University School of Nashville is tracking news about the spread of COVID-19 in Middle Tennessee. This webpage centralizes information and resources for the USN community. Check this page regularly for updates, links, and FAQs.
USN is following the Metro Public Health Department's Safer at Home Order and will honor Gov. Bill Lee's school closure request. Remote learning began Wednesday, March 25, after an extended Spring Break. All on-campus events are suspended until further notice. Members of the USN community should monitor their emails for updates.
When will we return to face-to-face classes on campus? How long will major school events be postponed? How long will the community disruption last? What are students learning? What are administrators and faculty learning about what school is and what school could be?
High School service leaders are sharing opportunities to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although group volunteering and drives at USN are not feasible right now, there are still ways the USN community can aid Nashville. Read on to learn about three ways to serve health care workers, Metro Nashville Public School students, and Nashvillians in food isolation.
Nashville's independent nonprofit PBS station, Nashville Public Television, is has reslated its lineup of weekday programming to air educational content for K-12 students. Click here to view NPT’s At Home Learning schedule. Featured programs will change weekly.
Director Vince Durnan welcomes USN parents to use their phones, laptops, and desktops to catch up with him at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 31. He'll be drinking decaffeinated coffee. Bring your orange juice, tea, or other caffeinated beverage of your choice.
We’ll host a virtual Reunion from April 30 to May 2 to recognize the newest inductees into the Gold Circle, honor their contributions to recording the PDS history through The Past is Prologue, share campus construction and other school happenings, hold a private screening of the 1928 PDS Cinema Club film "Masque" last shown during our Centennial Celebration in 2015, and have a social hour with alumni. There is no cost to join us from your living room for any of these three events. Simply click here to register.
Director Vince Durnan shared the following letter on Thursday, March 26 to update alumni, parents of alumni, parents, faculty, and staff on how the school is functioning during the first week of remote learning.
Given the dynamically changing situation, we are more motivated than ever to stay connected as the USN community. Here is what is on our minds. Director Vince Durnan shared the following column in the USN Newsletter sent Wednesday, March 18.
USN is following the Metro Public Health Department's Safer at Home Order announced on Sunday, March 22. Although our doors on Edgehill are not open to students and families, the school is still functioning with students learning, faculty teaching, and staff working from their homes following Spring Break.
USN administrators’ conversations with colleagues on the West Coast and overseas convinced us that a weekly approach, with no specific end date suggested, makes sense. We will keep the USN community updated through this webpage, emails from the Director and Division Heads, and the usual e-publications — USN Newsletter, Lower School WAG, In the Middle, and Tigers on Edgehill.
All on-campus events are suspended until further notice. After-School, co-curricular activities, athletic practices and competitions, and USNA events have paused. Other major events canceled or postponed include the Tiger Give Back Challenge & Kickoff Party, USN Evening Classes, International Fair, Perennial Math Tournament, both mindful parenting class series, and Reunion. We will soon evaluate milestone events scheduled for April and May and give families ample notice to make arrangements.
Families will receive a prorated credit for lunches and/or milk plans for days students are not on campus. These credits will be posted to TADS after in-person classes resume. The Business Office will ensure each account has the correct balance and credits by the end of the fiscal school year.
Families who use fixed billing will be issued a prorated credit for the time After-School is not in session. Enrichment classes also will be prorated and credited back to students’ accounts. Credits will be calculated and posted to TADS after in-person classes are back in session. The Business Office will ensure each account has the correct balance and credits by the end of the fiscal school year.
On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. Source: CDC
If anyone does not feel well, staying home is the expected course of action. Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with coronavirus should seek medical care right away. Call a clinic, your physician’s office, or an emergency room to let them know about recent travel and symptoms. USN families and faculty also should inform their respective divisional offices or department heads. Additional Instructions: CDC