Dear SunRidge families,
All this week I have been in conversation or contact with district, county, and state administrators, as well as school faculty and staff. Today I participated in virtual meetings with North Bay Waldorf school administrators and with two national Waldorf associations. Our focus is on observing the shelter in place currently in effect and planning for student instruction and communication while schools are closed. These times call for patience, perseverance, creativity, and resilience as we develop new routines at home and news ways to connect during a global pandemic.
We all need to do what it takes to stay well and maintain a measure of calm as we respond to the “new normal”. Everyone is moving toward increasing levels of social distancing and hygiene protocols with the belief that this will help “flatten the curve”. Many of our families have been self-quarantining, and most all are significantly limiting their social contacts and those of their children, which brings its own challenges, yet is necessary to slow the virus’ transmission. Please stay informed regarding Sonoma County’s Coronavirus Emergency at: https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/
The district sent out information this week to students on the confidential free and reduced lunch program list detailing how to receive meals during the school closure. Agencies available to support families can be accessed through calling 211.
The California Department of Education has cancelled state testing for this spring.
As we move towards more online learning in grades 5-8 and online communication in all grades, we recognize there may be students in grades 5-8 who will need to borrow a school Chromebook (or families in K-4) in order to be connected to distance learning opportunities. We also recognize that some families do not have internet access at home. We will be assessing what families need early next week.
The faculty has been on Spring Break this week. Our custodial staff completed a thorough cleaning of the campus and all district school sites are closed except to essential personnel. Monday and Tuesday, March 23 and 24th, the faculty will be planning and preparing instruction from home and through virtual meetings. Please check email regularly to receive updates and expect communication from your child’s teacher by Tuesday.
Please contact me with any questions. We will get through this together!