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.



Introduction to Discovery




Here, Nelson has been given a Mentor-Directed lesson during Discovery on the Parts of the Skeleton work and is focusing on a Stage 1 activity.


Discovery activities are designed to foster independence and to create a bridge between Foundations and Explorations. Inside the Classroom Guild, a vast array of didactic materials in four specific domains of learning (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Geography) help children construct this bridge.

During Discovery, the student apprentice is guided and supported by the Mentor to utilize didactic materials. These materials are concrete in nature and intended to isolate important concepts and skills. Didactic tools are self-correcting and foster learning that is simple and straightforward.

Instead of information passing directly from the Mentor to the student apprentice, didactic materials help children connect with the environment and make independent learning choices. But in order for children to utilize Discovery tools, they must first be mentored. Didactic materials are introduced and utilized in stages ranging from Mentor-directed to self-directed with the ultimate goal of student apprentices achieving independence.

The purpose of Discovery is not to leave children to do whatever they wish to do in the Classroom Guild. Rather, the goal is to remove all obstacles that distract from learning and to provide tools that promote Guild Touchstones.

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