As we continue to bring back students in specific grade levels, our district is very committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, teachers, staff, and the overall community. We will do everything we can to reopen our school safely … but we need your help! Please carefully read through the WESD Social "Contract" and Student Testing information below.
WESD Social “Contract” We feel confident that as a community we can find ways to provide our students with a safe, joyful, and caring learning environment, both in-person and remotely. The pace at which we can reopen our school, and keep it open, depends on the ability of the entire school community to adhere to safe behaviors.
The four pillars of safety we are implementing on campus are strengthened by the choices you make at home. We encourage and ask everyone in the WESD community, including children, families, teachers, and staff, to practice the same safety measures our children are using in-person at school. To help encourage the entire school community to be safe, please do everything in your power as a family to adhere to the following guidelines, which we consider our Social "Contract", so our school can remain safe and open to educating our students in-person.
Adhere to current physical distancing, mask, and hygiene guidelines in public, both on and off-campus
Avoid large social gatherings, refrain from expanding your social circles, and pledge to keep your social circles small. How you pick up your kids after-school, along with after-school and weekend activities your family engages in – impacts the potential exposure for not just your family but also for our campus.
Avoid unnecessary travel outside our community.
Notify the school when anyone in your household travels out of the country, out of the state, or to an area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 (California counties in Purple Tier), so we can work together to follow relevant current guidelines to keep our school safe. This will be especially important as three-day weekends and holiday breaks occur.
Observe and teach healthy hygiene habits we use at school at home: 20-second hand washing, appropriate use of face coverings, catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue or your elbow.
Make the hard decision when necessary to stay home when sick.
Be an example for your children and neighbors in modeling safe, responsible behaviors and compassion for others.
If all members of the school community adhere to these very important guidelines, we will remain safe and able to stay open.
COVID-19 Testing for Students through Curative As WESD is phasing back its students, we encourage you to participate in the Menlo Park City School District’s COVID testing events with Curative at Hillview Middle School (1100 Elder Ave, Menlo Park) and other locations. Curative provides quick, painless, self-administered, and highly accurate COVID testing with results within 48 hours. They bill participants' insurance with no copay, and also serve under and uninsured participants (it is free). We are strongly recommending all of our returning students to be tested prior to starting back on campus, and are encouraging testing every two weeks once students have returned. Register for testing HERE and find additional information HERE.
WESD is continuing to investigate the possibility of student testing on the Woodside campus, but for the immediate future, taking advantage of this free, nearby option for student testing is something that is highly encouraged for all WESD students.
All students will enter/exit campus from designated entry points. Students will be assigned an entry point to ensure proper social distancing and facilitating of health screenings before entering campus. See more details about health screenings in the Health and Safety/Cleaning section.
Campus entry points? To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all members on campus, Woodside School will designate two entry points to the campus to screen anyone entering campus.
Parents should wait in the car at both drop-off and pick up, as they will not be able to accompany their child onto campus. School staff will be on-site to help students enter campus and walk to their classrooms.
It is important that students arrive at school on time, as they need to go through a mandatory health and temperature screening each day. In the event a student will be tardy, please phone the office to let them know. They will inform you of late-arrival protocols.
Signage around campus will clearly mark which areas are out of use, as well as health and safety protocols.
All hallways will be marked for single-direction movement to allow for adequate space as students and staff transition through campus.
Social distancing markers will be used to facilitate waiting areas for restrooms and classrooms.