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COVID Update for 2021-2022

Message from Head of School, Mr. Scott Dillon

Scott DillonAs we kick off the 2021-2022 school year, we will have officially been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic for 17 months beginning with the nationwide shutdown in mid-March of 2020. As our administration was meeting this summer to discuss the “covid protocols” needed to open the doors in August, we were reminded of the overwhelming parental support for WCCS as we consider these issues. We don’t take that for granted and are so very thankful for the ways in which OUR parents have partnered with us in the past. We also don’t want to be presumptuous about the future, so we remain on our knees seeking wisdom from above and ask yet again for continued support from our entire school community.
In the last year and a half, we have learned much but seem to have as many questions now as we did then. We have sought to hold to reasonable protocols that intentionally sought to minimize potential risk, knowing that the elimination of risk was impossible. We carefully considered the recommendations of the CDC and SCDHEC and adjusted them to fit our school and community. We monitored and adjusted as we felt wise. We even monitored and didn’t adjust at the very end of the year because we didn’t believe it was best to go completely mask-optional in the last days of school with so many end-of-year activities on the line. We have continued to monitor and adjust as we have held Camp Sonshine and ROAR this summer with very few covid limitations and have been very pleased with the results.

It is with all of this in mind that we lay out these general protocols that we expect to be in place to begin school on Tuesday, August 17th.

  • Stay home if SICK – While it shouldn't need to be said, one of the lessons we learned last year was that we had less sickness at school because less was spread around because most stayed home when sick.
  • Masks will be optional and welcomed when appropriate for students, faculty, and staff. – As of this time, we do not anticipate requiring masks.
  • Where reasonable, we will work to provide the recommended 3 feet of social distance between students in classrooms. – We are going to seek to minimize large group indoor gatherings, being careful to provide distance and grouping where possible to lessen the risk of any transmission. This may include limiting the number of visitors on campus during school days as well.
  • Increased ventilation – As noted at the end of last school year, we already have increased ventilation in many classrooms on both campuses and are continuing to look for ways to enhance this method of minimizing risk even further.
  • We will continue to quarantine any who are close contacts of someone confirmed as covid-positive. –Exceptions will be granted to individuals who are symptom-free and have either tested positive for Covid within three months of exposure OR been vaccinated. CDC recommends that quarantine can end after 10 days without testing and after 7 days with negative test (test must occur on day 5 or later).

Final thought:  It must be noted that these protocols may change if the situation necessitates and WCCS reserves the right to pivot as needed! Please refer to my latest communications below.

Head of School Update 8.30.21

Head of School Update 8.13.21

For the King and His Kingdom,

Scott Dillon
Scott Dillon
Head of School