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.



About Us

Our Mission
Our Mission

Children have enormous creative potential.

This potential will flourish and thrive when they are inspired to revel in their important work and to enjoy academic rigor. While reading, writing, and arithmetic are vital foundations for learning, Waterhouse Guild is committed to expanding the vision of the 3Rs to promote the development of the whole child.

Our Mission


We live in an information rich age where we can glean anything instantly. When it comes to learning, nothing happens instantly. The goal of the Guild Method is to teach each child to experience the process of moving beyond data gathering toward the art of imagining and shaping original work inspired by data. Applied reasoning engages the curiosity of the child and over time promotes Critical Creative Thinking (CCT) in all areas of life. Children are naturally capable of developing reflective thought and understanding.

Our Mission


Within the Classroom Guild learning is organically cooperative and individual, designed to empower the child’s eagerness to care about learning and to respond authentically to the wonders of the world.

Children are naturally contemplative, capable of developing reflective thought and understanding. The enriched Guild environment promotes a creative range of learning opportunities. When provided mentorship and materials, children will eagerly daydream and muse to engage curiosity to its logical end.

As children are awed by the astonishing interconnectedness of all they are learning, tackling skills such as handwriting and math facts become increasingly relevant. And when the work of learning is relevant, soulful cognitive and metacognitive skills are strengthened.

Our Mission


While much of becoming educated is an individual pursuit, significant and meaningful learning happens in community. Children, like all human beings, are naturally eager to be part of a community.

The Guild Method provides opportunities for interconnected group work where children are supported in sharing and developing their ideas. Fostering relationships in diverse mixed-age classrooms is socially genuine. Providing a rich experience of collaboration, children, through mentorship, will develop respect through cooperation with and consideration of others across grade levels.

As children develop the ability to work in the caring community of the Guild, relational abilities such as humility, compassion, and generosity are rooted, tended, and stirred to blossom.