COVID-19

2021-2022 School Year

UPDATED 1/8/2022

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

Anyone—including caregivers—visiting for any time more extensive than drop-off or pick-up, must have an appointment and submit a visitor form. Visitors working inside a classroom will be required to present proof of vaccination or a negative lab-confirmed COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hrs. prior to the visit.

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 required indoors. All students should bring an extra mask to school along with any extra clothing. HVWS will provide a disposable mask if necessary. Face coverings should be washed or replaced after each day’s use and must not be shared.

Surgical masks are not required. Homemade or cloth masks must be multi-layered. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose. Face shields worn without other face coverings are not considered adequate protection against COVID-19 and should not be used except in combination with an acceptable mask.

The CDC website provides guidance related to mask types:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

During any indoor lunch periods, grade school students will be provided with a folding desk shield.

COVID-19 Immunizations

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.

92% of our faculty and staff are vaccinated. Per an executive order issued by Governor Lamont on August 19, 2021 requiring vaccinations for all school faculty and staff, those with a valid exemption will be required to test weekly.

Distance Learning

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.

Travel

If you have any travel plans, please make sure you are aware of any quarantine guidance and/or requirements.

https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus/travel

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. To begin the school year, any on-campus event to which parents may be invited will take place outdoors. Some festivals and special events may be celebrated during the school day among students only. We hope to resume field trips during the 2021-22 school year.