2020-21 Return to Campus
- July 24, HVWS Campus Reopening Plan
- June 29, CT Department of Education releases Plan for Returning to School
- June 25, Governor Lamont announces initial School Reopening Framework
- CT Department of Education launches the CT Learning Hub
- July 29 Letter to Parents
- July 9 Letter to Parents
- June 30 Letter to Parents
- June 11 Letter to Parents
- June 6 Letter to CAIS
- June 1 Letter to Parents
Important Back-to-School Notes
Travel: The State of Connecticut has strict quarantine requirements in place for visitors traveling to CT from areas with high rates of COVID-19 infection. If you have any travel plans that will occur within 14 days of the start of school, please make sure you are aware of any quarantine requirements. If your child will miss the start of school because of a required quarantine, please let us know in advance.
Masks: As you know, face coverings are required for an indoor, in-person return to campus in Connecticut. (Our Early Childhood students are not required to wear masks.) Many adults carry anxiety over mask-wearing and may transfer this anxiety to their children. Please know that initial reports from our colleagues who are holding summer programs indicate that children are exceedingly adaptable and are managing the mask-wearing very well. To help alleviate any anxiety you might hold and to make the process easier on your child, we recommend that you try out various styles of masks and see what type works best for your child. Getting comfortable wearing a mask in the world before returning to school will make wearing a mask at school much easier. Teachers will schedule outdoor mask breaks throughout the day and the students will need to be able to take their mask off and put it back on again properly (and without losing it!). We have heard from some parents that a “gaiter” style mask is easy to use. Please practice mask-wearing with your child. All families are asked to send in an extra mask along with their student’s extra change of clothes.
Outerwear: We are adding new outdoor learning spaces to our playgrounds and we will have our students outside even more than usual this year. This means it is very important that you have a ready supply of warm and appropriately sized rain and snow gear ready for your child in advance of the start of school. Often older students are less inclined to wear clothing appropriate to the weather. Parents, please take note!
Health Assessments: As a reminder, we require a completed Health Assessment Record for every Early Childhood student annually, and for all new students, and all rising 1st and 7th Grade students. If your child falls into one of these groups, please email your updated Health Assessment (which is a standard form that can be generated by your pediatrician) to email@example.com or mail it to the school at 40 Dodgingtown Rd. Newtown, CT 06470 by August 28. If your child’s next physical is scheduled for after this date, please email us the date of the appointment.
Questions, answers, and recommendations regarding COVID-19 are evolving rapidly. Please visit the WHO website, the CDC website, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health website for up-to-date information. In Connecticut, you may also call 211 for general questions related to the virus. Please visit the Newtown Public Health Department’s website for updates directly related to Newtown.
2020-21 Re-enrollment FAQ
Many parents have re-enrollment questions heading into the 2020-21 school year. Please take a look at our Re-enrollment FAQ.
Handbooks and directories are restricted to viewing by parents of current students at HVWS and require a password to access. Parents may also view or edit basic contact information as well as view their student’s mid-year (for 7th and 8th grades) and year-end reports from the 2019-20 school year on.
Click below to create your profile (if logging in for the first time) or to log in. Please note that e-mail addresses are case-sensitive. Please contact Christina Dixcy if you have trouble creating an account.
Reporting Absences and Changes to Pickups
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office and leave a message in our attendance mailbox, 203-364-1113 x600.
Bus Company (for Newtown families): All-Star Transportation, 203-304-9778
2020-21 Draft Calendar (7/21/20)
Please visit the calendar page for the most up-to-date information. You can add a shortcut to the calendar page directly to your device home screen for easy viewing.
Honeywell Instant Alert System
Please make sure you have registered with the Honeywell Instant Alert System. This is the emergency notification system we use to let families know about weather closures or delays or any other emergency situation.
The Housatonic Valley Waldorf school does not make medical decisions for parents and considers those decisions to be of a very personal nature for each parent and family. HVWS does abide by state and local laws and Health Department requirements. State of Connecticut Department of Education Health Assessment Records must be on file and up to date for all children attending HVWS. State law requires complete primary immunizations and a health assessment by a legally qualified practitioner of medicine prior to school entrance in Connecticut. According to state statutes (Connecticut General Statutes Sections 19a-7f and 10-204a), no child may be admitted to school without proof of immunization or a statement of exemption. The following students must submit health forms to the office before the start of the school year:
- all early childhood students,
- rising first graders,
- rising seventh graders,
- students newly enrolled at HVWS.
Any student whose immunizations do not follow state requirements must submit a medical or religious* exemption to the school in addition to the required health form. In the event of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak at the school, students whose immunizations are not up-to-date for that disease according to state regulations will be excluded from school if a public health official determines that the school is a significant site for disease exposure, transmission and spread into the community. In such case, such children shall be excluded from school until: (1) the public health official determines that the outbreak danger has ended; (2) the child becomes ill with the disease and completely recovers from it; (3) the child is vaccinated according to public health protocol; or (4) the child has proof of immunity to the disease.
In the case of the influenza vaccine, which is now required in students who are 24-59 months of age, the CT immunization regulation requires at a minimum 1 dose of influenza vaccine for school entry, each year between August 1st and December 31. Children who have not received the flu vaccine by December 31st must be excluded from school for the duration of influenza season (through March 31st) or until they receive at least one dose of the influenza vaccine. Children do not have to be excluded from school if the following conditions are met: (1) the school has received a statement signed by the child’s HCP indicating that the child has an appointment to receive the required immunization (this is considered “immunization in progress”)**; (2) the school has received a statement signed and dated by the child’s HCP indicating that the child has a medical contraindication to immunization; (3) the school has received a written statement that immunization is contrary to the religious beliefs and practices.
In the event of a national or state vaccine supply shortage, as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Public Health Commissioner, respectively, the Commissioner or their designee may temporarily suspend the immunization requirement for the particular immunization affected by the supply shortage.
*Exemptions do not need to be submitted annually but must be renewed in 7th grade. Exemptions may be diseases-specific.
**Continued enrollment in school for more than thirty days after the named immunization appointment shall be contingent on the school receiving written documentation from the HCP stating either: that the named appointment was kept and the child received the scheduled immunizations, or that the child was unable to receive the scheduled immunizations for medical reasons and a new appointment date is named.