Dear Parents & Caregivers,
I would like to take a moment to celebrate our first official four weeks of learning for the 2020-2021 school year! We continue to work hard to ensure that our operations and learning both on campus and from home are the best they can be during this time. From what I have witnessed during these first weeks, our community is really glad to be back. I’m glad we are too! Your hard work and commitment to Wellington have enabled cherished traditions like senior adoption to carry on, as well as amazing academic opportunities that continue to engage our students - such as this fall’s Middle School Deep Dive courses like Constitutional Law, Environmental Engineering & Sustainability, and Forensic Science.
We have passed our first big test during opening weeks; and there are surely more to come in this journey. We know that success stems directly from our collective effort in maintaining a safe campus. We have rallied together to achieve so much in the first four weeks, and we are just getting started. To continue moving forward with on-campus learning, we need to keep our focus on the Wellington Community Commitment, and specifically:
- Be consistent. Complete all daily health screenings before coming to campus and submit this information for your student before 9 a.m. For students who are using flex days, screenings still need to be entered before coming to campus. Families who miss this screening more than 3 times within one month will be asked to learn from home for at least one day immediately after the third failure. This screening helps keep our students and their families as well as our faculty and staff safe and healthy. It also makes it possible for the school to do the critically important contact tracing work, if needed.
- Be responsible. If you or your student is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you strictly follow the Franklin County Public Health guidance on when to come to school and when to see the doctor. Click here to download the updated symptom guidance from FCPH and Nationwide Children’s hospital. For more detail, click here for the full FCPH FAQ. We understand that seasonal allergies, as well as cold and flu season, might make this guidance feel challenging to adhere to and we encourage you to choose the learning model that fits your commitment to navigating this system responsibly.
- Be mindful. Always follow the 3 Ws by washing your hands, watching your distance, and wearing your mask.
While we encourage the types of healthy risks that make learning impactful, I want to be clear that this is definitely not the time to test the boundaries put in place for our community’s safety. Simply put, we need your help to ensure our campus can stay open and we can continue learning in person.
With our campus safety protocol, and the entire Wellington community doing our part to follow local and state public health guidance, we can make this year a success. For the sake of each other, and our meaningful time at Wellington, let’s do this together.
Dr. Jeff Terwin
Head of School
Director of Marketing & Communications
For all information related to how Wellington is monitoring and addressing COVID-19, click here.