Campus Reopening

As we chart a path toward opening school in August, we remain committed to providing our community an environment where dynamic, engaging learning thrives and health, wellness, and safety are a priority.
 

Our Task Force has been meeting regularly to develop plans for reopening school in August while keeping our faculty and students safe. Throughout this planning process, we have relied on guidelines from state and local public health officials, CDC recommendations and medical experts. We have utilized these guidelines to implement several strategies and modifications to support a healthy and safe on-campus environment relating to cleaning and disinfection, ventilation, food services and classroom spaces.

Continuity of Learning

The benefits of in-person learning are well-documented (most recently by the American Pediatric Association), and as a result, we have approached this process with the objective—to the extent we believe it can be achieved safely, and in concert with public health guidance—of offering an in-person education model. We intend to implement numerous safety measures and reconfigure campus indoor and outdoor spaces with social distancing protocols.

With the current circumstances still evolving, we are preparing for on-campus instruction, blended learning, and virtual learning models. This multi-faceted approach, which provided a robust and successful learning alternative to on-campus education this past Spring, will provide flexibility and continuity of learning if circumstances change and we need to make a seamless shift to virtual learning—should we need to do so. Additionally, our plan ensures an uninterrupted learning program and structure for those faculty and students who are under quarantine or are self-isolating due to personal or family health risks and will not be able to return to campus at this time.

Consulting Your Medical Professional

We recognize that any in-person model has some degree of risk, and we also recognize the need to accommodate students and faculty with medical concerns. We encourage all community members (students, parents, faculty, and staff) to consult with their medical provider in advance of school reopening regarding the safety of returning to a campus setting. Individuals with underlying medical conditions should discuss the potential risks and decide if it is something they are comfortable with.

Reopening Process and Guidelines

Our plans for re-entry allows for flexibility and prioritizes the health, wellbeing, and safety of our community. At the same time, the guidelines are designed to be consistent with, and compliant with, recent California Department of Education guidance. We recognize that members of our community are likely to have many questions. We hope that you will find the answers to many of your questions below. We’ve categorized the information by the following topics to make it easier to navigate:
 
  • Community Health and Safety Precautions
  • Physical Distancing
  • Campus Disinfecting and Cleaning
  • Training and Education
As our plans evolve, we will continue to update them and share with the community.

Community Health and Wellbeing

Physical Distancing

One-Way Flow of Traffic

A one-way flow of traffic has been designed to support physical distancing as students, faculty and staff navigate campus. All walkways are clearly marked with arrows and stations where needed. This design will allow the community to navigate campus while following recommended physical distancing. Upon arrival to campus all students will go directly to their assigned class. Clear direction will be provided for future locations (nutrition, lunch, etc.) throughout the day.

Space Reconfiguration

Indoor classroom and office spaces and outdoor spaces have been reconfigured to accommodate the 6’ social distancing guidelines and support all learning models. Some of the steps we’ve taken over the Summer include:
 
  • Adding large Modular Classrooms and outdoor tents conveniently located on the athletic field;
  • Adding web cams to all classrooms to support remote learning;
  • Converting several campus spaces into larger classrooms (CTL);
  • Removal of some non-structural walls to increase classroom sizes; and
  • Conversion of smaller classrooms into office spaces.

Safety and Supervision

Additional layers of protection have been added with individual clear plexiglass desk dividers (where applicable), clear plexiglass panels for faculty leading classroom activities, and clear plexiglass panels for protection of high traffic areas (e.g. Pavilion).
 
Halo wristbands notify all students, faculty and staff when they come within 6’ of one another. The gentle vibration will encourage additional separation when needed. The wristband will also provide a detailed contract tracing report in the event one is needed. All students, faculty and staff will be issued a wristband prior to returning to campus. Please note - no personally identifiable information is shared with the manufacturer (Proxxi) or between bands.
 
Additional supervision of restrooms, common areas, Pavilion, athletic field, patios, etc. to support proper social distancing throughout the day.

Campus Disinfecting, Cleaning, and Other Measures

Hand Washing and sanitizing is a cornerstone of infection prevention, and all community members will be encouraged to practice widely while on campus. Students will be regularly encouraged to wash their hands (upon entering campus, before they enter classrooms, after using the restrooms, and before they eat). Signage will be prominently displayed on how to do so properly. We encourage each student to bring a pocket size hand sanitizer to use as needed. Hand sanitizer and/or soap will be available throughout campus in the following locations:
 
• Restrooms
• Classrooms
• Freestanding no-touch hand sanitizer stations throughout campus
 
We’ve continued our partnership with Uniserve Facilities Services and their highly trained staff to ensure our campus is properly cleaned and disinfected according to recommended guidelines. Their staff are on campus during the day to support the increased cleaning protocols outlined by the CDC and to continuously disinfect common areas and high-touch locations (door handles, light switches, elevator buttons, etc.) throughout the day.
 
Ample time has been built into the new schedule to allow for thorough cleaning and disinfection of all classrooms after each use. Offices will be cleaned at the end of each workday.
 
Doors and windows will remain open during classes (to the extent practicable and safe) to encourage increased ventilation and fresh air circulation. Kickstands and touchless door options for entry/exit have been installed where possible to support the ventilation.
 
We’ve increased the frequency of air filter replacement and servicing of our HVAC systems. Where possible, we’ve installed Merv 13 filters or other systems to support improved air filtration.
 
Limit use of shared objects (lab, equipment, computer equipment). In some instances, students will be required to don gloves when entering a class and remove them when exiting.
 
Water fountains will temporarily not be in use. Community members can purchase bottled water or use one of the refillable water stations on campus.
 
To promote social distancing and the continuous flow of one-way traffic throughout campus, lockers will not be assigned to students. The use of e-books and the new schedule (which reduces the number of classes per day) are designed to reduce the number of educational materials students need while on campus.

Training and Education

We want all community members to be comfortable with the new protocols and procedures before the start of the school year. Training sessions will be scheduled in mid-August to educate and provide opportunities for questions. Some of the key areas of focus will be:
 
  • Daily self-health assessment.
  • Arrivals and departures.
  • Temperature and symptom checks.
  • Proper use of face coverings and other relevant PPE. 
  • Hand washing technique and expectations.
  • Halo wristband and how to use them.
  • One-way flow of traffic on campus.
  • Classrooms
  • New schedule
  • Nutrition and Lunch

Windward School’s top priority is the health and safety of all students, faculty, staff, and community members. Please be advised that due to rapid developments related to COVID-19, the information on this page may be subject to change. In this ever-changing landscape, Windward School will be proactive in monitoring and complying with local public health rules and guidelines. There may be situations that require immediate or different responses as the School determines is appropriate for the health and safety of its Community.

Questions? Email communications@windwardschool.org.