Coronavirus Resource Page

Isidore Newman School's campus is closed until after Spring Break due to the threat of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This web page will serve as Newman's coronavirus resource center. We are actively monitoring COVID-19 and the CDC and Louisiana State guidelines to ensure the continued safety of our community.

***We will update this page regularly to share information about the School’s ongoing response, so check this page often.***

Current Status - May 18

Isidore Newman School has closed campus in response to the spread of coronavirus and is proceeding with the Continuity of Learning Plan. 

This page contains a variety of resources that may be useful to you and your family during our school closure. Please review closely and check back for updates.

Recent updates: 

Helpful Resources

We have collected a variety of resources on topics of interest to families into one helpful list. We will continue to add resources, so check back often. (Please note that some resources require an iNewman login.) 

Education/Enrichment (login required)
Learning Support
Community Engagement
Philipson Health Center
Health and Wellness
Sage Dining 

Featured Link: Common Sense Media’s Wide Open School

This site serves both educators and families from Pre-K to 12th grade with resources from dozens of different sites and organizations. It contains content in all course areas, plus special needs, life skills, Social Emotional Learning, as well as study skills and adapting to distance learning. There is even a Live Events section where families can tune into cool events happening online in real time. The site’s colorful, grid-based design is easy to navigate, and all of its sources have been carefully curated by the Common Sense Media team.

Continuity of Learning Plan

An essential priority of the Continuity of Learning Plan is to continue to maintain strong relationships and high expectations among students and faculty. During a campus closure, Newman teaching and learning will continue through a blended model of synchronous and asynchronous engagements to ensure continuity of learning, a sense of safety and belonging, and student well-being. The links below provide an overview of the Continuity of Learning Plan for familes or faculty in each of the School's divisions.

Continuity of Learning  Plans

Staying Healthy

Each member of our community plays a role in maintaining health and safety. There are basic precautions that we can take to prevent or slow the spread of illness, including washing hands frequently and covering one’s mouth when coughing or sneezing. Please see below for more guidelines and information.

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Practice Healthy Habits

    We ask that all members of the Newman community follow these simple guidelines to prevent the spread of illness, both when campus is open and in other settings during a closure:

    • Stay home if sick!
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. (See tab on "social distancing" below.)
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Notify Health Center

    Notify Health Center of Illness

    During our campus closure, please continue to inform the Philipson Health Center of any personal illness and health concerns which may affect the Newman community. That includes notifying of international travel (see below). You may email or call nurse Erin Friend with any updates or concerns (contact information below). 

    Nurse Friend remains our school nurse during the campus closure, and encourages families to reach out should they have questions about any health topic, not just coronavirus. 

    Erin Friend

    International Travel

    The CDC cautions anyone entering the United States from a country under a Level 3 Travel Health Notice to stay home for 14 days. Anyone coming from a country under a Level 2 Travel Health Notice is asked to monitor their health and limit interactions with others. Newman expects that any member of our community who travels to a Level 2 or Level 3 country notifies Erin Friend, so that the appropriate measures may be taken to protect the well-being of our community.

    Using the Philipson Health Center as a Resource 

    Newman's Philipson Health Center has a wealth of infomation on what you can do to prevent exposure to and tramsssion of COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Nurse Friend. 
  • Social Distancing

    Health officials have urged social distancing as a measure to "flatten the curve," or reduce overall cases. Social distancing simply means staying away from others, especially large groups. There are many resources describing social distancing and why it is important in the "Helpful Links" section below.

Additional Resources

What is Coronavirus?


How to Protect Yourself

What Families Need to Know

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

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New Orleans, LA 70115
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An independent,
non-denominational day
school in New Orleans for
early childhood through 12th grade