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.
As of Jan. 2022, mask wearing continues to be required, however it is not a requirement to have a N95 mask. Any student or employee that wants a 3-ply disposable mask will have access to them on request.
This month, the PHO is expecting a supply of rapid antigen tests mid-to-late January. 500,000 of these tests will be set aside for K-12 education and will be deployed as needed by Medical Health Officers.
Since Oct. 4, 2021, all students in B.C. schools are required to wear a mask when inside a school building, including while at their desks. This builds on the existing guidelines that currently apply to all students in grades 4-12. Learn more about this change to the face coverings mandate in the Ministry of Education news release. WWS will also support:
As of January 2022, the Ministry of Education has asked that we limit crowding throughout day which includes pick-up and drop off. In order to do this, we ask that only Little Cedars-Grade 4 parents directly pick up and drop off their children from their classrooms while being mindful of crowding. Parents of students grades 5-12 are asked to remain in their cars and not congregate on the school grounds before or after school.
We will continue to use floor markings to address traffic flow throughout the school to minimize crowding and allow for ease of people passing through. Indoor visits require an appointment.
Unfortunately, visitors are again discouraged at this time.
As of January 2022, please only visit WWS if your presence is directly supporting student learning and you adhere to the following. If you need to drop something off for your child, please check in with Reception in advance and leave the items outside of reception where they will be collected. Please follow these guidelines when visiting the school.
1. Seek approval for the visit from the person to be visited.
2. Complete a self-health check
3. Arrive wearing a face covering
4. Sanitize hands upon entry
5. Sign in
As of January 2022, we do not foresee any significant differences since the start of school in Sept. Afterschool basketball and our February overnight trips continue to be scheduled in alignment with current directives.
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.
Among the enhanced safety measures, our school will:
These measures build on existing protocols including:
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 Jan 7, 2022)
Whistler Waldorf is currently in Stage 1.5 of BC’s Ministry of Education – COVID 19 Stages of Learning model with full-time classroom learning recommended with restrictions to increase social distancing and limit extra interaction.