As COVID-19 spreads fear and anxiety around the world, it is also bringing out the best in communities. SLUH, in the midst of conducting its online learning program, has shown solidarity and resolve by actively contributing to several local efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.
“We are one in Christ, though physically separated, during this unprecedented time,” says SLUH President Alan Carruthers. “As we adapt to carry on our 201-year Jesuit tradition with courage and hope for our future, we are called to collaborate with local civic and healthcare organizations while supporting our students and families to address the growing pandemic.”
Some of the efforts SLUH has undertaken to support the community and prevent the Coronavirus include:
- Current SLUH parent Dr. Craig Krausz, Director of Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Emergency Medical Program, contacted the school on March 22 about the possibility of personal protective equipment donations. With quick approval from Principal Fr. Ian Gibbons, SJ, Dr. Krausz toured SLUH’s six labs and storerooms to see what could be used. According to science teacher Mary Russo, “Since his first visit, he has returned twice to retrieve more than 100 chemical splash goggles, 50-plus safety glasses and four wall mounted UV sanitizers to distribute to SLU, Cardinal Glennon and other local hospitals.”
- Jeff Schaefer, SLUH’s Innovation Lab Director, made 20 face shield frames with the school’s 3D printers as part of a local effort to produce 300 completed shields for BJC. (To learn from Schaefer and the school’s new innovation space, view an interview with him from February.)
- Families of former SLUH Chinese exchange students generously donated medical masks and gloves for members of the school community.
- SLUH hosted the first of several STL COVID Task Force press conferences for the collaborative efforts of local healthcare groups as they unite to respond to the Coronavirus.
- The school’s Care Team, composed of counselors and teachers, regularly connects with students to ensure they are engaged, cared for and supported.
- SLUH’s Cashbah 20/20 Vision auction, despite unusual circumstances and logistical challenges, achieved unprecedented success in preserving the school’s longstanding tradition of providing need-blind admission. The April 3-4 virtual event, co-chaired by current parents Carol Andrew and Martha McArthur, grossed more than $1 million in support of financial aid at SLUH. This will be a tremendous help to families struggling during tough economic times.
- Faculty and staff were encouraged to support a medical student drive at SLU for essential items for healthcare workers.
- SLUH is exploring the possibility of sharing its facility with local healthcare organizations should the need arise.
For SLUH updates related to COVID-19, the school’s online program and how to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, visit www.sluh.org/coronavirus.