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COVID PRACTICES FOR 2021-22

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Interim Head of School Jim Parrish announces WC’s safety practices as we prepare for the new school year.

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WC will begin this school year with a soft opening like last school year. School will begin on Thursday, August 19 for Lower School families with last names beginning with A-J and Upper School grades 7-9. On Friday, August 20 Lower School families with last name beginning with K-Z and Upper School grades 10-12 will have their first day of school. On Monday, August 23, full attendance will begin for the student body.

Masking

As WC begins the 2021-22 school year it is recommended that all individuals who are not fully vaccinated wear a well-fitted mask covering nose and mouth while on campus. The most current guidance from the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health, and the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends masking for students over the age of two who are not fully vaccinated. As a school, we regard this as a recommendation, not a requirement or obligation. That said, please understand that the school may adjust this recommended status to mandatory status, if warranted, based on guidance from community/governmental health authorities.

Physical Distancing

Students need to interact within classroom settings. While strict physically distancing of up to six feet is being eliminated, faculty members are to structure classroom settings that maximize physically distancing while promoting student interactions within each room.

Sanitation and Hygiene

The school will continue to encourage regular hand washing/sanitizing and cleaning protocols.

Health Screenings, COVID Exposures, Quarantines

As was school policy last year, if your child is not well, please keep them home. This practice will universally aid in helping keep all Warriors healthy. Any individual not vaccinated for COVID-19 or a person who has never had a formally diagnosed case of COVID-19 exhibiting physical symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (cough, body aches, congestion, fever, sore throat, fatigue, etc.) should not attend school until an explanation for the symptoms is obtained. It is recommended that parents contact their pediatrician under these circumstances to seek guidance as to whether the child should be seen by their physician. The school nurse is also available to discuss symptoms and make recommendations. (Many students endure regular seasonal allergies which mimic COVID symptoms, and it is reasonable to see whether allergy medications and rest at home relieve such symptoms within 24 hours. There may be other circumstances that explain these common symptoms, and which might clear in 24 hours. Symptoms that linger past that time should be explored with a family physician, or parents should keep students home for a full 10 days.)

Students with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must be picked up from school as soon as possible. Students sent home from school due to symptoms consistent with COVID-19 who have not been vaccinated or had a previously diagnosed case of COVID-19 must have a negative COVID test prior to returning to school or remain out of school for a minimum of 10 days.

WC will not quarantine cases related to school exposure. Families will be notified of potential exposures from school. Parents should monitor their child who had this exposure carefully for 14 days and watch for any developing symptoms. Parents may choose to quarantine their potentially exposed student away from school. There will be no penalty for this decision. Students will be expected to keep up with schoolwork while in quarantine.

A person diagnosed with COVID-19 may not attend school for 10 days and until major symptoms have resolved. Parents should notify the school nurse of a positive COVID diagnosis as soon as possible.

Students exposed to COVID-19 outside of school should quarantine according to CDC and local health department guidelines. In addition, students who have an immediate family member being tested for COVID-19 should remain at home pending those results. WC will provide modified instruction to the student during their quarantine period and will not be penalized for missed classroom attendance during quarantine.

Each family is asked to establish a plan for how to pick up a sick child from school.

The school’s historic 24-hour vomiting, diarrhea, and fever-free policy remain in effect.

Thank you for your support of this practice.

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