COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information
In order to stay abreast of the complex and evolving situation in the United States and to exercise best practices in safeguarding our community, Linden Waldorf School is remaining in constant communication with governmental and educational organizations. For the most detailed and up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to bookmark this page, watch our school calendar, and monitor the following websites. We will update this page with information about COVID-19 as it relates to Linden Waldorf School.
Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with the novel coronavirus should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a clinic, doctor’s office, or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
COVID-19 Messages from Head of School, Tricia Drake
- World Health Organization (WHO): This website has general information on the novel coronavirus, a video, and an infographic about preventing the spread of viruses.
- Johns Hopkins Interactive and Updating Outbreak Map
Tennessee Department of Health (TDH): TDH has launched a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line at 877-857-2945.
- Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
- 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
- Simplicity Parenting Covid 19 response: Waldorf parenting advice for this unusual time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Linden Waldorf School closing its campus?
The campus is closed, but school is continuing. Linden Waldorf School began Spring Break on Friday, March 13, to allow faculty to prepare for a possible extended campus closure, and Spring Break was extended for students through Friday, March 27. The school's Beyond the Classroom Distance Learning Program began Monday, March 30. Details and updates have been e-mailed to enrolled families.
How will the decision be made to re-open the campus?
The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. The school will work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Tennessee Department of Health, the Metro Public Health Department, and health professionals to determine the best course of action, following all public health protocols.
What can a parent do to prepare for a long-term campus closure?
We encourage you to follow this advice:
- Plan alternative childcare arrangements for children in case school is dismissed early and/or closed.
- Talk to friends, neighbors, and other parents about sharing childcare duties if your children are well, but school is closed.
- Talk to your employer about working from home or shifting schedules in the event of a school closure.
What about school events, gatherings, and trips?
Until further notice, we have suspended all school events through the end of the semester.
We will make decisions about holding or canceling events based on the updated information from health officials. Please watch for messages from the Head of School with important updates. Any changes will also be noted on our school calendar. In the event of an outbreak, to increase your chances of staying healthy, it is best to avoid crowded settings, especially if you are over sixty years of age or have chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
What can a parent do to prepare for an outbreak of COVID-19?
Because the situation is very dynamic, we encourage you to stay up to date with the latest information and recommendations from health officials (see list of Health Organizations, above).
How will my child’s education continue in the event of an extended campus closure?
On March 30, 2020, we transitioned to our Beyond the Classroom Distance Learning Platform. Our teachers have prepared lessons, assignments, activities, resources, etc. that will allow our educational program to continue. Details have been e-mailed to enrolled families.
What can families, students, and school personnel do to keep from getting sick and spreading COVID-19?
The CDC recommends the following 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.
We continue to be in close communication with government agencies, as well as other independent schools, and closely monitor the situation. We will keep you updated as things change.