What does school look like in the time of a health crisis?
PODS: We are required to create pods of 10 children to 1 teacher. However, because we strongly believe in co-teaching teams we are creating 10 children to 2 teacher pods.
DAILY SCHEDULE: We have a shortened daily schedule with staggered drop-offs and pick-ups per pod, and
FOOD and things from HOME: All things from home are kept separated and are either thrown away (disposable) or taken back home to wash each day.
PPE: PPE (personal protective equipment) is worn by all. Teachers and children are wearing masks and changing them every 4 hours. We are using gloves when handling soiled items and disinfecting clothing and high touch areas with the organic EPA approved Hypochlorous Acid water disinfectant.
HUGS and CUDDLES: We are using sign language, songs, video chats, and making notes to convey our feelings and support each other while maintaining 6-foot distances at school, but we won't reject children in need. This is why we have disinfecting sprays and consistent washing practices in place.
How are finances supported at The New School-West?
NSW Foundation 501(c)(3)
In 2017, we marked 30 years and in honor of the celebratory event, a team of parents worked together to create a non-profit 501(c)(3) and with that, the NSW Foundation was born. This arm gives us the ability to have a place specifically designated for funds for Professional Development. A portion of the proceeds from our yearly Silent Auction goes directly to this source and we are now able to get added support by direct tax-deductible donations. It is through these donations that we are able to continue our education with the three-year contract of study that brings Tiziana Filippini to California twice a year. We are grateful to our parents and extended families who believe with us that continuing education is invaluable and work hard to support us in our learning.
In addition to funding Professional Development, donations to our NSW Foundation also provide teacher and family resources in times of need. We have many feel-good stories of those who have received this needed support.
To support the NSW Foundation you can make a contribution here.