BVWS Fall In-Person Reopening 2020-21
We feel so grateful to be part of this independent school – so well positioned for 5-day in-person learning in the coming year!
The health well-being and safety of our students, teachers and community is paramount. We also know that being out of school is having a significant impact on our students and families. We are considering how to maximize student academic and social-emotional growth. We want to engage all students in learning, providing opportunities for in-person learning in a safe way during this health crisis.
Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health Executive Director on in-person learning:
Our 38-acre campus is well positioned for a great range of options with detailed plans accounting for the current uncertainty by including multiple scenarios with:
- 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. At this time we feel that we can safely operate in-person instruction with extensive precautions. As the situation evolves, we will continue to re-evaluate this decision, and we cannot categorically rule out a shift to distance learning.
Below are some of the extensive safety measures we will be employing when we return to in-person instruction:
Cloth Face Coverings:
All children 1st grade and above need to wear face coverings on BVWS campus at all times when indoors, and outside when a 6-ft distance cannot be consistently maintained. Additionally, faculty and parents will be face coverings.
Students will continue to receive differentiated instruction in their specific classes – sometimes called a learning pod. Students will remain in their cohort group throughout the school day, including recess and lunch. All cohorts 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 then returning to School:
We will be very strict this year about screening for signs of illness, and requiring anyone showing symptoms to stay home. There are three reasons for anyone (teachers, staff, parent or child) to stay home:
1) have symptoms consistent with COVID-19
2) have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms
3) have recently been in a high-risk area
Please be aware of our new 14-day quarantine policy before first day of school (Aug 26th) if you have been out of state. Families who travel out of state will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. This includes the period leading up to the first day of school. Exceptions may be granted for certain forms of low-risk travel. Questions can be directed to the School Director.
Health, Well-being and Safety
- Student Cohorts
- Health Screening
- Physical Distancing
- Increased, cleaning and disinfecting
- Essential protective gear
- 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. The policies we develop around safety will be a requirement of attendance.