Waldorf School of the Peninsula administration, together with our dedicated faculty and Board of Trustees, has spent the last several months developing a framework for the 2020-2021 school year designed to provide a developmentally appropriate experience for students while keeping students, teachers, staff, and families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We expect to come back to school with in-person learning in the fall, leveraging the resilience and creativity of our faculty and staff, the support of our community at large, and the flexibility of our campus configuration. Our complete framework is meant to allow our school to be responsive to the possible ways in which the situation might evolve, while taking into account current scientific knowledge and regulations from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
We are considering multiple parameters to determine how to reduce the risks of transmission within the SCCPHD guidelines. Among these factors we are taking into consideration group size and connectedness, physical distancing, ventilation, activities, and location (indoor vs. outdoor).
Within each given grouping and configuration, we are planning additional cleaning procedures, personal hygiene rules, such as regular hand washing, respiratory etiquette, and wearing masks where appropriate. We are also looking into ways to reduce the sharing of any tools, utensils or toys by students and staff. We will be reviewing all our activities and procedures to fit these rules. Our ultimate goal is to create a safe environment while limiting the impact on the educational and human experience we provide.
The work of responding to this moment, creating flexibility, developing new class and school configurations for the school year, and writing new policies and content that fit new modalities is the work of the entire faculty, administration, and board at WSP. Our plan was created with the input from our families received at virtual “town hall” meetings where our community members had a chance to think through these challenges and come up with creative solutions. Each of us is playing a role in which we have to be aware of the larger picture as well as our individual needs, responsibilities to our students, staff, and community within our individual domains of expertise.
It is our hope that in a few years when we will recall this time with our children, it will be this communal spirit of support and effort that we will remember.
See below for pages with more information and resources for you during this time at home, and information on connecting with our Admissions Directors.