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COVID-19 Information

2020-2021 School Year Campus Protocols


In response to COVID-19 and in conjunction with local and government health officials, Westerly School will offer its families two program pathways to choose from for the 2020-21 school year: on-campus* or virtual learning. *Pending the approval of the school's application for a waiver from the Long Beach Department of Health

The graphic below contains the essential health and safety protocols Westerly will be implementing across campus in the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, you may read through our complete 2020-21 health and safety protocols plan here:

This plan to "reopen" campus has involved a wide array of experts and stakeholders including trustees, administrators, faculty members, and medical professionals. Through these multiple perspectives and various expertise, we have formed this inclusive plan to enable our educational community to come together again in safe and dynamic ways.

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This webpage is intended to serve as a hub for all communications sent within our school regarding COVID-19, as well as additional resources for families and community members, and will be updated regularly. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we are planning to return to campus full-time, five days a week for Kinder-6th grade students as soon as possible, offering our full academic and co-curricular program. Our return to the Westerly campus is pending the approval of the school's application for a waiver from Long Beach Department of Health.

Additionally, Westerly will be offering Virtual Access learning for families who are not ready to return to on-campus learning. Virtual Access entails access to Westerly classes in real time, in which the student will be able to attend “virtually.”

The 2020-21 Westerly School Return to Campus Plan details our inclusive plans and protocols to maximize student health and safety. Highlights include:

  • Staggered end times for younger/older students
    • K-2nd Grade 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    • 5-8th Grade 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Physical Distancing Protocols 
    • Cohorts of students (with a maximum count of 15 students in a cohort)
    • 6-feet apart physical distancing in all learning spaces between students and faculty
    • Use of open-air classrooms for students to spread out greater than 6-feet and be in highly ventilated learning spaces
    • Student movement reduced (students stay in the same cohorts throughout the day and teachers move to students when required)
  • Enhanced Sanitization Practices
    • Sanitization of the entire campus through surface cleaning with disinfectant wipes before, during, and after the school day 
    • Use of sanitization fogger as needed
    • Bathroom sanitization every 2 hours during the school day 
    • High-touch areas, including door handles and push-bar, sanitization every 2 hours during the school day
    • Signage with sanitization protocols posted in every classroom 
    • All sanitizing products utilized are on the EPA-approved list of disinfectant cleansers for COVID-19
  • Use of face-coverings and hand hygiene
    • Face coverings required and to be worn by all students, teachers, and anyone else on campus. (A face covering can be a mask, a bandana, or a gaiter, but must cover the nose and the mouth)
      • Cloth face mask mandatory for faculty/staff in classrooms and public spaces
      • Cloth face mask mandatory for all students
      • Cloth face mask (OR face shield with face mask) mandatory for Kinder-2nd Grade students
    • Hand washing/sanitizing protocols on-campus
  • Screening practices
    • Community education and partnership to keep sick children at home
    • School personnel (while wearing appropriate PPE) check student and faculty/staff temperatures before allowing entry on campus 
    • Return-to-school protocols
  • COVID-19 specific symptom identification and at-home safety practices
    • Morning health screening (temperature/symptom check)
    • Face covering and hand hygiene practices
      • Provide child(ren) with a clean face covering each day of school
      • Practice hand hygiene at home
  • Ongoing Education

Yes, Westerly will run two concurrent programs: On-campus and Virtual Access learning. Virtual Access entails access to Westerly classes in real time, in which the student will be able to attend “virtually.”

If you need assitance with Google Classroom, Renweb, Hardware, etc, please click here to open a Westerly Mobile Learning Support ticket. Our staff will assist you as soon as possible.

Westerly offers a dynamic Mobile Learning program that we are ready to implement at a moment’s notice. The program is designed to offer a developmentally appropriate online program that is a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning five days a week. Students will have access to both their academic subjects and co-curricular subjects as well and is designed to closely mirror the learning experiences the students have on campus.

Yes, Westerly is a one-to-one school. Students in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade are issued their own iPad (to be used in a limited and developmentally appropriate way to enhance curriculum when on campus), 4th & 5th Graders are issued Chromebooks for organizational support and access to Google Docs and Classrooms. 6-8th Graders are issued MacBooks to access Google Classroom, Google Docs, music editing software, and online curriculum. Additionally, Lower School grades utilize Google sites so that families may access student assignments and lessons.

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