COVID-19

COVID-19: WMS updates

All program levels have returned to on-campus learning. 

View local health dept. and CDC updates: 

King Co. Health Dept., Snohomish Co. Health Dept., Washington State Dept. of Health, CDC

WMS COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for On-Site Employees, Contractors & Volunteers

WMS will comply with Governor Inslee’s directive that all on-site school employees, contractors and volunteers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain a religious or medical exemption. The primary goal of a vaccination policy is to create the safest possible environment for students and staff, with a focus on protecting those that are not yet eligible and those that are not able to get vaccinated. A person who has been exempted from vaccination is considered at risk for contracting and spreading the disease and will be excluded from direct contact with students.

Risk mitigation measures

Woodinville Montessori School has worked hard to put in place many measures that we expect to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.

  • We made adjustments to the North Creek campus HVAC system to increase the flow of fresh air. At the Woodinville campus, classroom windows can open to admit fresh air. The use of open windows will be monitored to ensure that classrooms maintain a reasonable temperature.
  • We are restricting access to the interior of buildings to staff and students only.
  • We require daily health screening of students and staff – Using a screening app called QManager, we check that all staff and students have been screened for multiple symptoms of COVID-19. This includes temperature checks. In addition to a screening app, we are visually screening students when they arrive. If we feel that there is a need to do an additional temperature check then we will do so in the parking lot.
  • If a child shows symptoms during the school day staff will do a temperature check, move child to health room and contact parents/guardians for pick up.
  • Staff and students are required to wash hands on arrival at the school.
  • There is increased availability of hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer so that everyone on campus can clean hands as needed.
  • In order to prevent co-mingling of students we have increased staffing so that we can provide before-and-after care in classrooms or in separated groups outside when student numbers are low.
  • We have assigned a bathroom to each cohort group to prevent accidental co-mingling.
  • Each cohort group will have their own water jugs or pitchers for classroom use. No water fountains will be available for student use, again to prevent accidental co-mingling.
  • We reduced the number of students in rooms to ensure that all students have work spaces that are six feet apart from each other or we have moved classes to larger spaces so that we can meet social distancing guidelines.
  • All personnel on campus will wear masks when they are around others. Students 5 years old and above are required to wear masks indoors other than when they are eating and drinking. Children 2 years to 5 years of age will be encouraged to wear cloth masks.
  • We increased our cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces and materials.
  • Some staff will continue to work from home so that we can reduce the number of people in the building.
  • We are offering increased sick leave for staff so that they can stay home if they are sick.
  • If symptoms appear during the day for staff they will be sent home immediately.
  • We have changed our entry and exit procedures to minimize student traffic in the hallways.

WMS Current Travel Recommendations & Requirements for Vaccinated & Unvaccinated Travelers

All students that travel (domestic or international) must notify COVID Coordinator Theresa Kirby and need to be cleared before returning to campus, regardless of vaccination status - click here for our Notice of Travel form. 

WMS families can view the entire WMS travel and attendance policies in the 2021-2022 Family Handbook via Family Portal

International Travel
  • The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all non-essential international travel.
  • All air passengers, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. See the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
  • If you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get a viral test no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States (US) and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
  • The CDC does not recommend international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

During Travel:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

After Travel - Vaccinated:

Information for people fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization:

  • Get tested with a viral test3-5 days after travel. If negative, please send results to COVID Coordinator (Theresa Kirby) before return to school.
  • If your test is positive, isolateyourself to protect others from getting infected. Please send test results to COVID Coordinator (Theresa Kirby) before return to school.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and localrecommendations or requirements after travel.

After Travel – Unvaccinated:

  • Unvaccinated students who travel internationally must quarantine for 14 days AND get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel and send results to COVID Coordinator (Theresa Kirby).
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get re-tested if you develop symptoms. If you test positive, then you must quarantine for an additional 10 days, be symptom-free to return. Send test results to COVID Coordinator (Theresa Kirby).
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
Vaccinated Persons Traveling Domestically

People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States.

If you are fully vaccinated, take the following steps to protect others if you travel:

During Travel:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

After Travel:

  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
Unvaccinated Persons Traveling Domestically (Out-of-State Travel)

Travel increases your chances of spreading and getting COVID-19. Delay travel and stay home to protect others and yourself from COVID-19.

If you must travel, take steps to protect others and yourself:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

If your family will be traveling, it is very important to fill out the WMS Travel Form - click here for our Notice of Travel form. Please contact COVID Coordinator Theresa Kirby with any questions.

Thank you for your continued efforts in protecting the WMS community.

Campus drop-off & pick-up procedures for 2021-2022