Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
News & Updates

Dear Storm King Community;

I hope that you are all safe and healthy wherever you are. In the past weeks, members of our faculty and staff have been focused on developing a detailed plan for safely reopening the School and the campus for in-person instruction this fall.

Today, we submitted our Reopening Plan to the New York State Department of Education and the Department of Health, and it is available for viewing on the COVID-19 and Reopening pages of our website. We are confident in the plan and well-positioned to reopen safely, and with enough flexibility to respond to various contingencies that may arise in the coming weeks and months.

I especially want to thank the co-chairs of our COVID-19 2020-21 Task Force, Ray Hecht, our Assistant Head for Finance and CFO and Al Lewis, our Assistant Head for Student Life, for all of their wisdom, time, and effort in developing this plan over the past three weeks. In addition, I want to thank Elizabeth Taviloglu, our Director of Communications, for her tireless work to edit the many drafts of this plan into a final form.

All of the following members of the faculty and staff served on committees, as readers, and in other ways helped to complete the plan: Amelia Kolach, Andrew Comey, Anne Fulton, Cathy Hecht, Christina Lewis, Cindy Neville, David Mendlewski, Denise Sollami, Ellen Van Dunk, George Meyers, Jamie Smith, Jim Bennett, Jeremy Freeman, John Carruthers, Joseph Graziosi, Kristen Barbosa, Marek Pramuka, Mika Pramuka, Paul Feffer, Peter Rowe, Sarah Fulton, Tim Gillett, Dr. Tim Lance, Tom Fogarty, and Toni Scherrer.

The School will maintain updated copies of this Reopening Plan on our website and we will continue to inform the community as any changes arise. I ask that you review the plan thoroughly as we approach the start of school. If you have any questions or ideas please feel free to contact me, as always.

Sincerely,

Jonathan W.R. Lamb, Head of School
845-458-7511; jlamb@sks.org

Past Updates & Letters to the Community

July 31, 2020 Update 19
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

July 21, 2020 Update 18
from Assistant Head for Admissions and Marketing,  Marek Pramuka

July 10, 2020 Update 17
from Assistant Head for Student & Residential Life,  Alan Lewis

July 01, 2020 Update 16
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

June 05, 2020 Update 15
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

May 08, 2020 Update 14
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

May 01, 2020 Update 13
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

April 24, 2020 Update 12
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

April 18, 2020 Update 11
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

April 9, 2020 Update 10
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

April 6, 2020 Coronavirus Health Insurance Q&A – Nurse Cindy
from Nurse Cindy Neville

April 4, 2020 Update 9
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

March 28, 2020 Update from the Director of Athletics
from the Director of Athletics

March 26, 2020 Coranvirus Update 8
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

March 24, Update from the offices of College Counseling
from Dr. Marti Kwon, Director of College Counseling

March 23, Update on the First Day of SKS Virtual School
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

March 19, 2020 Covid-19 and SKS Service Learning
from Ben Harnick, Director of Service Learning and Summer Programs

March 17, 2020 Coronavirus Update 7
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

March 11, 2020 Coronavirus Update 6
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

March 11, 2020 Coronavirus Update 5
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

March 9, 2020 Coronavirus Update 4
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

February 22, 2020 Coronavirus Update 3
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

February 5, 2020 Coronavirus Update 2
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

February 1, 2020 Coronavirus Update 1
from Head of School Jonathan W.R. Lamb

Prevention Information from the CDC

Know How it Spreads

  • 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.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

More details: Cloth Face Covers

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

More details: Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Home

More information

Plans for Fall 2020 Reopening

For more information on SKS’ plans for reopening campus this fall please click on the following button:

Reopening SKS — Plans & FAQs

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