On-site Learning Preventative Layers

Updated April 15, 2022

Preventative Layers in Order of Effectiveness


Staying Home When Sick

  • Staying home if you have any symptoms is critical to keeping our entire community safe and helping make sure we reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Please do not attend school if you or any of your family members have any of these symptoms:
  ● Fever ● Recent loss of taste or smell
  ● Chills ● Sore throat
  ● Cough ● Congestion or runny nose
  ● Shortness of breath ● Nausea
  ● Fatigue ● Vomiting
  ● Muscle/Body aches ● Diarrhea
  ● Headache  


  • According to the CDC and WA State Department of Health, vaccination is the most effective prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The school will track the vaccination status of its students and staff.


  • CDC recommends wearing cloth face masksAs of April 18, 2022 masks are optional indoors and outdoors on the West Sound Academy campus.
  • Masks are required on the school van and bus.
  • Well-fitting masks are required for individuals who are a close contact of someone with Covid-19. In these cases, masks should be worn for 10 days from the date of the last close contact.
  • West Sound Academy is a community of belonging. This means that our campus is a Judgment Free Zone, and we encourage anyone who feels more comfortable to continue wearing a mask. .


  • Designated classroom windows will be open as weather permits.
  • Each classroom will have a HEPA air cleaner that cleans all the air in the room twice each hour.
  • Outside time will be encouraged. Regardless of the weather conditions, students will be expected to spend considerable time outside throughout the day. Students should dress to wait outside without cover in inclement weather and to walk in the fields. Athletic shoes and multiple layers are recommended.


Students and employees should expect to wash hands for 20 seconds with soap or use a minimum of 60% alcohol content hand sanitizer about six times per day:

  • After arrival and screening
  • Before and after meals and snacks
  • After time outside
  • After bathroom use
  • After nose blowing or sneezing
  • Before departure

Face and Surface Touching

  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, and mouth while at school.
  • Avoid touching masks. Fresh disposable masks are available if needed.
  • Use the towel you dry your clean hands with to turn off the faucet and open the bathroom door when leaving.
  • Recognize that most of your efforts to stay away from the virus should be focused on social distancing and mask-wearing to avoid the virus’s aerosolization rather than avoiding touching things.

Restroom Use

  • One person at a time should be in the restroom, even if it has multiple toilet stalls.
  • All of our restrooms have been designated as gender-neutral. Use whichever restroom is available and comfortable for you.
  • The bathrooms in Upper Frodel and Upper Baker are designated for faculty use only.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • The staff will maintain a regular protocol for cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing appropriately. In addition to our daily tasks, a more intensive, thorough clean will be done regularly.
  • Students and faculty will be trained on proper cleaning procedures to help with wiping down desks and chairs between classes if used by different groups on the same day. Students will only be using cleaning solutions that are proven not to be harmful.


COVID-19 Coordinator


For further questions, please contact Catherine Freeman at cfreeman@westsoundacademy.org