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Why is BVWS taking a different approach than local districts?

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.

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Reopening Plan – Aug 3rd

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.

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Faculty and Staff Gratitude 2020

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...

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Not All Screen Time is the Same!

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…

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Teaching (and learning) is relationship based!

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.

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Setting up a space in your home for distance learning

Setting up a space in your home for distance learning

This doesn’t have to be a conventional classroom or office setup; get creative in the kitchen or living room! Maintaining rhythm, as much as possible, is a critical grounding technique as we pioneer this time of social distancing. Try to avoid school in your child’s bedroom: your child can “go to school” in the living room and then “go home” to their bedroom…

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