COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Check here for updates for Richmond Waldorf School’s Response plan to COVID-19

Richmond Waldorf School takes the well-being and safety of our students, parents, staff, and visitors seriously and we are actively preparing for the return of students to school this fall. Our Health and Safety procedures and protocols are based on recommendations from the CDC – Centers for Disease Control and VDH – Virginia Department of Health .
 
Please note that the our plan, published on June 22, is with the awareness that CDC and VDH Guidelines may change and may affect our planning for the Health and Safety of students, parents, staff, and visitors.  Questions should be directed to Nancy Cross , Interim Director of Administration.
 
If you are a prospective parent looking to talk about admissions, submit an inquiry here. 

FAQ:

Our policies and procedures are constantly adapting! This list was last updated on July 10, 2020. 

Is Richmond Waldorf School reopening for on-campus learning? 

Yes. RWS is currently planning for on-campus learning for  the 2020-2021 school year. A Health and Safety Team is providing guidelines and protocols for students, parents, staff and visitors. We are following guidelines from CDC and VA Dept of Health.  We feel confident that we can offer a safe and meaningful on-campus experience, and there will be several modifications to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible. We are working alongside many other schools regionally and nationally, as well as Dept of Education, Dept of Social Services, and VA Council on Private Education, to ensure we are following all best practices and being proactive to do our part to provide a quality education in a safe environment. 

When would Distance Learning take place?

In the event of a mandate to close schools, RWS will facilitate Distance Learning for all students, Early Childhood through 8th grade. More details for Distance Learning policies and procedures are on our Beyond the Classroom page. 

What Health & Safety precautions are being taken? 

In short, many! This is a current state of our on-campus reopening plans, published on June 22, 2020: 

RWS Building Interior

  • HVAC Air Filtration System – To improve efficiency and removal of higher percentages of airborne contaminants and to improve indoor air quality, all filters will be upgraded.
  • UV Lighting units – To disinfect rooms not served by the HVAC Air System, individual units of UV lighting will be placed in the rooms. These rooms include first and second grades, administration offices, and the main lobby.
  • Water Fountains – Although our water has been tested and is safe to drink, the fountains will be covered to prevent touching the handles.  
  • Hallway & Lobby furniture – removed 
  • Lobby Filtered Water machine – removed 
  • Front Office – see-through desk partition and Non-contact thermometer
  • Isolation spaces – Front Office rearranged to accommodate up to 3 students
  • Gym – spaced seating for Late Arrivals (after 8:15 a.m.) will be supervised. Late arriving students will be escorted from the gym to their classrooms at 8:45 a.m. All Late Arrivals will be required to wear a mask as they are escorted in the hallways to their classroom.
  • Large Bathrooms – 2 students at a time; sink barriers installed
  • Single Bathrooms – 1 student at a time
  • Gym Bathrooms – 1 student at a time
  • Copier/Mail room – 1 person at a time
  • MS Library Computer – Employees who use this computer will have gloves and disinfectant placed next to the unit and will be required to log in the date and time of use as a means of “Contact Tracing”.
  • Cleaning – UV Disinfecting Wands for surface cleaning will be supplied to the Cleaning vendor
  • Cleaning – Products used will meet recommendations of the CDC
  • Hand sanitizer will be placed in every room
  • Use of Building: No entry, outside regular school days/times other than staff for school purposes, unless approved by Interim Director of Administration.

RWS Building Exterior

  • Playground structures: Plastic and metal surfaces will be cleaned daily
  • Entrances marked with 6’ spacing on surfaces
  • Recess and Outdoor Classroom spaces will be identified 
  • Entrances:  
  • 8th Grade – MS Playground hallway door
  • 5th & 7th Grades – MS Breezeway door  
  • 1st – 4th Grades – Main building Breezeway door
  • Early Childhood – EC Entrance
  • Fire Drills will require face masks in hallways (except EC) and 6’ spacing. 

Required by students/parents/staff

  • Start of school COVID Health Statement signed to include:
  • At Home Daily temperature checks required by all staff, students. Staff and students recording a temperature of 100.4 degrees (CDC defines as ‘fever’) should stay home and notify the school Front Office immediately.
  • Reporting COVID symptoms / diagnosed positive COVID test to the Director of Administration.
  • Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  • Grades students, parents, staff – mask required until at desk and in hallways when social distancing may not be possible
  • EC students age three and under are not required to wear face masks. EC students, ages 4-6, are encouraged to wear a mask until they enter the classroom and when in the hallways when social distancing may not be possible
  • More frequent handwashing within classrooms/bathrooms will be encouraged
  • All staff will be provided with a Face Shield to use when necessary
  • All staff will be required to wear face masks in the hallways when social distancing is not possible and until they enter their classroom or office.
Required by visitors/vendors/tutors
  • On-site or on-line Health Check sheet completion
  • Mask/face shield required 
  • Sign-In / Out, to enable ‘Contact Tracing’
  • Hand sanitizer before allowed into space 
  • Escort to location
Classrooms in Grades 1 to 8: 
  • Desks spaced 6’ apart 
  • Personal items (clothing, shoes, lunch box, etc) must not touch another student’s items
  • Items nor food should be shared
  • Non-contact thermometer in Middle School area
  • “Gatherings” limited to 50 with social distancing 
  • Specialty teachers will come to the classrooms when required
  • Language and Music rooms seating will have 6’ spaced seating
Early Childhood Classrooms
  • Spacing 6’ assigned
  • Staggered “At the Table” time, with social distancing
  • Out-of-doors time extended for some activities
  • Bags for clothing, item storage, not to touch others, will be provided
  • More frequent handwashing will be added to daily schedule
  • Non-contact thermometer in EC area
  • Toys and other ‘touch’ items – will follow the CDC sharing & cleaning guidelines for schools and child care
  • Classes will avoid intermingling of students from different classes as much as possible
Aftercare
  • Social distance spacing and small groups separation (EC, Grades, MS)
  • Toys and other ‘touch’ items – will follow the CDC sharing & cleaning guidelines for schools and child care
  • Handwashing as the students enter the Aftercare space/s and frequently as needed
  • Out-of-doors time extended for appropriate activities
Sports and Movement
  • RWS Basketball and Soccer teams will practice and train for skills and techniques only. No equipment will be shared. Students should expect to provide their own equipment. Incidental touching is expected, but NOT intentional touching. When deemed ‘intentional’ the student may be required to leave the team.
  • Movement classes will require 10’ spacing when active participation in the lesson

What will happen if a student is not Feeling Well at school?

Front Office
  • Isolation via space dividers for privacy, up to 3 students at a time
  • Small cot, trashcan, tissues, bottled water in each space
  • Temperature will be taken and presenting-symptoms recorded
  • Parent/s will be called to confirm pick up
  • Parents will be required to send email or call when the student cannot attend the following day, by 8:00 a.m.
  • A physician’s note may be required prior to returning to school 
COVID POSITIVE RESULT OF STAFF OR STUDENT
  • Continuing RWS protocols, a staff member, student or community immediate family member who has confirmed COVID diagnosis, must report the diagnosis to the Interim Director of Administration.
  • On-site vendors will be required to contact RWS should a confirmed COVID diagnosis be made of personnel who have been on campus 14 days prior to a RWS positive diagnosis.
  • CDC and VA Department of Health guidelines will be followed, including temporary closure of school for cleaning, for reporting, communicating to the community, cleaning and reopening.
  • Closings, not required by the Governor, will be counted toward required Make Up Days for compliance for Instructional Days.

What are the guidelines for entering the building?

The safety of our school community is paramount at a time such as this. Visitors must schedule an appointment in advance and complete a Health & Safety certification before entering the building. Masks are required to be worn at all times by visitors, and social distancing is required. 
 
We anticipate for the 2020-2021 school year that parents will not be entering the buidling for pick up and drop off. 
 
Students arriving late to school will wait in the gym until 8:45 when they are escorted to class. Students will be supervised and maintain a 6-foot distance, as well as wear a mask. 
 

What accommodations will be made for students who cannot attend in-person instruction, even if learning is happening on site?

Our Administration and Facutly are currently identifying the protocols and procedures for “At Home Learning”. 

What can families, students, and school personnel do to keep from getting sick and spreading COVID-19?

The CDC recommends the following preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, have gone to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Always wash hands with soap and water when your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.  
  • Practice “social distancing” and keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others who are not in your immediate family. Avoid play dates and public gatherings. 
  • Avoid close contact (six feet or less) with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick (and do not return to school until you are fever-free for 72 hours without medication). We ask you to strictly adhere to this policy.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. (List of EPA registered products.)

 

Who can you contact with questions, concerns, or for more information?

Parents and community members are invited to contact a member of RWS’ Leadership Team with any questions. 

Nancy Cross, Interim Director of Administration