CWA safely reopened for
daily Preschool – Grade 12
in-person learning in the
fall of 2020.

During the 2021-22 school year we have continued to provide daily on-campus instruction that is safe for every student and every member of our community.



Here are the steps we’ve taken to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff:

  • Our campus is currently closed to the public in order to limit exposure. Only Charles Wright employees, students, and approved visitors are permitted to enter campus buildings.

  • Students and adults, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a well-fitting 2 or 3-ply face covering while on campus.

  • We conduct mandatory health-screening assessments for everyone who enters campus.

  • Students and employees maintain physical distancing on campus, in classrooms, and during outdoor time.

  • Enhanced protocols for cleaning and disinfecting are in place, using COVID-19-approved products in learning spaces.

  • Individuals who do not meet the criteria in the health assessment checklist are not permitted on campus and advised to stay home.

  • We reduced occupancy of classrooms by measuring spaces in order to meet compliance with physical distancing requirements.

  • We increased Wi-Fi mapping to better use the entire campus for physical distancing.

  • We upgraded existing outdoor spaces on CWA’s 107-acre campus for increased daily classroom use.

  • We refined scheduling models in every grade to create staggered schedules and cohort-restricted groupings to minimize nonessential interactions and maximize academic opportunities in case of a transition between remote and in-person learning.

  • Faculty are engaged in professional training to ensure they continue with best practices for teaching in any of the planned models and scenarios.

  • We implemented a 1:1 technology program that provides all students with access to their own device for learning (iPads in early childhood and Chromebooks or laptops for older students).

  • An assembled response team meets frequently to discuss long-range implications and to make decisions regarding student status, absences, quarantines, and protocols.

  • We have strengthened and leveraged our social and emotional learning curriculum to support students and families as they cope with this new context.

  • We committed to creating intentional relationship-building opportunities with office hours, 1:1 student-faculty and family check-ins, spaces for clubs and affinity groups, and student organizations.

  • Senior leadership continuously examines our plans to determine needed changes in protocols, quarantines, supervision, next steps, and to create transparent communication with employees and families.


Virtual Town Hall



Our COVID Response Team meets regularly to make operational decisions with input and advice from specialized experts in a variety of disciplines. We consult with experts in technology, health and wellness, law, and communications to complement our efforts.

CWA is obligated to follow the requirements of these regulatory bodies:

  • The Office of the Governor
  • Pierce County Health Department
  • Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
  • Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)

Additionally, CWA reviews recommendations shared by these agencies:

  • Centers for Disease Control  (CDC)
  • The World Health Organization (WHO)
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS)
  • The Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS)
  • The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)