Head of School COVID19 Update for 2020-2021 Re-Opening
Volume 1 and 2 of our 2020-2021 Re-Opening Guide will give you much of the information needed for how we have handled the re-opening of our school. These documents are the culmination of months of work by the Administration and Re-Opening Task Force teams. We believe that they lay out a plan that, according to the survey results of our parents and faculty/staff, will allow for us to honor a wide range of hopes and comfort levels as we kick off the school year while keeping our students, faculty, and staff healthy and safe according to appropriate CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines and recommendations. Volume 2 includes more specific school-level communications to clearly address age-appropriate questions. For example, the times when social distancing is more challenging is different with the younger students (recess) than older students (class changes). Also, the ways in which we come alongside families who are not-yet-comfortable with face-to-face learning must be done differently in elementary school than high school.
Some of our most recent Parent Survey results:
71% of our parents plan to have their children return to WCCS for face-to-face learning on a regular schedule with 19% still unsure and 10% not yet comfortable.
19% of our parents are more comfortable now than noted in the May survey, 48% said that their comfort level is the same, 18% are less comfortable, and 15% did not fill out the last survey.
When asked if they would commit to keeping their own children home from school if they showed any signs of illness, 99% of the parents said they were "fully willing" with 1% noting they were "somewhat willing." None said they were unwilling. From the comments noted in the survey, this was one of the primary factors listed for parents who were either unsure or not yet comfortable in sending their children to campus. (The other most mentioned comments were about hygiene and sanitation.)
The Faculty/Staff Survey results were also very helpful.
67% noted a readiness to return to campus, 28% are still unsure, and 5% not yet comfortable. Their percentages since the May survey are almost identical to the parents. And, their comments were almost identical sharing concerns about folks (students AND teachers) who might come to school with symptoms as well as the need for vigilance in hygiene and cleaning.
COVID-19 Guidelines for Staying Home
In an effort to assist parents and faculty/staff in making decisions as to when to stay home from school, we have compiled the attached "guidelines" for unknown illnesses, Covid-19 positive, and Covid-19 exposure. It is our hope that this will help clarify when to stay home and when attendance is appropriate/best. It is also our great desire that EVERY member of the WCCS community would truly Love God and Love Neighbor BY following these guidelines.