Letter from the Board

June 2020

Dear Current & Prospective Families, 

 

What a long strange trip it’s been… The last couple of months have been challenging in many different ways and we feel hopeful that we are now entering a new stage. We are happy to report that Wilderness Park has opened, with the same guidelines as the beach. 

 

Seeds of Joy Village is safe and sound. We are in communication with the City of Redondo Beach and waiting to hear when in the fall we are allowed to use our classroom and start classes again.

 

Below you can read all about the new ways we will operate. The list of changes is long and thorough yet they all feel very doable and positive for our school.

 

Waldorf education has continued to thrive and grow all over the world for the last 100 years no matter what the circumstances. Today, in our little corner of the world, Seeds of Joy Village’s resolve to keep our doors open is stronger than ever. Beautiful things can come from hardship. 

With Love to All, 

 

The 2019 - 2020 Seeds of Village Board, 

Alethea Dufraine, Kira Caluza, & Titania Angara

Key Enhancements

The information below is based on guidance and best practices found at: CDC Guidance for Schools; CDC Guidance for Child Care; Childcare Decision Tree.
Our daily rhythm has been moved outdoors in as much open space as possible. 
  • Limiting the presence of volunteers for classroom activities, cafeteria/food prep support, and other activities. Per updated licensing guidelines, parents will no longer be able to volunteer in the classroom. Our school can still function as a parent participatory school and parents/caregivers will support the curriculum in other roles yet to be determined.  

  • According to the City of Redondo Beach regulations, staff members and older children will wear face coverings.  

  • SOJV will postpone group gatherings

  • SOJV will ensure continuity of education if the school is closed for any reason. SOJV will now be better prepared to offer online programming and at-home activities if schools are required to close for any reason, such as a city/county ordinance.   

  • Classes will include the same group each day (6 children), and the same adults should remain with the same group each day. For now, there will no longer be 2-day or 3-day plans.

  • For now, SOJV will not be offering Parent-Toddler programs

  • ​SOJV will train all teachers and staff in the safety actions   

  • SOJV will be implementing screenings safely everyday, respectfully, as well as in accordance with any applicable privacy laws or regulations. Confidentiality will be maintained.   

  • SOJV will provide EPA-registered disposable wipes to teachers and staff as well as PPE.

  • Seeds of Joy Enhancements: 

    • SOJV will update our policies and procedures to emphasize everyday preventive actions for students and staff. For example, emphasize actions such as staying home when sick; appropriately covering coughs and sneezes; cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and washing hands often.​

    • SOJV will ensure adequate supplies (e.g., soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer, tissue) to support healthy hygiene practices. 

    • SOJV will update procedures to keep sick students and staff, particularly those with symptoms of respiratory illness, separate from well students and staff until they can leave.

    • Arrival/Dismissal will now be staggered to limit direct contact with parents as much as possible.

    • ​SOJV will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games.

    • Machine washable cloth toys (such as sheepskin, pillows, silks, washcloths) should be used by one individual at a time or should not be used at all. These toys should be laundered before being used by another child.

    • Do not share toys with other groups of infants or toddlers.

    • Each child's belongings separated from others' and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas.

    • SOJV will have adequate supplies to minimize the sharing of high touch materials to the extent possible and set a plan to clean and disinfect between use.

    • SOJV will continue to support each child to have own food, drinking cups, eating utensils, towels, etc. Children will bring their own snack. 

Seeds of Joy Incorporated does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to, admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in employment and application for employment. Furthermore, School and Community policy includes prohibitions of harassment of students and employees, i.e., racial harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination. 

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