Coronavirus Resources & Information
As Westminster Schools of Augusta continues to monitor and assess the outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide, we have created this resource for our community to track how the public health threat is affecting the programs and other activities our students, faculty and staff are engaged in. As the situation evolves and as we receive updated information from our outside resources, we will continue to send relevant updates to the Westminster community, and make these updates available on this web page. We encourage you to bookmark this page, watch our school calendar, check email regularly, and monitor the websites located on under the "helpful resources" section.
Our Latest Response
- Westminster's Remote Learning program has been established to continue classes and schoolwork starting Tuesday, March 17, through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
- Please go to wsa.net/events for the latest up-to-date 2019-20 calendar and 2020-21 Year-at-a-Glance.
- While we are engaging in remote learning, our campus will be closed to students. Students should not visit campus until further notice as there will not be adult supervision on-site.
- All school-sponsored on- and off-campus activities and athletics have been postponed starting Monday, March 16.
- Westminster urges our community to follow these guidelines and to continue to consider the importance of the shelter-in-place order and social distancing.
- School Counselors Andi Strong and Caitlin Vinson are available to support students experiencing stress and anxiety during this time. Please go to our counseling webpage for their contact information and to view additional resources.
Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with the novel coronavirus should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a clinic, doctor's office, or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
We continue to be in close communication with government agencies as well as other independent schools to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated as things change.
Westminster Coronavirus Web Page Updated on May 16, 2020 at 4:45pm.
COVID-19 Messages from Westminster Schools of Augusta
- World Health Organization (WHO):
- The Center for Disease Controls (CDC):
- Johns Hopkins Interactive and Updating Outbreak Map
- U.S. State Department
- Georgia Department of Public Health
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I receive up-to-date information from the school?
Any up-to-date information will be posted on this web page as well as emailed out to all primary and secondary household contacts. In the event of a school closure, media outlets will be alerted and updates will be on our social media pages. All primary and secondary contacts will also receive a text message in addition to an email.
Is Westminster Schools of Augusta closing?
Westminster Schools of Augusta’s Campus Closed Starting Monday, March 16
Late Wednesday afternoon, Governor Kemp announced the closure of all public K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for the remainder of the school year. In light of his announcement and the growing consensus among public health officials regarding the steps we must take together as a state and region to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, we will extend remote learning at Westminster Schools of Augusta through the end of the school year. While we all knew this decision was a strong possibility, the finality of the news is heartbreaking as every Westminster student no doubt had a lengthy list of campus events and opportunities to look forward to in the final weeks of school. We understand that this news is disappointing to our community, however, please know our decision to continue remote learning is out of the love for and safety of our students, parents, faculty, and staff as well as the greater community.
What about school events, gatherings and trips?
We will make decisions about holding or canceling events based on the updated information from health officials. Please watch for messages from division heads, the athletic director, or the Head of School Brian Case with important updates. Any changes will also be noted on our school calendar.
Our leadership team continues to monitor the situation. Knowing if the progression of the virus changes for the better, we hope to open the campus for year-end school-wide events and opportunities for student fellowship. We are committed more than ever to finish well in the remote classroom and the important events that are markers in the lives of our students.
Currently, our leadership team is meeting with Westminster committees to consider ways to implement important school-wide community events safely and strategically. More information on the following events will be communicated to all Westminster families in the coming weeks; graduation, kindergarten celebration, promotions for grade 5 and grade 8, prom, and banquets for athletics and fine arts. At Westminster, our commitment to the important events that mold our community together is unwavering, even if we attend them virtually in May or move important milestone ceremonies into June. At this time, Westminster will continue to postpone the annual auction and clay shooting tournament until a later date.
How will my child's education continue in the event of an extended school closure?
Our faculty is working on ways to prepare lessons, assignments, activities, resources, etc. that will allow our educational program to continue as much as possible in the event of an extended school closure. Westminster will most likely continue schooling virtual via Google Classrooms in the Upper and Middle School. Westminster will also provide resources to students in the Lower School. Parents will receive more detailed information in the event of an extended school closure.
What can families, students, and school personnel do to keep from getting sick and spreading COVID-19?
The CDC recommends the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when your hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick (and do not return to school until you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication). We ask you to strictly adhere to this policy.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
What additional steps is the school taking at this time?
The school will take extra care with the cleaning and disinfection process, with particular attention to common surfaces.
- Additional cleaning of common surfaces by faculty and staff is happening at regular intervals throughout the day.
- The evening cleaning crew has implemented a disinfectant protocol in addition to the regular cleaning.
- All faculty and staff are required to maintain appropriate hand washing and sanitizing protocols upon entering the building and throughout the day.