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We would like to share, while we navigate this unusual time, that calm, good will and joy are more important than ever in times such as these. The values of kindness and community, of truth, beauty and goodness that are core to our school can guide us. Remember to go outside and enjoy this beautiful summer, to keep times of quiet and delight in your days, for your children and yourselves!
- Community Letter 5/4/2020
- Community Letter 4/16/2020
- Community Letter 4/7/2020
- Community Letter- 3/25/2020
- Community Letter- 3/17/2020
- Email Update 3/13/2020-Remote Learning Information
- Email Update 3/13/2020
- Email Update 3/3/2020
- Email Update 3/2/2020
- Email Update 2/27/2020
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- Explaining the News to Our Kids
- How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I keep my child home from school?
Do not send your child to school if you suspect he or she may be ill, and has exhibited any of the following signs or symptoms:
- An elevated temperature of 100 degrees or more during the last 24 hours.
- Vomiting within the last 24 hours.
- Repeated episodes of diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
- Chills, loss of appetite, unusual fatigue, and/or lingering headache.
- A significant amount of nasal discharge, particularly if the discharge is yellow or greenish in color.
- A persistent cough.
- A significant sore throat.
- An earache.
In response to the Covid 19 virus, the school reserves the right to ask a student to stay home for up to 14 days if the student, or a family member, have tested positive for the Covid 19 virus.
If your child has a serious communicable disease, you must notify the school so we can comply with reporting requirements.
How will the decision be made to close the school?
The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. While MWS monitors other school closings including the Roseville Public School District and other independent schools, MWS makes decisions independently based on the school’s unique needs and situation, with guidance from external agencies and experts.
In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in our community, the school will work closely with Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and health professionals to determine the best course of action, following all public health protocols.
If the school must be closed, the first 2 days of regular classes will be No School Days so that the teachers can get set up and prepared for the remote learning sessions.
Under what circumstances will the school close?
If a case of COVID-19 is identified in the MWS community, we will follow local and/or state health authorities’ recommendations or orders to close. We may, out of an abundance of caution and in consideration of the school’s unique needs and situation, close even if health officials don’t deem it necessary.
What can a parent do to prepare for a school closure?
Minnesota Waldorf School is preparing a learning continuity plan that will include lesson content in the event the school were to be closed. In addition we recommend that you consider making a plan including the following:
- Plan alternative childcare arrangements for children in case school is dismissed early and/or closed.
- Talk to friends, neighbors, and other parents in school about sharing childcare duties if your children are well, but school is closed.
- Talk to your employer about working from home or shifting schedules in the event of a school closure.
What about events and gatherings?
We will make decisions about holding or canceling events with an abundance of caution and based on the updated information from MN Department of Health. Please watch this webpage and the school calendar for updates. Emails will be sent if timing is of the essence. Please refer to the MN Department of Health for recommendations https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html.
What can a parent do to prepare for an outbreak of COVID-19?
Although the current risk to people in our area of COVID-19 is reported to be low, the situation is continually evolving. Please refer to the CDC and MN Department of Health for recommendations.
How will my child’s education continue in the event of an extended school closure?
Faculty are preparing lessons, assignments, activities, resources and more, that will allow our educational program to continue as much as possible in the event of an extended school closure. We will communicate plans as they are developed.
What happens if my child feels sick while at school?
While we usually monitor ill students for a period of time, given the circumstances parents will be immediately called to pick up their child as quickly as possible.
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 going to 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. Always wash hands with soap and water when your hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact 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 24 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.
As noted above, In response to the Covid 19 virus, the school reserves the right to ask a student to stay home for up to 14 days if the student, or a family member, have tested positive for the Covid 19 virus.
What additional steps is the school taking at this time?
The school will take extra care with cleaning and disinfection processes, with particular attention to common surfaces.
- Additional cleaning of common surfaces by faculty and staff is happening at regular intervals throughout the school day.
- All faculty and staff are required to maintain appropriate hand washing and sanitizing protocols throughout the day.
We continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated as things change.