This page serves as a resource for updates regarding Waverly’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to communicate important updates to our families via email, and we will regularly post additional resources on this page.
2020 – 2021 School Year
Updated: February 19, 2021
It is such a joy to have elementary students back at our farm, and we are excited to have middle and high school students on campus in the coming weeks! We look forward to ongoing twice-weekly farm visits for all elementary cohorts and bi-weekly in-person activities for middle and high school students up to spring break.
LA County announced this week that elementary schools may now reopen for in-person learning as long as all paperwork has been approved and safety protocols are strictly followed. At this time, middle and high schools are still not able to reopen until LA County is in the red tier; the challenges of cohorting will continue to make in-person learning difficult at those levels even when we reach this milestone. While most public school districts are still operating remote programs at all levels, many independent schools, including most in the Pasadena area, are moving toward hybrid approaches at the elementary level; some have opened for full day in-person instruction in the primary grades.
We will continue to have elementary students spend a significant amount of time at the farm and will make full use of the playground for outdoor instruction as well as lots of play time. We also plan to increase the frequency of in-person activities for middle and high school students after spring break. We will maintain a full remote program for all families making this choice through the end of the school year in June. We will share more details about our post-spring break plans by March 22.
We are working to support all members of the Waverly community through our new hybrid program (remote and farm) at the elementary level and the addition of in-person activities for middle and high school students. We understand that there may be many questions about these plans and hope you will join us for one of two Town Hall meetings planned for this conversation: Wednesday, February 24, at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, February 25, at 4:00 p.m. Zoom links will be sent to families the day before each meeting.
For more details, please read the February 19, 2021, communication linked below.
Messages from Heidi
COVID-19 Information & Resources
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): English | Español
California Department of Public Health: English | Español
Pasadena Public Health Department
Hand-washing steps using the WHO Technique by Johns Hopkins Medicine (Video)
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus by Jessica Grose (The New York Times)
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus by Malaka Gharib (NPR)
Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus by Donna De La Cruz (The New York Times)