In light of the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak a pandemic and following the presidential directive on the suspension of learning in all academic institutions, I feel compelled to personally write this message and emphasize three central responsibilities we have as an educational institution.
First, we have an obligation to promote responsible prevention practices. We have at our disposal common-sense prevention measures that are highly effective, such as handwashing, social distancing, limiting travel to areas with high-infection rates and staying home when you feel ill. These interventions are not groundbreaking; they are, however, essential and impactful.
Second, we have a responsibility to advocate for truth. As educated individuals, it is our responsibility not only to protect ourselves, but also each other, and that means advocating for simple, yet vitally important, prevention practices. But, more than that, we are in a position to educate the public and to dispel some of the myths about the ailment.
Third, we as The Green Garden Schools will continue to provide high quality education and are preparing to move temporarily to a partial virtual education model/work from home model. Where possible, the schools will move to a digital learner management system and use google scholar to enable the continuity of learning. More information about this plan will follow; your safety will always be our primary concern.
We are closely monitoring guidance from the CDC and relevant departments of health. Being an educationist and scientist for nearly 40 years, I have practiced through epidemics and pandemics. And I assure you, this, too, shall pass. But until it does, let us not lose sight of our responsibility to care for one another, for our students and for the health of our fellow citizens.
Prof. Peter N. Keiyoro
PhD. MEd. CEO
28th March 2020