COVID-19 News and Updates

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  • We invite you to take a Virtual Prayer Walk of the Campus of Holy Comforter Episcopal School

    Let us pray to the Lord, who is our refuge and stronghold. 
    For the health and well-being of our nation, that all who are fearful and anxious may be at peace and free from worry: Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us. 
    For the isolated and housebound, that we may be alert to their needs, and care for them in their vulnerability: Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us. 

    For our homes and families, our schools and young people, especially Holy Comforter School...

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  • Kindness During Distance Learning

    Last week, Mrs. McCann, our Lower School Guidance Counselor extended an activity to our students. The task was to choose at least one thing to help someone else: a chore, letter to someone in need, etc. She asked that they send a picture of them in action and the stories were heartwarming. From dishes to yard work, making the bed and helping family, our students went above and beyond! We hope this brightens your day.
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  • A Prayer from Mother Beth

    Dear Families:  Please know that I continue to pray for each of you along with my prayers for the Students, Teachers, Staff and Administration at Holy Comforter Episcopal School.  May God bless you and keep you.  May He turn his face towards you and give you peace.  In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. + Amen
     
    Keep us, good Lord,
    under the shadow of your mercy
    in this time of uncertainty and distress.
    Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
    and lift up all who are brought low;
    that we may rejoice in your comfort
    knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
    in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Amen.
     
    Also, click here for a PDF of prayers for use with children during this time of COVID19.  These prayers have been collected by the Church of England through prayerspacesinschools.com which explains some different word usage (eg. plasters instead of bandaids) and provides tangible actions and reminders for those children who might be experiencing some fear or anxiety at this time. 
     
    Love and peace to each of you, Mother Beth 
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  • Remote Learning Day One is in the Books!

    Thank you to our families, students and most importantly our teachers for making Day 1 a success! if you have any questions, please remember to reach out to your child's teacher. We are all in this together. 

    Remote Learning Information
     
    Early Learning (PK3, PK4 and Kindergarten)
     
    In preparation for the possibility of school closure, preschool and kindergarten students brought home workbooks and other materials the Friday before Spring Break so they can continue learning from home. 
     
    The class schedule and lessons for each day will be posted by 9am on your child’s homeroom page which can be accessed by logging in to the school website. Parents and students will find a plan with clear expectations about learning from core subjects as well as special area classes. PK4 will be using Seesaw to share daily lessons.
     
    Please direct all classwork questions to your child’s teacher via email. Teachers will be available to provide answers and guidance during normal school hours, Monday through Friday, 8:15 - 2:45. You can expect a reply within an hour during this time unless notified otherwise. If you send an email outside this time, a response will be sent by 9:15am the next morning.
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  • A Message from Our Guidance Department

    Dear Holy Comforter Parents,
     
    There have been many changes in our lives since the last dismissal bell. We find ourselves trying to wrap our heads around new normalcy, which in itself seems to keep changing. Given this time of uncertainty, we wanted to reach out and offer some recommendations for the upcoming days. Figuring out how to best navigate through each day may already be a bit overwhelming, and now remote learning for your child(ren) is about to enter into the mix. We have found some basic principles to be highly effective on our campus, and we want to encourage you to consider implementing and adapting them in your home for the upcoming weeks. 
     
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  • How to Support Children

    We know that the level of news coverage of COVID-19 is alarming. As with any emergency or difficult current event, we are committed to supporting our children in developmentally healthy ways. Our highest priority is reassuring students that school is a safe place. We will be working with our teachers to make sure they have access to information to thoughtfully address any concerns students may raise.   

    These are just a few resources that might be helpful. 

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HCES Alert News

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  • COVID-19: Remote Learning Update

    Dear Families, 
     
    As you may be aware, Governor DeSantis has issued a decree giving executive authority to the Florida Department of Education and Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, to close all public and private K-12 schools through April 15, 2020. At this time, we will be closed and continue remote learning through April 15. 
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  • COVID-19 Update

    We are monitoring the changes in our community in regards to COVID-19. Our administrators are working together and we will release further details and information by Friday. As previously communicated, remote learning will begin Monday, March 23rd and your child's teacher will be sending lesson information beginning Monday morning. 

    We appreciate your patience and understanding during this uncertain time as we all navigate this together. Our first concern is always the safety and well-being of our school community - including our families, students and staff. We look forward to being together again soon, but in the meantime, we will do everything in our power to offer a remote education and also a sense of normalcy for our families, even if from afar. Please let us know if you have questions and continue to look here for updates.
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  • School Campus Closure

    Dear Families, 
     
    Following Leon County Schools' decision to close per order by the Governor and the Commissioner of Education, Holy Comforter's campus will be closed until Monday, March 30th. We will begin remote learning on Monday, March 23rd. As we get closer, we will share detailed information regarding our online learning approach. As always, we will stay in touch if anything changes. 
     
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  • COVID-19 Update: March 10th

    Dear Families,
     
    We want to take a moment to update you in regard to COVID-19, the disease caused by the spread of the Coronavirus. We are continuing to monitor the situation and our Crisis Response Team is meeting regularly to prepare for the next steps if and when we need to take action. I want to reach out today to share some of the measures that we are taking as a school to prepare for a possible public health emergency on campus or within the Tallahassee area.
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Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbor, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen
 

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CDC Guidelines and Helpful Information

Health experts tell us that many of the same precautions that we take for cold and flu season are applicable to COVID-19. Therefore, the most important thing that you can do, as parents, right now is to stay informed and follow these simple steps that are similar to the types of steps that you would take in dealing with cold and flu season each year:
  • Encourage your family to engage in regular hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Encourage all in your family to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. (current recommendation is to use a tissue or your elbow, not your hands when covering your nose and mouth). 
  • Also, avoid sharing food and drinks with others, including those who seem well at the moment. 
  • Please keep your child at home if he or she has a fever. Please do not send the student back to school until he or she has been fever-free (with no fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours. 
I know that all of the news lately has been alarming, but the most important thing that we can do right now is to remain calm, inform ourselves with facts, and take collective steps to prepare ourselves should the conditions warrant. Please also remember that our children take their emotional cues from us. Let's work together to monitor our children's engagement in this topic and help them understand what they may be hearing or understanding to avoid anxiety. Being prepared is not a cause for panic or stress. 
 
As always, the health, safety, and well-being of our school community remain our top priority. 
 
For your information, here are some important links that may be helpful to you and your family: