Back to School 2021-2022

We're excited to return to school!

Read on for information about our back to school plans. Additional division-specific information can be found in the sidebar.

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Dates and Events

August 6 - Back to School plans released

August 6 - Learning from Home Opt-In Policy opens on Veracross for parents and caregivers

August 10 - Upper School Parent & Caregiver Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

August 11 - Early Childhood Parent & Caregiver Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. 

August 11 - Lower School Parent & Caregiver Town Hall at 7 p.m. 

August 12 - Middle School Parent & Caregiver Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. 

August 20 - Deadline to complete School Policy Forms in Veracross, including Learning from Home Opt-In Policy

August 22 - Welcome to Wellington (new families) and Welcome Back to Wellington (returning families) events. Event details can be found here.

August 25 - First day of 2021-2022 school year! Go Jags!

We’re thrilled to welcome you back to campus for some of our favorite events including Founders Day and Grandparents & Special Friends Day!

Please see additional details about parent, caregiver, and visitor building access in the 'Building Access' tab of the COVID Policies and Protocols section below.

Click here to view all major school events for the 2021-2022 school year.

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.

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.

 

See technology section below for details about using SchoolPass when entering the building.

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 3-foot 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.

Veracross Policy Updates

In preparation for the first day of school, please complete the following steps by Friday, August 20:

Log in to Veracross

  • Your username is firstname.lastname
  • To change your password, click  here

Use the icons along the top or to the top right:

FAMILY PROFILE CHANGES - Expand every section and confirm your family's data, including directory preferences. REQUIRED: Click the School Policies tab to complete General School Policies and Learning from Home & Aftercare Opt-In.

MY CALENDAR - View your household calendar. RECOMMENDED: Click the Subscribe tab and subscribe to your household calendar on all personal devices. 

SCHOOL NEWS & INFO - View news pages for divisions, athletics, library, WPA, and more. 

DIRECTORIES - Browse the school directory. Practice filtering and searching for teachers and friends. You may choose to download a PDF of the directory. 

LEARNING FROM HOME & AFTERCARE OPT-IN - From the parent portal home page, click the orange button to make your selections.

Questions? Email support@wellington.org.

Drop off and pick up

Little Jags

7:30-8 a.m. - Morning Care in the rotunda. After 7:40 a.m., students will be on the lower school playground.

8-8:15 a.m. - Arrival: Parents and caregivers may park in the Fishinger Road parking lot and walk their student to the classroom. Siblings may also be dropped off at the Fishinger Road doors (South Entrance) and a teacher will walk the students to their classrooms. 

3:15 p.m. - Dismissal: Parents and caregivers may park in the Fishinger Road parking lot to pick up their student. Lower school siblings will also be brought to the Fishinger playground for dismissal at 3:15 p.m. Students staying for Aftercare will be walked to the designated location. 

 

Prekindergarten & Kindergarten

7:30-8 a.m. - Morning care in the rotunda. After 7:40 a.m., students will be on the lower school playground.

8-8:15 a.m. - Arrival: Parents and caregivers may drop their student off through carline or park in the front parking lot, enter through the West Entrance, and walk their student to the classroom.

3:15 p.m. - Dismissal: Parents and caregivers may pick up their student through carline in the front parking lot. Students staying for Aftercare will be walked to the designated location.

 

Grade 1-4 

7:30-8 a.m. - Morning care in the rotunda. After 7:40 a.m., students will be on the lower school playground.

8-8:15 p.m. - Arrival: Parents and caregivers may drop their student off through carline in the front parking lot.

3:15 p.m. - Dismissal: Parents and caregivers may pick up their student through carline in the front parking lot. Students staying for Aftercare will be walked to the designated location.

 

Middle School 

7:45-8:25 a.m. - Arrival: Parents and caregivers may drop their students off in the back parking lot. 

7:45-8 a.m. - Supervision in the Jag Commons

8-8:25 a.m. - Students head to advisor’s room

8:25 a.m. - Classes begin

3:15 p.m. - Classes end

3:15-3:30 p.m. - Dismissal: Parents and caregivers may pick up their student in the back parking lot.

 

Upper School

8-8:30 a.m. - Arrival: Parents and caregivers may drop their student off in the back parking lot. Students may park in the back parking lot.

8:30 a.m. - Morning meeting begins in the US Commons

8:50 a.m. - Classes begin

3:30 p.m. - Classes end. Parents and caregivers may pick up their student in the back parking lot.

View the car line traffic flow map, including drop-off and pick-up locations, here

Dining

We are excited to return to the Thomas Family Dining Room for lunch in kindergarten through grade 12. Students will be seated with three feet of distance maintained since unmasking is an important part of eating! Little Jags and prekindergarten will have separate in-classroom dining and a menu to cater to the preschool-aged palate.

Updated sanitation practices have been put in place to ensure all communal spaces and shared items are cleaned between each dining session.

Self-service stations will return to full service this year. All students must wear a mask and wash and sanitize their hands prior to use of these stations.

New dining room features include an upgraded yogurt station, new beverage dispensers, a panini station, and other features to ensure speed, safety, and sanitation.

We will continue to accommodate students with dietary restrictions. Detailed dietary and allergen information is available on the Aladdin weekly menu

All self-service stations will follow our allergen labeling system and students with severe allergies will be allows first access to avoid cross contamination. The allergen key can be found at the top of the Aladdin weekly menu

For more information or to discuss additional accommodations, please contact Desiree Lajoie, food service director, at lajoie@wellington.org.

We are renewing our commitment to maintaining our green dining hall certification with the return of reusable plates, bowls, and cutlery. Low waste napkin dispensers have been installed in the dining room and new milk and beverage dispensers will eliminate single-use milk containers.

We are excited to partner with distributors to source a large portion of our dairy, produce, and commodities from local farms and suppliers.

Technology Updates

Beginning this year, parents, caregivers, and visitors will enter through the Main Entrance (rotunda) and sign in using SchoolPass, a visitor management system created for schools. Parents and caregivers will be issued a unique digital pass from SchoolPass via email next week that they will store on their phone and scan at a SchoolPass kiosk in the rotunda upon arrival.

Questions? Please contact technology@wellington.org.

Beginning this school year, Microsoft Teams will replace Zoom as our video communications platform. Learning from Home will be hosted on Teams, along with other virtual events (town halls, conferences, meetings, etc.).

How to join a Teams Meeting

Students, parents, and caregivers can join Teams meetings in two different ways. 

  1. Web browser - Click the Teams meeting or event link in your invitation and it will open in a web browser on any device. 
  2. Teams app - Download the Teams app to any device and join the meeting or event directly within the app.

Questions? Please contact technology@wellington.org.

The 2021-2022 school year will open soon on Vidigami, our secure photo sharing site! New families as well as returning families who have not activated their accounts will receive an email invitation to access Vidigami soon. To learn more about the new Vidigami experience launched this summer, check out this brief video. Existing users of the mobile app can install the latest version by following these instructions.

Questions? Please contact communications@wellington.org.

Wellington Parents Association

Welcome to the WPA!

As a parent or caregiver of a Wellington student, you are automatically a member of the Wellington Parents Association! 

Getting involved and volunteering your time at school events throughout the year is a great way to use your skills, meet new people, build lasting friendships, and support our students. Parent and caregiver volunteers are always needed and most welcome.  

The WPA's goal is to support, promote, and strengthen the school community. Wellington has a wonderfully diverse community that both values and celebrates individual voices. We hope you will join us in our effort to support the school and the entire Wellington community. 

Please keep an eye out for WPA announcements and join us for our monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. We look forward to meeting you soon! 

Michelle Scantland P '30 '34 & Sara Schroter P '30 '34

Visit www.wellington.org/wpa or browse the WPA page in the Veracross parent portal to learn more and to register to volunteer

Join monthly meetings at 8:15 a.m. in Edwards conference room in person or remotely via Microsoft Teams.  

2021-2022 meeting schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 14
  • Tuesday, October 12
  • Tuesday, November 9
  • Tuesday, January 11
  • Tuesday, February 8
  • Tuesday, April 12
  • Tuesday, May 10

All Pre-Loved Apparel Sales will take place outside the South Entrance on Fishinger Road. 

2021-2022 Pre-Loved Apparel Sale dates:

  • Sunday, August 22, 1-3 p.m.
  • Friday, September 3, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Friday, October 1, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Friday, November 5, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Friday, January 7, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Friday, February 4, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Friday, April 1, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Friday, May 13, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

The Sokol Store will be open daily from 3:30-4 p.m. for students and 4-4:30 p.m. for parents, caregivers, and students. The Sokol Store will also be open on the first Friday morning of each month during the Pre-Loved Apparel Sales (see dates above).

Shop the Sokol Store any time, anywhere through our online store.