COVID-19 Testing Requirements for WMS Students
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, WMS has instituted policies and procedures based on the research and recommendations put forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Policy Lab.
As a licensed facility through the Delaware OCCL, we are required to adhere to the strictest standards. The school nurse and other administrators attend multiple meetings each week, during which epidemiologists and government officials share the latest information and research related to the COVID-19 pandemic and offer guidance and recommendations to schools.
We have adapted our policies based on the advice of these experts. At the current time, these organizations are continuing to stress that schools need to continue to employ the mitigating strategies that have been in use: wearing face coverings, physical distancing, increased ventilation, spending time outdoors, and regular surveillance testing of both students and staff. These strategies are proven to be effective and will continue to be used until further notice.
Current Testing Requirements
Based on this information, Wilmington Montessori School currently requires COVID-19 testing for all students every two weeks during the school year.
**Camp Montessori families will be required to submit test results by Friday, June 11 and then, moving forward, on the 1st and 15th of each month.**
- All test results are due by 4 p.m. on the deadlines listed below. Students will not be allowed to attend school the day after the deadline without test results submitted to Nurse Kathy Wittig-Valtos.
- Testing must occur no earlier than six days prior to the due date.
- WMS requires PCR test results - other types of results will not be accepted.
May 26 (Test on or after Thursday, May 20)
June 11 (Test on or after Saturday, June 5) - Families attending Camp Montessori only
July 1 (Test on or after Friday, June 25) - Camp families
Please contact Nurse Kathy if you have any questions. We thank you for helping us keep our community safe!
As stated above, your child may be tested at any location offering PCR tests within the aforementioned time frame.
Local Testing Sites
New Castle County Pop-up Test Sites (These sites all offer PCR testing - appointments are highly recommended but not required.)
Delaware's COVID-19 Testing Page
Updated: May 13, 2021