(March 11, 2020) —
Whittier College is continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19 across the country and its implications. College senior administrators are communicating daily to review updates from the CDC, World Health Organization, and county and state public health agencies. Currently there are no known cases (confirmed or suspected) of COVID-19 on the Whittier campus. Likewise, Broadoaks staff has attended numerous meetings at Whittier College, been in contact with a representative from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, and consistently checked the updates from Community Care Licensing and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding COVID-19. This communication provides an update regarding the most current policies, procedures, and preventative measures being implemented at Whittier College and Broadoaks.
- Whittier College has decided to cancel classes for undergraduate students on Friday, March 13. After spring break, beginning Monday March 23, all classes will be moved online. Courses will continue to be taught remotely until at least April 3. An update will be provided by April 1 regarding plans for the remainder of the semester. Following public health recommendations, the College is taking this proactive step to keep the Whittier College community healthy.
- Whittier College will be postponing or suspending most events on campus that attract 100 or more attendees for the remainder of the academic year. This will include athletic competitions, performances, student-organized events, admission events, and academic gatherings, among others.
- Whittier College has implemented the following travel policy for staff, students, or visitors arriving from any particular area affected by the 2019 COVID-19 on or after February 15, 2020. Individuals arriving from affected areas (currently: China, Japan, Iran, Italy, and South Korea) should not return to campus until 14 days after their arrival in the U.S. It is an expectation of the College and a requirement of the United States for those arriving on or after March 2, 2020. This procedure is aligned with the January 31, 2020 declaration by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding a public health emergency for the nation.
- How does this impact Broadoaks? We may modify and/or cancel some of our previously calendared events. For example, as a precautionary measure we have cancelled the third-grade March 24 field trip to City Hall, the April Prospective Family Tour, and the Saturday Preschool Music, Movement, and Art Program for April. Regarding Spring Events, we may need to limit the number of guests per student. Please watch for an email update in early April regarding other upcoming April events. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
- Broadoaks will remain open as usual until further notice. The school is working closely with College administrators to make decisions regarding Broadoaks that are consistent with current recommendations by the Los Angeles County Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Community Care Licensing. All Whittier College field work, work study, and practicum placement internships have been suspended until at least April 3.
- Broadoaks students, faculty, and staff must comply with the travel policy implemented by the College. Anyone traveling to impacted areas (currently: China, Japan, Iran, Italy, and South Korea) cannot return to campus until 14 days after their arrival in the U.S.
We’d like to remind everyone that the best way to protect yourself and others is by washing your hands, covering your sneeze or cough, staying away from others who are sick, and staying home if you are sick or keeping your child home if they are ill. Students will be given additional time to complete and submit tests and assignments if they miss these due to illness. The most current recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is to call your healthcare provider first if you are concerned about your child’s symptoms.
For more information on preventative measure visit the following websites:
Poet Health Alerts
California Department of Public Health guidance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
Please rest assured that we will notify all parents of any changes to our strategy, should it become necessary in response to future developments. Thank you to all parents for taking the time to read this and for working together to prevent the transmission of all illnesses.
Wishing you a safe and healthy spring break!