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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.? 

  • All students must bring their own food from home. 
  • All 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 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 will function as a pod/cohort.
  • Classes will take place outdoors as much as possible.
  • When the weather requires, classes will 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 will take place outdoors, and students will need to bring their own snacks and lunches. Students will still need to dress for the weather every day.

How do the outdoor classrooms work? 

  • 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 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.

How do the indoor classrooms work?

  • Students will enter and exit the building through designated doors.
  • 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 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 will have 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