2021-2022 School Year & Summer
HVWS faculty and staff prioritize providing a rich and warm environment based on love and mutual respect. Our current COVID-19 protocols are based on guidance and insights from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Connecticut State Department of Education, the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, and colleagues at other independent schools including members of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). Precautions continue to evolve to meet the changing public health circumstances.
Visitors on Campus
We are still asking that anyone visiting for an indoor event should submit a visitor form in advance of their arrival.
ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS
Based on guidance from the CDC, CSDE, and DPH, we have updated our quarantine and isolation protocols with the goal of keeping children, faculty, and staff in school as much as possible, safely. Click for current protocols.
Personal Protective Equipment
Currently, masks are optional indoors. However individuals will be required to wear masks under certain circumstances (such as for days 6-10 after returning from a 5 day isolation after a positive test). Masks are now optional on school buses as well. This guidance is subject to change.
While we are not requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students, we strongly encourage all who are eligible to seek a vaccine appointment. Vaccination among those who are eligible is one way we can work to stop transmission of COVID-19 among our population of students who are not yet age-eligible. Learn about CT COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility.
Greater than 92% of our faculty and staff are fully vaccinated.
Classes will not be provided over Zoom during the 2021-22 school year. Students needing to quarantine or remain home for a prolonged period while sick will be provided with work by their class teacher as appropriate for their age and the duration of their absence.
If you have any travel plans, make sure you are aware of any testing or vaccination requirements for the area you are visiting. After overnight, out-of-state travel, individuals who are not up-to-date with COVID-19 immunizations (or are not in a 90-day window following a positive COVID-19 case) may continue to attend school but we recommended that they:
- take a rapid test at home on the morning of the first day back at school;
- take a rapid test 5 days after returning home;
- wear a mask at school for the for the 5 days following return home.
Festivals, Performances, and Special Events
We will assess the current conditions and make decisions regarding in-person celebrations and performances as we proceed through the calendar. Some festivals and special events may be celebrated during the school day among students only. At the moment, whenever we are hosting an indoor event that will include a mix of students and visitors, we ask that the visitors continue to wear masks when indoors. Students presenting a project or class play may remain mask-optional. Visitors attending an indoor event are also still asked to submit a visitor form the day of their visit: