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.




Our Student's Important Work

What is Guildwork?

You might look at this drawing and think: “Leonardo”.

Think again.

Once upon a time, long before Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci was an apprentice artist. He spent his days learning painting techniques in the guild from a master painter of his day, Andrea del Verrocchio.

This drawing is by Leonardo.

Verrocchio handed down all that he knew to Da Vinci and let Leonardo surpass him.  DaVinci was brimming with raw talent, but his talent was realized because he was mentored from a young age to bring shape to his ideas.

Our mentors possess significant expertise that they generously offer the students of our Guild.  Our mentors guide their students into independent and collaborative creative activities. They advise, support, and offer scaffolding to enable our students to produce real work—Guildwork.  We believe that all children are inherently creative and that the work of creativity develops skills that are transferable to all academic areas of study. Skills like, problem solving, patience, flexibility, and perseverance are vital to learning.

The following Guildwork is imagined and realized independently and in collaboration.

Guildwork Categories

Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

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Matisse at the Guild

Matisse at the Guild

In our drawing journals this week, we listened to the line of Matisse. It began with a little lesson on composition and the...

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Books as Muse

Books as Muse

There is no better place to be lost than a book. And I am always amazed by the diversity of creative thought that is...

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Remembering iMadonnari

Remembering iMadonnari

This fall we explored the delicious oeuvre of Wayne Thiebaud. Our apprentices learned that drawing a doughnut is not as...

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