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COVID-19 Update

April 3, 2020 Ben Lippen News

Ben Lippen School’s Coronavirus Response

Ben Lippen School is closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019). Ben Lippen has a Pandemic Response Policy and we have activated it. The policy calls for the formation of a Pandemic Response Team (PRT) with members from many departments and divisions at the school. The PRT has met to review what needs to be done in the various areas of the school to try to avoid any outbreak on our campuses and to be prepared in the case of a widespread outbreak in our area.

Communications from the Office of the Headmaster

  • Fridays with Fajardo Video Updates
  • Messages from the Headmaster

Status of COVID-19
体育在线投注 CDC states it is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). For reliable information, including answers to questions about COVID-19, visit the .

Current actions
体育在线投注 Here are some steps that Ben Lippen is already taking or that we will be taking shortly:

  • All school activities including classes, athletics, fine arts, and other school-sponsored events have been suspended through April 30.
  • This year’s Cedar Creek Classic event has been replaced with a “stay-at-home” version. Get details and make a gift here.
  • Digital Learning Days through Schoology started on Wednesday, March 17.
  • The South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) has suspended all interscholastic athletics from Sunday, March 15, through Friday, April 3. If a school remains open, the school is permitted to host practices.
  • The Pandemic Response Team has met and will meet regularly.
  • Physical Plant custodians are using industrial disinfectant and taking extra steps in cleaning.
  • Informational videos have been made available through email links to our faculty and staff about how to reduce the spread of viruses. (see Informational Videos section below to view videos)
  • Physical Plant has ordered additional disinfectant supplies and wipes that will be made available.
  • We are in communication with the CDC, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Richland County Health Department for the latest information and advice.

Symptoms
The following comes for the Centers for Disease Control website ()
For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

Advice
If your child is experiencing symptoms, seek medical help immediately. If your child is experiencing symptoms, do NOT allow him or her to attend school or other events. Absence policies will be relaxed during this period. Please err on the side of keeping your child home. Students should not return to school until they have been free of fever and other symptoms, without the use of fever- or symptom-reducing medicines, for at least 24 hours.

Informational Videos

Part of Ben Lippen’s response to the Coronavirus 19 outbreak is to provide information to our community that will help reduce the spread of viruses. Please take time to view the two videos below from the Centers for Disease Control. Then please closely follow the advice they provide. Total viewing time for the videos is about 3 ½ minutes.

Additional videos from the CDC can be viewed at . Topics found there are:

  1. What is Coronavirus Disease 2019?
  2. What’s my risk?
  3. How to protect myself?
  4. COVID-19 Stop the spread of germs

Other Links

Digital Learning Days Reference

Communications from the Office of the Headmaster

  • Fridays with Fajardo Video Updates
  • Messages from the Headmaster

CIU’s Coronavirus Response

体育在线投注More updates and information will follow as needed.