As of Monday, March 23, Charlotte Latin School has moved to Remote Learning and the campus is closed until at least April 29. Please know that our Pandemic Task Team and our Head of School, Chuck Baldecchi, are working meticulously to plan for the health and safety of our community, and we will continue to communicate critical updates and information transparently to our parent community. We pledge our continued effort to gather information and provide more detailed information to all of you as soon as we are able.
- We continue to monitor the virus and are in touch with the Mecklenburg County Public Health Director, Gibbie Harris, who has up-to-the-minute information about COVID-19 and its impact in Charlotte.
- We have updated the CLS Pandemic Plan (created during the 2009-10 H1N1 outbreak) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- We are communicating with the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) for information and best-practice planning.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) – The site has general information about coronaviruses, a brief video explaining the virus. See the graphic here on how to reduce infection from the WHO.
- U.S. State Department – The State Department issues advisories for travel. The U.S. Embassy in China and the U.S. State Department Overseas Security Advisory Council also post updated information regarding travel.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) – This site has information on:
- Charlotte Mecklenburg County Health Department, Protecting the Public's Health
- From NAIS
- Understanding Coronavirus
- Helping Children Cope with Frightening News
- Helping Your School Community Recover from Traumatic Events (see the "Media Consumption" information)
- From SAIS, resources for talking with children
- NPR: Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
- Child Mind: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
- New York Times: How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
- USA Today: How Do You Talk to Your Children About Coronavirus?
- American Psychological Association: How to Talk to Your Kids About Difficult News
- Common Sense Media: Explaining the News to Our Kids
- COVID-19 Global Cases Map from Johns Hopkins
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - for NC COVID-19 statistics, updated daily.
- Is it coronavirus, the flu, a cold, or seasonal allergies? from Atrium Health
- Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance, What the Next 18 Months Can Look Like, If Leaders Buy us Time from Medium
- Coronavirus: Out of Many, One – What the US Federal Government and the States Should Do to Fight the Coronavirus from Medium
- The Coronavirus in America: the Year Ahead from The New York Times
- Five Ways to Follow the Coronavirus Outbreak for Any Metro Area in the U.S. from The New York Times
- This Is the Future of the Pandemic from The New York Times
Dr. Gee's Guide to COVID-19
Topher Gee, Upper School Science Teacher, shares insights into the current pandemic.
CLS COVID-19 Pandemic Team
- Chuck Baldecchi, Head of School – Team Leader
- Jean Asinger, School Nurse, MS and US – Prevention, Record Keeping, Mecklenburg County Health Department Contact, CDC Contact
- Todd Ballaban, Head of Middle School
- Susan Carpenter, Director of Marketing and Communications – Communications
- Bill Freitas, Chief Technology Officer – Academic Continuity
- Dr. Topher Gee, Upper School Biology Teacher
- Major Dale Greene, Director of Safety & Security – Crisis Response and Safety
- Fletcher Gregory, Associate Head of School, Director of Finance – Legal and Facilities
- Beth Lucas, Director of Human Resources
- Mark Tayloe, Head of Lower School
- Dr. Sonja Taylor, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
- Lawrence Wall, Head of Upper School
- Kelly Willis, Director of Global Studies
Tips for Staying Healthy
- Wash your hands (Proper handwashing technique from the WHO).
- Cough into your elbow or a tissue (and then throw the tissue away).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Stay home as much as possible, especially if you are sick.
- Stay home and avoid being around others. If you have to leave home, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
- Cover your mouth with a mask or cloth cover when in public (Mask information from the CDC).
- Get a flu shot.