This notice is to advise you that both the Nelson Waldorf School and the Childcare Centre are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, all in-class instruction for Kindergarten to Class 7 students has been suspended for the foreseeable future, as per the province-wide directive given by Education Minister, Rob Fleming. Please read his letter to parents, guardians and school staff attached here.
NWS has also made the decision to close the Childcare Centre simultaneously with the school closure, after consultation with Interior Health Child Care Licensing and the Ministry of Child and Family Development, and with the safety and wellbeing of all our families in mind. Childcare Centre families can expect a separate email communication coming from the Childcare Centre soon.
Key points from yesterday’s Ministry of Education announcement that pertain to our school are:
- All K-12 schools will suspend in-class instruction effective immediately.
- Independent school authorities are expected to begin work on continuity of learning planning for their students.
- BC Schools are being asked to develop plans that will prioritize daycare or educational services for the children of essential service providers.
While NWS has been directed to suspend all in-school teaching, we will be providing, for as long as required, a transition to remote learning, which will be an adjustment for all. Our Education Director, Phil Fertey, is working with the faculty––and in conjunction with other B.C. Waldorf schools––to provide a plan for continuity of learning beginning March 30, 2020. As well as prioritizing our students’ health, our goal is to ensure that they are engaged and learning, while we remain attentive to their developmental needs.
While we are in unprecedented times, please be assured that the Nelson Waldorf School will provide continuity of Waldorf education for all of our students, in an organized and meaningful way. To this end, the wider community of Waldorf schools is proving to be a tremendous resource for us as many schools in the US have been closed for several weeks and are now into the first days of working from a distance-learning model––while maintaining, with creativity, the integrity of Waldorf education.
Thank you for allowing the faculty and administration the time to prepare and implement these temporary measures. An email will be sent Thursday, March 26, with further information about our plans of support and learning.
If you have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org where we will then direct your question to the right person for response. We will continue to update you as information arises.
Thank you for your support as we move forward together.
NWS Board Chair