COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources - Health and Wellness - McDonogh School

COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources

Virtual school is in effect through the end of the school year.


McDonogh's Virtual Counseling Services

Counseling services for students continue to be available during virtual school. School counselors in each division are available to meet for brief, supportive check-ins with students and/or parents on Zoom or by telephone. The best way to contact the school counselor in the division is through email or by calling their office phone. Counselors are available during the virtual school day, and in the Middle and Upper School, it is possible to schedule meetings before or after the school day until 5:30 p.m. Students should be reminded that virtual school rules apply regarding location, backdrop, and dress, with one difference being an added importance to there being a private location for students in counseling meetings. Counselors will do everything possible to support confidentiality by wearing headphones and maintaining private settings. However, counselors acknowledge the privacy challenges in these extraordinary circumstances in terms of possible interruption or unintended viewers or audio in the students’ home, and they will work with students and parents to address these challenges as they arise. 

As always, please note that school counseling is not a substitute for care provided by community therapists and providers. Students and families are encouraged to continue to work with community providers, and the school counselors are ready to connect families with appropriate professionals. The school counselors recommend limiting children’s exposure to news media, providing calm and reassurance, and helping children address their fears. In this unprecedented time, we hope that families embrace the opportunity as much as possible to enrich connection and communication, and we are ready to help. 

COVID-19 Updates

Talking with Your Children

Parenting and Home Resources

Emotional Support

We understand that many students and families may feel anxious during this time of risk and uncertainty, and we want to assure you that our school counselors are available to talk with students remotely via videoconference, text, email, or telephone during the period of Virtual School. Enforced isolation and loneliness is something we’ll be watching out for, and we encourage parents to reach out to the school counselor in their division if they have any questions or concerns.

Teaching Tolerance

General Precautions for covid-19

Coronavirus infections are transmitted in a manner similar to many flus and respiratory illnesses through droplets in the air from a cough or sneeze. Please review McDonogh's policy on Communicable Diseases. Increased awareness and practice of the following precautions, by both adults and students, is strongly advised.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, and after touching public surfaces. If this is not possible, then use a hand sanitizer gel.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze by using a tissue that you immediately throw into a trashcan or by covering your face with your elbow (bent arm) if no tissue is available.  Do not cough or sneeze into the open air or into your hands. And wash your hands immediately afterward.
  • In public places, put distance (about six feet if possible) between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Students should avoid gathering together socially if possible during the period of Virtual School in an attempt to protect our communities.