Here you will find many of our guidelines for protecting our community’s safety, including how we make decisions about off-site learning and how we will respond to confirmed cases.
WES will regularly monitor health conditions in our community as well as the Greater DC metro area, Montgomery County, and the State of Maryland. Our overall goal will be to calibrate our school operations and instruction to the public health situation at the time.
WES has created a four-tiered color-coded system to help define the health status of our campus environment. These tiers provide general guidelines for activities on and off-campus. Further details will be shared in the Family and Student Handbook later this summer.
While our goal is to be on site as much as possible, our continuous learning model will help us transition seamlessly between on-site and at-home learning.
All members of the WES community have a shared responsibility to prevent the spread of illness. We must remain committed to the safety policies and procedures listed in this and future communications to help keep students, faculty, and staff safe.
Later this summer, you will receive the WES Community Contract, which will outline our mutual responsibilities and the commitments we must make to one another during this pandemic. This contract will also be found in the 2020-2021 Family and Student Handbook. But here are some of the requirements you agree to by enrolling your child at WES:
With safety as our highest priority, WES has invested in enhanced COVID-19 safety measures. The following is a list of safety measures that we are planning to put in place during the pandemic, regardless of our alert level. Further details about these and other safety measures will be shared in our upcoming Family and Student Handbook.
Our Health, Safety, and Wellness Task Force has created a comprehensive plan for how the school will respond to confirmed or suspected cases in our school community. Because information about best practices is still evolving, please keep in mind this protocol could still change. Our priority is to protect the safety of our community while allowing as many students as possible to participate in on-site learning.
To support the community’s safety, it is important that families be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
Families must contact Nurse Stacey Bailey if anyone in their household experiences any of the asterisked (*) symptoms, or any two or more of the non-asterisked symptoms. Families must also report household contact with a confirmed or suspected case if the contact occurred less than two weeks before the onset of symptoms. There will be quarantine procedures forthcoming outlining our policies for suspected cases and exposure to confirmed or suspected cases.
If there is a confirmed case within our community, all families in the affected cohort(s) will be contacted as soon as possible after the case is reported and transition to at-home learning. If this occurs during the school day, families must report to the school to pick up their children within an hour. WES families from the other cohorts will receive an email within 24 hours that there is a confirmed case in another cohort. Please note: We deeply respect the privacy of our families, and communications to the community will not identify the particular students or families involved.
For more information, please see our full COVID Exposure Response Plan.