On-Campus Health & Safety Plan – 2021-22

Nurturing a culture of health, safety, and shared responsibility.

Dear NSWS Families,

Keeping our community healthy this school year will take our collective attention and care.  We want to contribute to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and we would like to partner with you to make this happen.  Our goal is to keep our school community healthy – and keep our kids in school! 

At a glance, our approach includes layered prevention strategies:

  •       Use of face masks (PreK-Grade 8)
  •       Daily self-screening
  •       Handwashing
  •       Social distancing
  •       Quarantine as needed

We understand that this is not how we would like to function together as a school community, but together we can take prudent steps to promote and maintain everyone’s health on campus.

Best regards,

Kelli Anastassatos
Administrative Director
Nevada Sage Waldorf School

Health and Safety Plan

NSWS is required to follow the Washoe County Health District and Governor Sisolak.  Our policy development is also informed by the Center for Disease Control.

All adults, including employees and parents, are required to wear masks while inside the school building.

Students in grades 1-8 are required to wear masks indoors, except when eating or drinking.

Kindergarten and Pre-K children are required to wear masks indoors, except when eating and drinking, or at nap time.  At nap time, children will be socially distanced at 3 feet apart.  Masks are optional for children in the Acorn class.  

Teachers and parents providing transportation for students on field trips or between campuses are required to wear masks inside their vehicle and responsible for ensuring all passengers wear masks as well.  The school strongly recommends that parents and students in carpools to and from school wear masks while in the car together. 

Medical Exemptions

  1. The Leadership Group may approve mask exemptions for students who are medically fragile as documented per an existing IEP or health related 504 equivalents.  
  2. The Leadership Group may approve mask exemptions for students or employees who provide documentation from a qualified Nevada licensed medical professional that they are exempt in accordance with Subsection 3 of Section 7 of Directive 024.  

Written requests for mask exemptions and accompanying documentation can be sent to the Leadership Group.  Until the Leadership Group approves a request for mask exemption, the student or employee must remain in a mask while inside the school building. 

People do not need to wear masks when outdoors. 

Mask Breaks

Outdoor mask breaks are preferred when possible. Staff must exercise professional judgment and common sense to allow for breaks from wearing masks. If an indoor break is necessary, it should be brief (1-3 minutes) and the student or staff member should be more than 6 feet away from any other person. We recommend that only one student or adult in a group take an indoor mask break at a time, while maintaining 6 feet of distance from others during this break. 

After school hours and on weekends (when all students are off campus), if a staff member is working alone in a classroom or the office, they are not required to wear a mask. 

Handling and Removing Masks

EC and Lower Grades Protocol

There are times throughout the day that the children take off their masks (including going outside, mealtimes, and naptime). This procedure is in place to prevent the children from putting a used mask on various surfaces in the classroom.

  • Families are asked to provide clean 3 masks for each child per day.
  • The school will provide families with two cloth bags for mask storage. The teachers will label the bags for the children.
  • The masks will come to school in the cloth bag.
  • The cloth bag will be sent home every day to be laundered along with the masks. 
  • Two bags gives the parents an opportunity to rotate which bag is being sent and which bag is being laundered. 

Removing a Mask 

  1. Take off the mask, fold, and place in a cloth bag. 
  2. Wash hands

Note:  If the child has a disposable mask, each EC classroom has a small hands free garbage can with liner.  The child will dispose of his/her mask in this receptacle. 

This garbage can is a great place for children to dispose of used tissues and bandages as well. 

When it is time to put on a mask (after lunch for example) the child will get a new mask to put on.

Types of Masks

Masks and gaiters must:

  • Have two or more layers
  • Completely covers the nose and mouth.
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps, and be secure under the chin.

Please see the CDC website for further guidance. CDC Guide to Masks.

Parent’s Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the parent to take his/her child’s temperature at home every day to ensure it is under 100°.  Please note any changes in your child’s behavior and any possible symptoms that may have emerged overnight.  

Drop-Off Procedures and Daily Health Screening

A parent brings the child to the class teacher/assistant and stays until the child is cleared. Teachers will ask the following health check questions:

  1. Have you done your child’s health screening this morning?

If not, the teacher will hand the parent a checklist and ask them to do the health screening. This includes the question “have you been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19?”

  1. Was your child’s temperature below 100?

The teacher will take the temperature if the parent did not do so at home.

All late arrivals check-in at the front office. Office staff will complete the health check and walk the child to class. 

Ventilation will be used as another layer of our COVID-19 mitigation plan. The Reactor campus has HEPA filters installed in the HVAC system.  These filters are maintained regularly and are checked more often when the air quality is poor for extended periods of time.  In addition, each classroom will have two air purifiers. When the air quality is normal, teachers will have the option of opening doors and windows to support air circulation inside the classroom.  

Good hygiene with frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer will be utilized.

  • Wash hands before leaving home, sanitize hands, upon arrival at school, upon entering or leaving a classroom, after recess or indoor play, and before final departure
  • Children will sanitize hands upon arrival at school and before their final departure.
  • Children will wash (or sanitize) hands before and after eating (snack and lunch).   
  • Hands will be washed after using the bathroom and throughout the day as needed.
  • Hands will also be washed after using the bathroom, coughing, sneezing, and blowing one’s nose, and throughout the day as needed. 
  • Young children will be supervised washing their hands. Thoroughly wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water.

In the grade school, when students are working at their desks, they will be socially distanced at 3 feet apart when possible.   Indoors, children will be distanced three feet apart when eating and drinking, when possible.

Classroom pods will not be used this year in the early childhood or grades as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy.

NSWS follows the Washoe County School District COVID-19 Screening Tool that includes information about symptoms and instructions about quarantine guidelines.

At School

For Early Childhood

EC children will be cared for in the sick room by their lead or assistant teacher until the parent or guardian picks up the child.  Nursery children will not be required to wear a mask in the sick room. If the child is not too sick to wear a mask (ie. is not nauseous and/or congested), Pre-K and Kindergarten children will continue to wear a mask. 

For Grades

If the child is not too sick to wear a mask (ie. is not nauseous and/or congested), then the child will continue wearing a mask in the sick room and be cared for by an admin member until the parent or guardian arrives to pick up the child.

At home

When your child is sick, please call the office.  We want to know when your child is out sick and we need to keep sick log records as required by the Washoe County Health District.  When you call the office, the staff will ask you what your child’s symptoms are.  We can also work with you to determine the applicable return to school date.

All visitors are welcome in the front office. Visitors to campus for an extended period of time will need to complete a health screening. Parent volunteers during school hours will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

The bathroom located through the office is only open to employees this school year. Parents and children will not be allowed to use this bathroom. Please plan accordingly.

NSWS endorses the CDC Travel recommendations and highly encourages that employees and families who choose to travel follow the CDC guidelines for quarantining following travel. NSWS does not require employees and families to report their travel plans.  The health of our community depends on everyone making prudent and responsible choices.

If any local, state or federal directives change, the NSWS Leadership Group will review and amend our policies and protocols as needed.

In-Person

Movement & Games Class

Games class will be held outdoors if possible. If games class needs to be held inside, children will be required to wear masks.  

Choir Class

Masks must be worn at all times. Singers should stand 6 feet apart in every direction. When possible, class will be held outdoors. 

Recorders/Flutes

Wind instruments can be played under social distancing in areas of high ventilation, or outdoors. Students will be six feet apart, inside, and will wear a mask when they are not actively playing.

For Class Teachers

Class teachers can sing with masks on with their class.

Distance Learning

Early Childhood | Home Engagement During School Closure

In the event that there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in the Early Childhood Program and we need to temporarily close part or all of the school building, each class teacher will send one significant content-related post per week to their class.  These could include suggestions for activities to do, circle or finger games, songs, stories, a puppet play, instructions for a craft, etc.  Weekly Zoom meetings with your teacher will also be offered. Parents may be asked to drop by the school during this time to pick up distance learning packets. 

Grades Program | Distance Learning During School Closure

In the event there is a confirmed COVID-19 case at NSWS and we need to temporarily close part or all of the school building, the grade school will move to 100% distance learning and your child’s teacher will be providing on-line instruction. Parents may be asked to drop by the school during this time to pick up distance learning packets. 

Learning Platforms for On-Line Instruction

NSWS grades school teachers for main lesson and subject classes, will continue to teach virtually on-line using Google Classrooms and Zoom meetings. Please refer to your teacher to access your Google classrooms.  You will need to have access to the internet and a computer to access the classes. If you need assistance with any of these necessary tools, please speak with your child’s teacher.