Health and Wellness Guidelines for WCS Summer School, ESY, Summer SACC and Fall of 2021
As WCS transitions into summer sessions and prepares for the 2021-2022 school year, Health and Wellness Guidelines are also evolving. Guideline adjustments are being made based on the current status of the COVID-19 virus; knowledge gained over the past year; and the percentage of individuals who have received vaccinations in Williamson County.
Health and Wellness Guidelines and Expectations:
- Masks are recommended and encouraged but not required for students, staff and visitors.
- WCS illness guidelines for all symptoms and illness including COVID will remain the same unless additional information necessitates a change.
- Individuals should respect the six-foot distance between each other whenever possible. When it is not possible cohort grouping is recommended.
- Continue good hand washing practices. Hand sanitizer is secondary to soap and water but should be available.
- High touch surfaces cleaned as often as possible.
- Continued monitoring and care of the HVAC systems by the Maintenance Department.
What adjustments to previous mitigation standards used during this past school year have been made?
While adjustments were made during the school year, as a reminder the following practices have been eliminated or adjusted:
- Temperature checks eliminated upon arrival at school.
- COVID questions eliminated before entering the building or outside event.
- Masks for students participating in recess or outside activities eliminated.
- Elementary students have specials in the specials area classrooms.
- Students have meals in the cafeteria.
- Water fountains fully operational.
Will the Health Department still be doing contact tracing and quarantining and if so what is the criteria for that?
- As long as the COVID-19 virus is considered a pandemic, we fully anticipate that the Health Department will be following the CDC’s guidance on contact tracing.
- Individuals who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine if they are determined to be a close contact of a positive case.
- We expect the basis on determining quarantines will remain “distance and time” that someone is exposed to a positive individual who has COVID.
- Even though it has been published that people are safe at 3’, the CDC guidance still holds at a distance closer than 6’ and for a time of 15 minutes over a 24 hour period.
How will these changes impact high school and middle school sporting events and special events in the schools?
- There is no longer a fixed percentage attendance or seating capacity on stadiums, gyms or auditoriums.
- TSSAA may institute rules that would supersede WCS rules.