COVID-19 Information

Given the complex and rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and City of Alexandria Health Department for the most detailed and up to date information on COVID-19. Please bookmark this page. We will update this page with information about COVID-19 as it relates to Potomac Crescent Waldorf School.

 

Due to the current order by Virginia Governor Northam, our school will remain closed through the end of the academic school year. However, teachers and school administrators are available to current and prospective families. If you would like to contact a member of our staff, please use the following emails addresses:

Torie Gorges, Director of Admissions & Enrollment:  tgorges@potomacwaldorf.org

Claire Tran, Director of Finance & Administration: ctran@potomacwaldorf.org


 

COVID-19 Messages
Health Organizations
Additional Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
 

Is Potomac Crescent Waldorf School closing?

Following the orders of Virginia Governor Northam, PCWS will now remain closed through the end of the academic school year. We will continue to monitor the situation over this time and will keep you up to date.

How was the decision be made to close the school?

The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. While PCWS monitors other school closings including the Alexandria Public School System and other independent schools, PCWS makes decisions independently based on the school’s unique needs and situation, as well as guidance from external agencies. At this time, we have decided to follow the decision of the Northern Virginia school districts and close PCWS.
 

What can a parent do to prepare for a school closure?

We encourage you to follow the advice:

  • Plan alternative childcare arrangements for children in case school is dismissed early and/or closed.

  • Talk to friends, neighbors, and other parents in school 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 events and gatherings?

At this time, we have also decided to cancel school activities and tours. If you have any questions, please contact Claire at ctran@potomacwaldorf.org
 

What can a parent do to prepare for an outbreak of COVID-19?

Although the current risk to people in Alexandria from COVID-19 remains low, the situation is rapidly evolving. Health departments recommend that individuals prepare now in order to reduce the number of illnesses and negative effects that could occur in our community. Because the situation is rapidly evolving, 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 school closure?

The faculty are preparing resources for distance learning. Faculty will prepare lessons, assignments, activities, resources, etc. that will allow our educational program to continue as much as possible.  In the grades, the teachers have prepared tote bags for the students to continue work. There will be a combination of online instruction, book work, and activities. Class teachers will provide detailed information. In the preschool and kindergarten, the teachers prepared bags and resources to support you while your children are at home. We are not expecting families to replicate the classroom rhythm at home, but would like to offer resources for the children to continue their play-based education. The teachers will have daily scheduled hours when you can reach them by phone. You will receive an email from your class teacher 

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.

What if someone in my family has tested positive for COVID-19?
If you or a family member test positive for the virus, after first taking care of yourselves, please contact Claire Tran, as we will need to confidentially work with health authorities to determine the extent of exposure within PCWS

What additional steps is the school taking at this time?

We understand that this is a difficult time for all of us and that school closures are highly disruptive to a child's education and a family's life. Please know that we will continue to be on hand during the closure to support you. 


 

We continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated as things change.