Information & Updates
Westminster is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. General updates will be posted to this page. Current families should stay tuned to emails and consistently check Veracross for updates specific to our community.
- Campus Opening
Our current plan is to hold classes on campus, five days a week.
The safety of our school community has always been a priority but COVID-19 has made this an even more urgent matter. Ensuring the safety of our community is one way we can love our neighbor as we love ourselves, and how we can do to others as we want them to do to us.
Our school reopening plan is based on substantial consultations, research, and prayer. We consolidated and carefully assessed the information from the CDC, multiple conversations with the leaders of Independent Schools of Saint Louis (ISSL), and the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA). We have also consulted with independent medical advisors including physicians from the Department of Family Medicine at Mercy Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis, and the St. Louis County Health Department’s infectious disease specialists.
- Guiding Principles
The following principles have informed our plans for the opening of school. As we progress through this year and our knowledge and the implications of COVID-19 evolve, these principles will be our “true north” and help us navigate our operational plans:
- Loving God, loving His Word, and living for Him are at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make.
- Providing an excellent educational experience for our students and protecting their physical, social, and mental health.
- Protecting the health and safety of our entire community as we navigate COVID-19.
- Prioritizing returning to normal operations while providing a reasonable and balanced working environment for our faculty and staff.
- Reaching higher by loving our neighbors as ourselves and doing to them as we would have done to us.
- As instructed by the scriptures, obeying and honoring civil authorities.
- Giving and receiving grace, respect, and patience, recognizing that people have different perspectives as we navigate and respond to the changing nature of COVID-19, governmental restrictions, expert guidance, and best practices.
- School Plan
We are returning to normal school hours and will follow the new schedule announced with the WestminsterYOU program.
- Revisions to These Policies
PLEASE NOTE: Our plans for reopening the campus and the protocols we have established are subject to change based on campus and/or community-wide case numbers, transmission, hospitalizations, quarantines, community spread, and guidelines and/or mandates from health agencies and government authorities. Such changes could include requiring the wearing of masks, limiting attendance at school events, requiring COVID testing for unvaccinated individuals, etc., as deemed necessary and appropriate by the administration.
Consistent with the advice of our medical advisors, the CDC, and national leading medical professionals, we strongly encourage members of our school community to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Masks will not be required for any persons on campus at Westminster. Although we are not requiring masking at this time, the CDC currently recommends masks be worn indoors by individuals who are not fully vaccinated, especially when physical distancing cannot be maintained. The CDC also recommends that vaccinated persons wear a mask indoors if there is a community risk of substantial or high transmission.
- Health Monitoring and Screenings
We will not be requiring the health screening protocol as we did last year. However, in an effort to keep our community safe and healthy, we want to remind students, employees, and visitors to be extra vigilant and stay home when you are ill and experiencing respiratory symptoms that are similar to COVID-19 or the common cold virus.
- Contact Tracing and Quarantines
Contact tracing and quarantine will remain in effect per the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health.
- If a student or employee is fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact on campus, they will not be required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic after the exposure. Please submit your vaccination verification card in order to help avoid potential future quarantine.
- If a student or employee is not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact on campus, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days to comply with the St Louis County Health Department order. The student is not allowed to return to campus for classes, sports, or other activities for 10 days.
- Cleaning and Sanitation
We will continue with the enhanced cleaning procedures that were implemented during the 2020–21 school year.
- Academic Expectations During Quarantine
Online synchronous classes will not be offered for quarantine students, but we will come alongside those students using our robust Canvas learning system to keep them updated, on-task, and schedule make-up exams. Students at home due to school-directed quarantine will be expected to stay current with their school work using Canvas. We know how critical consistent communication is when missing classes, so we will work together to ensure that occurs.
- Athletics, Fine Arts, and Other Cocurricular Programs
Masks are not required for athletes or coaches. Our indoor sports will work with opposing teams if they request masking. Spectators at Westminster will not be required to wear masks. Other co-curricular programs such as student clubs and leadership meetings will be operated in normal settings. Quarantine policies will be followed in the instance of positive COVID cases.
- Lunch, Assemblies, Student Life, and Community Events
Daily lunch on campus will resume as in pre-COVID years. New extended lunch hours and locations will provide proper social distancing. We expect most student life and community events will operate as normal.