We will update this page with information about School Reopening and COVID-19 as it relates to Spring Garden Waldorf School.

As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, we have committed to offering full weeks and full days of school whenever it is possible under state mandates. As we seek to provide a positive experience for our students, our foundational changes to mitigate risk will include small group cohorting (each class is a cohort), increased cleaning, physical distancing when developmentally appropriate, robust hand-washing and hygiene protocol, and an increased use of our outdoor spaces. Please click the links below for school-wide communications and bookmark this page as it will be updated as more details become available.

Back to School 2020

Town Hall August 12 at 7PM

Tuesday Note – 8/4/20

School Reopening Plan 7/24/20

Tuesday Note – 7/7/20

Tuesday Note – 6/30/20

Tuition Contract Addenda – Signature Required

School Update 6/13/20

COVID-19 Information

Ohio Department of Health Opens Call Center to Help With COVID-19 Response

1-833-4-ASK-ODH Open Seven Days a Week

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today announced the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has opened a call center to answer questions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Call center staff includes licensed nurses and infectious disease experts. They will be available to answer questions and provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.

The number of potential cases and the results of testing are regularly updated every weekday at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

It is important to continue to follow standard precautions to prevent the spread of infectious disease. To prevent the spread of any virus including novel coronavirus, practice these preventative measures:

· Wash your hands often with soap and water.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Stay home when you are sick.

· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Additional information and guidance on COVID-19 is available at ODH’s new website, coronavirus.ohio.gov.

COVID-19 Messages from SGWS

Resources

Health Organizations

Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Spring Garden preparing for the Coronavirus Outbreak?

  • Reviewing and updating school emergency operation plans, particularly for infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Creation of a task force which will include members of administration, Board, and faculty.
  • Emphasizing actions for students and staff to take such as staying home when sick; appropriately covering coughs and sneezes; and washing hands often and for an effective amount of time.
  • Increased daily cleaning frequently touched surfaces.
  • Monitoring and planning for absenteeism.
    • Reviewing the usual absenteeism patterns at your school among both students and staff.
    • Encouraging students and staff to stay home when sick. Use flexibility, when possible, to allow staff to stay home to care for sick family members.
    • Plan to alert local health officials about increases in absences, particularly those that appear due to respiratory illnesses.
  • Monitoring and planning for addressing fear and bullying related to COVID-19.
  • Communicating early and repeatedly with parents directly what the policies and procedures will be to allow parents to assure proper guardianship and care of children.

Will SGWS close for an extended period of time?

  • Any decision about school dismissal or cancellation of school events will be made in coordination with our local health officials. Schools are not expected to make decisions about dismissal and event cancellation independent of their local health officials. Dismissal and event cancellation decisions will be considered using information from health officials about the local conditions.
  • In case of a school closure, our cleaning company is on standby to complete a deep clean of the building.

Is there a plan for distance learning if the school does close?

  • Yes, we are creating a plan to ensure age appropriate continuity of education and will keep parents updated as necessary.