Covid-19 Plan

Maine Coast Waldorf School is open for in-person learning five days a week. We have always measured our classrooms in acres, and we are taking full advantage of our fields, forests, gardens, pollinator habitat, and woodland trails for outdoor classrooms. We are ensuring the safety of everyone in the community thanks to a comprehensive plan that includes the universal masking of all students and faculty both indoors and outdoors. Read our full plan. 

At Maine Coast Waldorf School, the 2020-21 school year will foster independent thinking, creative problem solving and a sense of social responsibility more collectively than any year in our 35-year history. 

The health and safety of each child and family in our community have been considered in the context of the best available scientific and medical information available. The faculty, administration, and Board of MCWS have worked tirelessly since spring 2020 to plan for this year’s blueprint, with the wise counsel of our COVID Health and Safety Advisory Committee as well as Executive Orders by the Governor of the state of Maine. 

A child studies in an outdoor classroom To fulfill our mission, on-campus learning is a priority. Our 75 acres of fields, forests, gardens, pollinator habitat and woodland trails will certainly be an asset for the return to school. MCWS outdoor classrooms will be ready for discovery and exploration. 

Maine Coast Waldorf School will operate out of an abundance of caution and will require masks/cloth facial coverings—indoors and outdoors—for everyone while on campus. 

 

Operational Updates:

Current Operation Status: Level 1, Stage 1

Level 1: (currently aligned with Low to Medium Risk rate; covidactnow.org green to yellow; State of Maine DoE GREEN level)

• Full On-Campus programming across all branches/grades
• Moderate/normal level health/safety protocols and policies in effect
• All classes grouped as normal
• Mask/cloth facial coverings required while on campus

Stage 1: lowest level of restrictions in place; low risk rate; on track to contain

  • Physical distancing at 4’ minimum, 6’ where possible
  • Outdoor play on the recess fields in grades 1–8 can occur with members of the same grade/cohort—there shall be no mixing of cohorts.
  • Special events, class performances, and ceremonies can occur pursuant to the general guidelines and protocols above. All outdoors athletics in line with MPA guidelines and those policies specifically set forth by sport.
  • Field trips can occur pursuant to the general guidelines:
    • Field trips can continue to indoor spaces with all requisite mask/cloth facial covering wearing mandates in place.
    • Children may share tents only with members of his/her/their own family; if not, each child shall sleep in his/her/their own tent;
    • Separate health and hygiene requirements will be in effect for all cooking/camping supplies and done in a fashion where students will not share food and/or equipment.