Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Center
Happy Friday, Met Community!
I hope that week two of self-quarantine has brought some calmness and routines into your household. We know that this time is not easy for you but hope that we can be helpful in any way that we can as a school. Here are some questions that may be helpful during this time.
We started on Monday by having a professional development day so that our staff could prepare for the new normal of distance learning. By Tuesday all staff were virtually connected with students. We encouraged students to be helpful at home, practice self-care and be aware of their own health and wellness, connect with each other, complete exhibitions, and start their college classes online. Some even attended their internships remotely.
Here are some highlights from all our buildings-
Dear Met Families:
As you know, the Governor has declared the next two weeks Distance Learning Weeks in Rhode Island. We have been working on plans to support students for learning from home. The schedule for the next two weeks, or possibly longer, is as shown below.
Monday, March 23 - This will be a Professional Development Day (moved from Friday, March 27). Staff will connect with you and your student to review the plan and specific schedules.
Tuesday, March 24 - Distance Learning begins with a Morning Advisory Zoom Conference. Advisors will be finalizing Trimester 2, and beginning Trimester 3. Work then continues according to the plan detailed below. During these first two weeks we will survey families about our progress.
By Friday, April 3 - The Met will communicate to you what we know about next steps for Distance Learning - how long it might last and what our next steps as a community are. If we continue with Distance Learning, Advisors will reach out to you with modified learning plans for students to complete Trimester 3.
Every student’s schedule is a bit different, but a sample schedule will look like this:
You can find the full Met Distance Learning Plan on our Website here: https://www.themethighschool.org/apps/pages/workfromhome
We will be in contact with you by email and phone. Advisors will contact you to review the plan for your student. Please remind your child to sign in/communicate with their advisor so we can take attendance.
Also, here’s a reminder about signing up for the School News app by Edlio which we are using. All of the news and events posted to our website are posted here. It's a simple way to view the school's news feeds and calendars, and also receive push notifications directly from us.
It's free to download to your iOS or Android phone and quick to set up:
- Go to the App Store or Google Play and search for "School News by Edlio" to install.
- Open the app and search for the school; tap "Add School." If you have kids in other Edlio-powered schools, add them to the app too.
- Enable push notification by going to the Alerts tab and tapping "Enable Notifications."
Additionally, any family with questions can email: NDiaz@metmail.org or call Nancy Diaz Bain: 752-2660 with ideas, concerns, questions. You can send general questions or concerns to us at: https://www.themethighschool.org/apps/contact/
We are grateful for your partnership and look forward to supporting one another in this unique time.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday that all school buildings in Rhode Island will be closed through April 3, with virtual learning at home as the state tackles the coronavirus outbreak. After these two weeks, a decision will be made to determine whether virtual learning is extended.
Met staff have been working hard over the last two weeks to complete our virtual learning plan, and we have submitted it to the Rhode Island Department of Education for review. By Monday, you and your student will be contacted by your student's advisor with information about the Met's virtual learning plan and how your student will be participating. Virtual learning is something new to our educators, and they will do their best to provide students with the best possible lesson/instruction online during this time.
We have also started to use the School News app by Edlio, for alerts, news, and events. It's a simple way to view the school's news feeds and calendars, and also receive push notifications directly from us.
It's free to download to your iOS or Android phone and quick to set up:
All of the news and events posted to our website are posted here for easy access. We'll send push notifications out to keep you updated on urgent news.
If you do not have internet access in your home, please contact your student's advisor. We are working to support students and families to gain internet access through local providers or mobile hotspots.
Continue to check our website or the app for regular updates. We will continue to keep our students' needs in the forefront. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please use our website feedback form:
Take care of yourselves, take care of your families, and remain calm.
Nancy Diaz Bain
The Met High School
Dear Met Families,
Thank you for your understanding after the unanticipated announcement by the Governor that schools will be closed this coming week. While we had been anticipating a possible closure, the timeline accelerated sharply last week. We are deeply grateful to our community for coming together so quickly to support each other and our students. Rhode Island Commissioner of Education, Angelica Infante-Green established this coming week (March 23rd) as the April vacation week taking the place of the originally scheduled week of April 13-17.
We are in the process of planning for work from home opportunities for our students and have submitted a plan to the Rhode Island Department of Education. Information in the coming days and Advisors will be in touch with your child and you to go over the plans and expectations so that we can start for next week. Recognizing that access to resources varies widely by family, we are planning for support to ensure all students can access assignments and learning experiences.
The facilities and custodial staff are using this time to clean our school buildings on Thursday and Friday. If necessary, you can come into the Met:
- Wednesday, March 18th, 9:00am - 3:00pm (All Campuses) - Staff and students may visit campus to acquire belongings and anything that may be needed to support distance learning should school closures be extended. Students can also acquire their Chromebook if left behind and a charger if theirs has been lost.
The Met has been working with other school districts across the state who will offer "grab and go" breakfast and lunch to all students 18 and under. A list of these locations around the state can be found at this website: https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/about/foodsites/
Please continue to follow the recommendations of the RI Department of Health . It is critically important that we all practice and remain committed to social distancing and avoid large gatherings. Please find this resource from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) at this link to assist in talking about COVID-19 with your children.
More to come. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you need assistance of any kind.
Co-Director’s Office: 401-752-2660
Curriculum Director’s Office: 401-529-9453
Nancy Diaz Bain
The Met High School
Providence Public Schools will provide meals for any school age student who shows up at one of the schools listed below. No ID necessary. Please share this information with students and families. The meal program in Providence will be available 11am-2pm at the following locations:
Cranston Public Schools will provide grab-and-go meals to anyone under the age of 18. No ID required.
Monday – Friday, Breakfast 8am-9am & Lunch 11:30am-1pm at the following locations:George J. Peters Elementary School
The Newport School Department will provide grab-and-go meal boxes. Meal boxes will consist of one lunch meal and one breakfast meal for the next day. Meals will be available from 12 noon - 1pm each day at the following locations:
Pell Elementary School
35 Dexter St, Newport, RI 02840
Food Service for East Providence Public Schools. March 16 – March 20, 2020. Meals are for all students 18 and under.
8:30-9:00 a.m. Carousel - 700 Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside, RI 02915
9:15-9:45 a.m. Pierce Field Stadium Entrance, 201 Mercer Street, East Providence, RI 02914
8:30-9:00 a.m. Evergreen Apartments, 15 Evergreen Drive, East Providence, RI 02914
9:15-9:45 a.m. Freedom Green Park, North Broadway, Rumford, RI 02914
8:30-10:00 a.m. East Providence High School, Student Parking Lot, 2000 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914
West Greenwich Fire Dept. Free Bagged Lunches:
Available March 16-20, 2020
Pick up 8 am-10 am daily
830 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich.
No questions asked
Dear Met Families,
Thank you for your ongoing support of our school and for your child. This letter is to update you regarding COVID-19 preparedness, previously referred to as “coronavirus.” This is a rapidly changing situation and we want you to know that the health and safety of our students continues to be our first priority.
As you know, we have been educating students and staff on how to uphold sanitary practices and our buildings are taking extensive measures to disinfect school facilities both throughout the school day and after hours.
Also, we are following the advice and recommendations of the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Department of Education on whether to send students to particular LTIs (internships), hold activities and if, or when, school might need to close. While there is no current plan to close The Met in order to self-quarantine, we are planning for how to manage a potential closure.
If we did close school, our goal would be that staff and students work from home, so learning is not interrupted. We are working on projects, readings, and other important work that can be done from home. We will review the materials with the students, and they will then download all needed materials on their Chromebooks and/or be given paper packets.
What you can do:
- Please check in with your student each evening if they have their needed materials. We have asked that students bring home books (e.g. textbooks that are not online, class novels, etc.) that they may need and their school-issued Chromebooks each night.
- Complete this survey, https://forms.gle/5k6Q7vFUzpoM6QY78 if you do not have access to consistent WiFi at home. We are looking for ways to get families connected, or at least make sure students have offline work.
- Email your student’s advisor or principal if your contact information has changed and ask them to update your Emergency Information.
- Stay informed about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) by visiting these sites:
- The Met’s COVID-19 Updates blog: themethighschool.org/communityupdate/o RI Department of Health - https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/CDC Website - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
This can be a confusing and stressful time as information is changing very quickly. We are working hard to be prepared and to communicate often because we believe we work best together as partners, for the benefit of our students, families and ultimately our entire community. Thank you for working with us now, as always.
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
Staff and students should stay home if ill, and continue to follow these basic safety precautions:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer frequently.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue away. Wash your hands.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Do not share items such as water bottles, utensils, towels, chapstick, etc.
Do not share food/drinks.
Everyone can help by wiping down surfaces and door handles frequently with disinfecting wipes.
Anyone showing signs of illness should stay home and contact their primary care provider immediately with questions or concerns.
If you have not already, get a flu shot as soon as possible. The Met Health Center is holding a vaccination clinic on March 9 from 10am - 12pm for students and staff.
Please only wear a mask if recommended by a healthcare professional.
What the Met is doing:
Deep cleanings each night by maintenance
Mist disinfectant ongoing by maintenance
Surfaces and door handles wiped throughout the day by staff and students
Lots of soap, wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer continue to be available
Continuous communications with Met students, staff and families
Monitoring all information sources (RI Dept. of Health, RIDE, CDC, WHO, etc)
Flu shot clinic March 9 at the Met Health Center; if you have not yet gotten your shot, please do so.
Provided byThe United States Centers for Disease Control and Preventions: