- Your child will have a place at PVS when we return to learning in a traditional way. I have every faith that humanity will overcome this obstacle and be back in school 5 days a week in the future - when that happens, I want my kids to be at PVS!
- Your child will maintain relationships with friends, and teachers. Many of you have joined the Village School because of our commitment to centering relationships, we are committed to keeping relationship centered during distance learning. You can expect regular weekly interactions with teachers and peers during comprehensive distance learning.
- You have access to quality Waldorf instruction led by experienced teachers. Even as a trained educator I know I have my limitations. As a parent I can supplement as I choose and am able, BUT I can use the expertise of PVS teaching staff to guide my child's learning AND that learning is planned already, is engaging, integrated, and follows Waldorf lesson blocks and uses Waldorf materials.
- Maintaining continuity and providing stability is reassuring for children. Right now everything is changing or has changed - by staying a part of PVS your child will have the security of as close to regular school as we can get for now.
Dear PPS Families,
We know you are eager to learn how students will safely begin school in the fall. The start of this school year is especially complex as we continue to adjust to the most up-to-date information from state and local education and health leaders. In the meantime, you can find more information about our planning process in our July 11 message (below on this page) to families and staff.
Please remember: we will only reopen school buildings if we can safely do so. If we are not able to safely open school buildings, all teaching and learning for every student will take place virtually/online until it is safe to return to school in person.
As we work on our reopening plans, we are taking into account the different needs of our students, including the support required for our students with special needs. We are also observing our guiding principles and Theory of Action, paying particular attention to how we can prioritize our students who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic; specifically our Black, Indigenous and students of color.
PPS website Fall Reopening update for July, 20, 2020 here.
- Only essential students and staff will be allowed entry into the school buildings
- School start and end times will be staggered by class next year, to avoid crowding
- Health screenings will occur prior to student and staff entry in the buildings
- Each cohort of students will have a contact log to be used by health authorities for contact tracing should the need arise
- Upon entry of the classroom or school everyone will use hand sanitizer
- Rooms have maximum capacity - capacity is determined by 35 sq. feet of usable space per person per room
- Students will be physically distant (6 feet away) from their peers during their time at school
- Students will be in assigned seats, using their own individual supplies
- Staff will be wearing PPE provided by the school
- Children in grades K-5 are not required to wear any PPE, students in middle school grades may wear masks if they and their families choose (younger students may as well if they choose but ODE recognized this was harder for them in the guidance)
- Classrooms with exterior doors will use these doors for entry and exit
- Classrooms who need to use main doors for entry and exit will have assigned doors
- Transitions will be limited and scheduled to avoid crowding
- We will be moving to cold school lunch next year - and cold lunch will be delivered to each classroom
- All children will have access to learning, either using the hybrid model if they choose, or fully distant learning should that meet family needs better
- Students using hybrid learning will be placed in small group stable cohorts for their in-person learning times
- We will work to ensure siblings have the same cohort days
- Due to space requirements for social distancing, we will not have more than half of a class (i.e. one cohort) in attendance at a time
- We will provide synchronous live streamed learning, and video recorded learning of in-class instruction for those who are learning at home, either in real time, or at a later time.
- Any online learning next fall will be graded for academics and effort and daily attendance will be taken for during for children working from home and those in the classroom.
- Movement, Dance and Music are considered high risk activities because of the need for deep breathing, we have yet to develop what those specials will look like for next year, but they will likely be outside or only in a distance setting and look different from how they have non-COVID times.