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This page serves as a central resource for Walden community members. Please note that the information below was shared as part of our 2020-21 Reopening/Health & Safety Plan, and will be updated for the upcoming 2021-22 school year as information becomes available. For additional questions, please email info@thewaldenschool.org.

Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting and Ventilation

·Routine cleaning of any utilized spaces will be performed at the end of the school day.  Additional cleaning will be implemented as needed.

·Hand sanitizer stations will be maintained in each entry area; students and staff will be encouraged to use them before entering the building.  Regular handwashing will be part of the classroom routine.

·Water drinking fountains will continue to be turned off.  Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

·The ventilation system has been inspected, cleaned and all filters have been replaced with charcoal filters.  Windows will be open and fans are in each classroom.

Safety Protocols

·Masks will be worn indoors by both vaccinated and unvaccinated students over 2 years old and by all staff.  Masks are optional for all outdoors.

·No sharing of snacks, individual snacks are preferred.

·Students must wear masks on all school buses.

·Parents will continue to drop students off at the designated entrances to the school and pick them up outside the building.  Visitors will be allowed on site by appointment only and must wear masks inside, complete a health screening and show proof of COVID vaccination.

Monitoring Student and Staff Health

·Families will continue to conduct a daily health screening in order to determine if a child is well enough to attend school.  Students will be sent home if any symptoms appear during the school day.

·The Walden School will follow PA Department of Health guidance to communicate diseases, including COVID-19.

·Students and Staff should report any exposures to COVID-19 or positive test results to Mary McKeon who will consult with the Rose Tree Media School Nurse for guidance.

·The Walden School will adhere to any changes in guidance as recommended by the PA Department of Health.

Masks:

According to the PA Department of Education, all students over the age of two are required to wear “face coverings”.

https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/Waivers/MaskWearing/Pages/default.aspx

At Walden, we will ask that the “face covering” each person wears is in the form of a double layered cloth mask as they are currently considered “the gold standard” of safety measures.    Cloth masks must be secured to the head and wrap around the lower face so the nose and mouth are covered.  We realize that it may be easier for children to wear a neck gaiter that can easily be pulled up and down.  If you opt to do so, please make sure it is of a high quality material, double layered and securely fit.  Because bandanas can leave some exposure through the sides and bottom, we ask that students not use a bandana as a face covering.