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COVID Safety Information

Updated March 31, 2022

After carefully considering CDC and ADPH guidelines, as well as ongoing recommendations from JCDH, Alabama Waldorf School has updated the following safety protocols.

Mask Wearing

 

Starting Monday, April 4, we will move to a Mask Optional policy for both indoors and outdoors. This is based on the current decline in the number of COVID cases in Jefferson County. The CDC Community Levels monitoring system is currently reporting our county at a low risk level. 

(Please check link above for an explanation of risk levels and corresponding recommendations.)

  • This change in policy acknowledges that COVID is not "over," but the risk has decreased significantly in our local area.

  • Mask optional does not mean we are no longer wearing masks at all. It means faculty/staff, parents (for their children and themselves), visitors, etc. can make the decision that is best for them.

  • It means that the school reserves the right, at any time, to return to universal masking if it is deemed a necessary safety measure based on local caseloads and CDC guidelines.

  • Parents are asked to inform their child’s teacher(s) should they wish for their child to continue to remain masked, and teachers will honor and encourage this choice.

  • All students must continue to bring a mask to school, in the case that COVID-like symptoms present.

Exposure Guidelines for All Students, Nursery through 8th Grade, and Faculty/Staff​

 

Following a direct exposure to COVID-19:

 

  • If vaccinated and asymptomatic, student or teacher is required to wear a mask for at least 5 days in order to come to school, and then test on day 5.

  • If not vaccinated, student or teacher is required to stay home for 5 days, test on day 5, and may return if negative and asymptomatic.

 

Following a positive test result for COVID-19, the student or teacher may return after:

 

  • Minimum of 5 days from the positive test, AND


  • Are symptom free, AND


  • Fever-free for 24 hours without medical aid.


 

Please remember to direct all COVID-related questions and reports of absences to cassia@alabamawaldorf.org.

General exposure guidelines for broader school community:

If you or a family member has been exposed to COVID, you must immediately alert the school office and follow the guidelines above. 

If your child shows any symptoms of COVID, including fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, or muscle aches, please stay home, and contact the office via email or at 205-592-0541, so that we may offer guidance for how to keep our community as safe as possible. Remember that all students must be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication in order to come to school.


If a student, faculty or staff member, or parent/guardian shows signs of illness while at AWS, we will isolate that person and have them leave the premises as soon as possible.
In the event that a case of possible or confirmed COVID-19 exposure comes to our attention, we will assess the level of exposure and risk to others using current local and CDC health guidelines. That assessment will dictate the implementation of notifications and other protocols.

In order to stay abreast of the complex and evolving situation in the United States and to exercise best practices in safeguarding our community, Alabama Waldorf School is remaining in constant communication with government and educational organizations. For the most detailed and up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Please email Cassia Kesler or call 205-592-0541 you or a family member have contracted coronavirus.

 
 

Other Illnesses Protocol

 

When should I keep my child home from school?

Do not send your child to school if you suspect they may be ill or have exhibited any of the following signs or symptoms. Contact the office, and your healthcare provider to assess next steps:

  • An elevated temperature of 100 degrees or more during the last 24 hours.

  • Vomiting within the last 24 hours.

  • Repeated episodes of diarrhea within the last 24 hours.

  • Chills, loss of appetite, unusual fatigue, numbness of mouth, and/or lingering headache.

  • A significant amount of nasal discharge, particularly if the discharge is yellow or greenish in color.

  • A persistent cough.

  • A significant sore throat.

  • An earache.

  • A significant rash

 

If you suspect that you or your child has a serious communicable disease, you must notify the school so we can comply with reporting requirements.

Air Quality Information

  • MERV 13 filters have been installed in all HVAC units. These are changed out monthly, as recommended.

  • Bathroom vent fans will run at all times when children are in the classroom.

  • HEPA air purifiers (in room units) will run at all times when children are in the classroom (one unit per classroom).

  • Humidity will be monitored to maintain a 40-60% level, humidifiers will be added to the classroom if determined as necessary.​

  • Air conditioners will be set at or below 74 when room is in use, and turned up to 78 when not in use. Units will not be turned off.