Olympia Waldorf School News and Planning
Please see the bottom of this page for email communications regarding COVID-19. Stay safe!
Grades orientation schedule:
Monday 8-10 AM - 3rd and 8th grades
Monday 11AM-1pm - 4th grade
Tuesday 8-10 AM - 6/7th and 1st grades
Tuesday 11AM-1PM - 5th and 2nd grades
FAQ's for 2020-21
Will students be on-campus in the fall?
The short answer is "yes". It is our goal to have students on campus as much as possible. Unless the Governor issues another order to close schools, we will be open for on-campus learning. We are currently planning for full school days beginning on August 19th. Our classes are small enough to fit in classrooms even with social distancing.
Our early childhood will be on campus even in the event of school closures, as our childcare license allows for continued operation.
Will masks be required for students?
We are expected to follow Dept. of Health Guidelines and our Governor's mandates to the best of our ability. At this time (7/10/20), we are required to have masks for Kindergarten and up when inside. The guidelines have been changing often, so we are maintaining flexibility at this time. It may be that shields become an option for students. We ask that families provide masks for their students, at least 3 each day. We will have disposable masks available when needed.
Along the same lines, all adults entering the buildings will be required to wear cloth masks.
What if the school determines someone has COVID-19 symptoms during the school day?
Any person who shows symptoms (as outlined by WA DOH) will be separated from class and isolated until they can be picked up. Depending on the severity of symptoms, the school has a couple of options on how to proceed for an immediate response. School administration will review symptoms, exposure factors, and health authority advice to determine the appropriate changes. A likely response is to have that class outside for the rest of the day with strict social distancing and a thorough cleaning of the classroom.
Will you inform parents if someone at the school tests positive for COVID-19?
Yes. We will notify families that may have had contact. We must adhere to strict policies around confidentiality, but you can assume that contract tracing will occur and notification will happen either through health officials or the school.
In the case of another government required quarantine, what will remote schooling look like?
Early childhood will continue on campus.
Grades 1-8 will have a set online schedule using Google Classroom and Google Meet.
Grades 1-4 will begin main lesson at 9 am and have one more specialty class each day online. There will be 30-45 min of independent work each day.
Grades 5-8 will begin main lesson at 10 am and have two more specialty classes each day online. There will be 45-90 min of independent work each day.
Will extended care be offered?
Yes, we are offering extended care. Students must be registered for bulk care. There will be no drop-in or hourly care. If you are in early childhood and need extended care, please let us know right away, as only certain classes/cohorts will be able to utilize extended care this year. More information and forms will be available as soon as possible.
Is there a home-school option for this school year?
We are offering some digital options this year. More information to come very soon!
What can we do to help?
Please attend the all-school meetings to keep informed and give feedback.
We have some outdoor desks that need to be made. Our Facilities Manager has plans for these that are relatively simple. Please email her at email@example.com. We also need to build some small outdoor covered structures, especially in Kinderhaus area. Again, please contact Tiffany if you can help.
If you have any expertise with wiring or technology, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We need some help with cables and setup of wireless system.
If you have access to any really large tents, we are looking for some for outdoor classroom space.
I've heard that parents will not be allowed in the buildings, is this true?
For the most part, parents will not be allowed in any of the school buildings. This is very important for social distancing and exposure mitigation. We have moved the main office to the basement office that has an outside door for easy access (to get assistance, drop off children when late, pick up children early for appointments, etc.). Parents may also make appointments for various needs that require them to be on campus, but we will require them to still enter through the main office to sign in and for screening.
The following websites are good sources of information regarding this virus. We encourage you to know the facts and be aware of developments.
- WA Department of Health
- Seattle Department of Health
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Johns Hopkins
- How to talk to children about difficult news
- Explaining the News to Our Kids
- How to Talk to Kids About the Corona virus Outbreak
- How to Talk to Kids About Corona virus
- Comic for kids explaining Corona virus
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