WWS’ COVID-19 Updates

*Most recent update: September 2022

ATTN: All WWS students and staff have the responsibility to alert the school for illness that requires absence. For Early Years programs, children are required to stay home for min. 24-48hrs. WWS may ask for a medical note to return.

Daily Health Checks

When you have any new health symptoms appear:

Remember: Students and staff are required to do a daily health check 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.

Report Child’s Absence

Please contact the receptionist at 604- 932-1885 (ext.101) or Email Your Absence Notification to Reception before 9am.

If the receptionist has not heard from you by 9 a.m. a call will be made home to determine the whereabouts of your child. A second call will be made by 9:15am if you were unreachable. If it cannot be reasonably assumed that your child is safe at home the Missing Child Policy may be enacted. 

Please view the WWS Member Portal for more on Short-term versus Extended Absences and Sickness Policy.

Masks are no longer be required for students, staff and visitors.

The decision to wear a mask or face covering is a personal choice for everyone. This choice should be supported and treated with respect.

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:

  • An elevated temperature of 100 degrees or more during the last 24 hours.
  • Vomiting within the last 24 hours and/or repeated episodes of diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
  • Chills, loss of appetite, unusual fatigue, and/or lingering headache.
  • A significant amount of nasal discharge, particularly if the discharge is yellow or greenish in color.
  • A persistent cough and/or a significant sore throat and/or an earache.

Please note: If a student becomes unwell at school, parents will be immediately called to pick up their child as soon as possible.

See Staff Covid-19 On-Site Policy & Covid-19 On-Site Sick Policy for more specific details as well as the 2022-2023 Communicable Disease Prevention Plan and Guidelines

There are no longer capacity limits on in-school gatherings where attending staff, students and necessary volunteers are all from the same school. For example:​

  • Large gatherings like school assemblies
  • Staff gatherings like meetings or professional development activities
  • Outside congregation of school community during drop-off/pick-up

However, there are limits for overall capacity of guests at school – please see Visitors @ School for details on School-wide Events.

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:

  • Arts club performances like a play or recital
  • Sports games and tournaments

Proof of vaccination is not required for events with visitors from outside the school.

All music and physical education programs, sports, clubs field trips and extracurricular activities are allowed:

  • Shared equipment will be cleaned and disinfected before and after use
  • Ensure students wash their hands
    • Before and after using shared equipment
    • Before and after outdoor play
  • Students will be asked not to share equipment that touches the mouth, like an instrument mouth piece or mouthguard, unless cleaned and disinfected in between uses
  • Students will be encouraged to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing

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.

WWS will continue with general classroom cleaning policies to properly dispose of classroom garbage, recycling and organics in order to limit waste collection and protect the cleanliness and health of our students, teachers and staff. Students are  encouraged to “pack-out” what they “pack-in”.

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.

WWS School Plans during Covid-19

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:

Contingency Plans if School Closure

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:

  • In the event of faculty absences, all efforts will be made to have a teacher assistant who is familiar with the class provide lead instruction.
  • Also, teachers/support staff on our on-call list will be contacted as a second resort and the decision to disrupt in-person learning will be made as a last resort when all other options have been exhausted.
  • In the event of a short-term or week long closure – teachers will continue instruction online through Zoom and Planbook until the closure is lifted.

Here is a comprehensive view of both the school & the Early Years plans & guidelines:

EY Contingency Plan and Policy for Possible School Closures

WWS Contingency Plan and Policy for Possible School Closures

WWS Communicable Disease Plan

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:

  • Handwashing & School Facility Cleaning Protocols
  • Guidelines for limiting social contact, including Indoor use of Mask Wearing.
  • Sickness and Absence Policies during school instruction & gatherings during Covid-19.
  • Anything to do with measures the school is taking to limited spread of Covid-19.

Here is a comprehensive view of our Covid-19 policies:

WWS Communicable Disease Prevention Plan and Guidelines

Early Years Covid-19 On-Site Policy for staff_children

Early Years Covid-19 Facilities Hygiene Procedures

General BC School Guidelines

(*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.”

  • COVID-19 school exposure communication

    WWS will heed the advice of provincial public health officials if a student or faculty member is confirmed to have been at school during an infectious period of COVID-19. If an exposure notification is determined to be necessary, then public health will direct the school to notify any students and staff.  Public Health will attempt to preserve private information of individuals or families involved, unless required for contact tracing.

    Individual parents, guardians, faculty or staff are not authorized to provide any public statements about potential or confirmed COvid-19 cases unless directed to do so from VCH.

    For more details on school exposures or any questions related to Covid-19, please visit Vancouver Coastal Health’s website.

  • Schools as "Controlled" Environments

    Infection prevention and exposure control measures help create safe environments by reducing the spread of communicable diseases like COVID-19. These are more effective in “controlled” environments where multiple measures of various effectiveness can be routinely and consistently implemented. Schools are considered a “controlled” environment by public health because:

    1. Schools include a consistent grouping of people.
    2. Schools have robust illness policies for students and staff.
    3.  Schools can implement effective personal practices that can be consistently reinforced and are followed by most people in the setting (e.g. diligent hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, etc.).
    4. Schools can implement a variety of health and safety measures (e.g., enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices, using outdoor space for learning activities, grouping students and staff in learning groups to limit in-person interactions, implementing staggered schedules, etc.)
  • Isolation for 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.

    Please note that unvaccinated children and youth 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.

  • Vaccinations Work

    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. Learn more about vaccinations in Whistler

  • How can I help?

    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.  protect themselves and those around them. 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.
    • 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.

For online distance learning resources with helpful education learning links, view WWS’s Fun Links & Resources for Parents

For specific details on WWS E-learning or distance learning plans and links, view WWS’ E-learning Updates