Healthy Together: Learning & COVID-19 Updates

The safety and health of Whitfield students, families, faculty, and staff is our highest priority. Our decisions during this time will continue to be guided by compassion and care for our community, the directives of state and local authorities, and our concern for the larger societal good.             Last page update: 9/25/2020   

Whitfield welcomed its students back for in-person instruction on August 25, 2020. In addition to addressing the needs of the immediate school community, Whitfield’s Re-Entry Plan is based on synthesized recommendations from a wide variety of groups including, but not limited to, St. Louis County, NAIS, AAP, CDC, WHO, as well as guidance from friends of the school in the medical and infectious disease communities, and the collective experiences of local, national, and international schools. This Plan is organized into these four main areas. 

Stable Cohort Learning

Our cohort approach allows students to learn on campus or from home with Live Remote Learning.  Each cohort will have a slightly different typical day, but all will feel uniquely Whitfield.

Habits & Community

All Whitfield community members will need to commit to—and hold each other accountable for—the habits necessary for individual and community wellbeing.

Tracing & Trending

Contributing to community wellness efforts in a pandemic means minimizing the risk of “close contact.” Our proactive use of data and contact tracing science drives our re-entry strategy.

Layered Risk Mitigation

The health and safety of our community has always been our highest priority. That commitment, along with our size and resources, allow us to return to campus in a responsible fashion.

LEADERSHIP UPDATE

Campus Re-Entry Plan: August 14, 2020

On August 14, 2020 the following message, shared with Whitfield families by Head of School John Delautre, accompanied the Campus Re-Entry Plan.

Dear Whitfield Community:

Our plan for returning to campus, which we have built upon throughout the summer, is ready for implementation. The re-entry plan that follows is a supplement and extension of the information shared in previous messages and the resources posted to Warrior Web:

Message on August 7 provided the option to choose full-time Remote Live Learning, called for partnership with families to minimize our collective risk of virus exposure, stressed the requirement of mask wearing by all on campus, outlined daily arrival and departure times by grade, and shared an overview of how to conduct a health screening each morning at home.

Message on July 24 reaffirmed our commitment to creating a safe and healthy—yet, not risk-free—environment for in-person learning, announced our implementation of “cohorts” to support contact tracing, introduced Matt DiGiulio as Pandemic Response Coordinator, outlined the materials under development for families and students, and published a revised 2020-21 academic calendar.

2020-21 Student/Family Handbook includes school-wide information, policies and contact information for faculty and staff.

2020-21 Pandemic Response Addendum to the Student/Family Handbook provides adjustments to traditional policies and information developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to be followed during the 2020-21 school year only.

Ultimately, the ability of a school to offer on-campus instruction in a responsible way is dependent on establishing and maintaining risk mitigation strategies like Whitfield has in place. We are confident in our ability to come together on campus with this in mind, and we look forward to seeing you (in person) soon.

John Delautre

Head of School

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