Health & Safety

We take the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously. In the Covid-19 era, we are closely following the guidelines from the Ministry of Education and are adapting our practices as needed to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our Covid-19 FAQ page for additional information. If you have additional questions, please email them to covidquestions@nelsonwaldorf.org

March 21, 2022

On March 10, our Provincial Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry made several changes to existing public health orders (PHO) that affect the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings. These changes come into effect the first day our Spring Break – March 21, 2022. Masks and other health and safety protocols remain in effect at school and on buses until then.

Here are the key changes to the Provincial Guidelines

  • Masks will no longer be mandated for use within the classroom and workplace as of March 21, 2022 – the first day of our Spring Break.
  • Schools can return to classroom and learning environment configurations and activities for optimal learning and teaching.
  • Intra-school events (events with just students, staff and necessary volunteers) do not have a capacity limit.
  • Inter-school events or those with visitors (e.g., parent spectators) should not exceed 50 per cent capacity, but can return to 100 per cent capacity when the PHO Gatherings & Events Order is lifted (expected end of day April 7, 2022 – wait for further communication).
  • We can drop the sign in/sign out practices and can return to routine pick up/drop off practices.
  • Schools should make every effort to avoid venue/locations that place additional requirements that could prevent a person from being able to participate. (Example: We will try to find and use field trip destinations that so not require a proof of vaccination.)

Of course, COVID-19 has not disappeared. Nelson Waldorf will still consider strategies to create space between people, promote outdoor activities, and we ask that families continue to follow public health recommendations and practices for self-testing and self-isolation periods when ill. (Rapid tests are still available for pick-up at our Front Office.) Nelson Waldorf will also continue to support and respect anyone’s decision to wear a mask or face covering.

Covid-19 Safety Protocols and Plans

Update : Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Your school administration and faculty have been working together with local and provincial authorities to best address the latest wave of Covid-19. 

We thank the community for its continued support through these unprecedented times.  Our goal as ever is to provide a safe and loving environment for the children and we strive to implement actions and practices that are in keeping with the highest intentions of safety, community and compassion.

As you are aware, we continue to adhere to The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and WorkSafe BC standards, protocols and guidelines for schools.  

Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools

COVID-19 safe schools – Province of British Columbia 

Five  key measures we continue to use :

  • Daily health checks
  • Hand hygiene
  • Respiratory etiquette
  • Use of masks indoors (no exemptions for adults)
  • Fresh air in classrooms (minimum of 5 minutes 2x per hour)
  • Increased time outside

Omicron Variant

To specifically address the Omicron variant and its inherently high rates of transmission we have instituted several measures as per the BCCDC’s guidance. 

BCCDC – K-12 Addendum (Dec 29,21)

New measures instituted :

  • Visitors are reduced to the direct support of learning activities
  • All meetings are held online (staff meetings, PT-meetings) for now
  • We have prepared plans of action to effect a Functional Closure should the need arise
  • We provide stats daily to the Ministry of Education of the attendance of both students and staff, and break out the number of those away due “to illness”

We ask that you :

  • Please conduct a Daily Health Check  with your child before school. Ere on the side of caution please.
  • If your child is absent please let us know if it is due to illness or for other reasons.

More information regarding :

  • Should I send my child to school ?
  • Should we self-isolate and for how long?
  • And all other potentialities with regards to Covid-19

BC Centre for Disease Control

Functional Closure 

There exists the possibility of the school requiring of a reset should one of the following factors figure too heavily on the class’ health and/or safety :

  • Level of absenteeism of students
  • Level of availability of teachers, admin or support staff

If the school reaches such a tipping point then we will institute a Functional Closure 

  • Estimated 14 days’ closure with a return to our now-familiar online learning model for older students after a 3 day transitionary period for the teachers to prepare

Before we take this hypothetical course of action we have various mitigations planned so as to avoid a full closure if at all possible and safe.

Please direct any questions to our Covid Committee covidquestions@nelsonwaldorf.org 

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