Bridging the Social Distance
An emphasis on human connection is at the heart of Waldorf education. This unique and dynamic educational method is also naturally flexible and lends itself to meeting the particular needs and challenges of our times. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves needing to sustain human connection and community while also maintaining social and physical distance. Through much collaboration and innovation, our faculty, staff and board of trustees have met the unusual challenge of taking our kindergarten through eighth grade curriculum online so that we can continue to provide a quality Waldorf education from a distance. Our online curriculum embraces and reflects our pedagogical capacity to respond to the current challenges we face. In the spirit of learning, courage, and joy, our faculty has collaborated with enthusiasm and imagination to bring our vibrant curriculum into our families’ homes.
The platforms and tools we use for distance learning are age-specific, so our program has been divided into the following groups:
"The sweetest part of Camellia during this time when we are physically separated is the care that the school and teachers have demonstrated for the physical, mental, and emotional health of both our daughter and our whole family. Her teacher and the school have found a way to use technology as needed and still keep the innocence of childhood by finding opportunities to connect through things like homemade gifts, painted rocks, and hand-drawn birthday cards."
Stephanie Smith, second-year kindergarten parent
While nothing compares to being together, in person, Camellia teachers and students took their distance learning very seriously this past spring and students found a consistent rhythm of assignments, classes, and connections. At each grade level and with each subject, classes joyfully learned and discovered in so many ways. Our spring distance learning ran through June 5 and we plan on resuming it this fall until we have our in-person waiver from the Sacramento County Health Department. We have convened a planning committee, with members from faculty, administration and the board. They are closely monitoring local, state and national health departments and best practice guidelines, and have created a detailed "Return to School" plan for when we are able to return to campus.