January 29, 2020
With the growing concern regarding the coronavirus and how this situation may impact the school and our international students, I am writing once again with an update on the Grier School’s plan of action for spring break and after, particularly for students from China and the surrounding Asian countries:
Spring Break Homestay Information:
Date: March 7-22, 2020
Location: Days Inn Hotel, State College PA (This is a rural local town close to Grier School where the girls have gone for day trips throughout the school year and are quite familiar with the area).
Chaperones: Several faculty members from the school including but not limited to: Mrs. Wendy Warner, Mrs. Holly Carper, Mrs. Gretchen Hensor, Ms. Stacey Hamilton.
Fee: $4000 (price includes hotel, all meals, transportation, and any planned activities for the students)
Registration Deadline: The school must have a definite answer if you plan to have your daughter participate in this spring break option by Wednesday, February 5, 2020 due to finalizing the hotel accommodations.
General Information: The location of the hotel is convenient for the students in terms of local restaurants, shopping for essential items, and safety. There is a restaurant in the hotel and take-out service is available from the local restaurants. Students will be able to relax, study, rest, and go on local trips such as ice-skating, if they wish to participate.
Return Protocol for Students Choosing to Travel to China for Spring Break: While the school is not insisting students from China and the surrounding countries remain in the United States during the break, the school is strongly encouraging families to consider this for your child by participating in the school sponsored homestay. It is important to understand the protocol the school must follow as determined by the guidelines established by NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) in order to make sure the well-being of everyone at Grier School is considered during this time.
- Flights are already being cancelled to and from China and boarders are being closed. If your daughter returns home during break, there is a strong possibility she may not be able to get back to school at the end of spring break vacation.
- Any student returning from China will be transported back to the school separately from the other students.
- Any student returning from China will be quarantined for up to two weeks, depending on the guidelines set by the CDC, in a housing facility near but not on the Grier School campus. Meals and full-time supervision will be provided for the quarantined student but she will not be permitted to be in contact with anyone at the school.
- A health screening will be conducted at the beginning and end of the quarantine period to make sure the student is not showing any symptoms of the coronavirus (which are outlined by the CDC).
- If a student develops any symptoms during the quarantine, she will be transported immediately to the hospital and parents notified.
- A student cleared at the end of the quarantine period will be able to return to Grier School.
- Cost for the quarantine protocol will be approximately: $1800-$2500 depending on the length of the entire safety protocol.
With the uncertainty of the coronavirus, it is my recommendation, as the Head of School, that your daughter strongly consider remaining in the United States for spring break. The Grier School and the town of State College are nestled in the mountains of a beautiful rural area several hours away from any major city. While no one can guarantee about such health situations, please know the school is working to provide all students with the best possible outcome to this scary medical crisis.
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
Gina Borst, MEd
Head of School, Grier School