COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Woodland's Campus - 10.5 Acres  
Fall 2021

Woodland's vast campus allows students and faculty space to socially distance for health and safety, maintain strong student/teacher connections and student/student connections to foster social and emotional well-being, and continue innovative classroom lessons.

Community is a hallmark at Woodland and although the Coronavirus Pandemic is changing how the school day will look, Woodland is dedicated to fostering a strong sense of community.

As always, please contact Dr. Warren, Head of School, with questions about Woodland's COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

A PDF of Woodland's Policies and Procedures can be viewed here.


Overview

We believe all members of the Woodland community have a shared responsibility to care for ourselves and others.  In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, families, staff, and faculty partner with us by monitoring themselves and their family members for signs of illness at home before arriving on Woodland’s campus.  This includes following the California Department of Public Health’s recommendations; washing your hands frequently and wearing a face covering when you are indoors, regardless of vaccination status.  As a result of your diligence over the past 12 months, Woodland did not have any transmission of COVID-19 on campus.  Please continue following all policies, procedures and recommendations.  We encourage all eligible people your child comes in contact with on a regular basis to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once they are eligible.

This document contains our plan to welcome students to campus during the 2021-2022 school year.  Please review it carefully, as it shares policies and procedures that prioritize our community’s health and safety.

During the 2021-22 school year, Woodland will conform to all applicable laws and Executive Orders and be guided by recommendations and expectations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), State of California, the San Mateo County Health Department, and California Child Care Licensing, as applicable.  The health and safety of our students and employees will continue to be a focal point.  This will include staggered arrival times, daily health screenings, required face coverings for all people on campus, and hand hygiene practices.  Faculty and staff will emphasize social emotional learning and team building as we come together as a school community and develop a strong sense of belonging for all students.

Woodland will offer in-person learning five days a week for all students.  Should an individual classroom, grade or division need to isolate, we will transition that group to distance learning within 2 school days.  Should a student contract COVID-19, we will work individually with that family to provide learning during the quarantine period.

No students will be permitted to begin the school year without all required paperwork and current medical forms, including all updated immunizations.

Guiding Principles

Health and Safety:  Woodland’s highest priority is the health and well-being of the community, and we recognize that we have an obligation to support the health of the broader community.  We are committed to doing our very best to mitigate the risks, as outlined in this document, but we cannot guarantee that community members will not be exposed to COVID-19.

Social and Emotional Well-being:  Students have a broad range of experiences they bring to the classroom each day.  Pedagogy and classroom practices will provide greater attention to student mental health and well-being to build resilience and cope with the lingering stress or anxiety students may experiencing based on the pandemic context.  Social emotional learning will continue to be thoughtfully woven into all aspects of the student experience.

Academic Excellence:  We believe that children achieve their highest potential when they are in a challenging academic environment that allows them to be active, engaged learners.  A continuous, in-person educational experience is vitally important to achieving this.

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FAQs

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Health and Safety at Woodland

It is important to keep students at home if there are any signs of illness.  Please let the school know if you, your child, or another member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, experiences symptoms of COVID-19, or is exposed to someone who is positive or symptomatic for COVID-19.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  The CDC’s list of COVID-19 symptoms as well as additional guidance for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 can be reviewed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

Health and Safety

All students and staff will undergo training at the start of the school year to orient them to school COVID-19 health and safety protocols.  This information will be shared with families in our weekly school communications.  We will provide additional training sessions throughout the year as we learn about new guidelines. 

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COVID-19 Testing

We believe that COVID-19 testing is important to protect our community.  Our COVID-19 testing goals are as follows:

  1. Test all employees when they initially return to campus and test all employees once a week. Test results are usually returned within 48 hours.
  2. All students will provide a negative test result before they are allowed to begin the school year. Free testing is available through Curative. Testing should take place between Tuesday, August 10 and Friday, August 13. Test results must be uploaded to Magnus by noon on Tuesday, August 17. Students who do not provide a negative test result will not be allowed to start school on August 18.
  3. During the school year, all students and employees will be tested weekly. Woodland is contracting with Agileforce for this service. Test results are usually returned within 48 hours.

Please note, because testing methods, efficacy, and supplies are constantly evolving, our plans for testing are also likely to evolve.

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Face Coverings

All students, staff and faculty will be required to wear face coverings while at school.  Parents should send their children to school each day with appropriate face coverings. (The school has multiple options for face coverings should one be needed throughout the day.) We request keeping an extra face covering in your child’s backpack.  Bandanas and gaiters are not adequate face coverings while on campus. 

Health Screening

Each student is required to submit a daily health screening through the Magnus App prior to arrival at school. Parents will show the green go icon before students exit the car.

Vaccination

Woodland School recommends that all persons who are eligible receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the first opportunity available.

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Hand Hygiene

We know that frequent hand washing is critical to eliminate germs.  In addition to the existing sinks throughout campus, 10 portable sinks are available in various high traffic areas.  We have hand sanitizer available at all entrances and in every classroom space.  Students will routinely cleanse their hands at the start and end of each day, and before and after snack, lunch, recess, and Physical Education. Students will also sanitize hands before and after using shared supplies.

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Personal Protective Equipment

In addition to face coverings, we have installed plexiglass barriers available for all teachers who request them, as well as plexiglass barriers at lunch tables.

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Infirmary

Woodland has a dedicated infirmary with direct outdoor access in a location where others do not enter or pass.  This area will provide a secure, enclosed place for someone ill at school to wait, isolated away from others, until they can be picked up to receive medical attention. Face coverings will be required at all times.  

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Travel

Families should avoid travel outside the United States for the two weeks prior to the start of school, non-vaccinated individuals should quarantine upon returning to the United States for 7 days with a negative test or 10 days without a test, and monitor symptoms.  Unless all household members are vaccinated, please avoid international travel during the school year.  The school has the discretion to determine whether a student should be quarantined for a period of time upon returning from travel. Currently there are no limitations on domestic travel. However, we highly encourage you to monitor vaccine rates and COVID-19 cases for any location you plan to visit and avoid areas of elevated COVI-19 cases.

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