COVID-19 Safety at WEM

Are face coverings required at WEM?

All students and staff at WEM are required to wear a cloth face covering and may elect to wear a face shield as well.

Which guidelines are you following to ensure safety?

  • Washington State Department of Health (All Ages)
  • Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (K-6)
  • Department of Children, Youth, and Families (Preschool-age Children)

Smaller is Safer

With a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio at our preschool and lower elementary levels (15:1 in our upper elementary classroom), WEM offers more direct-instruction time in a smaller class setting during on-campus schooling.

What is the maximum class size at WEM? 

Based on square footage, WEM can accommodate up to 24 students per classroom while ensuring the required social distancing protocols.  Smaller class sizes and lower student-to-teacher ratios allow WEM to manage required social distancing protocols more safely, creating a safer environment for students and staff.  Smaller classroom cohorts may be in place to begin the school year.

What is WEM doing to address safety?

  • Daily disinfecting in each classroom of all touch-points, bathrooms, and shared-use materials with electrostatic fogging machines
  • HEPA filtration systems in all classrooms
  • Hand sanitizing stations inside each classroom door
  • Temperature checks with infrared thermometers at arrival for all staff and students
  • iOS/Android App for touch-free arrival and departure
  • iOS/Android App for daily health screening reporting
  • iOS/Android App for contact tracing and exposure reporting protocols
  • Stocked supplies of hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves
  • OpenWorks professional cleaning services contracted for daily, deep-cleaning procedures

COVID-19 Protocols at WEM

Each child is required to be in a proper fitting mask.

Masks with valves are not permitted on WEM campus.

All car occupants MUST wear a proper fitting mask while on WEM campus.

If you carpool and one occupant is sick, all carpool families will need to stay home until they are symptom free for 24 hours without medication.

Your child will be asked to go home during drop off if they have a fever of 100.4 or higher.

If a child’s temperature is at 99 degrees, we will check it regularly. If the child’s temperature goes up, we will call and ask you to pick up your child.

If anyone in your family is not feeling well, please keep your child home until everyone has fully recovered.

If your child is not feeling well and has a cough, runny nose, or other cold symptoms, please keep them and their siblings home to avoid spreading the illness to other students.

If you, your child, or anyone in the household is in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID, quarantine for 14 days.

If you, your child, or anyone in your household tests positive for COVID, quarantine for 14 days.

If any student tests positive, the entire class may be quarantined for 14 days.

WEM highly recommends that if you and your family are traveling domestically or internationally, you get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self- quarantine for 14 days if your tests are positive.