Williamsburg Classical Academy Safety and Health Measures

Since the Coronavirus is a novel virus with no vaccination and/or known immunity, social distancing measures, infection control practices and sanitation are our biggest defenses.  WCA will re-open at the direction of the Governor of Virginia.  The purpose of this guidance is to ensure that, when WCA returns to campus, the adults and children are taking every reasonable precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The measures outlined below will remain in effect until formally lifted at the direction of the WCA Administration and announced publicly.

01

Temperature

as an Indicator.

Parents must measure their child(ren)’s temperature in the morning prior to bringing them to co-op.  If the child’s temperature is 100.4 degrees or greater, he or she must be kept at home until fever free for 24 hours, in the absence of fever-reducing medications (per VDSS Guidelines). 

WCA has the ability to take the temperatures of all students using a temporal artery contactless thermometer and preform a daily health observation upon arrival at school if the student appears unwell or exhibits viral symptoms. If a temperature is detected upon arrival the parent must take the child home. During the day, if the child displays cold symptoms or has a fever, the student should be masked immediately, isolate him or her from others and notify the parent for student pickup.  WCA will use emergency contact numbers to call a parent or caregiver to return to school and pick up the child as soon as possible.

Faculty and staff members will measure their temperate at home and remain there if they have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater.

The same procedures as described above apply to staff members.

All staff and student temperature and health checks will be requested for each attended co-op day.

Parents must answer the co-op day health checklist with questions for parents  and students such as if anyone at home is ill or has a family member traveled internationally the last two weeks. The Health-Check email will be sent every coop day. Any affirmative question response must be reported immediately to WCA Admin via email.

02

Social Distancing.

Faculty, staff and children age 10 or without a medical exemption and above are REQUIRED to wear a face mask upon entering the building, the fellowship hall, and hallways while on campus especially in times when physical distancing is difficult. However, each Instructor has a mask policy appropriate for their classroom that should be reviewed prior to registering for or attending classes. For staff and student mask guidelines, see article (below) from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

For parents who want students in their masks at all times: WCA recognizes the challenges of asking younger children to wear masks and will engage the children in role modeling and positive redirection if a child removes or refuses to wear a mask.  Tables and workstations are being spaced to maintain social distancing which would allow children to remove masks, if allowed by their parent. We encourage parents to practice wearing, removing and handling masks with their children.

Faculty and Staff members should avoid congregating in common areas and remain six feet apart from their nearest neighbor.  

            *          Food service changes.

No self-serve snacks are allowed.

No microwave or coffee machine will be available.

The kitchen will be closed.

Waving, elbow bumps at a distance and smiles will replace hugging, handshaking, high fives and other forms of contact until further notice.

*          WCA implements “Hand Hygiene” upon return to school.  This exercise includes sanitizing hands every hour by everyone present at school.  In addition, everyone will practice “Hand Hygiene” upon entering any school building, before eating, after eating and as needed (i.e. especially after blowing one’s nose, coughing or sneezing, going to the bathroom, etc.).

Parents please send hand sanitizer with your student for each co-op day.

03

Cleaning

Each WCA classroom will have a supply of spray sanitizer for use during and after-class cleaning and will increase frequency of cleaning and disinfection.

Instructors will intensify normal cleaning and disinfecting efforts, including but not limited to frequently disinfecting items that are touched often (doorknobs, faucets, etc.) and cleaning the classrooms after each class. Shared materials will be cleaned by the Instructor after each use.

            *          Other Protective Measures

WCA understands the challenges of social distancing, mask wearing and limiting touching of faces with young children but feel the steps outlined in this document mitigate risks to the children, families and Instructors.

WCA is not screening students or staff specifically to identify cases of COVID-19.  If the school has a sick child (including typical symptoms of COVID-19), Admin will notify local health officials for further guidance.

Siblings will be kept together to the extent possible.

Prior to the re-opening, Instructors are required to attend an in-service on COVID-19 information and new protocols (how it spreads, requirement for face masks, hand washing requirements, material sanitizing, proper cleaning techniques. what to do if a child displays symptoms).

04

co-op day health check

VDH Health Self-Check Screening

COVID-19 Screening Protocol:  self-check of health

Instructors, Parents, and Students should assess themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 before attending each coop day. Ask yourself, “YES or NO to any of the following:”

  1. A new fever (100.4°F or higher) or a sense of having a fever for you or anyone in your household?

  2. Do you or someone in your household have a new cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition?

  3. New shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition?

  4. New chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition?

  5. Do you or someone in your household have a new sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition?

  6. New muscle aches (myalgia) that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise)?

  7. A positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?

  8. Close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

  9. International travel in the past 14 days?

If you can answer YES to any of the screening questions before reporting to coop, please stay home and do not attend coop. 

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