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 under the "helpful resources" section.
From the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, the Westminster community has seen a total of 17 COVID-19 positive cases. Each individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will quarantine away from campus for the appropriate amount of time mandated by the CDC and the Georgia Department of Health (DPH). The below numbers reflect the CURRENT COVID-19 positive cases within the community, not the total since the start of the school year.
|Current Westminster COVID-19 Positive Cases | 10/17/21|
|Lower School Division | 0|
|Middle School Division | 0|
|Upper School Division | 0|
Our Latest Response
- Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 20, Westminster Schools of Augusta will be a mask-optional campus for all indoor-activities.
- During large indoor community events, all attendees will wear masks
- Weekly chapels
- Large events such as Grandparents Day, Veterans Day Chapel, Thanksgiving Day Chapel
- Bus rides for field trips and athletic events
- COVID-19 exposure and contact tracing plan may be found in the COVID-19 Health Policies and School Procedures.
- If a positive COVID-19 case occurs, the primary household guardian will receive an email if the positive case is in his/her child's class bubble or division. We will continue to update our Westminster community concerning positive cases through the Wildcat Scratch each week.
- The Wildcat Pandemic Committee continues to meet and evaluate all protocols as conditions change throughout the year. If transmission numbers go back up in the future, the school may need to return to a masked community for a period of time.
- We welcome your questions, concerns, and feedback. Please reach out to use at email@example.com.
Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with COVID-19 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 symptoms.
We continue to be in communication with government agencies as well as other independent schools to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated as things change.
- World Health Organization (WHO):
- The Center for Disease Control (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. You may also recive a weekly update through the Westminster newsletter, Wildcat Scratch.
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 cleaning 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.
- After every school day, our trained team of custodians fully clean and sanitize all areas of the school including all bathrooms, classrooms, common areas, locker rooms, athletic equipment, and more.
- In addition to common household disinfectants to wipe down surfaces, we also use a backpack mister/fogger filled with a solution called "HyperFect 256," a fragrance-free, hospital-grade, broad-spectrum disinfectant concentrate.
- Our staff "fogs" each classroom once a week, and again each time Westminster is alerted that one of our students has tested positive for COVID-19.
What additional health protocols is the school taking at this time?
- All faculty and staff are required to maintain appropriate hand washing and sanitizing protocols upon entering the building and throughout the day
- Westminster Schools of Augusta strongly encourages mask wearing for all students, but is a mask optional campus for students at this time.
- Employees and visitors are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
- Our younger students are in grade-level bubbles, and we are socially distancing all students as much as possible, including using our beautiful outdoor spaces when the opportunity presents.
- Students in grades 3-12 who have to be at home for a COVID diagnosis or for a school-mandated quarantine will have the opportunity to learn from home via our SWIVL technology, which allows them to participate with their peers in the classroom in real-time.
For more details, including quarantine policies, please review our COVID-19 Health Policies and School Procedures.