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- 2019-20 New Families Tip Sheet (and EC Packing List)
- Please scroll down to read about Health Assessment Records requirements. Updated Health Assessment Records are required for all Early Childhood, 1st grade, and 7th grade students, as well as any new students. If your child is in grades 2-6 or 8 and anything has changed with their health records, please provide an updated Health Assessment Records.
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
The following is a one-page PDF of school closings and major events:
At the moment it is not possible to sync the school website calendar with your devices. You may import calendar events but please be aware that an imported calendar event is not dynamic and may not reflect changes to event details. 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.
Health Assessment Forms
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.
Handbooks and directories are restricted to viewing by staff or parents of current students at HVWS and require a password to access. If you do not know your password please contact Christina Dixcy.