WWS’ COVID-19 Updates*
*Most recent update: Oct 5, 2021
Stay at Home When Sick
If a student becomes unwell at school, parents will be immediately called to pick up their child as soon as possible.
WWS has implemented changes to its existing prolonged absence process in response to covid-19.
(1) Precautionary/Short term – Email School (absence up to 3 days)
(2) Extended Absence Fillable Form (3 days + requires form).
(3) Transitional Absence Fillable Application Form 2020-2021 (long-term during Covid-19 + requires form).
There are a variety of reasons a student may be away from school. Please read WWS Absence Programs 2021-2022 to understand which category your child’s absences fall into. Please note that all absences of three days or more require an absence form to be completed and sent to Reception. All absences should be reported to Reception daily ideally prior to 9am.
TRAVELLING OUTSIDE OF CANADA?
If WWS families or students are planning on travelling outside of Canada during the school year, you are asked to please adhere to the travel guidelines as set out by the Government of Canada Covid Travel Requiements. This helpful link is for vaccinated families who are travelling outside of Canada with children 12 and under who are unable to be vaccinated at this time. Please note that unvaccinated children under 12 are expected to self-isolate upon their return which may require an Extended Leave of Absence form for the school.
Please contact Reception directly to update the school of any travel plans and coordinate submitting details.
Here is a comprehensive view of WWS’ Communicable Disease Prevention Plan and Guidelines
Expectations for School Community
Expectations in Class
BC Education & VCH (Sea to Sky) Updates
General Health & Communication Guidelines
Vancouver Coastal Health recommends the following preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Vaccination for those 12 and over – Vaccines are the most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in schools. Everyone eligible is strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated (i.e., receive 2 doses) against COVID-19 to protect themselves and those around them – including those who are not eligible to be vaccinated. Both doses are needed to get the most effective protection against serious cases of COVID-19 and provide longer-lasting protection.
- Maintain a distance of 2 meters for person-to-person conversations.
- Wear a mask indoors. In B.C., it is now required to wear a non-medical face mask in public indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when your hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick and complete self-monitoring/health assessments daily.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
BC Education’s Learning Stages & Various Resources
(*Updated Sept.7, 2021)
Whistler Waldorf is currently in Stage 1 of BC’s Ministry of Education – COVID 19 Stages of Learning model.
- Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings – Aug./21
- BC CDC Health Assessment Update for COVID-19 – Sept./21
- Mental health resources for children – April/20
- *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.