Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Pembroke Hill School is closely monitoring news and information about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and following guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Missouri Health Department, local health officials and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

This is an evolving situation and circumstances may change in the days and months ahead. As circumstances change, we will notify our community directly through email and on this page.

Last update: March 30, 2:10 p.m.

Communication from Pembroke Hill

School Distance Learning Plans

Please contact our director of technology Chris Keller, ckeller@pembrokehill.org or 816-936-1545, if you have any concerns about your internet capabilities, devices or software programs.

Tips For Children And Adults During School Closure

For Children

  • Reassure them that they are safe
  • Let them talk about their worries
  • Share your own coping skills
  • Limit their news exposure (avoid completely for ages 7 and under)
  • Create a routine and structure
  • Get outside daily

For Adults

  • Avoid EXCESSIVE exposure to media coverage
  • Connect through calls/texts/FaceTime
  • Add EXTRA time for daily stress relief
  • Practice Self-Care
  • Focus on your own mental health

For Quarantine/Isolation

  • Keep in contact with your loved ones via social media, texts and phone calls
  • Create a daily self-care routine
  • Play games, read books and watch movies
  • Focus on new relaxation techniques

Prospective Families

The admissions office is excited to speak to families interested in the 2020-21 school year and beyond. While campuses are closed, tours and visits have been suspended, but we are all available for phone and video conference to show you what Pembroke Hill could mean for your child.

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Preventing Illness

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. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • 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.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • 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 readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Travel

We do not have any school-sponsored international trips planned for spring or summer. However, we realize with Spring Break, many of you may be traveling both domestically and internationally. As a result, we encourage families to carefully consider their own travel and Spring Break plans in light of 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 school community as a family for a minimum of 14 days after you return. As 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 CDC and local health department guidelines and families should be aware that the current dynamic nature of travel advisories may affect their need to self-isolate before returning to school.
  • The CDC recently released considerations for travel within the United States.

CDC Travel Recommendations

Changes and cancellations

All Pembroke Hill campuses and buildings are closed through April 26.

All events, athletics practices and games, arts rehearsals and performances, and club activities are canceled until Monday, April 27.

Other Cancellations

  • April 25 - Upper school prom, POSTPONED until Aug. 1.
  • April 30- Debate Awards Night, CANCELED

For a complete list of cancellations please view the school calendar on this website or in Veracross portals.

Resources

Public Resources

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel, CDC

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children, CDC

Talking To Your Children About COVID-19

The following links may be beneficial to you in discussing COVID-19 with your children. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our school counselors if you feel your children need additional support.

"How to Talk To Your Kids About Coronavirus," PBS

"How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus", Healthline

"How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus," NYT Parenting

"Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus," The New York Times

"How to Help Children Manage Fears," Child Mind Institute

Resources for Kids

"Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus," NPR

Contact Information

To search all faculty and staff, please consult our online directory.

Judy Donnellan

School Nurse
Judy Donnellan provides services for students, faculty and staff on both campuses. Please contact Judy with questions regarding illness.

Chris Keller

Information Technology Director
Please contact Chris Keller if you have any concerns about your internet capabilities, devices or software programs if need arises for an online learning contingency plan.

Administrative Offices

Admissions
816-936-1230

Business
816-936-1213

Communication
816-936-1205

Development
816-936-1224