

This webpage will serve as an information hub about the coronavirus for Friends School families and employees. All updates will be posted here unless emergency communication is necessary.

 

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Plan for Continuity of Learning and Services

    Please refer to the guidelines below for division-specific information regarding our updated Plan for Continuity of Learning and Services. 

    Lower School
    • Families should email jotero@friendsbalt.org (Grades PK-K/P1, Jennifer Otero) or tnardone@friendsbalt.org (Grades 1-5, Tammy Nardone) and cc their Homeroom Teacher if your child is unable to attend to their learning for health-related issues, appointments, etc. 
    • Teachers from each grade level have sent home information about distance learning and will continue to do so throughout this timeframe.  This will include specific assignments, additional activities, resources, and information about pacing. Lower School students will need adult structure and assistance at home, based on their ages and stages of development. Creating a dedicated space and time for learning in your family routine is highly encouraged.
    • Lower School (LS) teachers will use a blend of non-tech, as well as asynchronous and synchronous teaching and learning. Most LS instruction will be non-tech and asynchronous. Asynchronous means teachers and students will not be online at the same time. When a synchronous class occurs, the teacher will notify families when that class will meet.  Even though only students in Grades 3-5 are expected to have access to electronic devices with internet connection, some teachers may offer Zoom sessions for younger students to see their faces or to have a community time with their students. These synchronous sessions for PK-2 students will be optional.
    • For Grades PK-2, assignments, lessons, and instructions will be communicated to families through email.  For Grades 3-5, assignments, lessons, instructions, due dates, expectations, and relevant links to resources will be communicated through the Assignment Center. Special Area Teachers will update their Topics Pages with current assignments. In addition, any LS Teacher may send messages to families through email,  In some cases, teachers may include links in the Assignment Center to QUIC drive documents and folders.   
    • When teachers plan and host “live classes” or “face to face classes” they will do so through Zoom and will provide clear instructions for joining and will communicate when those will happen in the Assignment Center or through email.
    • Teachers will hold daily office hours to be available for extra help, 1:1 support, questions.  For grades 3-5, those office hours will be posted on the Assignment Center for the upcoming week.  Grades PK-2 Teachers will send direct email communication to families.
    • Homeroom Teachers will check in with their students at least once a week through email, mail, or video conference.
    • The LS Administrative Team will be available and will be checking email each weekday. Feel free to contact us, as needed.  Michelle Holland: mholland@friendsbalt.org; Miriam Fleury: mfleury@friendsbalt.org; Cynthia Barney: cbarney@friendsbalt.org; Tricia Dudley: tdudley@friendsbalt.org; and MaryAnn Niclas: mniclas@friendsbalt.org 
    • Michelle will send all LS Families a Weekly Lower School Message email each Thursday.
    Middle School
    • Families should email MSATTENDANCE@friendsbalt.org and CC their advisor if your child is unable to attend to their learning for health-related issues, appointments, etc.
    • Middle School teachers may use a blend of synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning. Synchronous classes will occur when that class would meet in our 10-day cycle. (Teachers will communicate those times to students through the Assignment Center.)
    • All assignments, lessons, instructions, due dates, expectations, and relevant links to resources will be communicated through the Assignment Center for the upcoming week. In some cases, teachers may include links in the Assignment Center to QUIC drive documents and folders for a more complete and detailed syllabus or set of materials for students.   
    • When teachers plan and host “live classes” or “face to face classes” they will do so through Zoom and will provide clear instructions for joining and will communicate when those will happen in the Assignment Center for the upcoming week.
    • Teachers will hold daily office hours to be available for extra help, 1:1 support, and questions about assignments. Those office hours will be posted on the Assignment Center for the upcoming week.  
    • Advisors will check in with advisees once a week, both as a group and/or individually, through email, messaging app, or video conference.
    • Heidi will send all MS Families a Weekly News email communication each Thursday.
    Upper School
    • Families should email usoffice@friendsbalt.org if your child is unable to attend to their learning for health-related issues, appointments, etc.
    • Upper School teachers will use a blend of synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning.  Synchronous classes will occur when that class would meet in our 10-day cycle. (Teachers will communicate those times to students through the Assignment Center.)
    • All assignments, lessons, instructions, due dates, expectations, and relevant links to resources will be communicated through the Assignment Center for the upcoming week. In some cases, teachers may include links in the Assignment Center to QUIC drive documents and folders for a more complete and detailed syllabus or set of materials for students.   
    • When teachers plan and host “live classes” or “face to face classes” they will do so through Zoom and will provide clear instructions for joining and will communicate when those will happen in the Assignment Center for the upcoming week.
    • Teachers will hold daily office hours to be available for extra help, 1:1 support, and questions. Those office hours will be posted on the Assignment Center for the upcoming week.
    • Teachers will use the Official Note feature (Friendly Notes, Academic Alerts) when academic issues arise. These notes come in the form of an email with a “CC” to the parent(s), advisor, grade dean, and Director of Student Support.
    • Advisors will check in with advisees once a week, both as a group and individually, through email, messaging app, or video conference.
    • The Upper School Principal will send all US Families a Weekly News email communication each Thursday.
    • The Upper School Principal will send all US Students and Faculty an email communication (the “McMessage”) each Sunday
    Administration:
    All of the individuals mentioned below will have posted “office hours” each day as described for teachers above.

    Counselors and Learning Specialists:
    These individuals will continue to check in with the students they know will need support during this time. They will reach out to teachers for referrals as needed. They will provide the support and resources needed for continued student learning.

    College Counselors:
    College Counselors will maintain daily office hours (see teacher section above), and will continue to advocate for students with colleges and universities by phone, email, etc.  They will monitor students SCOIR accounts to ensure components of the application are sent in a timely way.

    Principals and Assistant Principals:  
    Administrators in each division will open channels of communication with teachers, staff, and teams, and will monitor and give feedback on lessons posted.  

    IT support: 
    Support will be available between 7:45 am and 7:45 pm.  Please email COMPUTER@friendsbalt.org with questions and someone will be in touch with you.
     
  • Email Communications

    Below is an archive of all communications sent to Friends School families regarding coronavirus. 

    March 27, 2020
    March 23, 2020

    March 12, 2020

    March 9, 2020

    March 6, 2020
    February 27, 2020


    March 27, 2020

    Dear Friends Families,

    It’s been hard for all of us to wrap our heads around how much the world has changed in just the past few weeks.  And yet, certain basics hold true. Connection, community, and continuity are core human needs that do not vary with even the most consequential shifts in circumstances.  Please know that all of our efforts as a school in the weeks ahead will be focused on meeting those needs for our students and our families.  

    Distance Learning - Stage One 

    As we’ve worked through the first few days of our new collective reality, each of us has been in a learner’s role.  If your family is anything like mine, you may well have found that the children in your home have been more nimble at making the many adaptations required of us than the adults.  As perplexing as this dynamic may seem, it makes a certain amount of sense; children are often in the position of having new schedules and parameters imposed on them without their input or consent.  Yet, as adults, we come to expect a level of control that has suddenly been taken away from us. And so, in this situation, as is often the case, we would do well to look to the young people in our lives for lessons.        

    During this first week of distance learning, we have all been in start-up mode.  The mantra of the start-up community is to fail quickly and then adapt, a recognition that in a time of bold and rapid innovation, perfection is an elusive and perhaps even counterproductive goal.  The change we as teachers have experienced in providing education to our students has been nothing if not bold and rapid, and I’m certain that the same is true for you as you’ve unexpectedly taken on your new roles in your children’s educational process. 

    I know that there have, in fact, been many successes in this first stage of distance learning, and, predictably, there have also been growing pains and even failures; of technology, timing, and execution.  We are grateful for your patience and understanding during this initial stage of learning and growth, and we will be formally soliciting feedback from families and students next week to learn more about which aspects of the experience in Stage One have worked well and met your needs and which have not.  We will use that input to build on our early successes and address areas of weakness. If you are having urgent problems in any aspect of your child’s experience, please don’t wait to make us aware of that situation; you can contact your child’s Principal at any time.

    We are also seeking to determine the most effective means and frequency of communication with the Friends community.  Streamlining the flow of information to the greatest extent possible is our long-term goal. While we pursue that goal, we will, temporarily, err on the side of over-communication.  You'll have the opportunity for input on these matters as well next week.

    Financial Hardships

    We recognize that many people within and beyond our community are already suffering significant economic impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We remain firm in our commitment to all members of the Friends community. Knowing that flexibility is essential in every aspect of our lives at this time, we are ready and eager to work with any family for whom continuing to pay tuition on your original schedule has become untenable.  If you have any concerns about financial matters, please reach out to our Assistant Head for Finance and Operations, Bonnie Hearn, at bhearn@friendsbalt.org.  All such consultations will, of course, remain entirely confidential.

    Parting Thoughts

    As an inveterate optimist, I am always keeping an eye out for the silver lining, even in the most dire situation.  And, as an educator, I have seen countless times that when people encounter difficulties, frustrations, and obstacles, there is tremendous potential for growth.  My earnest hope and belief are that, as individuals and as a school, we will learn the challenging and even painful lessons embedded in this moment and emerge wiser, more empathetic, and more deeply affirmed in the values and core convictions that knit us together as a community.

    I want to once again express my appreciation to all the members of the Friends community who are doing the critical tasks of these times; health care workers, first responders, and others who are helping to keep our communities safe and well.  You are modeling selflessness and heroism for us all through your service.

    With best wishes for the health and well-being of all your families,
    Matt Micciche
    Head of School


    March 23, 2020

    Dear Friends Families,

    First and foremost, I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones well, both physically and emotionally, amidst the unprecedented challenges we are facing.  If you are one of the many members of the Friends community who work in first-responder and medical roles, please know how grateful we all are for your vital contributions.  

    I’m writing to give you an overview of our ongoing response to the COVID-19 epidemic.  Events have moved swiftly in recent days, and we are continuing to monitor and react in real time, using the best advice and resources available.  At this point, it is apparent that we will not be back together on campus anytime soon, and certainly not by April 6, as we’d initially hoped. Predicting an exact date of return is impossible at this moment, but we must all be prepared for many weeks of working and learning remotely.  We will update the community on any definite extension of the school’s closure by the end of this week.  

    For the health and safety of individuals and the wider community, we urge all families to practice social distancing and to follow the CDC Guidelines for Children and Families.  (See the attached message from our Health Team and Learning Specialists for more information on social distancing.  For visual learners, here’s a helpful video that explains the rationale and need for social distancing in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.)

    Tuesday, March 24, will be the first day of distance learning for students in the Lower and Middle School.  For Upper School students, Tuesday will be an orientation day and distance learning will begin on Wednesday.  Please go to the school’s Information Hub to see details of how the distance learning process will work at each divisional level.  

    This is largely new territory for all of us; students, parents, and teachers alike.  With that fact in mind, communication, creativity and flexibility will be critically important.  My hope is that we can model for each other - and most importantly, for our children - grace and resilience in the face of the inevitable growing pains.  We will check in with parents and students at the end of this first week to get feedback on the initial days of remote learning so that we can pivot and improve the experience for all involved.

    We will do our best to streamline our messages to you so as not to overwhelm your Inbox.  As part of that plan, each Thursday, you will receive your customary Principal push page for your children’s division.

    We have been actively trying to glean expertise and wisdom about the new world of distance learning from schools (around the globe and in the earliest-affected areas of the U.S.) that are ahead of us in implementing it.  Here are some of the initial learnings:
    • Schedule Other schools’ experience has clearly shown the importance of building and maintaining a structured daily routine for children.  The details of that routine must, of course, be tailored to the needs and dynamics of your family, but the necessity of a predictable schedule has already become obvious.
    • Sleep: Keep devices out of children’s bedrooms overnight. Develop plans to ensure that they get enough sleep. 
    • Time Limits: Agree to sensible time limits for tech use with your family. Identify which tasks need tech to be completed. 
    • Study Area: Set up your children’s study area with everything they will need to work efficiently. 
    • Balance: At school we do a variety of activities each day. Try to find balance at home by doing the same. 
    • Connection Even though we cannot be together with friends and loved ones in person, we all crave and need the personal connection that our relationships offer.  Find ways - Zoom, Facetime, etc. - for your children to gather with those who are most important to them.
    • Family Time:  Play games, read, watch movies together, get some exercise. 
    We recognize that while we are in distance learning mode, some students will continue to require support from our School Counselors and Learning Specialists.  I’ve attached to this message the Student Health and Learning Support Information for Families describing how to make use of the Counselors and Learning Specialists' services during the time when we are away from campus.  This document also contains tips and resources for maintaining health.  I’ve included with this message as well the FSB Wellness Document, prepared by the Athletic Department, that includes sample workouts, and a variety of inspirational quotes and videos.  These and other resources will also be available in the Information Hub.

    As you all know, one of the Quaker “SPICES” that we strive to exemplify is community.  Over the past 15 years, I have seen us draw upon the strength of our communal bonds in the face of challenges time and time again.  We have perhaps never needed those bonds as much as we do in this moment. Though much is uncertain as we survey the current landscape, I am confident that we will emerge from this experience - as we have emerged from wars, epidemics, financial catastrophes, and other crises since 1784 - with an even greater appreciation of the strength of our community, the power of love and the fortitude of our shared beliefs.

    Friends School aspires to provide continuity, connection, and community at this time of great uncertainty for all of us.  As a small effort towards that end, we’ll be sharing a nightly video program to keep our community in touch, beginning Monday March 30. The weeks ahead will require strength and resilience from all of us, and we at Friends aim to be a resource for you as we navigate these uncharted waters together.  Please let us know how we can be of service to you and your families.

    Best wishes for your health and wellness,
     


    March 12, 2020

    Dear Friends Families,

    I’m writing to let you know that we are cancelling classes for students in PK - 12th grade tomorrow, Friday, March 13, as well as Middle School parent conferences.  While we do not yet have information that any Friends community member has had direct contact with anyone infected with the COVID-19 virus, we believe that for both the well-being of our community members and the larger goal of reducing the potential of transmission generally, this is the prudent course of action.

    Athletics and other after-school activities are cancelled this afternoon, though Extended Day will operate on its usual hours. The Kangaroo Coach bus will also operate as normally scheduled. Any Middle School athletes can attend Extended Day without charge.
     
    Little Friends will be open on its normal schedule on Friday, March 13.

    We have also decided that, beginning on Tuesday, March 24, we will switch to a virtual learning model for all students in Grades PK-12.  At this time, we are planning to remain on a virtual learning model until April 3. As that date approaches, we will assess the possibility of returning to on-campus learning, and will keep you informed of any decisions regarding timing.

    Our information hub explains the general guidelines for student learning and school services during this period.  Each Division Principal will be sending a follow-up message with details of the plans for virtual learning.

    Our employees will be on campus tomorrow, so you can access the buildings during normal operating hours if your child has left behind materials they need.
     
    We are all living through times and experiences that we hadn’t imagined and couldn’t have fully foreseen.  At moments like these, our community bonds become all the more essential. As we move forward, please know that Friends School will strive to be an anchor and a hub, providing continuity as best we can amidst the uncertainty that we are all feeling

    We will follow up with more information as the situation develops.  Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate these unexpected circumstances.


    Matt Micciche
    Head of School


    March 9, 2020

    Dear Friends Families,
     
    I hope that you're enjoying today's beautiful weather.
     
    In this time of uncertainty, we will continue to err on the side of over-communicating with you to reduce the chances of unwarranted fears about the Coronavirus and its implications for our community.  It's our collective responsibility to prevent unfounded concerns from spreading, and the school's portion of that responsibility calls for us to share with you the facts we have as freely as possible.
     
    You may be aware that an attendee at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference, hosted in late February at the National Harbor convention center in Maryland, later tested positive for COVID-19. A contingent of two Friends faculty and eight Upper School students were in attendance at CPAC. In our consultation with both the Baltimore City Health Department and the school's consulting pediatrician, we have been informed that these folks should monitor their health status carefully, but that there is no need or recommendation for them to self-quarantine.  We are in communication with these individuals and families to ensure that they are aware of and following the appropriate protocols.
     
    We have one Lower School employee who recently traveled to Southeast Asia (though not to any country listed as a CDC Level 2,3, or 4 risk) and who, out of an abundance of caution, will work from home this week and return to campus after Spring Break.  That person has not been on campus since returning from these travels.
     
    As always, feel free to be in touch if you have questions or concerns.  Our Coronavirus information hub is a source for news about our response to ongoing developments and is updated regularly.
     
     
    Best wishes,
     
     
    Matt Micciche
    Head of School


    March 6, 2020

    Dear Friends School Families,
     
    I’m writing to follow up on last week’s communication about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are currently monitoring closely the spread of the disease and its implications for Friends School. Our main priority is to keep our students, faculty, and staff healthy and safe. As always, the well-being of our community members is the foremost consideration in all our decision-making. 
     
    In addition to this message, we have created a Coronavirus information hub with information and resources on this situation.  We suggest that you bookmark this page as a central location for information as circumstances unfold. 
     
    In an attempt to be prepared for the full range of possibilities, my colleagues have worked to develop plans for continuity of learning and services should a closure of the Friends campus become necessary.  While we don’t currently anticipate such a turn of events coming to pass, we are committed to continuing to provide critical services if it does. The overview of our continuity planning can be found on our Coronavirus information hub. As a preparatory measure, we suggest you ensure that your student has access to high-speed internet should virtual learning need to occur for any period of time. If access is a problem for your family, please contact your child’s Principal so that we can help to meet this need.  If we foresee a closure as imminent, we will also provide students and families with a list of materials they should bring home with them.
     
    With the approach of Spring Break and families traveling domestically and internationally, we strongly encourage you to adhere to theCDC's guidelines on travel. We will expect that any students, parents, faculty, staff and volunteers who travel to a country with a CDC Coronavirus risk of Level 3 or higher as of March 23 - currently, only China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran are in this category (or whose household members travel to such countries) will notify us of their travel and not return to school, including any school activities on or off campus, for 14 days from the date of return to the United States.  During that time, each person’s health should be closely monitored. If a country to which one has travelled moves to a CDC Level 3 designation after March 23, individuals will be required to self-quarantine for the equivalent of 14 days after returning from that country. Please contact your personal physician for specific instructions regarding self-quarantine. Should your student require quarantine post-travel, we will, of course, do our best to provide remote learning and extend deadlines as necessary.
     
    We have, after painstaking consideration, decided to cancel our school-sponsored international travel during Spring Break this year.  We recognize both the importance of these trips as capstone learning experiences and the high degree of excitement with which our students and families anticipate them.  As we’ve wrestled with this challenging decision, we’ve been informed by the determinations made by local and national colleges and universities (many of which - such as the University of Maryland - have cancelled school-sponsored foreign travel and have even closed study-abroad programs), the actions of our fellow independent schools, and the advice offered by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) as well as governmental organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. In addition to concerns about student and chaperone health and a desire to limit the potential spread of the Coronavirus, the fact that many countries are instituting restrictions and quarantines that could be imposed with little or no advance notice weighed heavily in our thinking.    Given the unpredictable proliferation of the current outbreak and the attendant likelihood of logistical complications (such as quarantines and flight cancellations) over which we would have no control, we felt we could not allow these trips to proceed under our sponsorship. Our decision has been communicated directly to those families and students affected by it, and we will continue working with them and with the coordinating travel firms to manage the many implications and details involved.
     
    Our school maintains a continuous education and practice of illness prevention. Our faculty are teaching and expecting our students to cover coughs and sneezes, increase frequent hand-washing, and avoid touching their mouth, nose, or eyes--all ways to stop or decrease the spread of many illnesses. In response to this particular situation, we have enhanced the frequency and intensity of our classroom cleaning regimen, adopted more stringent anti-viral cleaning products, and have posted informational materials around the school buildings reminding students and adults of the importance of following illness-prevention strategies.  We will also continue to emphasize to students and adults that they should stay at home if they are feeling sick.
     
    Please remember that students take their emotional cues from the adult community. We encourage you to monitor your child's engagement on the topic of the Coronavirus and help them understand what they are seeing and hearing to avoid undue anxiety. Being prepared is not a cause for panic or alarm. Here is one helpful article on how to talk to your child about the Coronavirus outbreak and a comic  for younger children on this topic that is designed to help them process the news they’re hearing. These and other resources are linked on our Coranavirus information hub.  Our counselors at each division are also available as resources for you and your children.
     
    If you have any questions or concerns regarding any medical or health issues, feel free to reach out to our School Nurse, Lynne Anonye, and please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Principal or me with any questions relating to our policies and procedures.
     
    As we partner with you and our greater community to meet known and unknown challenges, we are committed to keeping the channels of communication open and doing all we reasonably can to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our community. We plan to communicate regularly with you as we monitor the situation and we will post health-related updates on our  Coranavirus information hub.

    Thank you for entrusting your children to our care.  It is truly a pleasure to be with them each day.

    Sincerely,
     
     
    Matt Micciche
    Head of School




    February 27, 2020

    Dear Friends School Families,
     
    I hope this message finds you well as the welcome respite of Spring Break looms just over the horizon.
     
    I’m sure that many of you have been following the breaking news around the COVID-19 or Coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued warnings this week about COVID-19 and indicated that they believe the virus is likely to spread in communities in the United States. The CDC has encouraged individuals, schools and communities to make preparations for the potential of future closings, quarantines and other major interruptions. I write to assure you that, across all aspects of our operations, Friends School is monitoring the latest developments and advice from sources such as the U.S. Department of State, the CDC, and other national and local agencies. Our future preparation will continue to be informed by these and other reliable sources of information.
     
    As we consider the developing circumstances and the variety of possible responses, we will keep our families, students, faculty, and staff informed each step of the way. We will always, of course, act with the safety and well-being of our community at the forefront of our minds. Going forward, we will endeavor to plan for the whole range of contingencies while maintaining the appropriate perspective; grounding our actions and our communications with students in factual analysis rather than in the fear and uncertainty that are sure to proliferate in the weeks and months ahead.
     
    In order to prevent the spread of respiratory disease, please encourage your children to take these simple steps recommended by the CDC:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
    • Stay home when you 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.
    • 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 you have questions about any aspect of our planning and thinking around these issues, please feel free to get in touch.
     
    Sincerely,
    Matt Micciche
    Head of School
  • General Resources for Students and Families

    Need some extra inspiration in your daily routine? Check out the resources below for a wide variety of activities, lesson plans, and more.

    Art
    Current Events
    Coding
    Cooking
    Field Trips

    General Resources for Families
    General Resources for Students
    Just for Fun!
    Library Services
    Read-Alouds

    Art

    Artrageous with Nate
     (Artrageous with Nate is a six-time Emmy award-winning video series)
    Coloring Nature (600+ FREE printable coloring pages)
    CreatED by Crayola

    Virtual Art Lessons:

    Current Events

    Bites Media (provides educators, parents, and students access to trusted, engaging and enjoyable news)

    Coding

    Coding For Kids: Free Classes, Websites, and Apps
    Code.org
    Kid Club (Kid Club is more than just a free, safe, kid-friendly Minecraft server for kids ages 8-13. It’s also an online community where kids can explore their own creativity through unstructured play, collaborate with peers, and deepen their knowledge of Minecraft.)

    Cooking

    6:00 p.m. -- Virtual cooking class with Michael Volpett (Facebook Live)

    Field Trips

    20 Virtual Field Trips to take with your kids
    Museum Virtual Tours

    Virtual Field Trip Apps and Websites

    Other Virtual Trips and Tours:
     
    General Resources for Families

    Pomodoro Technique
    Support Strategies for Students

    Teaching from home - advice for teachers and parents

    
    General Resources for Students

    10 Online Tools for Better Attention and Focus
    A Guide to Conquering the Virtual Instruction Transition

    Staying Productive during COVID-19
    Use These Flashcard Apps to Make Your Study Session Less Analog
    Writing Prompts for Students

    Just For Fun

    Amazon Original Childrens' Series
    Chess Kids
     (learn and play chess with other kids)
    Discounted (or free) digital games
    Dungeons and Dragons Adventure
    Family Time Machine
    Lego Games

    Puppetry Arts
    Storytoy Preschool App (free to download)
    Virtual Disney Rides

    
    Library Services

    Baltimore County Public Library
    Enoch Pratt Library

    Read-Alouds

    Amazing Educational Resources
    Audible Stories
    Your Kids Can Now Watch Astronauts Reading Stories From Space

    Scheduled Readings
  • Wellness Tips and Resources for Students and Families

    Keep your body and mind active and check out the FSB Workout Program!

    In order to prevent the spread of respiratory disease, please encourage your children to take these simple steps recommended by the CDC:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you 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.
    • 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.

    Mindfulness Resources:

    Mental Health Crisis Resources:

    Additional Resources:
      • Food
      • Medical and health care
      • Shelter and emergency housing
      • Access to transitional housing
      • Utility assistance
      • Tax help
      • Eviction prevention services
      • Childcare services
      • Job training
      • Prescription assistance
      • Addiction treatment
      • And much more!
    ***Please check back for additions!***
     
  • How to Support our Baltimore City Community Partners

    ORGANIZATIONPROJECTDETAILSCONTACT INFORMATION
    CARESThey need to replenish their food pantry with the following items:PRODUCE, TUNA, BAKED BEANS, CANNED VEGETABLES, SOUP (NOT TOMATO SOUP), PASTA, PASTA SAUCE, CEREAL, MACARONI AND CHEESE, AND BABY SUPPLIES (SUCH AS PAMPERS AND WIPES). You can also donate at https://gedco.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/online-giving/You may deliver items Monday and Thursday from 9AM to 12PM and Saturdays from 10AM to 1PM to 5502 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 behind St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. [you can let them know ahead of time and avoid any contact by simply dropping items by the outside door]For any questions or concerns, please contact Rachael Neill, GEDCO's Director of Community Services, at 410-532-7117 or rneill@gedco.org.
    Meals on WheelsMeal-packing or delivering mealsHere is the sign-up for volunteers: https://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org/volunteer/
    Our Daily BreadMaking casseroles at home and delivering them to their centerCheck the website for instructions on how to make casseroles for their hot meal program.https://www.catholiccharities-md.org/services/our-daily-bread-hot-meal-program/
    United WayAnswering 211 callshttps://www.volunteermd.org/need/
    Johns Hopkins HospitalMaking face shields for Johns Hopkins staffSign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4cafaa2ca0fa7-covid19
    Domesticityproduction and distribution of fabric masks for medical professionals in Baltimore. They have three different patterns, appropriate for varied levels of skillIf you don’t know how or do not have time to sew, but would like to donate: https://www.shopdomesticity.com/product/-donations-provide-fabric-for-makers/1707?category_id=15&cp=true&q=false&sa=false&sbp=falsehttps://domesticitystudio.com/face-masks
    St Francis NeighborhoodSupplies to keep students engaged with learningIf you can donate a working laptop no more than 2-3 years old, please email our Operations & Program Director, Torbin Green. We are short 12 computers at this time. Check out their Amazon Wish List, any support would be extremely helpful at this time. Please note this is updated daily due to Amazon being out of stock on many of our wish list items for our families & programs.Torbin Green at tgreen@stfranciscenter.org
    Be My EyesBe My Eyes connects people who are blind or have low vision with a global community of volunteers and company representatives who are ready at a moment’s notice to lend their eyesight for everyday tasks.https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id905177575?mt=8 You can download the app on your phone or computer, and be connected with a person who will need your assistance.https://www.bemyeyes.com/
    Stay connected to our senior citizensIn the works: Building a set of distant social events for seniors at Broadmead, Roland Park Place and other assisted living locations.TBALauren Riley
    Unified EffortSupplies to keep up summer, and school programsCould you help by collecting or donating art supplies, functional musical instruments,,tablets, computers, smocks, math, English, spelling books for elementary school age students?Debbie Ramsay at unifiedefforts@comcast.net
  • Campus Events Policy

    *UPDATE 3/12/20*
    All on-campus events are cancelled through April 5, 2020. We will provide another update on the status of future events in early April. 

    The School is relying on guidance from the CDC and local health and government authorities to determine the status of our future operations. If the School community is operating remotely, there will be no events on campus. If School is open and functioning, as usual, a decision on the status of campus events will be made on a case by case basis. If any campus events are affected by our response to COVID-19, we will provide timely updates to our community, as appropriate.
  • Preventative Measures

    Friends School has taken several preventative measures including: a heightened cleaning regimen (incorporating antiviral cleaning products and increasing the frequency of this regimen), posting signs around campus that encourage hygiene best practices, and sharing handwashing videos widely with students and employees.
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