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Wellness Protocols Spring 2022

While we celebrated a great deal of success with our mitigation efforts last school year, COVID-19 continues to evolve and present new challenges. We remain committed to delivering a high-quality Montessori education and will continue to adapt to changing guidelines that will support a school environment that provides for the physical, social and emotional well-being of our students and our staff.

Symptoms
Note – those with a confirmed/verified positive COVID-19 test within the past 3 months are excluded from the protocol unless told by their healthcare provider that they have a 2nd case of COVID-19.
● If your child has one of the symptoms below, they need to go through the COVID-19 protocol.
○ Fever ○ Significant cough ○ Loss of taste or smell  ○ Congestion (worse than normal)
○ Sore Throat ○ Muscle aches (such as those you get with the flu)
○ Shortness of breath ○ Chills
● If your child has two or more of the following symptoms, he or she will need to go through the COVID-19 
  protocol.
○ Headache ○ Vomiting/nausea ○ Diarrhea ○ Abdominal pain
If only one of these symptoms, the student may return once symptom free without the aid of medication for 24 hours.
● Once entering the COVID-19 protocol, your child must do one of the following three things to return to school.
○ Produce a negative COVID-19 test result. OR
○ Provide a doctor’s note confirming alternate diagnosis. OR
○ Remain off campus for 5 days from onset of symptoms, and return only if fever-free for 24 continuous hours
  (without the aid of fever-reducing medication), and other symptoms improving. If you choose this option,
  you must wear a mask* in all campus buildings until 10 days have passed from the onset of symptoms. 
  Provide a negative test result after Day 5.  Test on Day 5, return on Day 6 if negative and wear a mask.
  Note – the day symptoms start is day 0.
Other symptoms improving – the child should be able to participate in school activities with minimal accommodations.

Confirmed Case
If a student/staff has a confirmed case, they must stay at home throughout the infection period and cannot return to campus until all of the below conditions have been met:
○ At least one day (24 hours) has passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications;
○ Improvement in symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, etc.); and
○ At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
○ Alternate Option: Remain off campus for 5 days from onset of symptoms, and return only if fever-free for
  24 continuous hours (without the aid of fever-reducing medication), and other symptoms improving. If you
  choose this option, you must wear a mask in all campus buildings until 10 days have passed from the onset of
symptoms. Note – the day symptoms start is day 0.

Close Contacts
● WMS will continue to identify close contacts at school.
● WMS is not requiring families to notify us if their child is a close contact unless they are a close contact of a
  COVID-19 positive individual living in their household.
● Students/staff who have come into contact with a household member with COVID-19 must remain off
  campus while symptoms are monitored. The asymptomatic student or staff member must quarantine for at
  least 5 days (returning with a negative COVID-19 test after the 5th day) or 10 days (no test required) after the
  last close contact
with the person confirmed with COVID-19. Last date of contact is DAY 0.
  If the positive household member is not able to isolate from the student, the student will remain off campus for
  10 days. The student may return on Day 11 if symptom free and wear an approved mask for 5 days.  

Face Masks*
Masks are optional for staff and students, yet strongly encouraged during periods of high positivity in the community. Children should wear a child sized mask that fits appropriately.
When wearing a mask due to being identified as a close contact or returning due to illness the mask should be an N95 or surgical grade mask. Cloth masks and gaiters will not be accepted.

Other Considerations
If there is a positive COVID-19 case on the WMS campus, we will notify the school community via email.
WMS will be able to provide onsite testing before the end of January..

At Home Instruction
At Home Instruction will not be an alternative to in person instruction. In the event that we have classroom or school-wide closure due to quarantine, WMS will determine at home instruction on a case by case basis with the understanding that at home instruction is not a substitute for in person learning and is not developmentally appropriate for all age levels. There will not be any tuition reimbursement for quarantines or isolations. 

1920 Columbus Avenue Waco, Texas 76701 (254) 754-3966 info@wacomontessorischool.org (254)752-2922 fax

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