Plans for next school year (2021-2022)
The following letter was originally emailed to the Wms community on march 9, 2021.
March 9, 2021
Dear WMS Community,
I wanted to share some good news. We, the WMS faculty and staff, are getting vaccinated as quickly as we can get appointments. While we never considered vaccinations a requirement to open in-person, it is nevertheless a relief to have one more mitigation measure in play.
That brings us to next school year. Currently, our plan is to bring back all students in-person. We do not anticipate that we will need to do remote learning next year and are not planning to offer it as an option. We also are planning to bring back our Secondary students in-person five days a week, unless we get specific instructions from the Department of Health about group sizes for older grades. We do anticipate that most mitigation protocols will remain in place. These include minimizing the mixing of cohorts, maintaining some level of social distancing, and masking as long as vaccinations are not available for students.
As we did this year, we will use Public Health, State DOH, OSPI and CDC guidelines to inform our operating decisions. I will share more of our plans as we receive guidance from these sources about schools next year.
I feel very optimistic that there is an end to this pandemic in sight. While it is too early to celebrate and while we do need to continue to be vigilant this year, we can be hopeful about next year.
Please reach out to me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head of School