Guidelines for COVID-19 Prevention

The Waldorf School of Louisville takes the health and safety of its community very  seriously. Providing a learning environment that meets the standards as outlined by the CDC, local and state officials is our top priority.

We understand that knowledge about the COVID-19 virus changes often. Our practice is to review the guidance provided from several sources (CDC, Team KY, Department of Regulated Child Care, Kentucky Department of Education, and Louisville Metro Health Department) for policy updates and changes. This is, therefore, a living page that will be amended in response to any  changes.  

COVID-19 cases that have been reported to WSL during the 2021–22 school year are listed below.

Students:

# of positive cases: 3 | # of active cases: 0 | # of recovered: 3

Teaching & Administrative Faculty:

# of positive cases: 0 | # of active cases: 0 | # of recovered: 0

Caregivers: If your child has any of the following symptoms, they might have an illness they can spread to others. Check your child for these symptoms every day before they go to school. The risk to general health extends beyond COVID-19 and we ask that with any signs of illness, children be kept home until they are symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

If they do not have symptoms, send them to school as usual.

• Fever (temperature of 99.7 degrees Fahrenheit or higher)
• Cough (for students with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from
usual)
• Difficulty breathing (for students with asthma, check for a change from their baseline breathing)
• Chills
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea

What do I do if my child has one or more of the listed COVID-19 symptoms?

If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you keep them home from school. Your child may return to school when approved by a medical care provider (pediatrician’s note or negative COVID-19 test). Please contact WSL’s office to report that your child is sick AND when you have received further information regarding the cause of their symptoms. We may ask some additional questions to help determine when it is safe for your child to return to school and about other people who may have been exposed.

CDC has a Coronavirus Self-Checker, which may help you make decisions about seeking medical care for possible COVID-19.

 

What do I do if someone in a child’s household has one or more of the listed COVID-19 symptoms?

If a child is ill with symptoms, but has not been diagnosed as having COVID-19, the siblings of that child may continue to attend unless they have had a known exposure to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or they are also experiencing symptoms. If the child is diagnosed with COVID-19, the siblings must immediately quarantine if they are not fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated siblings who have no symptoms do not have to quarantine.

 

What do I do if my child/teacher was exposed to a person with COVID-19?

Close contacts are generally defined as individuals who spend at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of the
case.

For close contacts who are not fully vaccinated and are experiencing symptoms:
• If experiencing symptoms, get tested immediately and quarantine immediately (stay at home and
away from other people) for a period of 14 days from the last date of exposure unless they receive
different instructions from a public health official.
• If they initially test negative, test again 5—7 days after the date of their last known exposure and
continue to quarantine.
• If they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive, notify the school so that the school can
conduct any necessary contact tracing.


For close contacts who are not fully vaccinated and are NOT experiencing symptoms:
• If not experiencing symptoms, quarantine immediately (stay at home and away from other
people), for a period of 10 days from the last date of exposure unless they receive different
instructions from a public health official.
• A negative test result is not required if not experiencing symptoms.
• If symptoms appear during the 10-day quarantine period, please contact the WSL office. The
school will give further instructions on how to proceed, per guidance from the local public health
officials.


Close Contact Early Release Option (Per the Louisville Metro Health Department):
• Quarantine may be discontinued when the local public health department determines the
individual is safe to be around others or after day 7 if the individual is symptom-free and receives
a negative COVID-19 test 5 days or later after the last date of exposure to the case. This is contingent upon teacher availability.


Fully vaccinated close contacts are not required to quarantine, but they should monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Fully vaccinated close contacts should:
• Get tested 3—5 days after the exposure. It is not necessary to get tested immediately when
notified of exposure.
• Wear a mask indoors in public (including in schools) for 14 days following their last exposure or
until their test result is negative.
     o Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask indoors in public in
communities with substantial to high transmission, whether or not they have been
exposed. Everyone should also wear a mask in K-12 schools at all times, regardless of
vaccination status or the level of community transmission.
• Monitor for symptoms for 14 days, and get tested and isolate immediately if they
develop symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please email Covid_taskforce@waldorflouisville.com to report that your child has been exposed to COVID-19 so the school can follow through with reporting, communication and cleaning protocols. We may ask some additional questions to help determine when it is safe for your child to return to school and about other people who may have been exposed.

 

What do I do if someone in my child’s household was exposed to a person with COVID-19? 

If a household member was exposed but is not experiencing symptoms or has not been diagnosed as having COVID-19, the student may continue to attend school.

 

When can my child return to school after they have been diagnosed with COVID-19? 

Children or adults who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may return to WSL when they receive written clearance to be released from isolation by their local health department where they reside or from their physician. For children and adults with symptoms, this determination will be based on the following: 

  • At least 1 days (24 hours) has passed since resolution of any COVID-19 symptoms without the use of medications; AND, 
  • At least 14 days have passed since initial COVID-19 diagnosis. 

 

When can my child return to school after being sick with another illness?  

Any child or adult with signs/symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and should be advised to contact their healthcare provider and consider getting tested for COVID-19. The child or teacher may return to WSL once he or she has been free of any symptoms of illness for at least 24 hours without the use of medications. A negative COVID-19 test is not required to return if the symptoms have resolved, however if the individual has been tested and the results of a COVID-19 test are pending, the individual should not return until a negative result is obtained. If a provider makes a non-COVID-19 alternative diagnosis, return to school should be based upon guidance for that diagnosis. In order to return to school, a child should have been free of symptoms for 24 hours or provide documentation from a healthcare professional.

What happens if a student or teacher in my child’s class is quarantined?

If a child or teacher is quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19, WSL will inform you so you can be alert to the potential exposure.  Your child will be able to return to school as usual unless staffing numbers require closure.  WSL will notify you as soon as possible. 

 

What happens if a student or teacher in my child’s class is diagnosed with COVID-19? 

If a child or teacher has tested positive for COVID-19, WSL will contact you as soon as possible with information regarding quarantine, communication and next steps. WSL will take guidance from the Louisville Metro Health Department and CDC while making quarantine decisions. All close contacts (individuals who spend at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of the case in a closed setting where a person with COVID-19 has been identified) must quarantine for 14 days from the last day of exposure and/or follow the early release protocol.

Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from quarantine, as long as they have no symptoms.  Vaccination records must be on file in the WSL office.

Academic lessons will be provided by the Grades lead teachers only if an entire class is quarantined.  NTI and digital classes will not be offered this school year.  Contact your lead teacher for more information.

 

What does WSL do if illness is developed at school? 

An individual who develops COVID-19 symptoms during the school day will be isolated until they can be picked up and taken to a healthcare facility. Members of the Administrative Faculty caring for an isolated person will use appropriate PPE items. 

Once the isolated person leaves, the room will be closed for 24 hours, cleaned and disinfected per CDC guidelines. If it is determined that the individual has COVID-19, we will then additionally follow the protocol for Response to COVID-19 Cases.

 

What does WSL do in response to a positive COVID-19 case? 

If someone tests positive in the school, WSL will follow these steps:

  1.  Notify the Health Department:  WSL will follow the guidance from the health department regarding quarantines, closing physical spaces, collecting contact tracing information and any additional requirements for return to school. WSL will support the Health Department in contact tracing but is not responsible for it. WSL is required to provide the Health Department with any and all contact information we have for parents if it is requested.
  2.  Notify class parents and quarantine the class: The students and teachers in the class with a positive test will be sent home immediately and asked to self-quarantine for 10 days from last exposure. (We will follow Health Department guidelines for each individual case.)
  3. Notify the WSL community: Families will be notified that an individual at WSL has a positive case of COVID-19. As with any illness, we will identify the specific class cohort but not the specific individual.
  4. Close all spaces the infected person occupied and clean them after 24 hours, in consultation with the Health Department.  

Masking:

  • Early Childhood: EC students and teachers will be required to wear a mask while indoors*. Masks are not required during meal times, outside play, and rest time. Please check to make sure your child has a mask in their possession daily. Disposable masks are available for those who forget, but having a mask of their own is preferable. Lanyards are helpful in this regard and can be tucked into shirts for convenience.
  • Grades: All Grades students and teachers will be required to wear masks while indoors*. Masks are not required outdoors.

*Families may apply for a medical exemption for their students, which must be on file in the WSL office. The medical exemption would apply to anyone with medical or sensory issues wherein wearing a mask would compromise their ability to function in the classroom. WSL will require a signed waiver statement to bring parents attention to their decision and the potential risks of not wearing a mask.

 

Early Childhood Daily Practices:
• Daily health checks will be resumed at the gates. Teachers will be checking for any
apparent symptoms, including taking temperatures with a touch free thermometer. If symptoms develop during the day, parents will be asked to pick up their children per our normal sickness protocol.
• Children with chronic allergies need a doctor’s note to return to school and need to be
monitored closely to be sure symptoms are not changing or escalating.
• As an added layer of protection there will be additional hand washing during the day both
outside and inside.


Grades Daily Practices:
• At morning drop off, grade one and grade two will proceed to their play yard. Grade third,
fourth, and fifth will proceed to the Courtyard, and will remain separated as they wait on
the deck by their respective classroom. Middle School will gather by the oak tree.
• At snack recess and lunch recess, classes will remain in morning drop off cohorts.
• At afternoon pick up, all students will gather in the gymnasium. Students will be seated on
the bleachers with their teachers and will remain socially-distanced from other classes,
masked as usual, and there will be no opportunity for eating. They will exit the gym to your
vehicle as you arrive and they are called.

 

Social Distancing:

WSL Faculty is prioritizing an outdoor learning environment, with outdoor classrooms and learning spaces created for all students. Students will move indoors when inclement weather arises, or when particular activities require being indoors. Social distancing measures will be used including an attempt to maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students in classrooms.

Students’ desks will be placed as far apart as possible. All desks will face one direction so that students sit side-to-side rather than facing one another. Shared surfaces or workstations will be disinfected between student use. Each student will have their own supplies.

 

Personal Hygiene:

Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to remove germs and prevent spreading them to yourself and others. As such, WSL will be adopting the following safety protocols for personal hygiene:

  • Allow extra time in the schedule for hand washing, especially after restroom breaks, recess, using shared equipment, prior to eating, or other higher risk activities;
  •  Provide hand sanitizer and cleaning products (wipes and/or disposable cloths and disinfecting spray) in common areas or near shared workplace items (copy machines, computers) with at least 60% alcohol-based sanitizer for areas where hand washing is impractical. 
  • Hand sanitizer use will be minimized in areas serving younger children, where hand washing is preferable for safety reasons.

 

Cleaning & Disinfection:

Classrooms, restrooms, and other facilities will be cleaned daily. High-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, desks, computers, etc. will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.  Extra time has been built into the schedule for hygiene maintenance – both handwashing and the disinfection/cleaning of surfaces.

In addition to these measures, the following extra steps will be taken in classrooms, offices and common areas:

  • Children will each have their own personal classroom supplies (of pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) that they will draw from rather than using common materials when practical. Each child’s supply will be labeled and stored either in a desk, individual file, or other method that ensures separation of materials.
  • Materials and tools used by employees will be regularly cleaned and disinfected using registered disinfectants.  

 

Music, Wind Instruments, Recess and Sports:

Singing, the playing of wind instruments (including classroom recorders/flutes), as well as all activities requiring vocal projection and/or aerobic activity producing heavy breathing, will be performed outdoors. When weather does not permit being outdoors, these activities will be put on hold until it is possible to be outside.

On days of inclement weather, dulcimer players will be spaced out as much as possible and facing in one direction. All persons playing instruments will be required to wash their hands immediately prior to and following instrumental play. Additionally, dulcimers and all other ensemble instruments will be disinfected after each person’s use.

Students will be required to wash their hands before and after recess.

As recommended by the Louisville Metro Health Department, the Grades team will be putting field trips, day trips and overnight, on hold until our county experiences a drop in COVID-19 cases.

Currently, WSL will continue to hold festivals and faires with safety protocols in place. However, the Task Force will be monitoring the COVID climate within the WSL community before all festivals and faires. NOTE: All festivals and faires dates are subject to change.

Festival and Faire Protocols:

 Temperature checks upon arrival for all participants.
 Participants will be required to register upon arrival in an effort for contact tracing.
 Masking is required for everyone indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
 Masking is encouraged for everyone attending an outdoor WSL event.
 Social distancing is also encouraged for all outdoor and indoor WSL events.
 All volunteers serving food or hosting an activity will be required to be masked, regardless of vaccination status.
 Food service volunteers will be required to wear gloves while serving food, in addition to wearing a mask.
 Families asked to quarantine will not be permitted to attend community events.

If you have any questions, please contact:

WSL COVID Task Force (Covid_taskforce@waldorflouisville.com)

Current WSL COVID Task Force Members:

Administration Sphere:
 Chloe Erwin
 Madyson Haskins
 Kelly Stinnett

Early Childhood Sphere:
 Jennifer Sparks

Grades and Middle School Sphere:
 Casey Bayne

Board of Trustees Sphere:
 Clay Fleischer