The following medical considerations and recommendations for independent schools regarding operations within the COVID-19 pandemic environment represent the professional knowledge and expertise of Dr. Benjamin Estrada and Dr. Nancy Wood. Initially created for St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, they have applicability for any independent school. Drs. Estrada and Wood have graciously agreed to allow broad distribution of this document to the greater independent school community. Their considerations and recommendations have been edited for clarity and adapted for independent school benefit by N. Blair Fisher, Head of School at St. Paul’s Episcopal School.
Dr. Benjamin Estrada is a Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist in Mobile, Alabama and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. He has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Dr. Nancy Wood works in Mobile, Alabama, specializing in Adolescent Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Wood is affiliated with Mobile Infirmary Medical Center and Springhill Memorial Hospital.
N. Blair Fisher is the Head of School for St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama. His 25-year career also includes service at The Walker School and Charlotte Preparatory School.
COVID-19 Planning Considerations for Independent Schools
The following is a recording from the heads of school virtual roundtable, which featured a discussion of current hot topics, followed by a presentation by Michael Nachbar and others from the GOA leadership team. They shared how they’ve created a student-focused competency-based grading system, and what insights they gained from data to deepen how and when they spot student struggles, and how they provide additional student support.
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Resources with sup-topics and sections