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Wooster School Coronavirus Information

This page is designed as a hub for the Wooster School community regarding the coronavirus. All updates will be posted to this page, unless emergency communication is required.

School Communications

Find below links to the email communications sent out by Wooster School regarding updates related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

What to do if you or someone in your household contracts, or comes in contact with someone who is diagnosed as having COVID-19?

At present, Wooster School is not drawing a distinction between someone who knows that they have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, someone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or someone who has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. For safety purposes and to minimize the risk of the spread of the virus in the Wooster community, all three instances should be handled with similar levels of caution.

Step One: Contact local health authorities and your own healthcare professional. Most healthcare facilities are now recommending that you CALL FIRST, before visiting so as to reduce that risk that healthcare workers become infected.

Step Two: Keep your student(s) at home and call Wooster School to fill us in on the situation. Your first point of contact should be our nurse Anna Jette, at (203) 830-3925.

Step Three: Restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. Here is a link to that procedure if you’ve been exposed and/or diagnosed. Within that link is another link to what to do if someone in your home has contracted COVID-19.

What We Know and Useful Links

We've been processing lots of data, bulletins, and news reports -- and exchanging information with other schools and associations. Here are links to what we believe are the most reliable sources of information to date:

Well-Being During This Crisis

Health Hygiene

  1. A helpful article on the spread of the virus.
  2. Practice proper health hygiene protocols. Here is a link to a helpful infographic.
  3. Do not touch your face -- particularly eyes, nose, and ears.
  4. Do not come to school if you are feeling sick and/or have a fever.
  5. Never share any drinking or eating receptacles or utensils.
  6. Pay more attention to sanitizing surfaces at home and in your car on a regular basis, particularly after groups or individuals have been using them.

More information about preparing at home for the virus.

Health Hygiene and Disinfection at Wooster School

  • Teachers will frequently remind students of health hygiene protocols.
  • We will begin disinfecting classroom surfaces at least once per day with two electro-static disinfection systems that we have purchased for this purpose.

Visitors to Campus

  • We are carefully vetting any planned visitors to campus. At present, we are not allowing planned visits from any persons who have been to, or interacted with, anyone from a Level 3 or Level 2 (see CDC warnings) area since January 1, 2020.

Student/Family Travel

  • Following the guidelines for student travel shared by the CDC, and given the fluid nature of the situation (the expectation that more cases of the coronavirus will be reported in areas that are as yet free from any confirmed cases), Wooster School has put a moratorium on school-related trips outside of the United States until further notice. This includes the Spring Break trips to Cuba and the April Jamaica trip.
  • Seniors will be prohibited from traveling to any areas for their Senior Independent Study projects with reported “active transmission” of COVID-19. Active transmission refers to areas where cases are being detected as a result of interactions with other local community members, as opposed to isolated cases resulting from contact with an individual who has recently been in an area of active transmission.
  • We are strongly suggesting that Wooster individuals and/or families not make trips outside the US for Spring Break, and/or to areas of the US where active transmission of COVID-19 is occuring.

Contact or Infection Contingencies

  • If at any point, you suspect that you, your child, or any other family member has been exposed to COVID-19, and/or is showing symptoms, please refrain from returning to campus. Please reach out to your local health care provider and then the appropriate Division Director here at Wooster School to discuss next steps.
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