Waldorf Distance Learning
A critical element of Waldorf education is the human connection, where teachers and students cultivate a depth of knowledge through shared interactive experiences. Waldorf education also encourages flexible thinking, innovation and creative solutions. As we collectively face the current challenges of our world, our school has moved beyond the classroom and has initiated our Distance Learning program. With courage, integrity and a sense of service, CWS is embracing Distance Learning so that we may continue to serve the children and families in our school community. The learning opportunities presented to our students will be pedagogically sound, age appropriate, and will utilize physical materials, written form, audio, video and interactive zoom content. In these essential ways, we will provide the necessary elements of our unique education.
As we consider the goals of our school’s approach to distance learning, we must keep in mind what sets us apart as an independent school and stay true to our values and identity.
- Our students need to be nurtured in mind, body and spirit.
- Our school is a community hub and should be a strengthening presence for our families.
- We allow teachers freedom in teaching, within our shared agreements.
- We are focused on human relationships.
- We work together to find solutions.
(Based on AWSNA’s guiding principles.)
Does our family qualify for Distance Learning from CWS?
While our School transitioned to a completely Distance Learning program in March 2020 for the remainder of the 19/20 school year, our Distance Learning option is only currently available for current families meeting certain criteria.
- At-Risk Families: Submit a doctor’s note that includes a recommendation for distance learning due to health risk.
- Students who have been ordered to quarantine due to exposure (negative COVID-19 test): Submit a doctor’s note that specifies the details of the quarantine order.
- Students who have tested positive for COVID-19: Submit a doctor’s note that specifies the details of quarantine and a date for when the student is cleared to do school work.*
- Students who have a medical exemption and are unable to wear masks at school: Parents should contact the class teacher to determine the first day of distance learning.
*Students should understand that it is okay to take sick days to recuperate and rest. We do not want to contribute to a world view that values productivity over wellness.
Distance Learning Tools
CWS Teachers have set up Google Classrooms for each grade and for several of the specialty classes. You should have received a classroom code for your child/ren’s classrooms. Click here for a tutorial on accessing and setting up Google Classroom from a Waldorf teacher in Vermont.
Distance Learning Coordinator: Lorie Henry, our extra lesson teacher, is serving as our distance learning coordinator to facilitate communication between the class and specialty teachers and families who enroll in our distance learning program for at risk families. She works with the teachers to ensure that Google classroom is up-to-date with content and supports students and families with the lessons provided. Her services replace the need for synchronous instruction by our teachers who are teaching in person. This may be adapted for Middle School students as needed, but in general, all content for distance learning will be delivered via Google Classroom and packet pick-ups. Contact Mrs. Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding your child’s Distance Learning program.