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.



Words Are a Great Wonder

In our world where fast paced technological communicating is the norm, our lexicon is shrinking hand over fist. But the potential of words is a great wonder. Words are salty goodness that pepper writing with flavor.




So this month at the Guild we are, once again, making words.

Last spring I introduced my writers to the idea of “neologisms” coined by Lewis Carroll. I began by asking the writers to remind me of the details from last spring’s lesson. I was surprised that they remembered with great detail the suffixes we explored so long ago:

» cosm 
[From Greek kosmos, order, universe.] 
Universe; world
microcosm, macrocosm

» esque
 [F., fr. It. -isco. Cf. –ish.]
 An adjective suffix indicating manner or style
Arabesque, Romanesque

» ism 
[Greek -ismos, -isma noun suffix]
 A suffix used to form action nouns from verbs, distinctive doctrine, system, or theory skepticism, truism

They even remembered more than a handful of the words they crafted, words like: appleism, s-e-e-ism, TVism, tablesque, pencilesque, windesque, bouncehousecosm, balooncosm, and lollycosm

As I sat with the group, I marveled at their retention, but more significantly at their delight. can’t say the same about any of the vocabulary development lessons that I’ve utilized through the years from various curriculums that shall remain nameless!

The art of crafting neologisms focuses the writer’s attention on the specificity of words and their potential to enact ideas in a very meaningful way. And lessons that are meaningful are lasting.

So we began our exploration of suffixes, mining for meaning and application:

» able 
[From Latin abilis, capable of, fit for.]
 washable, enjoyable, pitiable

ex. Neologism – baloonable

» nomy
 [From Greek nomos, system of rules or knowledge.] astronomy, economy, autonomy

ex. Neologism – iPodonomy

» ization 
[From Greek izein, to become.] popularization, organization, generalization

ex. Neologism – basketballization

» ology 
[From Greek logia, to speak of, study or science of.] biology, geology, anthropology

ex. Neologism – pickleology

» phobia 
[From Latin phobia, abnormal fear] claustrophobia, arachnophobia, xenophobia

ex. Neologism – flipflopphobia

» ward
 [From Middle English ward, specifics of direction] toward, homeward, backward

ex. Neologism – chocolateward

Bonus Suffix:

» biotic
 [From Greek biotikis, of life, method of living] antibiotic, probiotic, microbiotic

ex. Neologism – fauxbiotic

Ultimately, I challenged the writers to create a list of neologisms for each suffix. Now I challenge you to do the same. And as you do, keep in mind, words are a great wonder! Go and salt the earth.


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