Executive Summary of RTS Policies for Parents
At Sierra Waldorf School we believe that children thrive in a school environment where their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth is fostered and supported; Waldorf education is uniquely qualified to provide this environment. In order to promote good health, it is prudent to take steps to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff. As a community which endeavors to promote social renewal, we have a responsibility to engage in practices that support the health and well-being of the larger community; particularly those members of our community who are at higher risk. It is with the ideals of this holistic education and the creativity of our community that we will follow the State of California’s “Industry Guidance for Schools” as interpreted by our state and local Public Health Department.
Each class will be considered a pod or cohort. Kindergarten will be separated into three pods, Red Rose, White Rose, Moss Rose. Classes will aim to remain in their pods as much as possible, and will not mix during school hours. Because of this safety precaution, in the event a student or a teacher receives a positive COVID diagnosis, only that person’s class (“pod”) would have to quarantine.
In order to keep people with symptoms of illness away from campus, we will institute a policy of daily health screenings for anyone who comes on campus. Everyone who comes on campus must have a completed form indicating that they are free from Covid symptoms, including a temperature check. We encourage parents to perform these screenings on their children and selves at home, but for those that forget or are unable, screening stations will be available on campus.
If your child becomes sick at school someone will be designated to care for them and you will be notified immediately. You will be asked to pick up your child ASAP if you are unable you may have a designee pick up your child. If a teacher becomes sick at school they will be relieved immediately and their class cared for by a designee. The pod or cohort will only be dismissed if someone in the pod was diagnosed with Covid either by confirmed testing or via symptoms. Please do not send sick children to school. If you become sick with the symptoms of Covid-19 you may be asked to quarantine for 14 days, get a test to verify you are negative or get a note from your healthcare professional that you may return to school. The note from your healthcare professional will be incredibly important if you have symptoms that may present as Covid-19 but in fact are not, such as seasonal allergies.
Universal mask wearing can reduce the transmission of Covid-19. Per California law, masks or cloth face coverings are required for all staff and visitors on campus and for children 3rd grade and above at all times indoors, and outdoors unless able to maintain a six foot distance. Please note: the ability of a child to maintain a six foot distance will be determined by the class teacher and students may only remove their face coverings at the direction of their teacher. Children younger than second grade and younger will be strongly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering, but a face shield is an acceptable alternative for this cohort. We ask that this age group always bring a mask or face covering/shield with them to school.
Classrooms will be arranged with desks 6 feet apart from each other whenever possible or practical. It may be impractical or impossible for young children to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from each other, especially during outdoor free play, even when reminded or instructed. It may be the discretion of the teacher to have children don facial coverings during these times.
All classrooms will be cleaned frequently with minimal cleaning requirements at lunch recess and prior to the next school day. All shared materials will be cleaned and disinfected prior to sharing.
All people coming on campus will be required to perform proper hand hygiene. Educational material will be provided to you and your family on how to properly wash your hands. Students will be required to wash more frequently and in specific situations like after eating a meal or before entering a classroom.
In lieu of home visits, teachers will schedule individual family visits on campus. Classrooms will be cleaned between visits according to the cleaning policy.
Medically Fragile Individuals
While COVID-19 school policies can reduce risk, they will not prevent it entirely. Even with safety steps in place, some students with high-risk medical conditions may need other accommodations. Parents of medically fragile students should talk with their pediatrician and school staff to determine if their child can safely return to school.
All children are required to bring their own lunch and snack except in special situations. All early childhood families (Red Rose, White Rose and Moss Rose) will be required to provide their own snacks. All children participating in after school care will also be required to provide their own snacks. There may be situations in which food is provided to the children but only via the strict guidelines of the food at school policy.
All staff will be required to get tested for Covid-19 on a regular basis. It is not requires that your child be tested for Covid, we do however encourage all symptomatic children to be tested. Please refer to the sick child/adult policy.