The Waldorf School of Atlanta is fully engaged and operational with remote classrooms and education (Learning Beyond the Classroom) and remote administrative offices. However, WSA's physical campuses are closed throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to the coronavirus pandemic. WSA's Faculty and Administration continue to ensure our students’ continuity of learning and our community's connectivity. And WSA’s administration and staff is working to ensure that our school and community's needs are being met with ongoing administrative operations. We will continue to update this page with information about COVID-19 as it relates to The Waldorf School of Atlanta.
WSA continues to educate our students and support our community through our Learning Beyond the Classroom remote learning format and online curriculum, which embraces and reflects our pedagogical capacity to respond to the need for continuity. In the spirit of learning, courage, and joy, our faculty has collaborated with enthusiasm and imagination to bring our vibrant curriculum into the homes and hearts of every WSA family. Enjoy taking a look at our Learning Beyond the Classroom journey below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How will my child’s education continue?
With the Learning Beyond the Classroom remote learning format, faculty continue to prepare lessons, assignments, activities, resources, etc. that allow WSA's rich educational program to continue in each student's home. A combination of physical lesson packets and online resources including emails, video calls, Microsoft Teams and ParentSquare are being used in varying degrees depending on grade level.
How long will WSA be engaged in remote learning?
WSA will continue with our Learning Beyond the Classroom remote learning format through the remainder of this year.
How will the decision be made to return to school?
The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. While WSA monitors other school closings including the City of Decatur City Schools and other independent schools, WSA makes decisions independently based on the school's unique needs and situation, as well as guidance from external agencies.
Will WSA provide remote community gatherings?
WSA recognizes that goodwill and joy are more important than ever in times such as these, and the strength of the WSA community can help us all withstand these difficult times. The values of kindness, community, truth, beauty, and goodness can guide us. WSA will continue to plan and hold virtual community gatherings, including Coffee Wednesdays. Community members will be notified as they are scheduled via ParentSquare.
Is WSA Summer Camp happening?
The WSA Summer Camp has been cancelled until July 10. Camp refunds will be issued for families that have registered for our summer camp. Options are being explored for limited camp offerings starting July 13. When and if these offerings materialize a community announcement will be made via ParentSquare.
Business Office Related Frequently Asked Questions
Will tuition be refunded for the 2019-2020 school year?
We are not providing tuition refunds. Most of the tuition and fees that families have paid this year have already been spent on non-refundable costs or will be spent on costs that the School will incur whether or not it has students on campus, such as salaries and rent.
However, to support our families, we have provided the COVID-19 Hardship Tuition Assistance Fund to help families with their 2020-2021 tuition. You can access the webpage explaining the details of this fund and application procedure through our website or HERE.
What will be refunded/credited?
The following items will be refunded due to the pandemic:
*If you have questions concerning any of the above refunds please contact WSA Business Manager, Latonia Yarbrough, at email@example.com
How do families get their refunds?
Where possible, families will be receiving their refunds back to the instrument (credit card, bank account, etc.) used to make their payment. When this is not available, the business office will reach out to families personally.
Please complete THIS FORM to receive refunds or credits for eligible programs/services.
Will families be able to delay their initial payment?
Yes! The initial payment is normally due on or before May 1st. WSA is extending this deadline to June 15, 2020 with no penalty or late fee. The full payment discount of 5% will still apply.
What about Class Trip fees?
All class trips have been cancelled for the 2019-20 school year. This year's class trips fees will be credited towards next year's fees, thus lowering the fee amount for the 2020-21 school year. Families of any students not returning next year, including all our current 8th grade families, will receive these fees as a refund. The amount of each grade class trip to be credited or refunded by June 15 is below:
Will there be any tuition refunds for the 2020-21 school year?
In the event of remote learning at any time during the 2020-21 school year, The WSA Board of Trustees has approved the following refund policy for Early Childhood families for the 2020-21 school year:
Early Childhood Refund Policy for 2020-21 School Year
For the 2020-21 school year, all Early Childhood families will receive a 50% tuition credit for every week we are in remote learning (Learning Beyond the Classroom) with the acknowledgement that our youngest students are not able to fully benefit from a Waldorf experience while being at home. In order to work within the constraints of our budget, up to 10 weeks of the weekly credit will be applied towards the 2020-21 school year. For any weeks of remote learning after the 10 weeks, the 50% weekly credit will be applied to the following school year of 2021-22 and will be based on the 2021-22 tuition rates (thus providing a greater future benefit).