COVID-19 Updates

Waldorf School of Pittsburgh has created this page in the interest of sharing all important health updates about COVID-19 as it may impact our community. This page will be updated with our response to the developing situation as a school, as well as provide links that may prove helpful in deciding on your family’s individual response.

Last Update: October 12, 2020

School Status Update

WSP is currently offering on-campus learning and parallel distance learning.
View the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh's Health and Safety Plan

All families returning to campus must sign and return the WSP Health and Safety Plan Acknowledgement. WSP has provided all families with a Daily Symptoms Checklist to review when sending children to school.

How will the school communicate updates to families?

This page will serve as the primary method of communicating all health updates to families. We will also continue using our regular messaging service, BrightArrow. If you are unsure whether you are signed up for Brightarrow, please contact the front office (frontoffice@waldorfpittsburgh.org) as soon as possible to confirm.

Our leadership will continue to monitor the situation and abide by any recommendations or instructions from the ACHD as the situation develops. In addition to these recommendations, we are continuing to formulate our response plan to COVID-19 in conjunction with our accrediting bodies, the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

Please be sure to check your email regularly for information about distance learning and how your child can remain connected to their class community during this time.

Distance Learning

Second only to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is our commitment to the continuity in delivering our educational programming. The faculty has worked diligently to prepare pedagogical content that can be available to our families and delivered to our students using distance learning technology. We have sought guidance and best practice recommendations from the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

To help you and your family develop your approach to distance learning, the faculty has created a list of expectations. We hope this will be helpful in providing an overview of the distance learning relationship among parents, students, and teachers, keeping in mind that teachers are always willing to work with families based on their individual circumstances.​ Please review Our Approach to Distance Learning for details. 

Tuition Assistance Fund

How can I help during this challenging time?

We are working to reduce operating costs in as many areas as possible, extend as much assistance as possible, and continue to support the faculty and staff who are working so hard to make remote learning successful. 

 

If your financial situation allows you to help bridge the gap for those people who are experiencing financial distress right now, please consider contributing to our emergency tuition fund. 

 

You may use the following link to make a secure donation using PayPal. Any monies collected through this link will go directly to this emergency tuition fund to help WSP families in need, including our faculty and staff. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

Helpful Information

What is the current status of COVID-19 in Western Pennsylvania?

The most up-to-date information can be found on the CDC’s website (including a specific list of FAQs about the virus) and the ACHD’s website. These agencies provide the most reliable fact sheets, recommendations, and advisories related to COVID-19.

What is the best way to talk to my child about COVID-19?

The needs of each family and child will differ in responding to this situation. We recommend reading the following articles to help you decide the best way to proceed:

 

What can our community do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

For the time being, the most important thing you can do is follow routine preventative measures. It is important that we model these measures for our students. Please review the information regarding Waldorf School of Pittsburgh's sick policy:

  • When should my child stay home?
    • If your child is not well enough to be at school at the normal start time (8:15am), keep them at home for the entire school day. Do not plan for your child to sleep in and bring them to school on a delayed schedule. Do not send them to school if they are feeling poorly and tell them you can pick them up if they start feeling worse. If you recognize that your child is not well enough to be at school for the entire day, do not send them to school for a portion of the day.

  • Per our Family Handbook, the following are signs that children are ill and may not be at school:
    • Children with a temperature above 100.4°F must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school

    • Children who have episodes of vomiting or diarrhea must be kept home for 24 hours after the last episode

  • In addition, children may not be on campus if they are ill with any common cold, influenza, or COVID-19 like symptoms. Children must refrain from being on campus if they have any unusual or persistent respiratory symptoms or the following symptoms:
    • cough

    • congestion

    • headache, muscle, or body aches

    • **nasal drip

    • nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea

    • loss of taste or smell

    • feeling cold/shivering

    • elevated temperature

    • sore throat

    • inflamed/pink eyes

 

**If you are presenting baseline symptoms such as seasonal allergies, please contact your health practitioner for further guidance as we recognize that seasonal allergies are common in Western PA.

  • Please be vigilant in looking for the symptoms of the following common contagious diseases, which require a doctor’s clearance before a child may return to school. If your child is diagnosed with one of these diseases, you must contact the front office immediately:
    • pink eye

    • strep throat

    • lice

    • chicken pox

    • impetigo, scabies, and ringworm

  • Who should I tell that my child is ill?
    • If your child is home sick, you must contact the front office by phone or email no later than 9:00am on the day of the absence for it to be excused. It is also helpful to CC your child’s teacher on any emails about absences.​

  • What else should I keep in mind?
    • The school does not have a nurse on staff. Our nursing facilities are intended for students who experience emergencies or become sick during the course of the school day. The front office is not to be considered a fallback option for students who are already feeling ill at the start of the day.

    • Be vigilant about hand-washing and other preventative actions. These basic actions keep us all healthier regardless of the season; however, they are particularly important during this season.

      • washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. This link demonstrates the CDC’s recommended practice for washing your hands.

      • avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

      • avoiding close contact with people who are sick

      • staying home when you are sick

      • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash

      • cleaning and frequently disinfecting touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

What health and cleaning protocols is the school using?

 

For details, view the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh's Health and Safety Plan.

CONTACT
Admissions

Devon Wood 
Director of Admissions

dwood@waldorfpittsburgh.org

412.441.5792, ext 224

Tuition and Financial Aid

Bob Roberson

Director of Business Operations 

broberson@waldorfpittsburgh.org

412.441.5792, ext 225

Giving

Anne Fowler

Community Outreach and Development Coordinator 

afowler@waldorfpittsburgh.org

412.441.5792, ext 235

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