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WSGC COVID-19 Updates

Notice of Continued Distance Learning through April 20th:

The Waldorf School of Garden City will continue distance learning through at least Monday, April 20th. Our Spring Break will remain as originally scheduled, with the exception that on Wednesday, April 8th the full day of Zoom classes will occur.   From April 9 – 17, there will be no classes.  Please note that we will continue optional offerings for families, including videos, audio, and a sing-a-long from our Glen Brook staff! See the full e-mail from 3/26 below or click the Distance Learning Resource page link in the sidebar for more information.

As you are aware, only employees will be allowed into the building until further notice.


COVID-19 BASICS:

Facts from the World Health Organization

What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of this coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illnesses. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Protection measures for everyone:
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
    Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
    Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
    Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places  – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
    Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.

Protection measures for persons who have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading:

  • Follow the guidance outlined above (Protection measures for everyone)
  • Self-isolate by staying at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache, low-grade fever (37.3 C or above) and a slight runny nose, until you recover. If it is essential for you to have someone bring you supplies or to go out, e.g. to buy food, then wear a mask to avoid infecting other people.
    Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.
    Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Source: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

WSGC COMMUNICATIONS:

Distance Learning Update & Glen Brook Offerings, 3/26/20

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You have all been in our thoughts this week.  We hope you are adjusting to the situation as best as you can. We have received so many lovely photographs showing how, despite the stress and hardship of this situation, our community is embracing this time to be closer to their loved ones and nature (click here to see the gallery).

We will continue distance learning until at least Monday, April 20th.  Our Spring Break will remain as originally scheduled, with the exception that on Wednesday, April 8th the full day of Zoom classes will occur.   From April 9 – 17, there will be no classes.  However, we will have several optional offerings for families, including from our Glen Brook staff.

Glen Brooks offerings will include:

  • Live Glen Brook Sing-alongs. These will be streamed from the Glen Brook Facebook page and website twice a week beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 27th at 4:30 pm EDT.
  • A series of “Good Morning Glen Brook” videos of various activities around the camp.
  • Audio stories to play for your children and families.
  • Games for you and your family to play at home.

All these can be found on Glen Brook’s website at www.glenbrook.org/athome.

Please be sure to check out our Distance Learning Resources page to take advantage of all School offerings.

We so enjoyed our Coffee Hour this past Tuesday that we would like to offer it again.   Please join us next Tuesday at 9:00 am at this link.

Please use this link to submit your feedback on how distance learning is working for your families.

Sincerely,

Helene Lafferty Smith
Administrator
Phone (516) 742-3434, ext. 303
E-Mail smithh@waldorfgarden.org

and

Kelly O’Halogan
Faculty Chair
(516) 742-3434 Ext. 314
E-Mail ohalogank@waldorfgarden.org

Message from the Board Chair, 3/23/20
Dear Waldorf Community Members,

On Tuesday, March 10th our School Administrator, Helene Smith, and Faculty Chair, Kelly O’Halogan, made a tough but solid leadership decision to close the physical building of The Waldorf School of Garden City (WSGC) based on a myriad of credible news sources and pure instinct.  At the time, there were no reported cases of COVID-19 in our school community, however, there were confirmed reports from surrounding Long Island school districts that we serve. In the days leading up to this decisive and timely action, Helene and Kelly with the support of the Faculty and Staff began the preliminary steps to implement a Continuance of Operations Plan to best serve the children, young people, families, and faculty in our care. This strategy proved not only successful but effective; once government officials stepped in on Monday, March 16th with a definitive course of action to close all schools in New York State through April 1st,  WSGC was a step ahead with an actionable plan.

The physical closure of the School is a most unwelcome reality, but we take this as an opportunity to act with resilience and creative spirit. Within a couple of days, our High School Faculty pivoted to distance learning.  On day four School supply distribution, including computer loans, was organized by the Staff, and the next day the Faculty of Grade 5-8 began distance learning.   Perhaps the greatest challenge has been to meet the needs of our Early Childhood through Grade 4 students from a distance.  Yet, the Faculty found ways through providing audio-recordings of stories and songs in the teachers’ voices, simple main lesson instructions, recipes, crafts, movement.   Our Glen Brook staff is about to begin offerings that include meditation, baking classes, games, and family sing-a-longs.

We recognize the hardship this situation has placed on many of our families.  To support our parents we have offered daily classes in either meditation or Simplicity Parenting and weekly class meetings with their HS Advisors, Class Teachers, and Lead EC Teachers.  To promote self-care a resource page has been initiated to support all community members during this time.

We may each be in our own homes but the sense of WSGC Community is strong.  I could not be more proud of our Staff and Faculty who have met this challenge with resiliency, compassion, ingenuity and the kind of will that makes a true mark in the world.  I am certain that we will get through this together as a community.  Our shared dedication to Waldorf education and the present and future lives of our children steers the way to success. I look forward, with great anticipation, to the time we may embrace one another in the warmth of friendship!

Stay healthy, safe, and engaged.

Sincerely,

Lance Cheney
Board Chair
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 742-3434
cheneyl@waldorfgarden.org

Message to International Families, 3/21/20
Dear International Students, Parents, & Guardians,

Since our last letter to you, we have experienced an acceleration and an escalation of official responses to the COVID-19 outbreak here in New York.  We are now receiving advice from the U.S. and other governments around the world to allow international students to return to their country of origin to be with their families.  Therefore, We are writing to inform you that The Waldorf School of Garden City is allowing international students to return to their home countries, and the Waldorf School will allow international students to complete their studies for the 2019-2020 school year via online courses or by other means approved by the Faculty.

At the same time, it is important to note that there is risk in travel at this time, including quarantine measures that may be enforced in both entering the home country and reentering the U.S.   Additionally, to maintain the F-1 student visa, students must continue to carry a full-time load of online courses while back in their home country. This may necessitate being present for “zoom” classes in the middle of the night for some students.

If and when we resume face-to-face classes this academic year, The Waldorf School Faculty will allow international students who have decided to return to their families due to the coronavirus outbreak to complete this year’s studies in the manner described above, with the proviso that all accounts payable to the school have been satisfied.

If you do decide to return to your home country, please click this link and fill out this quick response sheet.

Thank you for your patience during this very difficult global crisis. Take care and if you decide to travel, travel safely!  If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either of us.

Sincerely,

Kelly O’Halogan
Faculty Chair
Tel: (516) 742-3434 Ext. 314
Email: ohalogank@waldorfgarden.org
Roland R. Rothenbucher
High School Chair
Tel: (516) 742-3434 Ext. 316
Email: rrr@waldorfgarden.org
Distance Learning Update, 3/16/20

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Based on the announcement made by County Executive Laura Curran on Sunday, March 15th, all Nassau County Schools will be closed for a minimum of two weeks.  This also applies to our School; therefore, The Waldorf School of Garden City will continue utilizing distance learning through Friday, March 27th. As the situation continues to evolve, we will stay in communication with you.

It was lovely to see so many of you today as you picked up supplies.  If you have not yet done so, please remember the next pick-up windows are today from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and tomorrow morning from 7:30 – 9:30 am. If these times do not work for you, please contact us so we can make other arrangements. Thank you for your part in making this transition as smooth as possible.  We are thankful, and frankly proud, that the WSGC employees proactively invoked our Continuance of Operation Plan.  Due to this foresight, our School has had little downtime transitioning from in-school learning to distance learning.

Please do take advantage of the parent support offerings through the classes led by Stephanie Cleary (archives will be available at this link) and by attending your class’ weekly parent meeting.   Also, to keep up the spirits of our community, we thought it would be fun if we could share ideas and see how everyone is doing. If you post a photo or story on social media, please tag us (@waldorfgarden) or send a photo with a description directly to Samantha D’Aleo (daleos@waldorfgarden.org), so the School can share our activities with the community.

We all look forward to being together again soon. In the meantime, try to take advantage of this time to enjoy family time and outdoor play. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with either of us with any questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Distance Learning Update, 3/14/20

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The spread of COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to our daily lives and will continue to create uncertainties in the near future.  In light of the continuing challenges, the Waldorf School of Garden City will not hold its regularly-scheduled classes during the week of March 16-20.  The School building will remain closed to students.  We act with an abundance of caution based upon the latest information available. We will continue to monitor the situation to determine how to proceed in the weeks that follow.  Next Thursday evening (March 19th) we will communicate with you to let you know where things stand and how we plan to proceed the following week.

The physical closure of the School is a most unwelcome reality, but we will take this as an opportunity to act with resilience and creative spirit.  This past week, the high school has begun to teach classes in an online format.  Our test-run has proven helpful and we expect to continuously hone our skills.  Of course, we cannot use the same tools to teach the younger children, but our faculty and staff have been working quickly and creatively to minimize the challenges.  We will expand our distance learning platforms to provide guidance for home-based educational activities and some virtual class experiences where possible.  Our specific plans for each of the sections of the School are as follows:

  • High School: Our High School is up and running with regular online classes using the Zoom platform. (Zoom is a teleconference format that allows for interactive meetings with visual and audio features.) Teachers are communicating daily directly with students, teaching classes, taking attendance, assigning homework. Content has been altered for distance learning. Consideration is being made as how best to administer tests and deal with other logistics that require a new format. The High School will continue in this manner until further notice.
  • Grades 5-8: Starting Monday, our academic teachers will be set up to follow the High School model of online classes using Zoom. We will not contact middle school students directly via email. Instead, the parent or guardian will receive links to connect to the Zoom classes. An adjusted schedule of classes will be provided as soon as it is available. The classes will include work to be completed at home outside of the scheduled class sessions.
  • Grades 1-4: Class and Specialty Subject Teachers will continue to send their lessons via email to the parents. Specialty Subject Classes will follow the weekly class schedule. For example, if your child has Handwork on Monday and Wednesday, the Handwork teacher will communicate with you prior to the class sessions to allow time to gather any things that may be needed. If it is necessary to remain longer in the distance learning mode, we will expand Zoom classes into Grades 1-4.
  • Early Childhood: We recognize that distance learning is most challenging for our younger students. You will receive daily contact from your Lead Teacher with ideas of songs, recipes, crafts, and activities. The EC has also prepared a care package for all EC families – please see more details below about picking up these packages. In addition, we will extend our Early Childhood school year through Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
  • Supplies, Equipment, and EC care packages: If you have a Middle School or High School student and you do not have a computer at home, please contact Kevin Padilla at padillak@waldorfgarden.org to arrange a computer loan from the School.
    • Faculty and Staff will be collecting student supplies, musical instruments, etc. These will be organized so that you may drive through the U to pick up at the following times:
      • Monday, March 16th from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and 3:30 – 4:30 pm
      • Tuesday, March 17th from 7:30 – 9:30 am
      • If for some reason these times do not work for you, please contact Suellen Gentile at gentiles@waldorfgarden.org.
  • Parent Support: Weekly (virtual) class meetings will be offered to parents by HS Advisors, Class Teachers and EC leads. This way we can still hold the thread of our community together, “see” one another, and support one another. Additionally, EC Lead Teachers, Class and Specialty Subject Teachers, and HS Advisors will hold regular virtual office hours.
    • Take some time for yourself. Being suddenly tossed out of rhythm is surely a challenge for all families right now. As hard as it is for the students, it may be even harder on the adults. We have daily offerings to support you. Starting Monday, March 16th, Stephanie Cleary will be offering the following:
      • Topics of Simplicity Parenting”
        Beginning on March 16th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, ongoing topics in Simplicity Parenting will be held live on zoom. These interactive  Zoom sessions will occur every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. We will launch these teachings with “Creating Rhythm in the Most Challenging Times”. Ongoing topics will include Environment, Working with Soul Fever, Filtering Out the Adult World and more.
      • “Creating Calm in Times of Chaos”
        Beginning on Tuesday, March 17th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am,  join us for Tuesday and Thursday, sessions tailored for parents looking for ways to find their center and calm within the chaos of our times. These sessions will include a topic to contemplate as well as conversation and guided meditation.
      • Please use this Zoom link to access the virtual class with Stephanie daily at 10:00 am: https://zoom.us/j/771153298

We can’t express enough how much we miss seeing you and your students, and we look forward to the time when we can resume in-person classes.  In the meantime, School is formally in session.  We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Please click here to offer ideas to make distance learning better meet your child’s needs. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Sincerely,

Helene Lafferty Smith
Administrator
Phone (516) 742-3434, ext. 303
E-Mail smithh@waldorfgarden.org

and

Kelly O’Halogan
Faculty Chair
(516) 742-3434 Ext. 314
E-Mail ohalogank@waldorfgarden.org

Lance Cheney
Board Chair
(516) 742-3434

School Closing 3/12 & 3/13, 3/11/2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and expressed alarm at inaction. There are increases in closures of school districts that we serve. Our neighbor, Adelphi University, has canceled all regular on-campus classes and moved all programs to distance learning. The Waldorf School of Garden City has therefore decided to remain closed through the end of this week, and pending further notice, to reopen on Monday, March 16th.

We understand the challenges this may pose, especially for working families. However, we feel this is the appropriate action at this time to help curtail the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and that these extra days also will provide our local health authorities with more time to get a better handle on this fast-evolving situation.

We encourage you to maintain healthy hygiene practices and refrain from unnecessary travel as recommended by world and state health agencies. Please continue to refer to our COVID-19 Information Hub for resources and updates. We also recommend that you opt-in to our Text Message Alert System by texting “Y” to 67587.

Lastly, please notify the School if you or a family member has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

During this uncertain time, we thank you for your understanding of our efforts to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community.

Please feel free to contact me or Nurse Gorman if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Helene Lafferty Smith
Administrator
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, NY  11530
(516) 742-3434 Ext. 303
smithh@waldorfgarden.org

School Closing 3/10 & 3/11, 3/10/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As a valued member of The Waldorf School of Garden City community, we appreciate the trust you place in us to care for your children during each school day. The health and safety of the students is our top priority, today and every day. The School serves students from over 50 school districts across Long Island and Queens and as the COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving, the Administration made the decision to close the school today, Tuesday, March 10th and tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11th. All regularly scheduled events for Tuesday and Wednesday are also canceled. Please note that this decision was made solely as an effort to be extra vigilant and assess the current situation. To this date, we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our community. We will be taking these days to thoroughly clean and sanitize the School and test our Continuance of Operations (COP) plan that includes a distance-learning component.

Tomorrow, our faculty will do a test-run of our Continuance of Operation Plan.  Please expect the following communication from your teacher(s) by 12:00 noon.

  • Early Childhood:
    • Lead Teachers will send an email to parents with suggestions for home activities.
  • Grades 1 – 8:
    • Class Teachers will send an email to parents with an age-appropriate assignment for the day.
  • High School:
    • Teachers will invite students, through the Zoom platform, to participate in a brief check-in.  They will also test-run a communication via student emails.

If you do not receive a communication, please contact your teacher or Kevin Padilla at padillak@waldorfgarden.org.

IMPORTANT NOTE:   If your child has a district meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, this meeting will take place as planned at the District Office. Teachers will be in attendance.  

Please refer to our COVID-19 information page at any time for a complete list of communications, resources, and cancellation notices. In addition, if you have not opted into our text messaging service and you would like to, text “Y” to 67587.

I know this current arrangement will present challenges for many families and we want to support you through this transition. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. We will keep you up-to-date about any developments and appreciate your understanding during this time.

Please plan on a normal school day on Thursday, March 12th unless you receive an update from us to the contrary.

Sincerely,

Helene Smith
Administrator
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, New York  11530
Phone (516) 742-3434, ext. 303
E-Mail smithh@waldorfgarden.org

and

Kelly O’Halogan
Faculty Chair
Waldorf School Of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 742-3434 Ext. 314
E-Mail ohalogank@waldorfgarden.org

Galapagos Islands Trip Postponed to 2021, 3/10/2020

Dear Parents,

We are sad to inform you that the planned trip to Galapagos Islands over Spring Break will be postponed until Spring break 2021.

Due to the extraordinary situation we find ourselves in, the travel company EF Tours is going beyond their standard refund policy and is allowing us to change the dates of our trip at no extra charge. For families of students in the senior class, please contact Mr. Flanagan, Mr. Kim or Ms. Gallo to discuss options. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We understand the disappointment this news might bring, but we feel it is the safest and most responsible decision we can make for our students at this point in time.

Sincerely,

Helene Smith
Administrator
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, New York  11530
Phone (516) 742-3434, ext. 303
E-Mail smithh@waldorfgarden.org

Upcoming Event Restrictions/Cancellations, 3/9/2020

Dear Waldorf Community,

As you are aware, The Waldorf School of Garden City continues to track news and information about the spread of COVID-19. We have created a specific page on our website dedicated to COVID-19, which includes all of our communications about the virus, any updates, and cancellations, as well as resources.

Out of an abundance of caution and in an attempt to reduce the possibility of spreading viruses, The Waldorf School of Garden City has decided to cancel or restrict attendance at the following community events. Please note that as the situation evolves things may change. We understand that some of these restrictions may be very disappointing to community members who have been looking forward to attending these events.

  • The Winkler Center Conference – March 14th -ATTENDANCE RESTRICTED
    • The Waldorf School of Garden City requests that attendance be restricted to immediate family members of our students living in the same household only.
  • The High School Musical – March 20th & 21st – ATTENDANCE RESTRICTED
    • The Waldorf School of Garden City requests that attendance be restricted to current students and their immediate family members living in the same household only. If you have already purchased a ticket and are not a current student or living in the same household as a current student and would like a refund please contact padillak@waldorfgarden.org
  • Open House – March 21st – CANCELLED
  • Sprachfest – March 28th – CANCELLED
  • George V. Rose Tribute – April 5th – POSTPONED until further notice.
  • Individual Class Trips
    • All class trips will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, based on a set of specific criteria including destination, crowd density, presence of non-community members, and means of transportation. Each class will be contacted if changes are made to any scheduled class trips.

We recommend that anyone who is at a higher risk for contracting an illness, including the very young, elderly, or those with compromised immune systems refrain from attending large group events. We caution everyone to carefully consider attendance at events and gatherings, especially those who live with individuals who are at increased risk. We count on the compassion and intelligence of our community members to be extra cautious in the coming weeks when choosing any activity and social engagement.

Please feel free to contact me or Nurse Gorman if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Helene Smith
Administrator
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, New York  11530
Phone (516) 742-3434, ext. 303
E-Mail smithh@waldorfgarden.org

Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19), 3/6/2020

Dear Waldorf Community,

In light of the recent confirmation of a coronavirus (COVID-19) case on Long Island, we are providing you with an update.

The Waldorf School of Garden City continues to track news and information about the spread of COVID-19 through the CDC, WHO, New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and other state and local health and education authorities.

We are being proactive in relation to containing all viral illnesses by regularly cleaning classrooms, doorknobs, and surfaces, and by practicing frequent and thorough hand washing. We thank you for your attention and cooperation in helping to assure that our children and our community remain healthy. The flu is still a greater risk to community health at this time, so we ask for your continued dedication to good hygiene/virus prevention practices.

Public health officials recommend taking the following steps to reduce the risk of getting and spreading any viral respiratory infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid shaking hands – use alternative ways for greeting
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough into your arm, sleeve or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.

Most importantly, if your child is ill, please keep them at home and notify the nurse at healthoffice@waldorfgarden.org or ext. 324. A child should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.

While good hygiene is the most effective way to prevent viral transmissions in our efforts to support the health and safety of our community, in the event it is determined that the best strategy is to close our physical campus, we will provide regular communication and are equipped with a plan for a distance-learning option if a closure were to become extended.

Please feel free to contact me or Nurse Gorman if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Helene Smith
Administrator
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, New York  11530
Phone (516) 742-3434, ext. 303
E-Mail smithh@waldorfgarden.org

Resources for talking to children about the Coronavirus, 3/4/2020

Dear Parents & Guardians,

As questions may arise about how to react to children who may exhibit distress over the ongoing news about the spread of the coronavirus, we thought that the articles below might be of some interest.

Sincerely,

Helene Smith
Administrator
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, New York  11530
Phone (516) 742-3434, ext. 303
E-Mail smithh@waldorfgarden.org

and

Kelly O’Halogan
Faculty Chair
Waldorf School Of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 742-3434 Ext. 314
E-Mail ohalogank@waldorfgarden.org

Cancellation of Model UN Conference, 3/2/2020

Dear Families of Model UN Students,

In light of the increased number of cases and geographical spread of the Coronavirus across the United States, we have decided to cancel the Waldorf School participation in the Model UN Conference this week.  We have concluded after much deliberation that it is unreasonable to ask our students and faculty members to participate in such a large gathering of people (the Model UN Conference regularly draws over 1000 participants from across the country and globe).

We are currently working with the National High School Model United Nations organization to determine whether refunds would be available for cancelations. The School will do everything possible to have the full amount reimbursed to our participating students.

We understand that this is disappointing but hope you can respect our decision to err on the side of caution to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and Waldorf community.

Sincerely,

Helene Smith
Administrator
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, New York  11530
Phone (516) 742-3434, ext. 303
E-Mail smithh@waldorfgarden.org

and

Roland R. Rothenbucher
High School Chair
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 742-3434 ext. 316
rrr@waldorfgarden.org

Coronavirus Update, 2/27/2020

Dear Waldorf Community,

As media attention surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) increases, please be assured that the School has been closely monitoring the situation through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, and various state and local health and education authorities.  At this time, it is important to know the facts. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York State and the risk to New Yorkers still remains low.

As the global situation evolves, The Waldorf School of Garden City Administration and Emergency Response Team are currently reviewing our existing protocols and preparing for a range of possible contingencies. Our highest priority is ensuring the health and safety of every member of our community. To that end, please know the following:

  • Additional precautions are being taken in terms of hygiene, ensuring sanitary conditions of classrooms and shared spaces and reviewing with students and teachers best practices for curtailing the spread of germs. Please refer to the flu season communication sent on February 3rd for additional information.
  • If you are planning on traveling in the coming weeks or months, please be vigilant in obtaining information about the chances of any geographical extension of the quarantine. You can find this information by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important updates travel from the State Department.
  • Our nurse has been monitoring flu cases reported by families and has been vigilant in observing students who report to the nurse’s office for flu-like symptoms. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me or Nurse Gorman.

As always, the safety of our community is our top priority, and we will continue to update you with any new developments.

Sincerely,

Helene Smith
Administrator
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, New York  11530
Phone (516) 742-3434, ext. 303
E-Mail smithh@waldorfgarden.org

Coronavirus Update, 2/6/2020

Dear Parents, Guardians, Faculty & Staff,

We want to share a quick update with recent developments in relation to the 2019-Novel Coronavirus.  On February 1, 2020, the New York State Health Department designated the 2019-Novel Coronavirus as a communicable disease under 10 NYCRR Section 2.1.  Click here to read more.

Our students’ health and safety remains the School’s primary focus, and we therefore ask that our community follow the recommendations listed in the attached letter from the New York Department of Health. Further information from the New York Department of Health can be found at this link.

If you are planning on traveling in the coming weeks or months, please be vigilant in obtaining information about the chances of any geographical extension of the quarantine.

Sincerely,

Helene Smith
Administrator
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, New York  11530
Phone (516) 742-3434, ext. 303
E-Mail smithh@waldorfgarden.org

Health Reminders for Flu Season, 2/4/2020

Dear Parents, Guardians, Faculty & Staff,

As we enter the annual flu season, and in light of recent news coverage regarding the global spread of viruses, it is important to share with all our community members this important health information:

  • We request that parents do not send their child to school if they suspect the child is ill. Likewise, students with strep throat or any other serious, contagious illness are asked to notify the health office and may not return to school without a doctor’s note. After any illness with a fever, students must be “fever free” for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Anytime a child is at school and exhibits symptoms including a fever, vomiting, a severe cough, etc., the child is seen by our school nurse, separated from other students, and picked up by an appropriate adult.  
  • The school is also taking additional precautionary measures to reduce the spread of germs including increasing the frequency of disinfecting door handles, bathrooms, etc. and increasing the frequency of handwashing for students throughout the day.
  • Please know that the School continually monitors information from our local, state and national health authorities, and we encourage you to do the same.
  • Useful links about the current Coronavirus include:

We hope this information is helpful to parents. The health and safety of your children and all our community members is always the School’s first concern. Please do not hesitate to contact me or Mrs. Cathy Gorman, in our health office, should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Helene Smith
Administrator
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Ave.
Garden City, New York  11530
Phone (516) 742-3434, ext. 303
E-Mail smithh@waldorfgarden.org

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