COVID-19 Dashboard

At Willow Oak Montessori (WOM), our first priority is your child's physical, social, and mental health and safety. We believe, and we have been proving, that at school and in-person learning on our campus has the most promise for us to achieve our school's mission. Our path forward to increased safety, health, and well-being is guided by the NCDHHS StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit. Listed below are our Safety Guidelines & Practices:

  • Limit attendance of sick and/or symptomatic faculty, staff, & students

  • Expand opportunities and access to COVID-19 testing for symptomatic and exposed students and employees/volunteers

  • Encourage vaccination for our eligible community members

  • Adhere to proper masking indoors and outdoors

  • Follow proper quarantine practices with access to immediate testing to avoid school attendance loss

  • Continue regular cleaning and disinfecting practices

  • Monitor and use in-school transmission rates as a metric to keep students and staff safe

  • Limit visitors to essential school business only

  • Willow Oak Montessori's COVID-19 Protocol 2021-2022

Read each section below to learn about the practices we have in place.

Masking, Distancing & Handwashing


Universal masking indoors and outdoors including during recess and outdoor classes.

Maintaining 6 ft of distance when eating or drinking unmasked

Lunches/snacks kept as short as possible

3 ft distancing indoors whenever possible

6 ft distancing encouraged

Hand sanitizing stations in every class and learning space

Outdoor Learning & Eating


Willow Oak has outdoor spaces equipped for Outdoor Classrooms and Lunch and Snack Eating Spaces for each class. We strive to eat outside at all times except in case of inclement weather.

During eating and drinking we will:

  • keep 3 to 6 ft distance

  • keep lunch/snacks short

  • mask up when finished

WOM students love learning outside. We are working hard to equip more outdoor learning spaces and keeping each other safe.

Preparing Our Buildings


Each Campus building is outfitted with several layers of protection:

Upgraded filtration (MERV-13 filters)

Proper ventilation (minimum 5 air changes per hour, outdoor air via HVAC machines)

Regular cleaning, and disinfecting of commonly used indoor spaces with EPA approved cleansers

Vaccination for Staff, Students, Families and Our Community

We strongly encourage all eligible individuals to get vaccinated.


Currently, over 90% of our staff are vaccinated.


We have the ability to conduct on-site rapid antigen testing for any Willow Oak Montessori community member.

Public Comments about our Covid-19 plans may be directed to coudjit@willowoakmontessori.org

Community Data:

The numbers are as follows:

In NC, the state average is 5.9 % 7 day average as of 11/25/21, https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/testing.

County metrics:

Chatham County 5.14% - level of community transmission: substantial

Orange County 1.74 % - level of community transmission: moderate

Durham County 2.91 % - level of community transmission: substantial

Wake County 3.92 % - level of community transmission: substantial

(source: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view, as of November 29, 2021)