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MRH Student Services Director Vince Estrada 314-565-7441 vince.estrada@mrhschools.net

Helping Families Cope

MRH Community Resources: Covid-19

Healthy Adults for Healthy Kids: Modeling in the Time of COVID-19

Daily News/Announcements

April 8, 2020    

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

National Guard Assistance

The Missouri National Guard will be arriving in our area soon. Today, the St. Louis County Executive’s Office, in partnership with the Department of Public Health (DPH), the St. Louis County Police Department’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and local hospitals, requested the assistance of the National Guard in the COVID-19 response. The duties of the Guard will include support staffing at testing sites, medical buildings, and other facilities at this time. Their attention will be focused on securing and supporting. The Guard is not here for any enforcement action of the Stay at Home Orders. 

April 3, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

On 4/2/2020, St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) received notification of a COVID-19 involved death of a 70-79 year old male. The underlying medical conditions, if any, are unknown at this time. This is the sixth death in St. Louis County.

April 2, 2020                     

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

On 4/1/2020, St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) received notification of a COVID-19 involved death of a 50-59 year old male. This is the fifth death in St. Louis County.

April 1, 2020                        

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

On 3/31/2020, St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) received notification of the death of an 80-89 year old man with chronic medical conditions. This is the fourth death in St. Louis County.

March 31, 2020                    

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

Late on 3/30/2020, St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) received notification of a death of a 50-59 year old female with chronic medical conditions. This is the third death in St. Louis County.

March 30, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is striving to provide easy access to important information, statistics, testing criteria, and contact information to those in St. Louis County. To achieve that end, a new dashboard has been created and can be accessed from www.stlcorona.com.

Moving forward, the daily updates pertaining to COVID-19 that are provided by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health will look slightly different. They will focus more on educational/informational materials, that will likely support trends, emerging information, or other topics that need more of a focus. Numbers associated with positive cases, calls for service, and other data will no longer be provided in these updates. Instead, they will be displayed in the easily accessible dashboard.

Here is a link: https://stlcogis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=6ae65dea4d804f2ea4f5d8ba79e96df1

March 29, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

As of 2:00 PM on 3/29/2020, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Two deaths.                                                                                            
  • 323 total positive cases, an increase of 32 new positive cases from yesterday’s 291.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 111 calls on 3/28/2020. This is a significant decrease from the 259 calls fielded on 3/27/2020.  

March 28, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

As of 2:00 PM on 3/28/2020, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Two deaths.                                                                                            
  • 291 total positive cases, an increase of 70 new positive cases from yesterday’s 221.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 259 calls on 3/27/2020. This is a fair decrease from the 347 calls fielded on 3/26/2020.  

March 27, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

As of 12:00 AM on 3/27/2020, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Two deaths.
  • 221 total positive cases, an increase of 78 new positive cases from yesterday’s 143.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 347 calls on 3/26/2020. This is a slight decrease from the 368 calls fielded on 3/25/2020.  

March 26, 2020

Restrictions in place at MRH recreational spaces

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

As of 12:00 AM on 3/26/2020, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Two deaths. Today, DPH received notification of a death of a 80-89 year old female with chronic medical conditions.
  • 143 total positive cases, an increase of 24 new positive cases from yesterday’s 119.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 368 calls on 3/25/2020. This is a decrease from the 604 calls fielded on 3/24/2020. 

March 25, 2020

Message to the MRH Community from Superintendent Dr. Karen I. Hall

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

Today, as of 5:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • One death.
  • 119 total positive cases, an increase of 22 new positive cases from yesterday’s 97.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 604 calls on 3/24/2020. This marks a decrease from the 885 calls fielded on 3/23/2020.  

St. Louis County Covid-19 Patient Age Ranges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 24. 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

Today, as of 5:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • One death.
  • 97 total positive cases, an increase of seven new positive cases from yesterday’s 90.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 885 calls on 3/23/2020. This marks a significant increase of the 396 calls fielded on 3/22/2020.  

We should not take solace in the fact that only seven new cases are being reported today. The manner in which the numbers will be reported moving forward is changing to streamline the process. The practice will bring local health departments to a consistent level of the timing and reporting of the numbers. Today, 3/24/2020, should be the first and only day this issue occurs. 

March 23, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

Today, as of 5:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • One death.
  • 90 total positive cases, an increase of 35 new positive cases from yesterday’s 55.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 396 calls on 3/22/2020.

Due to the volume of results now available, the ability to provide data on each positive case has diminished. It is unlikely that we will be able to provide age ranges for those testing positive for COVID-19 on a daily basis with a short turnaround. We are evaluating the most appropriate and realistic way to proceed to continue to provide the public with the best information possible.

Epidemiological investigations indicate there is clear evidence of community transmission in St. Louis County.

MRH Joins Districts Countywide in Extending Building Closure to April 22 

March 22, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

Epidemiological investigations indicate there is clear evidence of community transmission in St. Louis County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.”

Today, as of 5:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • One death.
  • 55 total positive cases.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 330 calls on 3/21/2020.

MRH: "Stay at Home" orders will not require a change of plans for continued instruction and meal delivery.

By now, many of you are likely aware of today’s Executive Orders by leaders in St. Louis County and the State of Missouri establishing stay-at-home restrictions beginning Monday, March 23. We as a school community are fortunate that the new Orders do not require the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District to alter or deviate from our original plan for continued learning and meal delivery which we sent to you earlier this week. 

MRH is considered an “essential” institution under definitions issued by the St. Louis County Department of Health order:

“Schools and other entities that ordinarily provide food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Order provided that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this paragraph shall not permit the food to be eaten onsite.”

Additionally, the Order defines “essential travel”:

“...travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services…”

In other words, our plan for providing healthy school meals to our students is unchanged! 

To recap: starting Wednesday, March 25th, the District will be providing "To Go" meals for MRH students through Friday, April 3rd at each of our buildings. Meal pickup is between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm each weekday. This will be a curbside pick-up, so please remain in your vehicle. If you are walking, please maintain a 6-ft distance from our employees and we will assist you.

At the time of pickup, a packaged lunch for the day will be provided as well as a breakfast for the following day. If we are able to provide more meals at one time, we will do so and notify you at time of pick-up. Meals will be provided free of cost for all MRH students and you may visit one location for multiple students (ex. siblings who attend different buildings). Please have your student name(s) ready. 

You may choose to fill out this online form to hopefully make this transaction smoother. 

Pick-up Locations:

  • MRH Early Childhood Center at the Front Entrance

  • MRH Elementary at the east roundabout

  • MRH Middle/High at the Research & Design Center on Lohmeyer Avenue

If there are any concerns, please contact Irene Wan at irene.wan@mrhschools.net

Learning Materials/Devices & Medication Pickup

No changes here, as well. Families will have an opportunity to pick up learning materials, electronic devices (where applicable) and medications from nurses’ offices on Tuesday, March 24. Pick-up times will vary from grade-to-grade; your pick-up slots will be repeated in a message from your principal TODAY.

Staying Informed:

  • Please bookmark this link to the MR website. In it, you will find: 

    • A section devoted entirely to MRH’s action plan and community messages related to the health crisis. Look for the bright yellow bar on the home page.

    • A “SCHOOLS” tab with detailed information on remote learning procedures specific to your child’s school(s).

    • Daily updates from St. Louis County health authorities on the scope of the Covid-19 virus in this region.

  • All MRH schools, buildings and district offices remain closed through at least Sunday, April 5. If you need to reach us, please use the phone numbers and emails provided within the link above. We recommend email as the best form of contact, as many MRH employees are working from home.

  • Remote learning will begin on Wednesday, March 25. Your principals have already sent you their respective plans for continuing instruction.

Thanks you for placing your trust in us. We are ready to continue our educational mission and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we roll with the daily changes. Be well! 

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

Today, as of 5:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • One death.
  • 17 total positive cases. (One case previously identified as St. Louis County has been re-located out of state.)
  • The following eight additional cases confirmed:
    • 20-29 years of age, travel-related
    • 50-59 years of age, unknown origin
    • 30-39 years of age, unknown origin
    • 40-49 years of age, unknown origin
    • 50-59 years of age, unknown origin
    • 40-49 years of age, unknown origin
    • 30-39 years of age, unknown origin
    • 40-49 years of age, unknown origin
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 413 calls on 3/20/2020.

Stay Home Order by STL County and City

St. Louis County Executive Order Limiting Public Gatherings 

March 20, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

Today, as of 6:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • A woman, 60-69 years of age, with underlying health conditions, is the first COVID-19 related death in St. Louis County. The positive test result was received on 3/17/2020.   
  • Ten total positive cases.
  • 49 tests have returned negative results. 
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 612 calls on 3/19/2020. 

March Board of Education Meeting Will Be in Virtual Format

Missouri will be cancelling statewide required assessments for this school year.

March 19, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

Today, as of 3:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Ten total positive cases.
  • The following five additional cases confirmed today are still under investigation to determine origin
  • 6th Case: 60-69 years old
  • 7th Case: 30-39 years old
  • 8th Case: 50-59 years old
  • 9th Case: 80-89 years old
  • 10th Case: 50-59 years old
  • 38 tests have returned negative results. 
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 652 calls on 3/18/2020.

MRH Thursday Update on Remote Instruction & Meal Offerings Next Week

HS Principal Kevin Grawer's video message

MRH MS Principal Mike Dittrich's video message

MRH Elementary Principal Jason Adams video message

March 19, 2020

First Meeting Postponed for Parents' Group of Special Needs Students

March 19, 2020: MRH Meal Distribution to Children During Extended Closure

MRH is committed to providing healthy school meals to our students during the current health crisis. Starting Wednesday, March 25th, we will be providing "To Go" meals for MRH students through Friday, April 3rd at each of our buildings. This will be a curbside pick-up, so please remain in your vehicle. If you are walking, please maintain a 6-ft distance from our employees and we will assist you.

At the time of pickup, a packaged lunch for the day will be provided as well as a breakfast for the following day. If we are able to provide more meals at one time, we will do so and notify you at time of pick-up. Meals will be provided free of cost for all MRH students and you may visit one location for multiple students (ex. siblings who attend different buildings). 

Please have your student name(s) ready. You may choose to fill out this online form to hopefully make this transaction smoother.

Pick-up Locations:

MRH Early Childhood Center at the Front Entrance

MRH Elementary at the east roundabout

MRH Middle/High at the Research & Design Center on Lohmeyer Avenue

Meal pickup is between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm each week day.

If there are any concerns, please contact Irene Wan at irene.wan@mrhschools.net.

March 18, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

Today, as of 3:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Five positive cases. The confirmed case today is a 30-40 year old and it is travel related. The nature of the travel, whether domestic or international, is still under investigation.  
  • 32 tests have returned negative results. 
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 648 calls on 3/17/2020.

As anticipated, the ability to provide reliable statistics pertaining to pending tests or tests sent for analysis has significantly diminished. This is an encouraging step as more people are being tested by more health care professionals; however, it has an adverse effect on the accuracy of the numbers. Additionally, the statistics provided are not reflective of the epidemic, rather they are reflective of the information now available. 

March 18, 2020

Dear MRH Families,

Administrators of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District have been making plans this week to ensure that student learning continues in the midst of the current health crisis. We appreciate your patience as we all work through this unprecedented series of events. 

This message includes several important updates regarding school operations during the extended closure period through Friday, April 3. Please read this message carefully and watch for additional updates soon from your child’s principal and teachers. In addition, bookmark www.mrhschools.net for resources, updates and information.

Student instruction will resume on Wednesday, March 25 in various remote, alternative learning formats. The District has been surveying families of students in all grade levels to determine which students will carry out their lessons in an on-line fashion and which will work from hard-copy packets. Your principals will be sharing much more specific information via email on Thursday afternoon, March 19. 

Also on Thursday, March 19, you will receive specific information about how the District will go about providing free meals to our students. The system will involve curbside pickup sites at each school building during a mid-morning/early afternoon time frame beginning on Wednesday, March 25. 

Additionally, your respective principals will be notifying you of times set aside on Tuesday, March 24, to stop by your child’s school(s) to retrieve any necessary lesson packets, electronic learning devices, or medications. 

We can not overemphasize the importance of being watchful for MRH emails over the next few days. 

Friends, this is not the Spring Break which anyone imagined. Already, we are seeing a tremendous outpouring of support from the MRH community. Our pledge is this: we will not lose sight of our mission to prepare your children as leaders, scholars, stewards and citizens for a diverse and changing world.

Be safe,

Dr. Karen I. Hall, Superintendent, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District

March 17, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health Notified of Fourth Confirmed Case of COVID-19

St. Louis County, MO —March 17, 2020. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has
been notified of a fourth positive case of COVID-19 in a St. Louis County resident. At this time, the
determination of travel related or community spread is still under investigation. The patient is in the age
range of 60-70 years old.
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in St. Louis County was on March 7, 2020, the second confirmed
case was on March 13, 2020 and the third was March 16, 2020.

March 17, 2020

St. Louis County Department of Public Health Notified of Third Confirmed Case of COVID-19

St. Louis County, MO — The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has been notified of a third positive case of COVID-19 in a St. Louis County resident. This is an international travel-related case and the patient is in the age range of 50-60 years old.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in St. Louis County was on March 7, 2020 and the second confirmed case was on March 13, 2020. The third case is not related to the first two.

March 16, 2020 

                        St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update

Today, as of 3:00 PM, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • 14 tests with pending results. 
  • Four tests were sent 3/15/2020 and three thus far on 3/16/2020. 
  • 19 tests have returned negative results. 
  • Two positive cases, one reported on 3/7/2020 and one reported on 3/13/2020.

Please note that these tests only reflect those conducted at the State Public Health Laboratory. The availability and accessibility of commercial labs has and will continue to affect the reliability of the actual numbers.

As of March 14th, all presumed positive tests will be considered confirmed positive. The Missouri State Laboratory will no longer require presumed positive tests be sent to the Centers for Disease Control for that additional level of confirmation.  

March 16, 2020

MRH District Open House Canceled

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Open House event has been canceled for Saturday, April 4. Government health authorities have advised against unnecessary public gatherings due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19. The open house event will not be rescheduled during the existing school year.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.

March 15, 2020

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has canceled classes until at least Monday, April 6. This decision was reached today following consultation with the St. Louis County Department of Health and with administrators of all public, private and parochial school districts throughout the County. The extended closure also includes the city of St. Louis Public Schools and districts throughout Jefferson County. 

The decision - strongly recommended by the Health Department - was extremely difficult, made out of an abundance of caution. We know that closing our schools will have a significant impact on our families, but we also believe that urgent action must be taken to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. In the interim, we will reevaluate that tentative April 6 return date based upon ongoing developments related to the scope of Covid-19 in our community. 

During the closure period, all MRH events are suspended. Those include extracurricular activities such as athletic practices and competitions, clubs, field trips, ceremonies and after-school parent meetings.

MRH administrators are immediately evaluating the status of supplemental programs, including alternative instruction for K-12 students. We will issue details soon.

It is likely that everyday life will continue to be affected by the challenges presented by COVID-19. MRH believes these difficult but proactive decisions will reduce the impact this virus will have on our school community. 

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314) 615-2660 with their concerns. Those who have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also use that number.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411.

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or the Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov for the most current and reputable information available.

Recommended Actions at Home

  • Wash your hands and have your kids wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently throughout the day.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Do not come to school if you have flu-like symptoms (elevated temperature, cough, shortness of breath).

  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces in your home frequently. 

  • If you are unsure whether your contact information is up to date in MRH systems, contact your school office. This is necessary to receive timely messages via email, texts, mail, and phone calls.

How to self-report:

Anytime you believe you have been in contact with a person who is later quarantined, were in close proximity to confirmed cases of COVID-19, or believe you are exhibiting symptoms you should seek guidance from health professionals immediately. The local department of public health hotline number is 314-615-2660. The state of Missouri hotline number is 1-877-435-8411.

Reliable sources of information related to COVID-19:

American Health Association    

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services    

Centers for Disease Control     

Talking with Children and Parents

Talking to Children About Coronavirus                                                                                                                             

Concern over the Coronavirus, abbreviated Covid-19, can make children and families anxious. As part of our commitment to trauma-informed practices, MRH offers these tips on providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm. 

Remain calm and reassuring. 

  • Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions. 

  • Remind them that you and the adults at school are there to keep them safe and healthy.  

Make yourself available. 

  • Children may need extra attention and want to talk about their concerns and fears. 

  • It is important that they know they have someone who will listen to them; make time. 

Avoid blaming. 

  • It is important to avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus. 

  • You may have to explain comments made by other adults if they are different from the values in your home. 

Monitor TV and social media. 

  • Limit television viewing or access to the Internet and social media. Avoid watching or listening to information that might be upsetting to your children. 

  • Talk to your child about factual information of this disease; this can help reduce anxiety. 

  • Constantly watching updates on the status of COVID-19 can increase anxiety; avoid this. 

Be honest and accurate. 

  • Without factual information, children often imagine situations far worse than reality. 

  • Don’t ignore their concerns, but explain that very few people are sick from Covid-19.

Review basic healthy lifestyle practices. 

  • Encourage your child to practice everyday good hygiene.

    • Wash hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds. 

    • Cover their mouths with a tissue when they sneeze or cough, or sneeze or cough into the bend of their elbow. Do not share food or drinks. 

    • Practice giving fist or elbow bumps instead of handshakes.  

Communicate with us. 

  • Let your MRH office know if your child is sick and keep the child home. If your child is diagnosed with COVID-19, let us know so we can contact local health authorities. 

  • Talk to your school nurse or MRH Student Services if your child is having difficulties as a result of anxiety or stress related to COVID-19. 

Ways to Respond to Fear and Scapegoating During the Coronavirus Epidemic

Use these ideas, based on Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships Framework*, with young people in your families, schools, and programs to respond in positive, relationship-enhancing ways to the interpersonal or prejudicial challenges that may surface during the coronavirus epidemic.

Express Care: Show me that I matter to you.

1. Take time to listen intently to young people’s concerns, questions, and ideas related to the pandemic. Don’t dismiss their fears, but seek to understand their source.

2. If your school or program suspends in-person programming to reduce the risks of spreading the virus, be intentional about maintaining virtual caring connections with young people. For example, take time during virtual classroom sessions to check in and maintain relationships.

Challenge Growth: Push me to keep getting better.

3. If you hear or see blatant or subtle bias or prejudice in conversations, in news coverage, or other places, challenge it. Talk about why blanket statements blaming a whole group of people for something is, by definition, a prejudice. What are healthy ways to respond?

4. Use this crisis as an opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills. When young people talk about or spread rumors, misinformation, and conspiracy theories, push them to dig for accurate information, scientific research, and credible sources to clarify the issues. If you’re in a classroom or program setting, find ways to tie the epidemic into what you’re learning.

Provide Support: Help me complete tasks and achieve goals.

5. When young people express interest in taking action to help those most affected by the coronavirus, ask them how you might be most helpful. Guide them to find ways they can respond that not only feel good to them, but are actually most useful to those who will receive the help.

6. If you know of people who are experiencing the brunt of prejudice or discrimination because of the coronavirus, find ways to stand in solidarity with them and invite others to do the same. As programs and schools temporarily move online, ensure that interactions remain supportive and negative interactions are dealt with in healthy ways.

Share Power—Treat me with respect and give me a say.

7. Young people will likely have creative and innovative ways to respond to the risks of the coronavirus. For example, ask them how they want to be greeted while staying healthy (e.g., “heel bumps” or sign language). Even when major issues are involved, such as whether to suspend in-person programming, give them a voice to be heard, even if they don’t make the final decision. (Adults may feel a need to make all the decisions about how to respond to coronavirus because it’s so serious. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t listen to young people, consider their ideas, and explain to them why you’re making the choices you’re making.)

8. In many cases, young people have a lot to teach older generations about avoiding stereotypes and building relationships across differences. Invite young people to talk with groups of adults about how they have learned to form those connections and how they have enriched their lives.

Expand possibilities: Connect me with people and places that broaden my world.

9. Although most of our attention may be focused on hunkering down, the coronavirus epidemic can also open young people to new ideas, new people, new places, and even new possibilities for their own futures. While taking the appropriate actions, also find ways to use these events as teachable moments that can expand how young people think of themselves and their work.

10. One of the best ways to confront bias and prejudice is to build a broad network of relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. That’s becoming harder to do in an increasingly polarized, fragmented society. Talk with young people about specific ways they already build connections across differences and other ways they would like to explore building bridges.