Coronavirus Update

The latest guidance and updates for Delphian families

Delphian School is following the updates on the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area. As the situation continues to evolve, we will update this page with the latest (school) news and information. We are monitoring federal and state recommendations and consulting with medical experts. Our aim is to consider the latest information with thoughtfulness and care, and to anticipate evolving challenges while protecting the health and wellbeing of our campus community.


 

Cancelled Or Postponed Events

 

  • Closing campus to day students and non-essential visitors effective Tuesday March 17, through the end of the month. If your child is a day student or 5-day boarder in the Middle or Upper School, you have the option to start boarding your child immediately. If you are interested in this option, please be in touch with April Ott (aprilo@delphian.org)
     
  • Spring Festival Thursday March 19 postponed until further notice
     
  • Sports games and all off-campus field trips have been cancelled at this time
     
  • Assembly Friday March 13 postponed until further notice
     
  • Science Fair Friday March 13th postponed until further notice
     
  • Europe Trip 2020 will be postponed to Spring Break 2021
     

Over the weekend the CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States…. This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus." 

Latest Update

COVID-19 and Students Returning to School

March 25, 2020

Dear Parents,


For those of you who have your children at home, I hope you are enjoying some time together as a family. And for those whose children are here on campus, I hope they have been filling you in on the many activities they have participated in while here over spring break. The students here are staying healthy and productive, and the enthusiasm we have seen during their spring break on campus exceeded our hopes. 


In my last email on March 16, I mentioned I'd be sending an update at the end of March relative to day students returning to school. At that time, Oregon public schools were closed through the end of March. Several things have changed in Oregon since that time: On March 17, Oregon Governor Kate Brown extended school closures until April 28, 2020. On March 23, she shut down all non-essential businesses in Oregon and asked that Oregonians stay at their place of residence to the maximum extent possible. This order remains in effect until terminated by the Governor. The details outlined in the Executive Order are very similar to the shelter-in-place orders that have been issued in California, Washington, New York, and Illinois, as well as in a number of other US states. 


Based on the above, and in the interest of minimizing the risk of exposure to those currently on campus, we do not feel it would be appropriate to allow day students or boarding students who are currently away from the campus to return to school while the stay-at-home order is in place and/or while Oregon public schools remain closed. When either of these mandates are lifted, we will reevaluate our plan at that point. We understand this may be disappointing or frustrating. We truly wish we could have all of the students together here at the school. 


Despite students being away from school, arrangements have been made to continue academic delivery from afar. You'll be hearing from your child's teacher or supervisor on the plan to keep your child moving on their program during this time. Each of the schools have developed a remote learning plan, making use of a computer with a webcam and microphone or a smartphone. 


We appreciate the understanding and support we have continued to receive from parents and are looking forward to a time when we can safely have all the students together here on campus again. 


Best regards,

Kaellagh Bennett

Business Manager  


 

Contact

For any questions or concerns about how the school is managing any part of our response to the coronoavirus, please contact:

Kelly Olivares
Medical Office
kolivares@delphian.org 
503-843-3521

Kaellagh Bennett
Business Office
kbennett@delphian.org 
503-843-3521

April Ott
Tuition & Finacial Aid
aprilo@delphian.org
503-843-3521

How Can You Help Prevent Illness 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:
 

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

• Stay home when you are sick (students and employees who are running a fever, frequently sneezing and/or coughing must remain home and stay home until they are fever free without medication for 24 hours and the sneezing and coughing is gone or very minimal).

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.