2021-2022 CWS COVID Protocols

Please see below for the current CWS COVID Protocols. 

  1. Students, faculty, and parents will not need to be masked outdoors. Just like last year, we will spend as much learning, playing, and eating time outdoors as possible. 

  2. All students and faculty will be required to wear a mask at all times when indoors, until further notice.

  3. Students riding the bus to school will be required to wear masks in transit. This is not a CWS protocol but is dictated by state and local transportation guidelines. 

  4. We will maintain our strict adherence to insisting that parents keep students home from school when they exhibit any cold or flu-like symptoms. A child that arrives at school with a fever, cough, or runny nose will be sent home immediately. Please do not consider taking that risk.

  5. Any positive cases of Covid within the community should be communicated to Nicole Stout, Office Coordinator, as always. She works directly with the health department and can advise as to testing, quarantine, time away from school, etc. 

  6. Outdoor field trips will resume this year. Indoor field trips may also resume, depending upon the regulations and protocols dictated by the various venues. Parent chaperones will need a background check in order to drive and chaperone children other than their own. A separate email will be coming soon from the CWS Business Office with instructions for completing a parent volunteer background check. All chaperones, students and faculty will adhere to the indoor masking rules listed above including using masks when driving students on field trips.

  7. We will resume major community events outdoors. We will start the year with Back-To-School Night, the Rose Ceremony, and Michaelmas, during which families can gather together outside (maskless) to enjoy these special Waldorf moments. All of our community events this year will include a rain date, in order to ensure that we will be able to celebrate these special times together. Large indoor gatherings will not take place in the near future, unless conditions change.

  8. Parents that wish to have in-person meetings with administrative or teaching faculty can do so through scheduled appointments. 

  9. Early Childhood classes will resume food preparation, cooking, and eating. We are in consultation with the Hamilton County Health Department to ensure that we follow proper protocols to make these practices (an important part of a Waldorf education) safe. 

  10. School birthday celebrations will resume - outside!

  11. After Care will resume in its typical fashion; however, a contract will be required for Early Care (12-3) attendance. We will only accept 24 children in Early Care (no drop-ins or day switching), so if you believe you’ll need to use this service and do not already have an after care contract, please contact Libby Rupp (lrupp@cinciwaldorf.org) as soon as possible to get that set up. We will accept drop-ins in Late Care (3-6) with 24 hours notice, assuming there is space. 

  12. We continue to follow the immunization guidelines dictated by the State of Ohio. Once the Covid vaccination is approved for children under 12, we are required to collect the standard immunization information for all students, with the understanding that parents should make their own personal choices within the confines of the law.  Vaccination records are, as always, kept in the strictest confidence. Please read our immunization statement HERE