Covid-19:  What Our Parents Need to Know

COVID-19 Response Outline



Los Angeles County Schools:

Rising to the Challenge of COVID-19

A Planning Framework for the 2020-21 School Year CO Schools 2020-21 Planning Framework.pdf?ver=2020-05-26-161915-740



The goal of Waterhouse Guild, at all times, is to protect and promote the complete health of students, parents, staff and visitors. This includes physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional health.


Overall guidelines and responsibilities for students, parents, and staff will be communicated by:

  • Hard copies given to parents and staff.
  • Email to parents and staff.
  • Posting on the school’s website,
  • Group teleconferencing as needed.
  • On-site posters and notices as appropriate at entrances and sinks.


  1. Consider using separate entrance and exit paths to avoid congestion at gate.
    Enter from parking area.
    Exit through garden area.
  2. Classrooms will be arranged as needed to maximize social distancing while taking into account educational needs.
  3. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided at each classroom entrance.
  4. Use of shared materials will be eliminated wherever possible.
  5. Common areas will be cleaned throughout the day as needed.
  6. In addition to our current daily cleaning procedures, a detailed cleaning list (TBD) will be followed at the end of each day.
  7. A visitor log will be kept at the door to track room use outside of Waterhouse hours.
  8. Cones will be provided at classroom entrances to define social distancing requirements in cases where a line forms.



  1. Staff members will be given an exposure questionnaire each morning before entering classrooms.
  2. Staff members will have temperature taken each morning before entering classrooms. If temperature exceeds health authority guidelines, they will be sent home and be required to get tested for Covid-19 before returning to class. If tested positive, staff member will be required to follow public health guidelines before returning.
  3. When feasible, masks will be worn.
  4. Staff will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering or leaving classrooms.


  1. Parents will follow all staff guidelines.
  2. Parents will be restricted from entering classrooms unless necessary.
  3. Parents will be restricted from congregating in classrooms or breezeway.


Daily before entering class:

  1. Students will be given an exposure questionnaire (with a parent or guardian present).
  2. Student’s temperature will be taken with a non-contact thermometer.
  3. Reminders will be given throughout the day regarding distancing and hand washing.
  4. Waterhouse instruction currently takes place in small groups, this practice will continue.
  5. Inter-mixing of groups will be minimized.
  6. Outdoor activities will emphasize social distancing.



Programs & Academic Standards

Full-Time Curriculum

The goal of the Guild Method is to meet and transcend learning standards established on the local and national level by offering opportunities for the apprentice to acquire, respond, and create. The Guild Method provides the structured mentorship that leads to the development of the whole person.

Full-Time Program

Our four cohorts—grades K through 8, engage in a full range of humanities classes: Math, History, Science, Literature, Composition & Creative Writing, Arts, Music, and more.  Our program is rigourous and engaging, ensuring that students meet grade-level academic standards and are inspired to reach higher.  Students are instructed by expert Teacher-Mentors committed to encouraging and motivating them in the art of learning.  

Guild Touchstones

Touchstone: a hard siliceous stone used to test the purity of gold; a criterion or standard by which a judgment is made.

Guild Touchstones represent the markers that provide reference points along an individual apprentice’s academic journey. Integrating the acquisition of knowledge with the practice of Creative Critical Thinking is a one-step-at-a-time process that progressively leads to the formation of Habits of Being and relevant learning above and beyond mere proficiency.

Foundation Touchstones

The Guild apprentice will move systematically through the many stages of phonological awareness toward mastery and, in so doing, gain the encoding and decoding skills that enable reading for meaning and writing for real.

The Guild apprentice will gain spelling skills that demonstrate retention of phonemic, morphemic, and whole-word concepts, enabling efficient and effective encoding and decoding of language.

The Guild apprentice will become enthralled with the potential of words through the development of a rich lexicon that will embellish the art of reading and writing.

Mechanics & Grammar
The Guild apprentice will move beyond memorizing rules toward integrating the essential elements of mechanics and grammar into the art of composing an original idea.

Integrated Literature and Writing
The Guild apprentice will practice the art of reading closely and develop the ability and confidence to respond to great literature with writing that is authentic and meaningful.

The Guild apprentice will gain mathematical knowledge and develop skill mastery, moving toward applying this knowledge and skill in diverse contexts, in perceptive and reflective ways.

IOWA Testing
The IOWA Assessments are achievement tests that assess students’ skills in Reading, Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. The tests assess both foundational skills and higher-order thinking skills.

Exploration Touchstones

Literature and Composition
The Guild apprentice will read deeply and respond to great literature with writing that is authentic and meaningful.

Creative Writing
The Guild apprentice will develop confidence in his or her ability to authentically craft and express an original idea.

The Guild apprentice will experience science from an integrated vantage point and develop scientific literacy through investigation, experimentation, and observation.

History and Geography
The Guild apprentice will develop a widening worldview as they explore the timeline of diverse cultures and history’s relevance to the global community.

Math Lab
The Guild apprentice will experience the vast potential of applied math through individual and collaborative activities.

The Guild apprentice will engage in longitudinal research, awed by the inventiveness and innovation that is part of the human spirit past, present, and future, and thrilled by the prospect of new ideas.

The Guild apprentice will increase capacity for risk taking, develop and strengthen perception skills as they learn to exert close and extended attention to the processes involved in bringing shape to an original idea.

Common Core Standards

The Common Core details the national baseline shared and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in language arts and mathematics at each grade level to be academically prepared for the future.

Common Core Standards

California Content Standards

These standards were designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student, by defining the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level.

CA Content Standards