March 10, 2020

Dear SGWS Families,

As COVID 19 moves into our state, we want to be sure that we are communicating with you regularly about our work to be informed and prepared.

We have created a web page on our website dedicated to current information in regard to COVID-19. Please bookmark this page and refer to it if you have questions. It will be updated regularly with pertinent information.

We have updated our emergency plan to include a COVID-19 task force which will include members of administration, early childhood, subject teachers, lower grades and upper grades. We are focused on the following areas in our emergency plan:
  • Staying informed
  • Increased focus on health and hygiene including modeling best practices for students in regards to hand washing, coughing/sneezing into a tissue and washing hands, increased cleaning of high touch surface areas, reminding parents and staff that if you or your child is sick, stay home. 
  • Clear and factual communication now and in case of closure
  • Clear and informed decision-making for changing/canceling events and field trips
  • Clear and informed decision-making regarding school closure
  • Tracking absenteeism of students and staff with the understanding it may increase
  • Distance learning in case of extended closure
  • School business and facility maintenance

If a school closure becomes necessary, families will be notified initially using OneCallNow and then a follow up email. We will use calamity days to account for the first few days of closure. During those calamity days, SGWS administration and faculty will solidify planning for distance learning should we need to remain closed for a longer period of time. As part of our school’s preparation, we ask every family to please fill out this survey. This will help us assess our community’s readiness as well as assist with specific needs of individual students. Please ensure that the school office has your correct email address.

We ask that you keep three things in mind as we move through this challenge in our state and nation.
  • Stay informed by reading all school communications
  • Use best practices in relation to health and hygiene.
  • Refer to our website for up to date information.

It’s important to remain calm. In talking to your child, please talk about this disease in a calm, developmentally appropriate manner. Empower your child by reinforcing and modeling frequent hand-washing.

Thank you for your support and partnership in keeping our community healthy. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Warmly,

Tracy Edwards
Director of Administration
Spring Garden Waldorf School
Spring Garden Waldorf School | www.sgws.org