2021-2022 Update Center: COVID-19

Wellington administration is actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. This page contains resources and communications designed to inform and raise awareness of preparedness efforts at Wellington. Please check this page regularly for updates.

 

COVID-19 Policies and Protocols

Mask Policy

In accordance with recommendations from Franklin County Public Health, Columbus Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control, all students and adults, regardless of vaccination status or age, are required to wear a mask while in the building.

Masking indoors allows our classrooms and learning spaces to return to their more typical dynamic design, where teachers create an environment that allows for individually focused work as well as collaborative small group activities. In the Thomas Family Dining Room, students will be seated with three feet of distance maintained since unmasking is an important part of eating!

Masks are optional outdoors on campus for all students and adults, regardless of vaccination status or age.

Mask Guidelines

All students have the option to bring their own mask. Wellington also supplies FDA-approved masks to any community member that feels more comfortable.

All masks, whether disposable or reusable, must:

  • Be made with at least two layers of breathable material
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the student to remain hands-free
  • Not have filters that let air out when one exhales

When should my student stay home?

If your student has any one of the following symptoms, please keep them home, notify their division assistant and School Nurse Danielle Goldfarb, and have them tested for COVID-19. 

  • Fever (100.4 F or higher)
  • New or worsened cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New onset of severe headache
  • New runny nose/congestion

If your student has any siblings who attend Wellington and are not fully vaccinated, please also keep them home and notify their division assistant. 

Take at home COVID-19 test kits are available for free. If you would like one, please reach out to Danielle Goldfarb.

School Nurse Danielle Goldfarb: wellness@wellington.org or 614-324-1661

Lower School Division Assistant Cynthia Hahn: hahn@wellington.org or 614-884-4514

Middle School Division Assistant Brenda Porter: porter@wellington.org or 614-324-1659

Upper School Division Assistant Cassie Monak: monak@wellington.org or 614-324-1679

When can my student return to school?

  • When a document showing the negative COVID test has been sent to Danielle Goldfarb, AND
  • Your student has been fever-free for a full 24 hours without the use of medications, AND 
  • Symptoms have improved to the point where your student can comfortably wear their mask at all times indoors when not eating or drinking.

It is our sincere hope that all of our students, staff, faculty, and community members stay safe and healthy during this time. To aid in contact tracing, fully vaccinated students and employees are asked to confirm their vaccination status directly with Danielle Goldfarb, school nurse, at wellness@wellington.org or 614-324-1661.

Quarantine Guidelines for Vaccinated Individuals

Fully vaccinated adults and students who have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 do not require an automatic quarantine unless they are exhibiting symptoms.

Fully vaccinated adults and students who have come into close contact with an individual with COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure.

If you are fully vaccinated and someone in your household is positive and you cannot safely isolate from them, you may be asked to quarantine.

Quarantine Guidelines for Unvaccinated Individuals

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated adults and students with known exposure to an individual with COVID-19 are required to quarantine, regardless of whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms. 

Exposure Reporting

Regardless of vaccination status, all students and employees are asked to report any confirmed exposure to an individual with COVID-19 directly to Danielle Goldfarb, school nurse, at wellness@wellington.org or 614-324-1661.

Positive COVID-19 Test Reporting

If a student or employee receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, they are asked to report the results directly to Danielle Goldfarb, school nurse, within 24 hours of receiving notification at wellness@wellington.org or 614-324-1661.

If a Wellington student or employee receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, all parents, caregivers, and employees will be notified via email, but names and personal identifiers will not be disclosed. 

Wellington COVID-19 Update Center & Dashboard

The Wellington COVID-19 Dashboard is designed to share information about COVID-19 cases within the Wellington community. The dashboard is updated daily and can be viewed here.

Vaccinations

Employees and students are not required to be vaccinated. 

We encourage all community members who can receive the vaccine to do so as we know it is the strongest tool available to counter the pandemic. Being vaccinated prevents severe illness and hospitalization (CDC) and creates a lower risk of quarantine for community members, making it less likely that students will miss school or athletic activities.

To aid in contact tracing, parents and caregivers are asked to confirm their student's vaccination status directly with Danielle Goldfarb, school nurse at wellness@wellington.org or 614-324-1661.

Daily Health Screenings

Daily health screenings are not required for adults or students. If adults or students are sick, stay home.

We will maintain 3-foot distancing while students are seated at desks in Little Jags-grade 6 classroom spaces. We will conduct morning care with 6-foot distancing, maintain grade level cohorts during lower school brain breaks, and limit grade level mixing while maximizing distancing during Aftercare.

In the summer of 2020, we conducted a full analysis of our air filtration and upgraded our systems to meet or exceed filtration recommendations. All interior spaces have filters with a minimum filtration rating of MERV 13 in the air handling system equipment (RTUs), the filter rack edges have been sealed to prevent bypass of unfiltered air, and the filters will be changed more frequently. In a few locations, including the Little Jags building, portable air purifiers have been installed to provide enhanced ventilation.

Wellington is cognizant of the unique circumstances and concerns of our families and community members. Parents and caregivers may elect to have their student learn from home for the first trimester (August 25-November 16).

Parents and caregivers are permitted one change in learning format throughout the trimester, which must be approved by divisional leadership. 

To ensure that we have proper staffing in place, please confirm your preferred learning model by Friday, August 20, as part of the Veracross Policy Updates (see instructions to access these policies in the 'Veracross Policy Updates' section above). 

For medical absences of three days or more, students may access Learning from Home with guidance and approval from divisional leadership. This remote access will have an emphasis on observation over participation. Learning from Home is not permitted for travel/vacation purposes.

In general, parents and caregivers of students in grades 1-12 are not permitted in the building before 4 p.m. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus at these times throughout the year:

  • Early childhood drop-off (Little Jags through the South Entrance on Fishinger Road and prekindergarten-kindergarten through the West Entrance) 
  • Aftercare pick-up in the rotunda after 4 p.m.
  • Scheduled community, grade-level, and division-specific events, including parent coffees
  • Scheduled conferences
  • Athletic events after 4 p.m. 
  • Daily Sokol Store shopping from 4-4:30 p.m. and during Pre-Loved Apparel Sales (first Friday morning of each month)

Face masks are required for all parents, caregivers, and visitors in the building, regardless of vaccination status.

With some innovative uses of additional dining spaces such as the Doerschlag Den, the patio outside of the Thomas Family Dining Room, Gard Gym, Upper School Commons, and outdoor lawn seating, we will maintain 6-foot distancing during lunch, while also returning to the level of menu choices that we typically enjoy. Students not eating in the Thomas Family Dining Room will still select all of their food from a wide array of options.

Little Jags and prekindergarten will have separate in-classroom dining and a menu to cater to the preschool-aged palate. Lower school lunch bunch will not be offered prior to January. 

Other updates include:

  • Two separate lunch periods for grades 1-4 to ensure distancing.
  • Updated sanitation practices to ensure all communal spaces and shared items are cleaned between each dining session. 
  • Return to self-service stations. The salad bar will resume for middle and upper school students and all employees. Pre-made vegetables will be provided for lower school students.
  • New features include an upgraded yogurt station, new beverage dispensers, and a panini station.

All regular field trips and day trips (including swimming and skiing) will resume. Bussing will return to standard seating and masks will be required, regardless of vaccination status or age.

Grade-level overnight trips and WISE trips will be domestic and will take place after winter break. Additional details will be shared at a later date.

Athletics

All healthy individuals, whether learning on campus or from home and regardless of vaccination status, are eligible to participate in athletics. 

  • Masks are required in all indoor spaces and on busses, regardless of vaccination status or age.
  • Social distancing is encouraged whenever possible, avoiding huddles, hugging, etc.
  • Individual water bottles are required. 
  • Practice jerseys will be washed daily.
  • Spectators are permitted to attend evening athletic events after 4 p.m. Masks are required for indoor events and are optional outside.
  • Bleachers and spectator seating will be clearly marked to encourage social distancing.

Performing Arts Classes

  • Lower school music students will be masked at all times. There will be no recorder unit this year. 
  • Strings and choir students, including private voice lessons, will be masked at all times.
  • Band students will be masked at all times, except while actively playing their instruments, and 6-foot distancing will be maintained. Private lessons will be conducted outside when possible, with 6-foot distancing maintained.

Performances and Shows

  • Early childhood and lower school plays will take place this year with 6-foot distancing maintained between household groups. 
  • Visual arts groups will be permitted to hold gallery shows in the evening.
  • All music and theatre performances, including early childhood and lower school plays, will have a seated audience with 6-foot distancing maintained between household groups. Each performer will be permitted to invite 2 guests to each performance.