Cooler Heads Will Prevail

  • Head's Note
Tobin Bechtel

In the rapidly changing situation with the coronavirus pandemic I am hoping that “cooler heads will prevail.” This proverb is so important to keep in mind as we wade through the ocean of information coming at us; indeed, it currently feels like a tsunami has hit us. Adults need to help all our children and adolescents grapple with the situation and model for them how we can make informed decisions and take rational action for ourselves, our families, and our communities. I highly recommend everyone read the New York Times article by Lisa Damour, “5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus - Adults can help by making sure adolescents don’t overestimate the dangers or underestimate their ability to protect themselves."

Within a couple of hours of my latest email on possible school closure procedures, I received over thirty responses offering both support and suggestions. I have been heartened by the constructive insights and reasoned responses of our community. I believe we can trust that cool heads prevail - it is not a cliche. As we head into break, we will continue to monitor the situation closely, update our website, and communicate with families to do our best in making informed decisions to keep our school community safe as well as ensure that we keep learning. 

I urge all our families to be conscientious in the coming weeks. I agree with James Hamblin, MD who espoused in The Atlantic that: “No matter your position, there are people who stand to lose much more than you do if they get sick. No matter how worried you are, there are people who are more worried. Look out for them, and help make sure everyone takes these basic measures and doesn’t panic. Societies break down when people fear one another as simply bipedal distributors of infectious agents. See people as allies in this unique moment of uncertainty.”

Be smart, be safe, maintain a cool head.

 

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