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COVID-19 and Remote Learning

Health and Safety Grades School Campus Reopening Guide
 
COVID-19 Stand Together Fund
 
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There are many families in our WWS community who have been or will greatly be impacted by the sudden economic impact of this pandemic including many small and large businesses. As such, WWS has created the COVID-19 Stand Together Fund. To make a donation to the COVID-19 Stand Together Fund, please click the donate button (and thank you for your generosity!):
 
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WWS has created the COVID-19 Stand Together Fund with two main goals in mind:
 
  1. to provide assistance to families in our immediate community who are suffering because of these unprecedented times*
  2. to provide support to meet expected new state-mandated compliance requirements for safely re-opening our campus for our students, teachers, and employees.
 
Several families have inquired about donating to this fund in support of community members who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To make a donation to the COVID-19 Stand Together Fund, please do so by clicking here.
 

*If you are a family that needs help now, please reach out to Mike Quishenberry at mike@wswaldorf.org.
 
This section of the website provides timely updates specific to Westside Waldorf School’s response and planning efforts in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Westside Waldorf School will continue to operate the school remotely through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
 
Teacher guidance and/or expectations for families and students, distance-learning resources, and individual class plans are communicated through email and/or MS Teams depending on grade level.
 
On this page, our teachers share some original teaching materials and additional learning resources for our students and parents (and greater community for a peek into Waldorf education).
 
If you need assistance with MS Teams, please contact Sarabeth at scarter@wswaldorf.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

While we are looking at different scenarios to accommodate our classes under new and changing government requirements to safely reopen our campus facilities, we are working hard toward a September 9th opening as originally planned pre-pandemic. Of course, we will keep you updated if the plan needs to change. 
Our teachers continue to prepare lessons, assignments, activities, resources, etc. that allow WWS's rich educational program to continue in each student's home.  A combination of print-at-home learning materials and online resources including emails, audio and video recordings, Zoom calls, and Microsoft Teams is being used in varying degrees depending on grade level.
WWS will continue with our distance learning program through the rest of the 20192020 school session, along with LAUSD, SMMUSD, and Waldorf schools throughout America. It is unlikely at this time that we will be able to return to our school buildings for the remainder of the year but will stay flexible.
We are sad to announce the cancellation of this year's on-campus in-person summer camps. However, Grades Camp for incoming 2nd 6th graders will take place virtually with online activities during regular camp hours for all scheduled camp sessions. For more information on summer camp with Ms. Brenna, please click here.
We are not providing tuition refunds. Most of the tuition and fees that families have paid this year have already been spent on non-refundable costs or will be spent on costs that Westside Waldorf School will incur whether or not it has students on campus, such as salaries and rent.
 
However, to support our families, we have provided the COVID-19 Stand Together Fund to help families who are suffering from financial stress related to COVID-19. Please reach out to Mike Q at mike@wswaldorf.org.
The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. While Westside Waldorf School monitors other school closings including public and other independent schools, WWS makes decisions  independently  based on the school's unique needs and situation, as well as guidance from external agencies.
Pre-paid fees for the after-care program, cancelled class trips, and Early Childhood summer camp will be refunded or can be applied as credit for the upcoming school year. Families already registered for Grades camp who do not wish to enroll in Virtual Camp may also request to have their fees refunded or applied as credit toward next year's school fees. The fees for the summer camp program have been reduced, so any amount paid over the actual cost can also be refunded or applied as credit toward next year's school fees.
If you think that you or a family member may have been exposed to the coronavirus, even if there are no symptoms, call your health care professional; they will work with local health officials and the CDC to determine if testing is necessary. If a person you have been in close contact with tests positive, they will be asked by the Department of Public Health whom they’ve shared space with; if they list you, you will be notified.
Social Distancing
Scientists believe very strongly that practicing aggressive social distancing will slow the spread of this infection, allowing hospitals to care for patients without being completely inundated. The more that people keep to themselves and avoid interactions with others, the more effective this strategy will be. Recommendations include:
 
  • Remain out of congregate settings.
  • Avoid mass gatherings.
  • Maintain distance (approximately six feet) from others when possible.
 
While the above measures are helpful, please note that the most effective form of social distancing happens when families isolate themselves as much as possible. For example, do not gather students together for remote learning and refrain from participating in play dates and other social activities. This aggressive tactic is the best way to reduce the risk of contracting the infection or spreading it to others.

 
Good Hygiene
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • While you should try to limit your time outside the home except for essential activities, it is especially crucial to stay home when you are sick. Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

Limiting Travel
  • As experts highly recommend social distancing to combat the spread of COVID-19, consider canceling all but essential travel, both domestically and internationally.
  • Anyone traveling to a country deemed Level 2 or 3 by the CDC should self-quarantine for 14 days after returning. As this list is subject to change, please check here for the latest updates.
  • Stay abreast of what developing travel bans may impact your plans.
Additional Learning Resources
 
Information Resources
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Please visit these links for information and aid in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
  • With support from the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles, the Angeleno Card provides financial assistance for in-need households via no-fee prepaid cards.

  • The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) has launched a temporary program to deliver food and other vital items to older and dependent adults.

  • The Westside Food bank has published a list of local food pantries.

  • OnwardCA provides employment opportunities and essential life services—including money, groceries and child care—to California workers who have been displaced by COVID-19.

  • The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has also published a list of resources, including educational tools and Grab & Go Food Center locations; note that your child does not have to attend an LAUSD school to receive free meals.

  • A number of internet service providers are making internet accessible for free for families with K-12 students, including ComcastCox Communications and Charter Communications. Please visit the internet service provider's website for information on restrictions and how to enroll. 
Have something to share with our community? Send information to communityassociation@wswaldorf.org.