COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Check here for updates for how COVID-19 is affecting Richmond Waldorf School. 

3/27/20:
Our Administration is working to ensure financial impacts are minimal to our community, staff and programs. Each of the affected programs are addressed below:
  • Grades and Early Childhood: Tuition, 2019-2020, is expected to be billed and paid as we continue to provide the RWS education. Parents or guardians impacted by circumstances that are affecting the ability to pay should contact Nancy Cross, Interim Director Administration. TADS payments can be extended through August 2020. If you wish to extend your payments, please do so through TADS. Their phone number is 800-477-8237.
  • Sprouts: Participants will be refunded for the two (2) classes that were cancelled. Refunds will be mailed by April 20, 2020. 
  • Aftercare: Participants will receive refunds for care not provided after March 13, 2020. We are reviewing each contract payment schedule. The Business Office will handle these and will send refunds by April 20, 2020.
  • 2020-2021 Tuition Adjustment / Financial Aid applications:  The Tuition Adjustment committee continues to review financial aid applications each week as TADS completes their verification process for each family. Financial aid appeals due to COVID-19 impacts will be considered. Further, if you do not have a need now but your circumstances change later, we will review and consider additional tuition adjustment. Families in need of support or who have questions should get in touch with Valerie Hogan. You will use the TADS system to provide changes to your financial state.
  • 2020-2021 Re-Enrollment: Contracts are being received for next school year and we thank you for your confidence in RWS! We also know we are in an unprecedented time, and many may be questioning future plans. We want to do our best to get through this together as a community. Please contact us if you are considering withdrawal due to financial constraints and/or uncertainty due to COVID-19 and its impacts. To support our families, we are extending the re-enrollment period through June 5. Additionally, your enrollment fee will remain $200 with no increase. RWS will also defer payment of enrollment fee into tuition payment plan upon parent request. Please reach out to have a conversation so we can help as we are able.
 
For families receiving refunds, we ask you to consider making the refund amount a donation to RWS at this time.  If that is your desire, please contact Lorraine Graff, Accounting Coordinator, 804-377-8024.
 
We are certain with close attention to our current budget, we will get through this academic year successfully. We also continue to plan and budget for our 2020-2021 academic year. It is wonderful to be part of a caring and dedicated community. We THANK YOU!
 
Interim Director of Administration
3/25/20: 
Early Childhood Package Pickup on Thurs, April 9 & again on Thurs, May 7
When:  Thursday, April 9 from 10-2 and then again on Thursday, May 7 from 10-2
Where:  Behind the school in the grades pick up/drop off area.  Please stay in your car.
There will be labeled bags for each child.  Staff will be outside to hand the bags to you.  If you are not able to come to RWS during this time, contact your child’s teacher.  
 
April 9th package will include: 
  • Extra Clothes, rain gear, and indoor shoes.
  • Craft materials 
  • Materials for the sun’s doll making and jump ropes for the Oak and Magnolia classes
  • Plants from the Acorn and Willow classes
May 7th package will include: 
  • Craft materials for sewing projects 
  • Birthday Gifts for birthdays missed 
  • Paintings and Drawings
3/23/20 – Governor Northam has ordered all K-12 schools to close for the remainder of the academic year. More communication to follow. 
3/18/20: Grades 1 – 8 Distance Learning to begin on Monday, March 23 via Google Classroom. 

School Supplies Pick Up to Prepare for Distance Learning – 

When: Friday, March 20 from 2 – 6pm
Where: Behind school in the grades pick up/drop off area.
 
There will be labeled bags for each student and staff will be outside to provide families with needed supplies and materials for their student’s distance learning. Contact your child’s teacher or Letitia Amey with any questions or if an alternative is needed.
Schedule Update – March 13, 2020, 2:55 p.m.
Governor Ralph Northam has ordered all Virginia K-12 schools to close for at least two weeks as the outbreak of Coronavirus continues to spread.
 
Richmond Waldorf School will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.
All school activities including Aftercare, class plays, and soccer are also cancelled during this time.

FAQ:

Is Richmond Waldorf School closed?

RWS is closed from March 16 through the end of the Academic Year as per Governor Northam’s order to close all schools. Distance Learning programs are being facilitated to all enrolled students. RWS continues to operate regularly and remotely.

Please be safe and practice social distancing. Play dates are strongly discouraged.  

How will my student’s curriculum be delivered while school is closed?

Each Class Teacher is preparing for Distance Learning. This will be tailored for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School students. The intention and expectation is that the daily school rhythm remain as close to being at school as possible.

Early Childhood parents have been contacted by their child’s teacher and provided with recommendations and tools to provide a consistent environment.  

Grades Class and Specialty teachers will use Google Classroom for distance learning.  For Grades 1 to 8, to the extent possible, the manner of instruction via distance learning is to be true to a Waldorf curriculum while the student is at home. Parents will hear directly from teachers with instructional information and materials as well as hours each teacher is available for questions or to provide support. 

Distance Learning for Grades 1 – 8 

  1. Distance Learning for students in Grades 1 – 8 will begin Monday, March 23, 2020 morning via Google Classroom. The intention and expectation is that the daily school rhythm will remain as close to being at school as possible, and to ensure all students are engaged and keeping up with their learning. 
  2. Bags with student supplies to support work will be available for pick up Friday, March 20, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Please park at the Drop Off/Pick Up area to get your students supplies, texts, specific student instructions, if any.  Faculty & Administrative staff will be in the area outside to assist you as we can with the pick up. Your class teacher will be in touch with you before Friday, if you need to pick up supplies.

Will Parent-Teacher Conferences still be held? 

Parent-Teacher conferences initially scheduled for March 20 and 23 are postponed.  Parents are encouraged to call or email the classroom or specialty teacher should they have questions about their student’s progress.  Teachers will contact parents of students who are experiencing problems with their assignments.

What are the guidelines for entering the building?

The safety of our school community is paramount at a time such as this. While school is closed, building entry will be closely monitored and is discouraged unless absolutely necessary. If parents need any items from the building they should reach out to their child’s teacher for support.
 
If you are a faculty, board, or community member coming into the building, you must sign in on the log book, even if just coming in for a moment. The log books are located at the front entrance near the alarm system and the Early Childhood hall entry doors.

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

Richmond Waldorf School