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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. Each family and faculty member has signed a community agreement before returning to campus.
  • Parents must do their part by following the protocols set by the School.
  • Sick children, faculty & staff must stay home from school.
  • Parents complete a health screening for their child each morning. Faculty members complete the same daily screening.
  • Children’s Garden parents 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 wears masks. In the Children’s Garden, masks are 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 occurs throughout the day. Extra handwashing stations have been purchased for use outside and in common areas.
  • Touchless hand sanitizer stations have been placed in common areas; multiple sanitizers will be placed in classrooms.
  • Frequently touched surfaces, knobs, handles, etc. are 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, is kept with each pod to address minor injuries.
  • Students have their own school supplies and do 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.
  • Students in each class 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.
  • Teachers have been provided with PPE and 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 are allowed to work from home.
  • We regularly consult with our delegating nurse and local health department.

What about lunch, aftercare, trips, etc.? 

  • All students must bring their own food from home. All eating is done outside with distance.
  • All overnight trips have been canceled. Use of the hiking trails and parks within walking distance of our campus is encouraged.
  • The PVAC sports program has been postponed.
  • Festivals and community gatherings are re-imagined.

A Combination of Indoor & Outdoor Classes

How and where will classes meet?

  • Each class functions as a pod/cohort.
  • Classes take place outdoors as much as possible.
  • When the weather requires, classes move indoors for a maximum of 60 minutes followed by at least 20 minutes outside to let the air in the room to fully clear.
  • Except in the event of inclement weather, all eating takes place outdoors, and students bring their own snacks and lunches.
  • Students need to dress for the weather every day.

How do the outdoor classrooms work? 

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

How do the indoor classrooms work?

  • We follow a 60/20 rule for indoor time. Classes may be inside for up to 60 minutes followed by at least 20 minutes outside to allow the room to clear.
  • Students enter and exit the building through designated doors.
  • Each pod has one base indoor classroom as well as a secondary space as needed for split classes.
  • Each pod has a designated outdoor classroom where classes take place as much as possible.
  • When indoors, desks are spaced 6 feet apart, all facing the front of the room, with the teacher having sufficient space to move and teach.
  • Teachers move in and out of the pods to teach. The number of teachers entering a pod each day is limited.
  • Lunch and recess times are staggered. Use of the various outdoor spaces will be encouraged at recess time to allow the children to spread out.
  • Live streaming is 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 have been placed in the front office area.
  • Bathroom protocols protect against overcrowding, and insure proper handwashing and disinfecting of surfaces. Toilet covers have been placed on all toilet seats. 

Beyond the Classroom Remote Learning 
Each class in Grades 1-12 has one regular remote day each week when they are off campus. During that time, and if we are required to shift to all remote learning the following will apply:

  • 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 older students
  • 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 
  • 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