COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Updated 3/30/2020 5:00 pm.  Please check back frequently for updated information.

Bishop Seabury will be closed until the end of the school year. Distance learning will begin March 30. 

The Douglas County Health Officer issued a “Stay-At-Home” order effective Tuesday, March 24  effective for 30 days. This means that only limited staff will be permitted in the school building during this time. 

Please use the U.S. mail as much as possible to send in checks, enrollment forms, etc. 

Attendance: please email Betsy if your student has a conflict and will be absent for any synchronous meetings scheduled for that day:

Bishop Seabury is closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and will follow the guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department for Health and Environment (KDHE), Lawrence and Douglas County Public Health Department, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Please check this page frequently for updates, as there may be changes in the days or months ahead. We will notify the community via email and updates to this page.

Click here for information about the Bishop Seabury Academy Distance Learning Program.

Spring Break Travel Guidelines:

  • Anyone who has traveled to or through a level-3 or level-2 CDC warned country  is REQUIRED to follow CDC guidelines, to inform the school, and to self-isolate from the school and school community as a family for a minimum of 14 days after you return. As of this email, the CDC has assessed all international travel as a level-3 or level-2 risk.
  • For affected travelers, the CDC provides these guidelines for home quarantine:
    • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
    • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
    • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing
    • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
    • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet)

Communication from Bishop Seabury Academy


School Continuity Plans

Bishop Seabury will resume school via distance learning beginning March 30. 

All athletic practices and games, extracurricular activities and competitions, the all-school musical, music competitions, and forensics events have been canceled.

Unfortunately, all form trips have been cancelled for all grades. This is a very disappointing turn of events for all of us. In the coming weeks, staff and faculty will discuss other ways to maintain community and school spirit despite these extraordinary circumstances. No decision about Stepping-Up has been made as of yet. If you have any questions about the status of other off-campus events and competitions, please contact the point person at school via email. 

All rentals of the school space have been cancelled.


Staying Healthy

Currently the KDHE and LDC Health Department recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of infection along with the stay-at-home order. We strongly encourage everyone in the Seabury community to protect their personal health by following these everyday preventive actions:

  • Wash hands at the door and at regular intervals with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to wash hands after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If you are unable to wash hands, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stop hand shaking and use non-contact forms of greeting instead
  • Cough or sneeze into tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash. Cough or sneeze into your elbow if no tissue is available
  • Stay home if sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility)
  • When making essential trips outside the home, maintain social distancing standards of staying at least six feet away from others
  • Follow CDC , KDHE, and LDC Health Department guidelines as they are updated


Tips and Resources for Coping with COVID-19


Talking with Children:

  • Reassure them that they are safe
  • Let them talk about their worries
  • Share your own coping skills
  • Limit their news exposure (avoid completely for ages 7 and under)
  • Create a routine and structure
  • Get outside daily
  • (CDC: Talking with Children about Coronavirus)


For Adults and Teens:

  • Avoid EXCESSIVE exposure to media coverage
  • Connect through calls/texts/FaceTime
  • Add EXTRA time for daily stress relief
  • Practice Self-Care
  • Focus on your own mental health


For Quarantine/Isolation:

  • Keep in contact with your loved ones via social media, texts and phone calls
  • Create a daily self-care routine
  • Play games, read books and watch movies
  • Focus on new relaxation techniques

(Thanks to Pembroke Hill School for the ideas listed above)


Public Resources:

Coronavirus COVID-19 CDC portal

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 (CDC)

Talking with Children about Coronavirus (CDC)

Tips for Effective Communication with Family around COVID-19