Fall Enrollment Open!
Updated: Sep 5, 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.
Our silver lining is that SOJV is in a much better place than most daycares and centers in the area. One of the reasons is because our children can spend most of their time outside in the wilderness. Our team has identified some key changes as well as slight enhancements we are planning to make once we receive permission from the City of Redondo Beach. While the attached list is not entirely comprehensive and may change, we wait patiently and continue looking forward.
We have a Preschool program for 3-6 year olds (potty trained) which runs 5 days per week. Children under 3 can attend if they are potty trained and the teacher determines they are ready after meeting them.
Parent-Toddler program for children 18-months to 3-years. NOTE: We currently are not able to offer this program due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, things may change since the pandemic is ever changing. If you are interested in that program let us know by submitting an application. We will let you know when it becomes available.
If you are interested in joining the school in the fall, please fill out this online application (click here).
With Love to All,
The Seeds of Village Board,
Alethea Dufraine, Kira Caluza, & Titania Angara
Seeds of Joy Key Changes & Enhancements Due to COVID-19
Seeds of Joy Key Changes:
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.
When feasible, staff members and older children will wear face coverings within the facility (classroom). Cloth face coverings should NOT be put on babies and children under age two because of the danger of suffocation. When children are outside and in open-space, they are not required to wear face coverings.
SOJV will assess group gatherings and events and the possible postponing non-critical gatherings and events such as Halloween Festival, Basket Social, May Faire
SOJV will ensure continuity of education if the school is closed for any reason. Unlike how this past school year progressed, 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 (10 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. The same children will be enrolled for the 5-day program and the program is limited to these 10 children.
For now, SOJV will not be offering Parent-Toddler programs
When indoors, seating will be at least six feet apart when possible to enhance social distancing measures.
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 so that commonly used surfaces (e.g., tables, desks, bathrooms) can be wiped down before use.
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 ventilation systems operate properly and increase the circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors. In addition, SOJV will set a standard to complete the daily rhythm outside as much as possible.
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. Plan to have areas where these individuals can be isolated from well students and staff until they can leave the school.
Arrival/Dismissal will now be staggered to limit direct contact with parents as much as possible. This means that the program will run at slightly different times than before.
Teachers will greet children outside as they arrive. No parents/adults/volunteers will be allowed inside the classroom.
SOJV will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games. This may also include cleaning objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, nap pads, toilet training potties, desks, chairs, cubbies, and playground structures. Use the cleaners typically used at your facility.
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, unless they are washed and sanitized before being moved from one group to the other.
Specifically, setting aside toys that need to be cleaned. Place in a dishpan with soapy water or put in a separate container marked for “soiled toys.” Washing with soapy water is the ideal method for cleaning. Try to have enough toys so that the toys can be rotated through cleanings
Each child's s belongings separated from others' and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas. The cubbies will be furthered spaced apart to support physical distancing measures.
SOJV will have adequate supplies to minimize the sharing of high touch materials to the extent possible (art supplies, sowing materials, wax) 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 packed lunch.