Waldorf School of Pittsburgh COVID-19 Pandemic Response Timeline

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: August 24, 2022

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January 20, 2020

CDC confirms the first case of COVID-19 in the U.S.

PHOTO: PROVIDENCE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

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March 6, 2020

WSP adds Novel Coronavirus resource page to school website, sends community email communicating that the page has been created proactively as part of school’s response plan to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Plan being developed based on recommendations from the CDC and Allegheny County Health Department, as well as dialogue with our accrediting bodies, the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

March 13, 2020

WSP sends detailed response from COVID-19 Task Force which has been closely monitoring the situation and have been proactive in making contingency plans. WSP announces campus will be closed for at least the next 10 school days, beginning Monday, March 16.

March 17, 2020

WSP Faculty and Administration organize full scale materials pick-up outside for families in preparation of online learning for full school.

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March 18, 2020

WSP launches online learning for students, being one of the first schools in Allegheny County to start distance learning.

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March 11, 2020

WHO declares the novel coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic. In an Oval Office address, President Trump announces that he is restricting travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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March 13, 2020

President Donald J. Trump declares a nationwide emergency. Gov. Wolf announced the closure of all schools in Pennsylvania for at least two weeks.

March 14, 2020

The first two cases of coronavirus in Allegheny County were reported.

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March 19, 2020

PA Stay at Home Order goes into effect at 8 pm via PA Governor, Tom Wolf.

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April 3, 2020

At a White House press briefing, CDC announces new mask wearing guidelines and recommends that all people wear a mask when outside of the home. Administration is now recommending Americans wear "non-medical cloth" face coverings, a reversal of previous guidance that suggested masks were unnecessary for people who weren't sick.

April 6, 2020

WSP COVID-19 Task Force addresses plan for the rest of the year. 

April 13, 2020

Most U.S. states report widespread cases of COVID-19.