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

Wellington's COVID-19 safety and mitigation protocols are been based on careful consideration of state and local data trends, recommendations from Franklin County Public Health, Columbus Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and thoughtful guidance from our medical subcommittee.

In light of these considerations and recent updates to guidance, face coverings are now  optional for students, faculty, and staff regardless of vaccination status. We will maintain guidelines for mask use specific to quarantine, which are detailed below. This decision is based on many factors, including the notable decline in COVID-19 cases within our community over the past several weeks, updated masking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, and the end of the Franklin County mask advisory.

In order to maintain low levels of risk, we ask that the community continue to follow these guidelines: 

  • Students, faculty, and staff should stay home if they show any signs of illness consistent with COVID-19 such as fever, cough, respiratory issues, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, diarrhea/vomiting, or severe headache.
  • Students, faculty, and staff should maintain distancing in classrooms, the dining room, and all other spaces on campus.
  • Masks are still strongly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals, those who are experiencing other respiratory illnesses, and anyone who is immunocompromised or lives with individuals who are immunocompromised.
  • Those who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home for 5 days. After day 5, those who are fever-free for 24 hours and have improved symptoms may return to school and must wear a mask through day 10 (Franklin County Public Health).
  • Those who, within the classroom setting, have had direct contact with a person who has contracted COVID-19 may remain in the classroom if they take the following precautions:
    • Wear a mask for 10 days after their last date of exposure
    • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, and
    • Isolate and get tested if they start to experience COVID-19-related symptoms, regardless of severity (Franklin County Public Health).
  • Regardless of vaccination status, all students and employees are asked to continue to report a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and/or any confirmed exposure to an individual with COVID-19 directly to Danielle Goldfarb, school nurse, at wellness@wellington.org or 614-324-1661.

Of course, masks may be worn at any time for any reason and we encourage all eligible individuals to vaccinate for the betterment of the community. In keeping with our values, we expect that each individual’s choice will be honored and respected without question. We know that individuals in our community will need to or will choose to wear a mask for a variety of reasons, and we commit to supporting their decision with compassion and without judgment. We ask the community to refrain from discussing or assuming vaccination status or reason for masking.

 

 

 

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

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

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

Lower School Division Assistant Cynthia Hahn: hahn1@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 after exhibiting any of the listed symptoms?

  • 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.

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, students and employees are asked to confirm their vaccination status directly with Danielle Goldfarb, school nurse, at wellness@wellington.org or 614-324-1661.

Wellington follows the Franklin County Public Health's isolation and quarantine guidelines for schools K-12. Read the guidelines.

Quarantine Guidelines

Franklin County Public Health recommended guidelines on student quarantine when there is a School Based Exposure and how best to keep students in class and involved in after school activities can be found here.

For exposures within a household, please contact Danielle Goldfarb, school nurse, at wellness@wellington.org or 614-324-1661 for assistance in quarantine guidance.

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.

We will no longer send school-wide COVID-19 notification emails or update our COVID dashboard. Close contacts of any COVID-positive person will continue to be notified by Danielle Goldfarb, school nurse

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.

In recognition of the effects of the Omicron variant, we will continue to offer one additional week of an audit-style remote option through Friday, January 21, 2022.

As a more long-term option for those who need it, parents and caregivers may elect to have their student learn from home for the remainder of the second trimester, which ends on Friday, February 25, 2022. Parents and caregivers are permitted one change in learning format during this time, which must be approved by divisional leadership. If you wish to elect for this option, you will need to confirm this choice with the division assistant by the end of day on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

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. 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 conferences

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

Each lunch table will seat five students (pre-COVID capacity was 10 students).

Little Jags and prekindergarten will have separate in-classroom dining and a menu to cater to the preschool-aged palate.  

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 has resumed for lower, middle, and upper school students and all employees. 
  • New features include an upgraded yogurt station, new beverage dispensers, and a panini station.

We will be resuming off campus activities, including field, day, and overnight trips.  These trips may have unique regulations or limitations based on their destination and venues visited. Parents and Caregivers will be notified via Veracross with any limitations or requirements. 

Athletics

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

  • Face coverings are now optional for students, faculty, and staff regardless of vaccination status.  Masks are still strongly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals, those who are experiencing other respiratory illnesses, and anyone who is immunocompromised or lives with individuals who are immunocompromised.
  • Social distancing is encouraged whenever possible, avoiding huddles, hugging, etc.
  • Individual water bottles are required. 
  • Practice jerseys will be washed daily.
  • Varsity home events may only be attended by parents of Wellington seniors.
  • Bleachers and spectator seating will be clearly marked to encourage social distancing.

Performing Arts Classes 

  • Strings and choir students, including private voice lessons, are now mask optional for students, faculty, and staff regardless of vaccination status.  Masks are still strongly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals, those who are experiencing other respiratory illnesses, and anyone who is immunocompromised or lives with individuals who are immunocompromised.
  • Band students will likewise be mask optional and will rehearse in the band room with 3-4 feet between musicians.
  • There will be no recorder unit this year.