COVID-19 Response and Information
At WHWS we understand and share the concerns of our community in regards to the COVID-19 virus. In response, we have implemented a number of healthcare measures in cooperation with local, state and federal health officials as well as medical professionals within our community.
See our latest Newsletters which outline important messages to the community, updates on Health & Safety Requirements (masks, distancing, drop-off, etc.) and general pandemic related advisories. See previous updates in the Newsletter section that include information about:
- Providing a Quality Waldorf Education
- Preparing the Campus (necessary remodeling to accommodate state mandates around Health & Safety)
- Updates on the phase we are in and how that affects the school (changes in class sizes and schedules)
Below, you will find a wealth of information regarding our safety protocols along with supporting resources to help our community.
Active COVID Cases Among Staff/Students
The following COVID-19 table is updated regularly to reflect current cases impacting our school. This is a public health communication tool for transparency with our community.
The table reflects cases connected to our school. We have increased testing capabilities for students and staff to help mitigate transmission of the recent variants.
|Updated: June 16th, 11:15am (corrections will be made as found, case counts updated as able and as reported)|
|School Week||Households with Positive Cases (new)||Classes Notified of Possible Exposure|
|June 13th-June 17th||3||3|
|June 6th-June 10th||9||2|
|May 31st-June 3rd||7||2|
|May 23rd-May 27th||1||1|
|May 16th-May 20th||1||0|
|May 9th-May 12th||3||0|
|May 2nd-May 6th||3||1|
|April 25-April 29||6||4|
|April 18-April 22||3||1|
|March 28-April 1||0||0|
|Feb 28-March 4||0||0|
Here are the steps we follow for confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- We learn of confirmed case through parent/guardian reporting or rapid test at school. The county Health Department is no longer able to do contact tracing.
- Our school will initiate contact tracing. If there are close contacts of a confirmed case, we will notify families.
- We work closely with the health department on our case response and in providing close contacts with public health information that is in line with our current Health and Safety Policy.
- We update the COVID-19 dashboard for transparency with our community.
Why might we not report a confirmed case that doesn't require contact tracing?
There is a legal requirement to keep protected health information confidential. If no contact tracing is required in a small in-person learning community it may not be possible to share data and also protect confidential health information. The Washington State Department of Health small numbers reporting guidelines provides more information about data reporting and protecting confidential health information.
We have two responsibilities to balance: a responsibility to share information with our community regarding public health and safety, and a responsibility to keep the personal health information of individuals confidential. We add a confirmed case of COVID to our dashboard if we identify and notify close contacts (see definition of close contacts.) We only report cases where there could be possible exposure at school, which we believe is most relevant for our community to know. If there are no close contacts or exposure at school, we prioritize the privacy of individuals’ health information.
A Verse for Our Time
We must eradicate from the soul
All fear and terror of what comes towards man out of the future.
We must acquire serenity
In all feelings and sensations about the future.
We must look forward with absolute equanimity
To everything that may come.
And we must think only that whatever comes
Is given to us by a world-directive full of wisdom.
It is part of what we must learn in this age,
namely, to live out of pure trust,
Without any security in existence.
Trust in the ever present help
Of the spiritual world.
Truly, nothing else will do
If our courage is not to fail us.
And let us seek the awakening from within ourselves
Every morning and every evening.