Early Childhood Return to School Plan
The faculty and staff of the Highland Hall Early Childhood Center are committed to offering a quality Waldorf curriculum that serves children and families in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment. As we prepare for our return to on-site classes this fall, we want to share with you new measures we will be implementing based on the requirements and guidelines from federal, state, and local authorities. The health and safety of our wider community are paramount in our planning, as is the healthy development of the children in our care. Therefore, we will be emphasizing measures like hand hygiene, outdoor time, covering coughs and sneezes, and common sense mitigation practices by adults on campus, while supporting children in healthy play and social interaction at school.
We understand that, like us, you are hoping to return to life as we knew it, and we want to support this as much as possible. Parents are eager for answers, and so, we will do our best to give you as clear a picture as possible.
Please note that these plans are based upon the LA County Department of Health's Guidance for Early Childhood Education providers, published on August 5, 2020, and their associated COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan. The LA County Department of Health has confirmed that these guidelines apply to our Kindergarten program as it is part of our early childhood license. Altogether, it is important to know that the status of guidelines and requirements could change and that we will adjust our protocols accordingly. While the regulations for schools might look different by September, below is what we are planning, based on the rules that are in place as of today.
Drop-off and Pickup
Class Size, Available Spaces, and Aftercare
Nature Based Waldorf Education
Social Distancing in Early Childhood Education
Snack and Lunch
We recognize that parents necessarily increase their involvement in their child’s education when we shift to a distance learning format, especially in the younger years.
We also recognize that almost all of our faculty and staff are fully employed when delivering a remote program, in order to support parents, to provide learning continuity and/or to meet course credit and graduation requirements (in the high school).
In an effort to maintain the financial viability of the school and recognize the burden of remote learning on parents, we are offering the following Tuition Credit Program for extended, County Department of Health mandated remote learning. While we have calculated floating days to make up for short term school closures, Tuition Credits will be offered after 30 consecutive days of closure. These are not cash refunds, but credits for current or future costs, granted at the end of the school year.
ECC families: 70% tuition credit.
- We are offering a Limited Enrollment option at 10% of a full day tuition ($2,400) to enable families to hold their enrollment spot for when the enrollment cap is lifted, and to receive up to one hour per week parenting support from an experienced Highland Hall Waldorf School early childhood teacher.
Extension of re-enrollment commitments
The contractual enrollment date has been extended from June 1 to August 1 to avoid tuition obligations as set forth in your contract. Therefore, if you elect to cancel re/enrollment by August 1, your re/enrollment deposit and fees will be credited towards future re/enrollment in 2021-22.
After August 1, we will be finalizing hiring and staffing decisions based upon our enrollment commitments. For withdrawal notices from August 1 though September 14, 2020, our contractual terms will apply, which state that your tuition obligation will be a 25%of the Tuition Total of the school year. After September 14, parents who have enrolled in the Tuition Refund Plan may participate in that program according to the contract.
Our school will continue to make our best effort to meet our current families’ tuition assistance needs which for many are especially acute at this time. Families have two weeks after receiving their tuition assistance grant notification to withdraw their enrollment without penalty.
From time to time we may be forced to make a significant faculty or programming change to accommodate our COVID-19 situation. If we are required to make a significant faculty or programming change, such as to a lead or class teacher, you will have two weeks after that adjustment has been made to withdraw your enrollment without tuition obligation penalty.
While some of this school year might look different than what we have grown accustomed to, the teachers are working hard to bring the same warmth, creativity, and magic that families have come to expect from our program. Each day we will continue to offer artistic activities, such as painting, sewing, beeswax modelling, finger knitting, and crafting. We will continue to enjoy story time, movement journeys, and games. We will strive to deliver to the very best of Waldorf education, while carefully following all required health and safety regulations. Children thrive when their emotional, cognitive, social, and physical development are supported, and in such a time as this the Waldorf education we offer is uniquely situated provide the rhythm, security, freedom, and high-quality care that every child deserves.
We look forward to welcoming you and your children to the new school year.
The ECC Faculty
Questions and concerns:
School Operations and Hygiene Protocol:
Cara Lisco, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Lirette, email@example.com
This publication represents the work of the Board of Trustees, and almost all faculty and staff at Highland Hall. We are especially grateful for everyone's extra care and effort to help us meet the demands of this pandemic.