Please bookmark this page. We will update this page with information about COVID-19 as it relates to Highland Hall Waldorf School. Please refer to our School Calendar for the most recent updates about our school events.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Messages from HH
- Health Update and Recommendations (Wednesday, February 26)
- Coronavirus Response Plan (Tuesday, March 3)
- Coronavirus Update (Wednesday, March 11)
- Shift to teacher in-service, pupil-free days on Friday and Monday (Thursday, March 12)
- HH Distance Learning Program, effective March 17 (Saturday, March 14)
- Letter to the Community (Ken Lavner, Pedagogical Chair, Monday, March 23)
- Resources worth Exploring during Shelter in Place (Ken Lavner, Beacon Issue #08)
- Community Letter (Ken Lavner, Pedagogical Chair, Monday, March 30)
- Spring Break Community Update (Ken Lavner and Cara Lisco, April 3)
- Community Update (Ken Lavner, Pedagogical Chair, May 6)
- Community Update (Board of Trustees and Administrative Staff, May 21)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- California Department of Public Health
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health)
- World Health Organization
- Sign up for Notify LA for up to date text notifications from the City of LA
- How to talk to children about difficult news
- Explaining the News to Our Kids
- How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
- 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus - (NY Times)
- 10 Questions Parents may have about Coronavirus - (NY Times)
- Coping Under COVID - Resources for Parents.
- Waldorf Education eNews - The official eNews of AWSNA.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will Highland Hall Waldorf School close?
Our classrooms and campus will be off limits to students and most employees, from March 17 through May 15. Effective March 17, 2020, Highland Hall began a distance learning program, “Beacon from the Hill”, to maintain its educational program for our students. We continue to monitor and to assess the situation. Please refer to our messages above for our communications from Highland Hall and click here for shift to distance learning message.
What can a parent do to prepare for this period of social distancing and remote learning?
We encourage you to follow the advice of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health):
- Plan alternative childcare arrangements for children.
- Talk to friends, neighbors, and other parents in school about sharing childcare duties if you and your children are well.
- Talk to your employer about working from home or shifting schedules due to schooling at home.
- Look for communications from Highland Hall for updates and information on our distance learning program, "Beacon from the Hill".
What about events and gatherings?
All Highland Hall events have been cancelled through May 15, 2020.
Click here for CDC recommendations for large events and gatherings:
- The CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.
How will my child’s education continue during an extended school social distancing plan?
Effective March 17, Highland Hall will begin a distance learning program, “Beacon from the Hill”, to maintain its educational program for our students.
What can families, students, and school personnel do to keep from getting sick and spreading COVID-19?
The CDC recommends the following preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when your hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick (and do not return to school until you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication). We ask you to strictly adhere to this policy.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.