Given the complex and rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), California State Department of Health, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for the most detailed and up to date information on COVID-19.
Please bookmark this page. We will update this page with information about COVID-19 as it relates to Pasadena Waldorf School.
April 3, 2020
The PWS Wishing Well School Store is now open for virtual shopping and offers curbside pickup and delivery/shipping on your orders. Contact the store today at 626.794.0897 for more info.
March 22, 2020
The PWS Beyond the Classroom Learning Program begins tomorrow, Monday, March 23.
Parents of Grades 6-8: Please check your email sent Friday afternoon from PWS with the attachment with instructions on logging your child onto the Student Portal.
March 19, 2020
Links for self-care and stress management during the Beyond the Classroom and social distancing periods:
- The Greater Good Science Center published at UC Berkeley: full of free, amazing and pertinent articles, videos and podcasts.
- UCLA MARC (Mindful Awareness Research Center)
- CDC Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- 12 Ways to Effectively Parent During a Crisis PART 1
- 12 Ways to Effectively Parent During a Crisis PART 2
- School's Out: A Parent's Guide to Meeting the Challenge During COVID-19
March 17, 2020
- PWS annouces Beyond the Classroom learning program and PWS Home Technology Survey. Parents, please see link below in PWS Communication Messages
- Beyond the Classroom Learning to begin March 23, 2020
- Parents, please fill out the Home Technology survey (www.tinyurl.com/PWSBeyond) by 12pm March 18, 2020.
March 16, 2020
- PWS faculty and staff are refining learning techniques with the resumption of remote school learning beginning Monday, March 23
- Additional deep cleaning of all classrooms and facilities has begun.
- Campuses are restricted to PWS employees and third-party contractors at this time.
March 13, 2020
Beginning Monday, March 16 PWS will alter our school schedule in the following ways:
- March 16 - 20 - No students or classes; Employees report to work
- March 23 - 27 - School moves to remote learning
- March 30 - April 3 - Remote learning continues
- April 6 - 10 - Spring break as planned
Please refer to direct parent communication sent March 13, 2020 (link below in PWS Communication Messages section)
PWS Communication Messages
Please visit the Parent Portal and click on the Parent Resources tab at the top of the page for an archive of COVID-19 and Beyond the Classroom school communications
- California Waives Costs Associated with Coronavirus Testing
- LA Dept of Public Health Guidance for Parents of Young Children
- Home Care Instructions for Patients with Mild Respiratory Infection
- Johns Hopkins Hand Washing Video
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Toolkit
- NY Times: How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
- APA: How to talk to children about difficult news
- Time: How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Explaining the News to Our Kids
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Pasadena Waldorf School closing?
Beginning Monday, March 16, PWS will alter our school schedule in the following ways:
March 16 - 20 - No students or classes; Employees report to work
March 23 - 27 - School moves to Beyond the Classroom Learning Program
March 30 - April 3 - Remote learning continues
April 6 - 10 - Spring break as planned
April 13 - Beyond the Classroom Learning Program continues
What can a parent do to prepare for a school closure?
- Plan alternative childcare arrangements for children in case school is dismissed early and/or closed.
- Talk to friends, neighbors, and other parents in school about sharing childcare duties if your children are well, and school is closed.
- Talk to your employer about working from home or shifting schedules in the event of a school closure.
What about events and gatherings?
- It is important to remember that whether or not the school cancels a gathering or event it is up to each parent and family to ensure that only those who are free from active illness attend those events. Students, employees and families with active signs of illness should stay home until the active phase of their illness has passed.
- We will make decisions about holding or canceling events with an abundance of caution and based on the updated information from LA County Public Health. Please check your Parent Portal for updates.
- LA County does advise that that to increase your chances of staying healthy, it is best to avoid crowded settings when you can, especially if you are over 65, have chronic health conditions or a weakened immune system.
What can a parent do to prepare for an outbreak of COVID-19?
- LA County Public Health recommends that individuals prepare now in order to reduce the number of illnesses and negative effects that could occur in our area. Because the situation is rapidly evolving, we encourage you to stay up to date with the latest information and recommendations from health officials (see list of Health Organizations, above).
When should I keep my child home from school?
- Keep your child home from school if you suspect s/he may be ill, and has exhibited any of the following signs or symptoms:
○ An elevated temperature of 100 degrees or more during the last 48 hours
○ Vomiting within the last 24 hours
○ Repeated episodes of diarrhea within the last 24 hours
○ Chills, loss of appetite, unusual fatigue, and/or lingering headache
○ A significant amount of nasal discharge, particularly if the discharge is yellow or greenish in color
○ A persistent cough
○ A significant sore throat
○ An earache
- If anyone in your home or in the immediate contact circle of your child is diagnosed with an active infection of Covid-19 you should be in contact with the county public health department and not return your child to the school setting until that department has given clearance to do so. We ask that all families practice responsible reporting if they are aware of exposure, self-isolate or self-quarantine responsibly to help keep the wider school environment safer for everyone.
- If your child has a serious communicable disease, you must notify the school so we can comply with reporting requirements.
What happens if my child feels sick while at school?
- PWS has limited facilities to isolate students if they show signs of active or acute illness.
- In the present circumstances, parents will be immediately called to pick up their child as quickly as possible if the student exhibits signs of any acute illness. Parents are asked to discuss the need for greater flexibility to leave work if called with their employers.
What can families, students, and school personnel do to keep from getting sick and spreading COVID-19?
The CDC recommends the following preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when your hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick (and do not return to school until you are fever-free for 48 hours without medication). Please strictly adhere to this policy.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
What additional steps is the school taking at this time?
The school will take extra care with cleaning and disinfection processes, with particular attention to common surfaces:
- PWS employees have access to additional disinfectant supplies to clean common surfaces throughout the school day.
- The evening cleaning crew has implemented a disinfectant protocol in addition to the regular cleaning.
- All employees are required to maintain appropriate hand washing and sanitizing protocols upon arriving at school and throughout the day.
- Faculty is working with the children on effective hand washing and respiratory etiquette, and we ask parents to do the same.
- Send ill children and employees home, emphasizing that they may return after being fever-free, without fever-reducing medications, for 48 hours.
- Continue normal kitchen practices, including running used dishes and utensils through the sterilizer.
We continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated as things change.