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11.23.21 Masking Protocols Update

Dear Woodland Community,

Thank you for your continued support as we move toward "pre-COVID normal" together. It has been great watching our families reconnect, meet, and enjoy the richness of the Woodland community this fall. I know there are vast opinions on COVID mitigation measures and when they should be removed and/or enhanced. Woodland remains committed to monitoring the school and local data and the recommendations of the TDH and CDC. Thank you for your continued patience and support. It is our current understanding that the SCHD mask requirement no longer applies to Woodland.

Due to the lower transmission levels in the county (based on cases per 100,000 and positivity rate), the eligibility of vaccines for the vast majority of our students, and Woodland's ability to maintain good spacing in the classroom, lunchroom, and assemblies, Woodland will no longer require masking in most indoor settings beginning Monday, November 29th. Woodland does continue to recommend masking indoors for all Little Woodland through eighth-grade students.

The following changes will be made to our masking protocols this coming Monday and will be re-evaluated at the end of the first semester:

Early Childhood: Masks are still recommended but will no longer be required. This change is largely due to the fact that we have seen very few cases and zero instances of in-school transmission in Early Childhood since the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

SK – 6th Grade: Masks are still recommended but will only be required when students work within 3 feet of each other in an indoor environment.

7th and 8th grade: Masks are still recommended for 7th and 8th grade, but masks will no longer be required due to this group's ability to be fully vaccinated.

Once the majority of our students have had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated (by the end of the first semester), Woodland will re-evaluate our protocols. Still, we will continue to monitor school and local data and adjust accordingly.

Woodland will continue to maintain 3 to 6 feet of spacing at individual workstations and in the lunchroom. Teachers will continue to mask when working within 3 feet of students and in common indoor spaces through the end of the first semester.

Woodland will continue to emphasize hand hygiene for our students and maintain our enhanced cleaning of common surfaces. In addition and maybe most importantly, please continue to keep your children home if they are not feeling well. This one mitigation strategy has proven to be the best in limiting spread at school.

Thank you for your continued support!
Adam Moore
Head of School