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 a
    djustments 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.

     

    Historical COVID-19 Information