As 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.