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Hillbrook School's COVID-19 Resources & Support for Families

Last updated 3/29/20: Please continue to refer back to this page; we will be making updates as events unfold.

Equally as important as our commitment to educate your children is a dedication to keeping them safe. We hope you will find this information helpful in caring for your family and our community.


Select Remote Learning Resources:

Parents/Guardians, click here to watch Flag each Monday at 8 AM.

Click here for a brief video tutorial from our Director of Technology on how to support our youngest learners as they set up for Distance Learning starting Tuesday, March 17. 

Click here to access Parent/Guardian Learning Continuity Resources button, available on your Bear's Lair Resource Board.

Visit Hillbrook's Family Learning Resources Page for a robust selection of kid-friendly activities and parent-centric strategies for supporting children during this time.


Communications from the School
 


Current School & Community Precautionary Measures

In response to the SCCPHD advisory dated March 5, the school will be taking the following measures:
  • We are not holding large community events.
    • Flag will be held virtually for students and families. 
    • We are postponing the Hillbrook Benefit. We will be sharing more details we have planned for the Benefit in the weeks ahead. 
    • There are several additional large community events coming up in the coming weeks - including the 8th Grade Musical - that we recognize may be impacted. We are considering different contingencies and delaying decisions until closer to the event.
  • We have canceled all field trips until further notice. 
  • With the approach of Spring Break, we encourage families to be aware of CDC travel guidelines. Please refer to the CDC website for further information regarding travel restrictions as this site is updated regularly by the CDC. Spring Break travel may affect the timing of when a student returns to school. We will follow CDC and Santa Clara County Public Health Department guidelines to determine how this may affect each individual. 

    If you plan to travel outside of the United States, please refer to the CDC website below and inform Margaret Randazzo, Chief Financial Officer, immediately if you have concerns or questions about CDC Warning Levels at any point during your travel. As it currently stands, this would mean 14 days away from school from the time your student returns to the U.S.

Community Agreements

  • We ask all students, parents, caregivers, and employees to avoid campus if they are ill.
  • We ask that all community members inform CFO Margaret Randazzo at mrandazzo@hillbrook.org or 408 356-6116 ext 320 of the following:
    • International travel by anyone living or working in the household
    • Exposure by anyone living or working in the household to COVID-19
    • Diagnosis by anyone living or working in the household of COVID-19
We also ask that if any Hillbrook community household member has traveled, or intends to travel, to any of the countries on the CDC travel advisory list (Levels 1-3 - currently China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, and Japan), that that person remains away from campus for 14 days after their return to the U.S. 


Creating a Culture of Precaution

Coronavirus infections are transmitted in a manner similar to many respiratory illnesses and flu illnesses, through droplets in the air from a cough or sneeze. Increased awareness and practice of the following precautions, both by adults and students, is strongly advised.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, and after touching public surfaces. If this is not possible, then use a hand sanitizer gel, like Purell.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze by using a tissue that you immediately throw into a trash can or by covering your face with your elbow (bent arm) if no tissue is available.  Do not cough or sneeze into the open air or into your hands. And wash your hands immediately afterward.
  • Please refrain from shaking hands.
  • In public places, put distance (about six feet if possible) between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • If you have not already done so, get a flu shot. The flu is an ongoing concern and currently is even more dangerous than coronavirus.
  • Do not come to school if you don’t feel well. Students, employees, and parents who are symptomatic of illness are encouraged to remain home until symptoms, including but not limited to coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, subside. Teachers will work with students to ensure every effort is made to minimize academic impact.

Increased School Hygiene Measures

  • Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer have been placed in all classrooms. 
  • Custodial staff will observe a rotation of wiping down high touch surfaces throughout the day, using disinfectant wipes.
  • Hillbrook buses will also be disinfected regularly and students will be encouraged to wash hands or use a hand sanitizer before and after riding on the bus.

School Policies

At this time, our current policy remains in place—a student is sent home for a fever and is required to stay at home until fever-free for 24 hours without medication. Each individual case of illness will be evaluated to ensure the safety and health of students, faculty, and staff, and we have asked our front office staff to use their judgment should a child exhibit symptoms they deem concerning, even in the absence of a fever.


Resources for Families


School Contacts


We ask that all community members inform CFO Margaret Randazzo at mrandazzo@hillbrook.org or 408 356-6116 ext 320 of the following:
    • International travel by anyone living or working in the household
    • Exposure by anyone living or working in the household to COVID-19
    • Diagnosis by anyone living or working in the household of COVID-19
For general questions from our school community: Reach out to Mark Silver, Head of School, at msilver@hillbrook.org or (408) 356-6116 ext 300.

For questions or inquiries from the media: Reach out to Erin Schwartz, Director of Communications & Community Engagement, at eschwartz@hillbrook.org or (408) 356-6116 ext 576.
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