2021-2022 COVID-19 School Protocols
COVID-19 is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets among close contacts, generally within 6 feet. Today, Harris County was reclassified at Level 1 (RED), signifying a severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 in Harris County, meaning that outbreaks are present and worsening and that testing and contact tracing capacity is strained or exceeded. The guidance from Harris County for managing risk at Level 1 is that unvaccinated individuals should take action to minimize contacts with others whenever possible. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to mask, physical distance, and avoid all medium and large gatherings. Vaccinated individuals are urged to follow the latest local public health guidance on whether to also wear a mask while indoors in public spaces, in crowded outdoor settings, and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
Currently, vaccines are only available to individuals 12 years old and older, thus we will continue to require masks as outlined below until vaccines are available to all members of our community ages six and up OR Harris County reaches Level 4, which would signify a minimal and controlled level of COVID-19, meaning new chains of transmission are limited. At that time, masking will become optional.
Until Harris County reaches Level 4 OR vaccines are available to children six years and older:
- All staff will wear face masks when in the presence of students inside the buildings.
- All campus visitors must wear a mask while in the building.
- Students in Prekindergarten through Middle School will be required to wear masks when inside the building.
- Masks should be brought from home; however, we will also have some available at school.
- Masks will not be required outside for staff or students.
- During carpool, face masks must be worn by all staff and students.
If there is a medical reason preventing an individual from wearing a mask, a doctor’s note stating the reason should be provided to the building principal waiving the requirement.
Health screening forms must be completed weekly before dropping your child off in Monday morning carpool. You will find a link to the form in your inbox every Sunday evening. Or, you can easily easily navigate to this form through the ParentPortal in RenWeb.
Login with WV-TX. Enter your child's username and password. You will answer the screening questions for your child. You will find the Health Screening Form under Web Forms. For ease of use, we suggest adding a shortcut to the web link to your phone’s home screen.
To help carpool be completed in a quick and efficient manner, we ask this form be completed before 8:00 AM daily.
Teachers will provide your child's log-in and review this process in further details during your meet the teacher on Friday, August 20, 2021.
It is important for us to remind families that our ability to stay open and serve our students on campus depends on all of us doing what we can to stay healthy and avoid contracting and spreading the COVID-19 virus. One of our school policies requires a quarantine after travel by airplane, train, bus, etc.
If you and your family are planning to travel prior to the start of the school year, please let us know so we can plan for your student to be absent from school 7-10 days following your trip. Thank you for your continued attention and dedication to keeping our students safe and healthy. For additional information, please refer to the CDC’s recommendations for minimizing exposure to the virus during travel.
It continues to be the practice of The Westview School to rely on the CDC recommendations plus advice from our Medical Advisory Board for all COVID-19 policies, procedures, and protocols.