Community Health

 


Dear Members of the BWL Community:

Guidance from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics states that the benefits of in person learning outweigh the risks posed by COVID-19 in almost all circumstances. Requests for remote learning (e.g., for families who are living overseas or far away) will be considered individually and should be directed to the appropriate Division Director: Curtis March for Upper School, Lori Kennedy for Middle School, or Kevie Michael for Lower School.

Given the highly contagious nature of variants that continue to circulate, we have simplified the process of submitting test results and vaccination status through the online Health Portal. This system for reporting testing and vaccination updates will be effective and easy for families

Masks will be worn by all students, faculty and staff while at school.

We will continue to use Ruvna Health, a daily digital symptom screening platform, for everyone in the community. The rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols that were established during the 2020-21 academic year will remain in effect. The building will be sanitary at all times. 

Most appointments with parents, including parent/teacher conferences and curriculum night events, will take place via Zoom. Large assemblies where we are not able to maintain social distancing between students will also take place via Zoom until further notice. We expect to liberalize these protocols once the infection rates in New York City begin to decrease.

Lunch will be delivered to students individually in grades K through 8, using the protocols we followed last year, in which parents in those grades pre-ordered lunch for their children through Nutrislice via Cater To You, our food service provider. Upper School students will be permitted to leave the building and purchase lunch outside. 

The School will continue to follow the quarantine protocols as outlined by the Department of Health. In each instance of a positive case being reported, the School takes into consideration, and consults with the DOH on, the following: point of exposure and diagnosis, arrival of symptoms, contact tracing within the school, and vaccinations. The decision to close a class or division is based on the data collected in each case. All schools are required to cooperate with state and local health department contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine efforts, and act on warning signs about COVID-19 transmission.

We thank you for helping BWL to remain open safely during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

BWL Administration (bwladministration@gbwl.org