The everchanging landscape of the pandemic requires us to be diligent in constantly reviewing our mitigation strategies. The CDC has created a chart (see below) outlining thresholds of community spread that measure risk for in-person instruction at schools. Using this information, CWS has decided on the following metrics to trigger a change to our Phase 2 scheduling, which you can find on page 24 of the CWS Covid-19 Family Handbook.
- When the average percentage of positive cases per 100,000 residents is 10% between the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County for 7 consecutive days, we will shift to Phase 2 on the following Monday. This shift will continue for a minimum of three weeks to allow for continuity in scheduling.
- We will move to Phase 1 (Distance Learning) if there are several outbreaks in school within a short time period; the size of outbreaks is large or scope of outbreaks is significant (ie. multiple grades are impacted); our staff capacity is significantly impacted.
For all decision-making regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus responses, CWS administration has worked closely with the Blue Ridge Health District to monitor the latest information, and with the Charlottesville Area Independent Schools (CAIS) head of school forum to share resources and information about other schools’ responses to the virus.
If you have questions about what is happening in Virginia, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, visit the Blue Ridge Health District website. Given the complex and rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and Blue Ridge Health District 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 Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Parents and Guardians: please visit your BigSIS Parent Portal for the full archive of messages sent to the CWS community regarding our plans in response to COVID-19.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
- Blue Ridge Health District
- World Health Organization
- AWSNA Newsletter, March 16, 2020
- Coronavirus Basics: A Medical Expert Gives Us a Foundation for Understanding
- Public Health Recommendations to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus
- How to talk to children about difficult news
- Explaining the News to Our Kids
- How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
We continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated as things change.