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 Depart of Education 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 regular COVID-19 testing for all students and staff during the school year, regardless of vaccination status.
- Students will not be allowed to attend school the day after the deadline without test results submitted to the school nurse.
- Testing must occur no earlier than one week prior to the due date.
- All tests must be conducted on-site at a testing location. At-home tests* will not be accepted.
Monday, September 13 (by noon) - Test on or after September 6
Monday, September 29 (by noon) - Test on or after September 22
Please contact the school nurse 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 in-person testing location within the aforementioned time frames.
Local Testing Sites
Delaware Curative Test Sites
Delaware's COVID-19 Testing Page
Updated: September 8, 2021
* The Delaware Department of Health has stated that "at-home tests are valuable for surveillance (awareness) but are not considered confirmatory."