Weilenmann School of Discovery is firmly committed to helping protect the health and safety of our students, families, and staff. We are monitoring the changing coronavirus pandemic closely and continue to comply with all State and local public health guidelines, directives, and orders.
Will students be required to wear masks at school?
As per the Governor’s Executive Order, students will wear face masks at school and on the bus. Exemptions to this rule will be made for younger students who may not be able to wear a mask, students with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask, and students who need to remove their mask to receive special services. Of course students may remove their masks when they are eating and drinking.
Will faculty be required to wear masks at school?
Faculty and staff will wear masks or shields when physical distancing is not feasible.
What education options are available for families?
Families with students who have ongoing health concerns, have other family members with ongoing health concerns, or who identify as high risk for severe illness have the option of
- Distance learning, where students join classes virtually and synchronously, or
- Blended learning, where students share time between physical and online classrooms.
This year’s model will allow students to flex between in-person learning and alternate education options as they see fit, and even take it day by day. WSD will also accommodate the personal decisions of families and students who would prefer to continue remote learning for other reasons, to the extent of resources available.
What changes will be made to the classroom environment?
To mitigate the spread of coronavirus, teachers will assign seats and/or small groups to support contact tracing. As much as possible, we will keep the same students and teachers / staff with each group. We will also maximize the space between seating and desks and face all students forward.
Nonessential furniture and equipment is being taken out of classrooms to increase distancing footprints. Students will also have few shared supplies in the classroom.
What is WSD doing to meet the guidelines for increased cleaning and sanitizing?
- We have increased the frequency of sanitizing all areas, especially restrooms and other high-traffic areas.
- Frequently touched surfaces and items (doorknobs, desks, computers, sporting equipment, shared supplies, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected at least daily.
- Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant, will be readily available to all staff, students, and visitors in controlled environments.
- We are strictly complying with all other Summit County Health Department recommendations.
Will students still have concerts and assemblies?
Students and staff will wear face coverings when participating in large group gatherings in the auditorium or gym. Students will have socially distant and assigned seats. Nonessential assemblies, concerts, dances, etc. will be limited or canceled. More virtual gatherings will occur.
Will students be allowed to have recess?
Yes. Playgrounds will be managed with health and safety principles and requirements in place. Recess will be scheduled so that equipment can be disinfected between each use. A limited number of students will be on the playground at any given time.
Can I still volunteer in the classroom?
Nonessential visitors and volunteers will be limited. Visitors and non-regular staff must submit to a temperature check and wear a face mask and visitor badge. They must sign in, list the location being visited, and sign out.
What can families do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
A student that exhibits any symptom of illness should be kept home. Parents should consider keeping students home if they have been exposed to a family or household member who is sick.
Helpful Resources for Families
- Looking Ahead to Fall 2020
- WSD School Reopening Policy
- WSD Guidelines For Reducing Infectious Diseases at School
- Wearing Masks At School During The Coronavirus Pandemic Tip Sheet For Pediatric Clinicians
- USBE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources
- Coronavirus Utah.gov
- Everyday Non Medical Masks 5 Pack