In accordance with public health measures enacted in the province of Nova Scotia, we are shifting to distance learning until May 17th.
Covid Protocols – Updated April 24, 2021
Our primary goal is to maintain in-school learning for our students because we believe the evidence shows this is in their best interests. Our colleagues at Waldorf schools across the country and in the United States have modeled that Waldorf education can provide a wholehearted education of the head, heart, and hands while meeting our responsibilities as members of a much larger, global community.
After reviewing how the newest directive from public health impacts our school, we understand that we need to move into our phase 2 protocols. These protocols are designed to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19 while minimizing the impact on learning outcomes and classroom experience for our students.
These are outlined as follows:
- Implementation of cohorts between the classes and step into a rotational schedule for recess. As previously discussed, siblings can still interact.
- The 4 grades classes will be split into 2 groups for rotation during recess and lunch recess (1,2,3,4 and 5,6,7,8)
- Enhanced Cleaning protocols are stepped up. Faculty and school cleaners will be spraying down all high-touch surfaces with our hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner.
- Handwashing is required upon entry, before eating, after eating, and regularly throughout the day. Students can choose to use hand sanitizer for entry, but soap and water be used before and after eating.
- Students are not required to wear masks while eating or drinking, while outdoors, while seated in their classroom at a distance of 2 meters from each other.
- All students will be required to mask when they are indoors and cannot maintain a physical distance of 2 meters from each other. This will look similar to masking in restaurants.
- Students will wear masks while moving between classrooms.
- Staff will wear masks when moving between rooms, while in common areas, and when we cannot maintain physical distance. For example, teachers will not need to mask while delivering a lesson at the front of the room, but will if they are giving one-on-one help to a student.
- No sharing of classroom supplies.
- No gatherings, such as assemblies.
- No cooking with students.
- Children who have any symptoms of COVID or who have family members who have any symptoms of COVID need to stay home from school and follow public health guidelines regarding return to school. See the Health Checks! below.
In addition to the above, we need to implement changes to pick up and drop off.
Parents are to remain in their cars when picking up and dropping off their children. Staff will walk children to and from their parent’s vehicles. There can be no lingering after school in the schoolyard. Traffic flow to come up school road and turn right onto Parish. Once children are in the vehicle, proceed up Parish to Cornwall road so more vehicles can turn onto Parish from School Rd. This applies to all classes with the exception of our Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centre. Children in our Kindergarten and early childhood center programs will continue the processes they have been using since September 2020.
When, and if, any parent needs to enter the buildings, they need to wear a mask and sanitize their hands. We have hand sanitizer available in each of our buildings for this purpose.
The directive from public health is extremely clear that all students in pre-primary to grade 12 province-wide are to be masked while indoors.
For those parents choosing to not send their children to school at this time, unfortunately, it is not possible for faculty to offer additional home teaching support.
We continue to be grateful that we have the flexibility and experience to teach outdoors, the physical space to give our students the required 2-meter distance from each other while at their desks, and for the privilege and good fortune we have had through 80% of the school year.
Please note that we are receiving more emails than usual and kindly ask that you please be extra patient and kind to our team members. This is a challenging time for everyone. The staff and faculty are also experiencing emotions as they take on the added extra work involved in recreating their teaching plans and physical changes, whilst keeping the students happy in a smoothly running environment.
Before attending school each day, parents are required to give their child a health check. Please see the attached Health Check Chart. If a child is experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19, they must stay home until they are free of symptoms or have received a negative COVID-19 test and are free of symptoms.
If you have concerns or questions regarding your child’s health, please contact 811 and follow their directions. A child with a chronic stable cough, sneeze, runny nose, or nasal congestion that is unchanged and clearly linked to a known medical condition such as asthma or allergies may still be able to attend school. If a child becomes sick at school, parents or an emergency contact need to pick them up within 30 minutes of being called.
If a child develops symptoms consistent with a possible COVID-19 infection, they will be taken to the staff room, to a comfortable healing space. A staff member will watch over the child until the parent/guardian comes to pick up the child. Common areas and toys used by the child will be cleaned. Having a COVID-19 test for a child is at the parents’ discretion. If a teacher or a child has a positive COVID-19 test, they are to inform the school immediately.
The school will inform the rest of the school community and follow the then current public health guidelines at the time of the outbreak. If you have concerns or questions regarding your child’s health, please call 811 for directions. The most important thing that we can do as parents to minimize the spread of the virus, is to keep sick children at home.