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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Oakhill is closely monitoring the situation daily and is following the guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Missouri Health Department, and local health officials. As this situation continues to evolve and circumstances change in the days and weeks ahead,  Oakhill is prepared to continue to provide an effective learning environment through online solutions should we need to close school at any time.

COVID-19 FAQ's for Parents

We will continue to update our community of changes through email and this page.


(Last update 3/26/2020)

Virus Communication from Oakhill Day School

March 23: Florida Keys Trip Update

Eighth Grade Parents,

I have the best news possible for you. You are getting a 100% refund for the Florida Keys trip!  I know this process took MUCH longer than anyone wanted it to (including me), so I really appreciate your patience.  We were originally offered a 60% refund, but with lots of email communication and some outside-the-box thinking (Thank you Mrs. McCanles!), we were able to come to a creative solution with Grand Classroom.  I really appreciate all of the problem solving on their end too! 

Of course, I’m disappointed that I won’t get to take the students to the Keys, but the 8th graders will be learning about marine ecosystems through their online learning and we’ll get to take a virtual trip to the Keys. I told them to save their pennies so they can go another time.

You will be receiving your refund from Grand Classroom in 6-8 weeks.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you,
Maggie

March 22: Distance Learning Begins Tomorrow

Dear Oakhill Community,

As I write this letter, I am surrounded by the people (and animals) I love. My son, Brady, is home from Dallas – he will end his Sophomore year of college at home (not in his Frat house)! He has come to accept this disappointment, but I feel for him! My daughter, Brooke (who is 16), is taking this the hardest; she misses her friends, sports, and normalcy. My husband, who is a corporate pilot, is home 24/7 (I am definitely not used to that), but I have a long list for him to embark upon! My dog, Ralphie, and my cat, Smokey, are actually loving the family time – more walks and more attention! I miss seeing my mom, but I know this is best for now. And, I have set up my "home office" to resemble my real office, but without the constant laughter, interaction, and business that school brings each day (and without the extra clutter). 

Three weeks ago, I complained about not having time to do the laundry, clean the house, take care of the lawn, watch my favorite shows, paint my kitchen, and spend time with family. I have been given that "opportunity", and I am doing my best to get things done! It has taken me a couple of weeks to regain motivation…I will now embrace what I cannot control. I will enjoy the lack of a morning and evening commute in rush hour; I will walk my dog; I will make time for a 30-minute run, and I will help my family get through THIS! I hope and pray for the light at the end of this tunnel; normal will come again, and when it does, I truly think we will all appreciate everything about it! 

Please know my role hasn't changed at Oakhill. I am committed to my job, and I will continue to support the departments, the teachers, the families, and the students the best I possibly can. Oakhill is so much more than a place to learn; we are your home away from home, and even with our campus closed…we are still your home. I have the utmost confidence in every single teacher, staff member, and administrator at Oakhill. We love the school, and we care deeply about each family! We are committed to our distance learning approach, and we will provide an excellent educational experience – one that defines Oakhill Day School.

With the newest recommendations, Oakhill's campus will remain closed through April 24. Please continue to follow the recommendations of social distancing, staying home unless it is essential to leave, and to keep gatherings less than 10. I want to applaud and thank the first responders and healthcare workers for their long hours and dedication. You have our highest admiration. 

Although the entire world is going through this together, I acknowledge that each family at Oakhill has its own set of unique circumstances. Please know I am here, as always, to listen, assist, support, and find a solution. Feel free to reach out to me by email; we can set up a time to talk on the phone. I, of all people, enjoy face to face meetings and communication – if I can't do that, a phone call is the next best thing!

I have always steered clear of social media, but I am going to give it a try! Please follow me on Twitter at @McCanles or Instagram at @suzannemccanles. I am new at this, so I ask for some grace (please and thank you)! I will be posting some videos, pictures, or challenges for students and families. I miss the kiddos already! I will also be reaching out weekly to update you on all things Oakhill. 

Wanda Lee Kalsu founded Oakhill in 1947, and we will not let her down. As a school, we will be making decisions very thoughtfully and in the best interest of our students, faculty, and the long-term viability of Oakhill Day School. We will continue serving our mission and living our lifeskills each and every day. In times like this, the Oakhill community is truly at its best!

Hang in there,

Suzanne

March 22: 5-MS Schedule of the Day

5th - 8th Grade Daily Schedule 


8:00 Teachers post lesson/assignment for the day 
8:00-3:30 Students collect and complete lessons/assignments and sign attendance sheet for each class - time is flexible - create a schedule that works for your family. 
Total work time for the day should fall between 4 and 5 total hours 

Office Hours (Optional - Teachers available on google hangouts to answer questions) 
11-11:30 Communication Arts 
12:30-1:00 Science 
1-1:30 Social Studies 
2-2:30 Math 
2:30-3 Spanish/Technology 
3-3:30 Music/Art 
**Students are welcome to email teachers ANY TIME in addition to using office hours 

Required Classes: 
Communication Arts - Daily 
Math - Daily 
Social Studies - Daily 
Science - Daily 
PE - Daily 
Spanish and Music - ODD Days March 23, 25, 27, 31 April 1,3,7,9,13,15,17,21,23 ... 
Art and Technology - EVEN Days March 24, 26, 30, April 2, 6,8,10,14,16,20,22,24 ...

Monday, March 23 you will have the following classes: Communication Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, PE, Spanish, and Music

Tuesday, March 24 you will have the following classes: Communication Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, PE, Art, Technology


Teacher emails: 
Mrs. Bertoldie
Ms. Jackson
Mrs. Stripling
Mr. Feagles
Mr. Fernandez
Mrs. Newhouse
Mr. Kleyh
Mr. Hall
Senora WalkerHolmes
Coach Ziegler
Ms. Stallman
Mrs. Hill 
Mrs. Verwers
Ms. Ganaden

March 21: Getting Ready for the First Day - Letter to EC/LS Parents

Oakhill Families,

I hope this note finds you, your family, and friends healthy. Our upcoming Monday morning "back to school" reminds me of my first day of teaching on the first day of school. Everything is new and exciting! I know it is hard for everyone to make changes in their routine, but now we are off on a new adventure

On Monday morning, March 23, your child's classroom teacher will greet them through Seesaw and then Distance Learning begins. 

I can't begin to tell you how amazed I am at the online classrooms our teachers have put together in one week. They have learned about the features that Seesaw and other programs provide and have collaborated with their colleagues on curriculum and resources. Each teacher has worked hard to provide a wonderful learning experience for your child. We are so fortunate to have a faculty that is passionate about providing the best for their students. 

What can you do to help make the Distance Learning process go smoothly? 

  • First, establish a routine. Decide what the household routine will be and talk specifically to your child about how their day will look. Help them make a chart so they can check off what they have accomplished. Some children find it beneficial to have their schedule made with a sequence of pictures.
  • Another helpful tip is to let your child have a place in the house that is all theirs. It may be a desk with lots of school supplies or a quiet, soft area to read, write, draw, and wind down. Many teachers have a "Calming Area" in their classrooms and you may find this beneficial at home as well.
  • Finally, make sure your child is getting plenty of exercise. The P.E. Department will be providing fun activities throughout the week.

We are all in this together. We have an opportunity for our students to experience learning like never before. Please reach out to your child's teacher or myself if you have any questions. 

Lacey Meier, EC/LS Techbrarian, is who you should contact if you run into technical issues with any of the Distance Learning Platforms used by your teacher. Contact Lacey Meier

Have fun participating in your child's learning over the coming weeks. We know that this extra responsibility might be a cause of stress for your family, but take a deep breath and try to enjoy this extra time with your family. We are here for you every step of the way.

Sincerely,
Brenda Bock
Early Childhood/Lower School Division Head
brenda.bock@oakhilldayschool.org

March 15: Post Spring Break Updates

Dear Oakhill Community,

Instead of sending our usual Sunday Update, we wanted to give you an update on what we are planning once our official Spring Break ends this Friday, March 20.

Tomorrow, expect a virtual learning plan from your child's Division Head in your email inbox. We hope that the plan will give you enough information to feel confident beginning your journey of Distance/Virtual learning with Oakhill. Our faculty spent this break preparing for what feels like another first day of school and are excited to give your child the Oakhill experience at home. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's Division Head if you have questions or concerns about expectations, technology, anything. We are here to support you through this process.

Other things to know about the coming days:

  • Other than the construction crew and the Oakhill cleaning crew, we are closing the entire campus (both buildings and the mod) to general foot traffic as of this Wednesday, March 18
  • Families who have prepaid for the second week of spring break care or kids club during the two weeks after spring break will have their account credited.
  • Families who have prepaid for lunch during the two weeks after spring break will have their account credited.

With all of the changes in the last 72 hours, I found this statement from another school official perfectly sums up where we are today.

"In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be quite apparent if we under reacted or did too little."

Thank you for your patience. We recognize the hardship that this causes and are here to support you. All COVID-19 related updates from Oakhill are also located on our Coronavirus webpage.

Suzanne

March 14: Kansas Adventure Trip Update

Dear Parents,

With in-school learning being postponed until April 6, the trip to the Cosmosphere has been cancelled and I am working to reschedule it for a later date, possibly even next school year.  

Since we are less than 35 days from the trip to the Cosmosphere, Grand Classroom is offering parents a 30% refund on the trip, if we cannot reschedule. At this point, I am still working to both reschedule the trip and/or get you a higher refund.  Even if you purchased travel insurance, the terms and conditions state that insurance will be null and void in situations like this (Act of God, outbreak of illness or quarantine, etc).

I know this isn't an ideal situation, but I want you to know I am doing my best to come to a fair solution.  I have a good relationship with Grand Classroom and I am hoping that will work in my favor.

I will continue to send updates as I know more.

Thank you for your patience,

Maggie

March 14: Floriday Keys Trip Update

Dear Parents,

I know you have been anxiously awaiting word about our trip to the Florida Keys.  At this point, a final decision has still not been made, but I thought it was important to update you on what I do know.

With the changes to the world around us happening at a rapid pace, all industries are having to make decisions quickly without all of the information we would prefer. Since we are more than 35 days from the trip to the Florida Keys, Grand Classroom is offering parents a 60% refund on the trip, if we cannot reschedule. If we wait until less than 35 days, the refund drops to 30%. At this point, I am still working to both reschedule the trip and/or get you a higher refund.  Even if you purchased travel insurance, the terms and conditionsstate that insurance will be null and void in situations like this (Act of God, outbreak of illness or quarantine, etc).

I know this isn't an ideal situation, but I want you to know I am doing my best to come to a fair solution.  I have a good relationship with Grand Classroom and I am hoping that will work in my favor.

I will continue to send updates (hourly if needed) as I know more.

Thank you for your patience,

Maggie

March 13: COVID-19 School Closure Update

Dear Oakhill Day School Community,

With so much information coming in during the past 24 hours regarding COVID-19, we continue to monitor the situation closely and the direct impact this has on Oakhill. I realize there is much hype, but I also acknowledge that this is real. With closures occurring throughout the country and city, we all must do our part to help stop the spread.

We are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety and well-being of our community (and the greater local and regional community) is our top priority. At this time, there are no known cases of the virus at Oakhill Day School.

Updates are being provided to our community on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates Webpage.

In response to Mayor Lucas' declaration of a state of emergency in Kansas City and response to information from around the country and globe, we are assessing every facet of school life for the next few weeks.

Campus status through Spring Break

There will be NO athletic practices or school-sponsored events/activities next week. We will NOT have full-day childcare next week (March 16-20). This will allow us to continue deep cleaning throughout the entire campus.

Resuming school after Spring Break

We will NOT have students return to our campus until April 6th. This will give our community two full weeks to "socially distance" after Spring Break. There will be no practices, activities, or school events from now until April 6th.

Online Learning Solutions/Distance Learning

I want to thank our faculty and staff; they have been working diligently over the past few days and weeks to prepare. We promise to deliver the very best educational experience possible during this time. We recognize there will be hurdles and glitches along the way; please be patient and flexible.

Your respective Division Head and Techbrarian will be sharing the detailed online/distance learning plans very soon. Please contact Kathryn Dodsonat kathryn.dodson@oakhilldayschool.org or Sara Verwers at sara.verwers@oakhilldayschool.org if you have any concerns about your internet capabilities, devices or software programs.

Travel Guidelines

We realize many of our families and staff are currently traveling, or plan to travel during Spring Break. We encourage everyone to carefully consider travel plans in light of the guidance from the CDC.

Anyone who has traveled to (or through) a level-3 or level-2 CDC warned country is REQUIRED to follow CDC and department of health guidelines, to inform the school, and to self-isolate from the school and the school community as a family for a minimum of 14 days after you return. At the time of this email, the CDC has assessed all international travel as a level-3 or level-2 risk.

These guidelines include any additional travel locations that may be added while we are on break. We will continue to follow the CDC and local health department guidelines. All families and staff should be aware that the dynamic nature of the travel advisories may affect their need to self-isolate or social distance before returning to school.

The CDC released considerations for travel within the United States. Please stay informed.

School Administrative Offices

Out of concern for all of our employees, we will not have administrative offices open but are asking administrators to work from home. We will do our very best to answer questions related to the various operational aspects of our school. Please do not hesitate to contact us through email.

4th Quarter School Travel

Currently, all school-sponsored travel through April 6th has been canceled. We are in contact with Grand Classroom regarding the 7th and 8th grade Florida Keys trip. More information to come.

Our school community has been challenged this school year; the events of this year have helped to solidify our strength. It has been a year that we will never forget. We are Oakhill Strong! Together, we will get through these difficult times. Care for one another, trust one another, and be kind to one another.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Thank you for your trust and support! Lean on one another (stay 6 feet apart)!

This is a very fluid situation; we will continue to communicate regarding new updates and information.

Sincerely,

Suzanne

March 2: Planning for the Coronavirus

Dear Oakhill Community,

I know the coronavirus (COVID-19) is on everyone's mind. I want to share some of the steps Oakhill is taking to prevent the spread of illness across our campus and our plan for the possible spread of the coronavirus to our community. Please know the health of our students and employees is our top priority!

As you know, this situation continues to evolve and circumstances may change in the days and weeks ahead. Our administrative team has met to discuss school operations and how we will continue to provide an effective learning environment should we need to close school at any time. 

We are closely monitoring the situation daily and are following the guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Missouri Health Department, and local health officials.

Prevention:

Influenza has been our concern over the past several weeks, and we have taken extra precautions to minimize the spread of the flu. With the threat of the coronavirus, we will continue to do all we can to keep our school healthy. Here are some ways in which Oakhill has been mitigating the risk of flu:

  • We are using a hospital-grade sanitizing agent to clean our facilities each night
  • We have increased the number of times "high-touch" areas are sanitized – doors, bathroom fixtures, water fountains, and stair railings
  • We have asked teachers to practice and promote good hygiene to all age levels: washing hands and using hand sanitizer throughout the day, coughing and sneezing into elbows, wiping down light switches and door handles, and refraining from the use of community crayons or pencils
  • Teachers and staff will help serve students in the lunchroom, including help with condiments such as ketchup and salad dressings
  • We are encouraging families and staff who are ill to stay at home until they are completely well


Other recommendations:

  • Please report illnesses to the school nurses
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth (statistics say we touch our face 90+ times per day)
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and properly wash hands
  • 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 soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer


Travel:

We will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC regarding travel. We realize many of you will be traveling both domestically and internationally over Spring Break. As a result, we ask you to follow the advice of the CDC involving areas that have increased risk of exposure to the virus. 

With two middle school trips coming up in April, we will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.

Additional Resources:

The following links are helpful resources:


In the event that coronavirus spreads into the Kansas City area, the local area, or our school, we are prepared to alter our procedures and planning. We are exploring ways to continue the educational process for all students through online learning solutions, as well. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate as needed.

Sincerely,

Suzanne

February 10: Community Letter Regarding Flu/Cold Season

Dear Oakhill Day School Families,

In the midst of this flu season, we are seeing students and staff with both Influenza A and B in both the Main Building and the South Building.  

Important information about the flu:

Influenza, commonly known as "the flu," is an infectious disease caused by an influenza virus. Symptoms can be mild to severe. The flu is different from the common cold, comes on suddenly, and you may feel some or all of the following symptoms that can last between two to three weeks.

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough and sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, this is more common in children than adults. 

You can still get the Flu even if you have been vaccinated. Students can also have the flu more than once during the season. 

For parents: 

  • Keep your children home for at least 5 to 7 days after the onset of flu symptoms.
  • Children must be free of all symptoms, including a fever, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If your child is diagnosed with influenza, please let the office know so we can notify the appropriate classroom of flu exposure. 
  • If you notice any fever or lack of energy in your child, consult your healthcare provider immediately to get an antiviral medicine like Tamiflu within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.
  • Allowing your children to rest at home is the best medicine.
  • Remind your children to always cover their mouths with their sleeves when they sneeze.
  • Encourage effective hand-washing.

What Oakhill Day School is doing:

  • Our facilities department is deep cleaning classrooms where a case of the flu has been reported.
  • In all parts of the school, the cleaning crews are sanitizing touch points, such as door handles and restroom fixtures in addition to their regular cleaning regimen.
  • Teachers will have access to extra cleaning supplies to use throughout the day in their classrooms.
  • Faculty members are reminding students to sneeze into their sleeves, wash their hands often and avoid touching their faces.

Thank you for your efforts, combined with ours to help control the spread of this virus to our school community.

Nurse Cathy, Nurse Jan, and Nurse Aimee

Remote/Distance Learning

All grade levels will participate in some form of distance learning in the event that Oakhill is unable to conduct classes on campus. Division Heads and classroom teachers will communicate daily/weekly expectations with parents and students. The academic staff will use a variety of programs that include Google Classrooms, Google Meet, Hub Classroom Group Spaces, SeeSaw, and more to deliver instruction. 

All Middle School students should have a school issued or personal device to use for daily lessons. All other students in grades 4 and down will need periodic access to a device that can access the internet. 4th and 5th grade students need a device with camera and microphone capabilities.

Plans by Division

Early Childhood

Distance Learning/Virtual Teaching in Early Childhood will consist of:

  • Early childhood teachers will upload a Seesaw video of Circle Time and send a daily email to parents with curriculum content by 8 a.m. The email will include activities with instruction, picture examples and objectives as well as the Specialists activities. 

  • Teachers will be accessible for parents and students via email or Seesaw during school hours, 8:00-4:00 p.m.

  • If using Seesaw for activities, teachers will give students the Home Learning Code so they can access their Seesaw account without a school device. 

Typical Early Childhood Daily Lesson Outline

  • View a recorded Circle Time on Seesaw

  • Suggestions will be given for independent and small group play

  • Participate in a gross motor activity that involve music and movement

Art, Music, P.E., Spanish, and Techbrary will be sending lessons to you through the homeroom teacher. Specialists will be accessible for parents and students via email or Seesaw. 

Seesaw Help Center 

Utilize the Seesaw Help Center when needed. Lacey Meier is also available for questions.

Lower School

Virtual Teaching in Lower School will be a combination of Seesaw and other online resources that students use in the classroom.

  • Teachers will use an online Daily Planner to communicate and share lessons, activities and assignments for the day. The Daily Planner will be emailed to parents by 8 a.m. daily. The Daily Planner will also be available for access through Seesaw. 

  • Teachers will be accessible for parents and students via email or Seesaw during school hours, 8:00-4:00 p.m. 

  • If using Seesaw for activities, teachers will give students the Home Learning Code so they can access their Seesaw account without a school device. 

Art, Music, P.E., Spanish, and Techbrary will be sending lessons to you through the homeroom teacher. Specialists will be accessible for parents and students via email or Seesaw. 

Seesaw Help Center 

4th Grade

Virtual Learning in 4th grade will be a combination of Google Classrooms, Seesaw, and other online resources that students use in the classroom on a regular basis.

Core 4th grade classroom teachers (Boyd and Vinson) will post assignments to their Google Classrooms and to a Distance Learning Daily Planner in Google Docs with all pertaining attachments, links, and resources that will be posted and made available to students by 8 am each day.  

Expect assignments posted according to the following schedule:

  • Everyday - Math, Communication Arts, Science, Social Studies, PE
  • Even Days - Technology, Art
  • Odd Days - Spanish, Music

Teachers are providing online office hours to give assignment assistance and answer any student/parent questions:

  • Science - 1:30-2:00
  • Spanish/Tech - 2:30-3:00
  • Music - 3:00-3:30

How these office hours are conducted and alternate office hour options can differ depending on teacher schedules. Please look for communication from teachers daily. If a student has a conflict with a teacher’s office hours they should contact the teacher directly to ask for another time. 

Teachers will also have access to student login information. If a student does not have that information at home, please contact your homeroom teacher for login credentials.

This team will use Google Hangout Meet as their video chat solution.

No additional login/registration is needed for Google Hangouts/Meet if the student is logged into their school account. 

Download Video Conferencing Apps on your cellular devices: 

Google Meet App Download

Apple App Store 

Google Play Store

Need Help?

Please contact Mrs. G or Sara Verwers if you have questions.

5-8th Grade

Students in grades 5-8 need to check their email and the hub daily.

Teachers will post ALL assignments to the hub calendar with all pertaining attachments, links, and resources by 8 am each day. 

Expect assignments posted according to the following schedule:

  • Everyday - Math, Communication Arts, Science, Social Studies, PE
  • Even Days - Technology, Art
  • Odd Days - Spanish, Music

All subjects will hold daily office hours: 

  • Communication Arts - 11-11:30
  • Science - 12:30-1
  • Social Studies - 1-1:30
  • Math - 2-2:30
  • Spanish/Technology - 2:30-3
  • Music/Art - 3-3:30

How these office hours are conducted and alternate office hour options can differ depending on teacher schedules. Please look for communication from teachers daily. If a student has a conflict with a teacher’s office hours they should contact the teacher directly to ask for another time.

During this time, students can contact their teacher through email, Google Hangouts chat or Google Hangouts Meet.

No additional login/registration is needed for Google Hangouts/Meet if the student is logged into their school account. 

Teachers will also have access to student login information. If a student does not have that information at home, please contact your homeroom teacher for login credentials.

Download Video Conferencing Apps on your cellular devices: 

Google Meet App Download

Apple App Store 

Google Play Store

 

Need Help?

Please contact Mrs. G or Sara Verwers if you have questions.

If you have concerns about your internet service or available devices, please contact Kathryn Dodson.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself & others

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
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Contact Information

Remote Learning Contacts

Early Childhood/Lower School
Brenda Bock - Email
Lacey Meier - Email

Intermediate/Middle School
Amy Ganaden - Email
Sara Verwers - Email

Technology/Devices
Kathryn Dodson - Email

Please contact Kathryn Dodson if you have any concerns about your internet capabilities, devices, or software programs if the need arises for a remote learning contingency plan.

School Administration

Out of concern for all of our employees, we will not have administrative offices open. Please do not hesitate to contact us through email; Administrative Staff is working remotely.

Health Coordinator
Cathy Bernholtz - Email

Please contact Nurse Cathy with questions regarding illness and school policy on illness and attendance.

Admissions
Dorothy Beckham - Email

Finance
Kerry Estes - Email

Development
Leslie Gasser - Email

Marketing and Communications
Michelle McDaniel - Email

Head of School
Suzanne McCanles - Email

Extended Day and Summer
Taylor Clevenger - Email

General Questions
Sharon Phillips - Email

Travel

We realize many of our families and staff are currently traveling, or plan to travel during Spring Break. We encourage everyone to carefully consider travel plans in light of the guidance from the CDC.

CDC Recommendations

Anyone who has traveled to (or through) a level-3 or level-2 CDC warned country is REQUIRED to follow CDC and department of health guidelines, to inform the school, and to self-isolate from the school and the school community as a family for a minimum of 14 days after you return. At the time of this email, the CDC has assessed all international travel as a level-3 or level-2 risk.

These guidelines include any additional travel locations that may be added while we are on break. We will continue to follow the CDC and local health department guidelines. All families and staff should be aware that the dynamic nature of the travel advisories may affect their need to self-isolate before returning to school. 

Currently, all school sponsored travel through April 6th has been canceled. We are in contact with Grand Classroom regarding the 7th and 8th grade Florida Keys trip.

Oakhill Day School
Oakhill Day School
7019 N. Cherry Street Gladstone, MO 64118
Phone: 816.436.6228
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