Tuesday April 7th, 2020
Dear Student and Teachers,
To our valued students and teachers at the Rudolf Steiner Center Toronto.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto has been carefully monitoring the progression of the virus and closely following the advice of Canada’s public health authorities. We have followed their recommendations and have implemented extra measures for the health and safety of our employees, students and their families.
As the virus continues to spread in communities across Canada, and with Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer raising the public risk to ‘serious’, we are responding to the need for increasingly bold action to reduce the transmission.
Following up on our last notice from March 17th which announced a two-week holiday extension ending April 6th, Ontario public schools have now been closed until May 4th according to the Ontario government website. The RSCT doesn’t anticipate being able to start in-person classes again until May 4th at the earliest.
Starting last week, our faculty began providing online courses via Zoom teleconference to the RSCT’s full-time students in the Waldorf Education programs. Foundation Studies Encounter classes have also moved online. These kind of classes will continue as necessary.
The RSCT is hoping to be able to resume in-person classes, however, in time for the start of the Early Childhood part time program (June 14th) and the Summer Festival (July 6th).
As a further consideration during this challenging time we will waive application fees for the part time Early Childhood program and for the full time Early Childhood and for full time and part time Waldorf Teacher programs. There are no application fees for the Summer Festival, only course fees, and those will be refunded if we need to cancel. And for the Glencolton Retreat we are no longer asking for a deposit to register.
We will be monitoring this situation carefully and will update the website and voice mail should there be any change. We expect to make a decision by the end of May as to whether these programs will proceed as planned. Refunds will be issued if they are cancelled.
We will be monitoring this situation carefully and will update the website and voice mail should there be any change.
When we do start classes again, we will be implementing a science-based, screening and hygiene protocol to ensure the safety of our returning staff and students.
Please stay safe and “most important Stay Healthy.”
James Brian Jan Ney Patterson Robert McKay
Executive Director Director of Waldorf Early Childhood Board Chair RSCT
Folks can find accurate and current updates via the govt sites listed below:
Toronto Public Health
Wellington County Public Health
The Ontario Ministry of Health
Govt of Canada Website
The following resources will provide you with real time and accurate information on the global pandemic and what the City of Vaughan is doing to react to this current crisis:
• City of Vaughan website at www.vaughan.ca/covid19
• York Region Public Health website at www.york.ca/covid19
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