This webpage is updated as of March 2022.

Our priority in 2021-22 is to provide a full WNS education to all ECC-8 students while continuing to deliver the gold standard for COVID-19 mitigation and build upon our parent/school partnership to create an even safer bubble around our school.
Students have experienced two years of compromised education; we have taken measures to successfully bring them back to campus this year and safely deliver the full WNS educational experience they need and deserve.
March 2022: To read our latest testing protocols, masking policy, and mitigation plan please click here

IMPORTANCE OF VACCINATIONS

Simply put, there is no single strategy that will keep our students and faculty safer than for ALL WNS community members who are medically able to be vaccinated to get fully vaccinated. All WNS teachers and staff who medically can be vaccinated are vaccinated.
Note: We now consider ‘fully vaccinated’ to mean having received a booster shot, if eligible.
Every WNS Student who can be vaccinated should be vaccinated if medically able to do so.
  • Students age 12+ are required to be vaccinated, if medically able, and boosted once the 5 month threshold has passed since their last vaccine.
  • There will be limitations on what we can and can’t do with unvaccinated students once they are eligible for the vaccination.
  • Pediatric COVID vaccines for children age 5-11:
    • At this stage, WNS will not be requiring vaccines for this age group, but will be strongly recommending them. (Please note, this is subject to change later in the school year).
    • There are benefits to being vaccinated, beyond health: less frequent testing, smaller chance of quarantine due to exposure, fewer travel restrictions and isolation after holidays
Five fundamental reasons why the COVID-19 vaccine is so important: 
  1. It keeps you safe. While the occasional breakthrough case makes the news, the fact is that over 80% of all variant cases (and 98% of serious cases) are among the unvaccinated. Nearly ALL of the hospitalizations and ICU occupants are unvaccinated people with the new variants. Don’t take a chance on this.
  2. It will keep your children safe. The newer variants are affecting children more than previous variants, and infected adults may pass the virus to unvaccinated children. Having you and all adult members of your household vaccinated will protect them!
  3. It will keep our school community safe. As I explained earlier, 100% of all COVID-19 transmission to children in the WNS community, and a high percentage in schools generally, has happened outside of school from parents and adult caregivers. Higher vaccination rates will also help keep our vaccinated teachers safe from exposure and a breakthrough case, limiting the time they have to miss teaching on campus.
  4. It will keep our kids on campus. This is not just about keeping our children and faculty safe but also keeping our children on campus and out of quarantine due to exposure to a positive case on campus. Please read the scenario below to understand the impact one child exposed to COVID-19 at home can have on the school community based on required infection mitigation protocols.
  5. It will keep our greater community safer. Science informs us that the longer a virus is able to multiply and move through a population, the greater the opportunity for new and more infectious variants to emerge. The newer variants are more infectious than previous variants; we don’t want to provide a pathway for more infectious variants to emerge.  Getting our greater community vaccinated at a higher rate will help prevent this.

HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS

We are entering this year in uncharted waters and trying to make it right for all parties involved; our teachers, our parents and our students. The only way we can be successful is if we as a community pull together and follow these essential guidelines and policies. 

Please remember that any and all health-related questions should be directed to our head school nurse, Chelsea Magdaleno (cmagdaleno@wns-la.org). Additionally, if you have any COVID-19 related protocol questions, please direct them to her, as information is changing all the time and we want to communicate the proper protocols.

Review WNS's Return To School Plan

Infection Mitigation/Controls

Infection Mitigation/Controls
Please click here to review our detailed Infection Mitigation and Test & Stay protocols.

Daily Symptom Screening

Daily Symptom Screening Applies to the Entire Household
Daily symptom screening is essential to our protection of the school community.
Parents will receive a home screening prompt from Ruvna via text and/or email. You must take your child’s temperature, assess symptoms, answer a couple of questions, and submit before coming to campus. Please be prepared to show the QR code you receive upon arrival at school. Students with symptoms or who have had contact with a person who is known to be or could be positive for COVID-19 may not come to campus for this event.
Complete daily symptom screening before leaving the house. Do not come to school if you answer yes to any of the questions.

Face Coverings

    • REVISED ECC-8 MASK POLICY EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, 3/15/22

      With all of these competing factors weighing on my mind, I have decided to follow LADPH guidance and allow ECC-8th grade students and faculty the option of wearing or not wearing a mask when in a classroom as of Tuesday, March 15. Every student must still bring a mask to school, as they will need to continue wearing a mask when in the indoor common areas of the school (e.g. restrooms, hallways, large meeting spaces). We are in a window of time when it is safe to do so, and if conditions change, we will quickly pivot back to requiring masks indoors and outside.
       
      Many students are already enjoying the option of going mask-free outside. And many students still choose to wear a mask outside, which is fine. If you are more comfortable wearing a mask indoors and/or outdoors, we encourage you to continue doing so. Some may be in a high-risk situation and want to wear a mask throughout their time at school, and we fully support that. For others, it may feel as though it is hindering learning. It is only an option to not wear a mask; we fully support any student or faculty member who wants to wear a mask for any reason.
       
      So long as our WNS community continues to do the things that keep us safe (being fully vaccinated, weekly PCR/antigen surveillance testing, keeping children home when there are any symptoms, etc.), we should be very successful with this adjustment to our protocols:
      • Masks are optional outdoors and inside classrooms but will still be required when occupying indoor common areas (e.g. restrooms, hallways, large meeting spaces).
      • If conditions change, we can and will quickly readjust our mask protocols. All of the cases we’ve had over the past two months have been from household transmission, which will be unlikely to reach our campus if parents and caregivers are also testing weekly; it is very important that everyone tests regularly.
      • ECC-8 Test to Stay Protocol: ECC-8th grade students may continue to attend school under the Test to Stay protocol if there is a positive case in their class. When this occurs, students who are asymptomatic may remain in school with the required testing and must wear KN95 or KF94 (or Happy Masks) over a minimum of five days both indoors AND outdoors.

      PROTOCOLS FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS VISITING CAMPUS

      Given all of the above considerations and regular surveillance testing, WNS is also in a position to open more of our campus life up to parents. We miss you!
      • Parents/caregivers must still be fully vaccinated (including boosters) to come inside the classrooms to volunteer.
        • A negative antigen test is also required within 24 hours of your visit.
        • Masks must be worn when inside campus buildings; masks are optional when outside the buildings and not in close proximity to students.
      • Special grade-level events: Given the rate of community transmission at this time, we will allow unvaccinated parents and caregivers to attend special events provided they have (1) a negative PCR test as required the weekend prior and (2) a negative antigen test within 24 hours of the event. Masks are required if the event is in an indoor common area.
      • Outdoor community gatherings & ECC sings: All parents and caregivers can attend with a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of your visit. Masks are optional.

       

Hand Hygiene

Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers are located at all three campus entrances. Bottles of hand sanitizer are available in all classrooms. Touchless sinks have been installed throughout the campus buildings to facilitate more frequent hand washing. 

Upon arrival at school and before entering the classroom, students will wash their hands or sanitize with school provided hand sanitizer. Students will be required to wash and sanitize their hands at regular intervals throughout the day, and will be instructed by teachers how to do so. Everyone must wash their hands before and after eating snacks or lunch. Students (and faculty/staff) will sanitize their hands before they leave the classroom at any time, and they will sanitize their hands again before entering any classroom or learning space. Students will be instructed on proper handwashing and monitored while doing so. Everyone will wash or sanitize their hands after coughing and sneezing. Teachers will remind students to avoid touching their faces.

Arrival & Departure Protocols

Morning Drop-off
  • K-8 General drop-off time will be between 7:30-8:10am and will not be staggered by grade level. School begins for K-8 at 8:15am.
    • Morning Bus service: limited morning bus service will be available; students will be spread out on the bus and masks must be worn.
  • ECC drop-off protocols will remain as they were last year with parents dropping their children off with a teacher at a gate.
  • Carpools are encouraged when adults are vaccinated (and boosted), there is adequate airflow. Masks are now optional for all during carline. 
Dismissal/Pick Up
  • K-8 dismissal will run from 2:45pm-3:35pm.
  • ECC pick-up protocols will be similar to last year with parents picking their children up from a teacher at the gate.

Snack, Recess & Lunch Protocols

Students will have assigned play areas for each grade level to limit mixing among grade levels during the school day. Meals at recess and lunch will be outdoors (weather permitting) with students physically distanced.

4th-8th Sports, Middle School Electives and PE, and K-8 Performing Arts

These programs have resumed based on LADPH guidelines.

Adults on Campus

We are working hard to rebuild our WNS community and welcome parents/caregivers back onto campus safely.

PROTOCOLS FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS VISITING CAMPUS

Given all of the above considerations and regular surveillance testing, WNS is also in a position to open more of our campus life up to parents. We miss you!
  • Parents/caregivers must still be fully vaccinated (including boosters) to come inside the classrooms to volunteer.
    • A negative antigen test is also required within 24 hours of your visit.
    • Masks must be worn when inside campus buildings; masks are optional when outside the buildings and not in close proximity to students.
  • Special grade-level events: Given the rate of community transmission at this time, we will allow unvaccinated parents and caregivers to attend special events provided they have (1) a negative PCR test as required the weekend prior and (2) a negative antigen test within 24 hours of the event. Masks are required if the event is in an indoor common area.
  • Outdoor community gatherings & ECC sings: All parents and caregivers can attend with a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of your visit. Masks are optional.

Limit High-Risk Activities Outside of School

While cases surge in LA County, we ask that parents and students thoughtfully limit high-exposure activities.
  • Remember the priority is keeping our students on campus and safe.
  • Any social activities outside of school should follow all of the WNS protocols for masks, physical distancing, and symptom screening.
  • We strongly encourage outdoor activities for playdates and birthday parties.

GLOSSARY & RESOURCES

Glossary

SYMPTOMS – signs of possible infection. These include fever, coughing, loss of taste or smell, and difficulty breathing. For a complete list of symptoms, please visit the CDC website.

HOUSEHOLD MEMBER — anyone living in the home or working in the home on a regular basis, such as a nanny or housekeeper 

QUARANTINE — quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. 

DISTANCE LEARNING MODEL — where the student’s entire class or cohort is off-campus and teachers teach through Zoom and offer asynchronous instruction via other platforms such as Seesaw, Google, etc.

FACE COVERING — any face covering, including face shield, mask, and neck gaiter. When mask or gaiter are specified, a shield without a mask or gaiter is not sufficient. 

Resources