WWS’ COVID-19 Updates
*Most recent update: Jan. 7, 2021
*Most recent update: Jan. 7, 2021
As per WWS’ Ongoing Sickness Policy, students and staff are required to stay away from school only when NEW symptoms of illness develop. If the symptoms are consistent with a previously diagnosed health condition and not unusual for you, you may return to school.
If symptoms include fever or if after 24 hours symptoms remain unchanged or worsen, do a daily health check as per the following updated symptom chart from the Government of BC. Also, view more parent & school guidelines here.
There are many reasons a student may be away. Please report your students’ absence to Reception prior to 9am and read WWS Absence Programs 2021-2022 to understand which category your child’s absences fall into and fill out the right form.
(1) Precautionary/Short term – Email School (absence up to 3 days)
All members of WWS appreciate your understanding that we are a 100% onsite learning facility with full programs to deliver. Thus, support for students who are absent from school is only provided to those who have submitted a form in a timely manner.
Once your absence form is approved, students will access and submit curriculum requirements online through Planbook plans and contact teachers during office hours. More details @ WWS E-Learning Support
*Covid-19 is a complex and rapidly evolving situation, so we encourage you to visit Vancouver Coastal Health for the most detailed and up to date information on COVID-19 in B.C.
When K to 12 schools return from spring break, masks will no longer be required for students, staff and visitors. If your child attends an independent school, check with the school to confirm their spring break schedule.
The decision to wear a mask or face covering is a personal choice for everyone. This choice should be supported and treated with respect.
There are no capacity limits on in-school gatherings where attending staff, students and necessary volunteers are all from the same school. For example:
However, there are limits for overall capacity of guests at school – please see Visitors @ School for details on School-wide Events.
There are now no restrictions for individual visitors at school. Please as always, sign-in with Reception when you arrive and sign-out when you leave so we know you are on campus.
At school events with visitors from outside the school, limit attendance to 50 people or 50% operating capacity (whichever is greater). This includes:
Proof of vaccination is not required for events with visitors from outside the school.
Starting April 8, 2022 at 12:01 am, when the Provincial Health Officer Order on gatherings and events is lifted, events with visitors from outside the school can return to 100% capacity.
All music and physical education programs, sports, clubs field trips and extracurricular activities are allowed:
For this continuation of this year, field trips and outdoor education High School group semester trips will be planned with the expectation that if circumstances change for Provincial Health guidelines (beyond our control), they may be cancelled or rescheduled at any time. Most families will hear from their teacher through email in advance of any school events that may affect their student.
Here are our existing cleaning and spacing protocols:
The school will continue with Covid-19 Facilities Hygiene Procedures including cleaning and disinfection processes as recommended by the health authorities.
As well, all faculty, staff and students are required to maintain appropriate hand washing and sanitizing protocols upon entering the building and throughout the day.
Please do not send your child to school if you suspect he or she may be ill, and has exhibited any of the following signs or symptoms:
Please note: If a student becomes unwell at school, parents will be immediately called to pick up their child as soon as possible.
Teachers, staff, students and the community members at Whistler Waldorf School appreciate everyone’s understanding and support that we endeavor to operate throughout the school year with a 100% onsite learning environment. We are all responsible in helping our school stay safe during Covid-19. Please see the following school closure contingency and communicable disease guidelines below:
WWS is prepared for the possibility of a functional school closure, in the event that in 2022 we experience a temporary shortage in staff due to illness, to the point we cannot operate. Some important points are below:
Here is a comprehensive view of both the school & the Early Years plans & guidelines:
During the Covid-19 pandemic with its ongoing waves and ever-changing health guidelines, WWS has prepared a communicable disease prevention plan to follow in order to reduce the spread with specific guidelines for daily life at school. This plan is also required by WCB and BC Education. Some important details covered include:
Here is a comprehensive view of our Covid-19 policies:
(*Updated March 29, 2022)
Whistler Waldorf is currently in Stage 1 of BC’s Ministry of Education – COVID 19 Stages of Learning model with “Learning as usual – full-time learning in class.”