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2021-22 School Year – meaningful and healthy in-person learning!

At Boulder Valley Waldorf School, we maximize student academic and social-emotional growth, and engage all students in learning, by providing opportunities for in-person learning in a safe way during this health crisis. The well-being and safety of our students, teachers and community is paramount. 

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL

Thank you for writing in and voting BVWS the BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL in Boulder County for 2021 Throughout this school year, 5 days a week, we have been able to continue school in person to help our children's days to be filled with learning that is both social and...

CCCTC

Boulder Valley Waldorf School  is a not-for-profit 503(c)(3) independent school. 

Donations for BVWS of $1,000 and above are eligible for the Colorado Child Care Tax Credit (CCCTC), which has the potential to greatly reduce the cost of your donation. 

Why is BVWS taking a different approach than local districts?

As of today we are continuing to plan for a start to the school year with in-person instruction. Why is BVWS taking a different approach than local districts?
 
Ultimately it comes down to size and facilities. We will be serving under 100 grades students in an expansive campus and with very small cohorts. At our scale we can implement and sustain all of the State and County mandated safety standards in a way that a large district—which has to contend with school buses, food services, big shared buildings for a network of schools, each containing 500-3000 students—cannot.

Reopening Plan – Aug 3rd

The main question that we are working to answer with this planning is “What will the return to school be like for our students?”   As we have stated in our last few communications, we are committed to offering full days, and full weeks of school instruction on campus, whenever it is possible. And we are working to ensure that our students will be the least affected by the changes we need to make. This means that where possible adults will carry the extra work and care so that, while following best safety practices, students will have the opportunity to learn, play, socialize, and enjoy their childhood.

Faculty and Staff Gratitude 2020

Thank you to the BVWS community! On behalf of all the faculty and staff of BVWS, thank you for all you do! We appreciate your support through thick and thin. This year has presented us with many challenges and obstacles, and we are so grateful to be part of this...

Graduation for 8th Grade – Jun

Join us in celebrating our gradating class of eighth graders! Congratulations!

Last Day of School -White Rose Ceremony

White Rose Ceremony and Closing - Jun 7th The entire school gathers for the end of the school year, commemorated by the White Rose Ceremony and Closing. The First Grade students, who received red roses from the Eighth Graders at the beginning of the year, now give...

Not All Screen Time is the Same!

Not all screen time is created equally! Talking to grandma on Facetime for an hour is not the same as watching a movie. Conferencing with classmates on Zoom throughout the day is not the same as playing six hours of video games. At this time we have the opportunity to distinguish what types of screen time is positive or negative. Take note of how you and your family feel after a particular activity…

Teaching (and learning) is relationship based!

Waldorf education around the world, as at BVWS, has converted to distance education from home. While this may be surprising, it’s important to remember our pedagogical philosophies. Waldorf education focuses on developmentally appropriate and meaningful experiences for children. Distance learning remains true to this educational approach.

Red Rose Ceremony – First Day of School

The first day of school is a rite of passage for the new first graders, marking the beginning of their journey through grade school. Each first grader receives a rose presented by the eighth grade students, who welcome the young ones into the "big" school. The Red...

“This pandemic has been hard on all of us, especially our kids. I have been so inspired by the commitment of the staff at Boulder Valley Waldorf School to return to in-person learning, Aug 2020, and the creativity and heart that they have used to get us here. I broke down in tears seeing all of the children running happily through the beautiful fields. Sounds of laughter and joy. All the while wearing masks or sitting in outdoor classrooms that have been lovingly assembled by the parents and staff. The school is taking the utmost precautions informed by science and local health guidelines. I could not be happier with the care and commitment they are showing to keep our kids safe and healthy.”

Miidle School Parent

  • small class sizes
  • separated classrooms, with no big shared corridors or large common bathrooms
  • creative pioneering faculty, staff and parent body
  • working closely with the Boulder County Health and the State Education Department
  • outdoor classrooms

The situation with the COVID pandemic is constantly changing. BVWS is continually monitoring and analyzing the latest developments. We are employing a layered mitigation strategy to prevent any potential spread of Covid. Key components include an indoor mask requirement, cohorting, testing, and targeted contact tracing.

Extensive safety measures for in-person instruction include:

Cloth Face Coverings: All persons, regardless of vaccination status, ages 2+ need to wear face coverings on BVWS campus at all times when indoors. Additional requirements may be needed for any campus visitors.

Cohorting: Students will continue to receive differentiated instruction in their specific classes – or cohort. Students will remain in their cohort group throughout the school day, including recess and lunch. All classes are 20 or fewer students. Each cohort will have a designated classroom and outdoor classroom space where they can maintain distance from other cohorts.

Symptoms, Staying Home and returning to School: We ask you to please screen daily for signs of illness using the BCPH At Home Symptom Screening Tool, and requiring anyone showing symptoms to stay home. Anyone (teachers, staff, parent or child) must stay home if they have major or minor symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have had close contact (in or beyond your household) with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms . You can determine the length of time away from school using this BCPH Return to Learn Tool. Or if symptoms begin during the school day, here is the BCPH Tool for Addressing Symptoms at School.

Washing Hands, Maintaining Distance and Respiratory Etiquette: We are working with all students and faculty to follow all safety protocols and best hand-washing practices on campus.

We have updated our BVWS COVID-19 Safety Protocols document, explaining our safety measures in more detail. The current version, dated August 2021, includes changes from Boulder County’s August 10th public health order for schools.

Post Exposure Testing?

The school will no longer require automatic quarantine after student travel. Instead, if you feel that you have had an elevated risk profile (but no confirmed exposure) you may continue to come to school. An elevated risk profile would be something like taking a public airplane flight or attending a large event – you have not been notified that anyone was ill and that you were potentially exposed, but the nature of the situation puts you at higher risk. If you find yourself in such a situation, we do request that you come to the office before school for a free rapid test on days two, four, and six after the event. Please contact the office to discuss testing timing.

 

Health, Well-being and Safety

  • Maximize use of outdoor classrooms and our 38-acre campus
  • Ventilation & Cleaning
  • Regular reminders for families to monitor symptoms, exposure and keep sick children home
  • Mandatory indoor masking of all students and staff (under Boulder County public health order)
  • Hand Hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Student Cohorts & physical distancing where appropriate 
  • Quarantining and Targeted contact tracing

Guiding Principles

  • Ensure health, well-being and safety of all students, faculty and community members
  • Maximize student academic and social-emotional growth
  • Provides support to faculty
  • Assure operational and financial sustainability

We recognize that as a community there will be a diversity of opinions amongst our members about the pandemic and how best to respond to it. We encourage people to respect each other’s right to form individual opinions. When it comes to how Boulder Valley Waldorf School will operate, we will follow public health directives from the State of Colorado, Boulder County Health and Licensing Departments, for the safety of all in our community. Policies developed around safety are a requirement of attendance.