Coronavirus Resources

LOOKING FORWARD
TO THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
Masking Policy
 
We strongly believe that having students physically on campus is the best way for them to receive the full benefit of a world-class Walker education. Recent studies show that while the current vaccines are still highly effective against severe infection, hospitalization and death, the effectiveness of the vaccines against asymptomatic, mild to moderate disease is less effective with the Delta variant than in previous strains of the virus. 

Given this new information and the evolving nature of the COVID pandemic, we are adjusting our masking policy to require masks when indoors for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to re-evaluate this policy and are hopeful that we will be able to make adjustments to our masking protocols as the situation improves.

  • Students should bring an extra mask to school each day. Masks must be worn indoors and when on school buses at all times regardless of vaccination status.  
  • Masks must be at least two layers of tightly woven fabric, fit snugly against the sides of the face without gaps or without falling, and must be secured with ties or ear loops. Masks may not have a valve. Gaiters, bandanas, and neck fleeces are not permitted.

As has been the case since the beginning of the pandemic, we promise to continue to learn about COVID, review our safety enhancements for effectiveness and make adjustments when necessary given the rapidly changing nature of this disease.
Physical Distancing

Student seating will be placed at the CDC-recommended 3 feet of distance; however, based on research about COVID spread in schools, strict physical distancing will not be required. Students will be allowed to gather for classwork, group work and other meaningful activities.


Contact Tracing, Isolation & Quarantines

Our COVID Support team will remain in place, and contact tracing will be conducted when a positive COVID case occurs within our school population. 
The definition of a close contact has been modified.
  • Fully vaccinated community members will no longer be required to quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Students engaged in activities in the classroom will not be considered a close contact as long as their exposure is not within 3 feet and both the COVID-positive community member and the potential close contact were properly masked.

 Other

  • Students, employees and other community members should not come to campus if they are sick or exhibiting the signs or symptoms of COVID.
  • The Extended Day Program will be held daily, and students will not be required to cohort. Capacities will be limited for individual rooms, however.
  • Please remember to notify our COVID Support Team at walkernurse@thewalkerschool.org if your child is exhibiting the symptoms of COVID or if your child has been deemed a close contact.
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette will be taught, and hand sanitizer stations will be placed around campus.
  • The campus will be cleaned daily, and classrooms will be cleaned immediately if a person exhibiting symptoms occupied the space.
  • The Dining Halls will be open, and students will eat in those dedicated spaces with their peers. Students in Middle School and Upper School will also be permitted to eat outside.
  • Field trips and travel will be permitted. Trips will be reviewed to ensure that safety precautions are taken.
  • Our buildings' mechanical systems have been recalibrated to maximize fresh air intake with increased filtration. We have also installed bipolar ionization systems that proactively purify indoor air.
  • Our buses have bipolar ionization systems that proactively purify the air. All bus riders, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks. Student capacity will not be limited on school buses.
  • Visitors to campus and parent gatherings will be welcomed. 
  • Main Campus

    700 Cobb Parkway North
    Marietta, GA 30062
    770.427.2689
  • Primary School

    830 Damar Road
    Marietta, GA 30062
    770.427.2689
The Walker School is a private, co-ed day school offering opportunities in academics, arts, and athletics for preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students in Metro Atlanta.