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Maintaining A Healthy Environment & Community

How do we maintain a healthy environment?

  • Commitment from the entire community to create and maintain a healthy environment is essential.
  • Parents must do their part by following the protocols set by the School.
  • Sick children, faculty & staff must stay home from school.
  • Parents will complete a health screening for their child each morning. Faculty members will complete the same daily screening.
  • Children’s Garden parents will take the temperature of their child a second time upon arriving at school in the presence of a WWS faculty member. 
  • In the event of a suspected exposure to Covid-19 or a positive test result, we will report the exposure or test result to local and state health department officials and follow their directives.
  • Parents and visitors are not permitted in the building except in emergencies, or when ultimately deemed safe by the State of MD and other regulating bodies.
  • Everyone will wear masks. In the Children’s Garden, masks will be worn by children older than two, as they are able and to the greatest extent possible. 
  • In the event a child develops a fever or other symptoms during the day, the child will be isolated and sent home.
  • Handwashing will occur throughout the day. Extra handwashing stations have been purchased for use outside and in common areas.
  • Touchless hand sanitizer stations will be placed in common areas; multiple sanitizers will be placed in classrooms.
  • Frequently touched surfaces, knobs, handles, etc. will be cleaned regularly throughout the day. Desks, chairs and other common surfaces will be cleaned at the end of every school day.
  • Basic first aid equipment, such as band aids, will be kept with each pod to address minor injuries.
  • Students will have their own school supplies and will not share supplies with others unless absolutely necessary.
  • Individual portable supply packs and/or other class materials and plans are provided to enable movement between on-campus and remote learning.
  • Teachers will be provided with PPE and will follow proper handwashing, sanitizing, and mask protocols when moving between pods.
  • To reduce the number of adults in the building, admin staff and teachers who are not teaching will be allowed to work from home.
  • We will regularly consult with our delegating nurse and local health department.

What about lunch, aftercare, trips, etc.? (These decisions will be re-evaluated after the winter break):

  • There will be no lunch service available this fall. All students must bring their own food from home.
  • All fall overnight trips have been canceled. Field trips will be limited, and use of the hiking trails and parks within walking distance of our campus will be encouraged.
  • The PVAC fall sports program has been postponed until after winter break.
  • Early morning care and aftercare have been suspended for the fall.
  • Festivals and community gatherings are re-imagined.

Beyond the Classroom Remote Learning

  • Classes are developed to enable movement to and from remote/virtual classrooms
  • Daily schedules are adjusted as needed to meet curriculum goals by providing a developmentally appropriate balance of synchronous and asynchronous learning, using online, project-based, independent, and/or parent-supported options 
  • Social interactions/gatherings are built into the schedule
  • Regular online parent meetings are scheduled
  • Virtual teacher office hours are provided for all students
  • Sustainable, developmentally appropriate remote and/or other learning support is provided to students who cannot attend school due to short-term, temporary illness or quarantine
  • Individual portable supply packs and/or other class materials and support are provided to enable movement between on-campus and remote learning 
  • Any required tech equipment is available to students in need through the School’s equipment loan program 

Outdoor Classrooms

How will outdoor classrooms work? 

  • Each class will function as a pod/cohort.
  • Each pod will have a designated outdoor classroom where classes will take place as much as possible.
    • Children’s Garden classes will have a primary designated class and play area, as well as access to a shelter.
    • Each Lower School classroom will be sheltered by trees and a waterproof tarp (no sides), which will cover desks and chairs. Each classroom will be equipped with a blackboard or easel and other supplies, and will have access to electricity. 

Under what circumstances will my child enter the building?

  • Students in each class will enter the building through a designated door to use the bathroom, to attend to a more serious injury or illness, or to seek shelter from a weather emergency.  

What about masks?

  • In the Children’s Garden, masks will be worn by teachers at all times. Masks will be worn by children older than two, as they are able and to the greatest extent possible.
  • In Grades 1-3, masks will be worn by students and teachers at all times, except when eating or during a “mask break”.

Indoor Classrooms (future)

How and where will we teach?

  • After following specific drop-off and pick-up protocols, students will enter and exit the building through designated doors.
  • Specific travel patterns within and outside the building will be clearly marked and consistently maintained.
  • Each class will function as a pod/cohort.
  • Each pod will have one base indoor classroom as well as a secondary space as needed for split classes.
  • Each pod will have a designated outdoor classroom where classes will take place as much as possible.
  • When indoors, desks will be spaced 6 feet apart, all facing the front of the room, with the teacher having sufficient space to move and teach.
  • Teachers will move in and out of the pods to teach. The number of teachers entering a pod each day will be limited.
  • Lunch and recess times will be staggered. Use of the various outdoor spaces will be encouraged at recess time to allow the children to spread out.
  • Live streaming will be available as appropriate in G1-G12 to support ill, quarantined, and immunocompromised students at home.

What facilities improvements and planning have been/will be made?:

  • A new filtration system has been added to the hallway and front foyer areas, because they use recirculated air.
  • Fresh air circulation is already present in the individual classrooms.
  • Protective barriers will be placed in the front office area.
  • Signage regarding physical distancing and travel patterns will be placed on the floors and walls inside and outside the building.
  • Bathroom protocols will protect against overcrowding, and insure proper handwashing and disinfecting of surfaces. Toilet covers have been placed on all toilet seats.
  • High quality portable bathrooms with handwashing facilities will be leased to reduce crowding in current bathrooms.