The COVID surge is very concerning, and the level of community spread means we are likely to have some exposures or cases that touch the WHPS community. There has been no known case of transmission from one person to another at school, and at this time we are exercising a lot of extra caution on campus with regard to physical distancing, limiting cross-contact, and keeping students and staff outdoors as much as possible. We are also asking for a renewed commitment from parents not to let “COVID fatigue” set in.
MOST COMMON QUESTION WE ARE GETTING
- Has the 14-day quarantine guidance changed based on updates from CDC?
- We mentioned this in last week's email, but the short answer is:
As of now, DPH has not changed the 14 day quarantine guidance for schools. 14 days matches COVID-19’s incubation period of 2-14 days. If anyone participates in a gathering with people they don’t live with (including playdates) indoors or outdoors or any non-essential travel, DPH has asked schools to treat that as an exposure and follow up with a 14 day quarantine. As soon as there are any changes to the guidance or timeline, we will notify you.
Weekly Update: 12/11/2020
LA COUNTY COVID METRICS
We remain in the most restrictive Tier 1 (widespread)
SAFER AT HOME ORDERS - THROUGH DECEMBER 27
IMMEDIATELY REPORT TO WHPS
FEVER - DIARRHEA - NEW COUGH - VOMITING - COVID INFECTION or EXPOSURE
(we track all symptoms, date of onset, date of exposure, test dates, etc.)
Also report runny nose, and keep children home. If a child’s nose is running, they cannot safely wear their mask (runny nose with NO other symptoms does not require COVID test).
WINTER SHOW & TALENT SHOW - RELEASE 12/18
We are doing our very best to make school in COVID-times fun and engaging, while still sprinkling in the special and unique aspects of WHPS with safety in mind.
Next week, I am excited to share with you the preschool winter shows and elementary virtual talent show, which have been recorded with COVID safety in mind. As someone who’s gotten to see behind the scenes, they’re so sweet and special. Watch for an email on Friday, December 18 with a link to view at home. Elementary will have viewing parties for the students during school on Friday.
Thank you for your continued support.
Head of School