The school is responsible for creating and regularly reviewing our Parent Handbook as well as School Operating Policies and Procedures. As the school updates our policies, we will notify you of any new drafts of materials added to this page. If you have any questions about the policies on this page please ask the Administrator or your Class Teacher. Thank you for taking the time to read these important school documents.
1. Parent Handbook (2019-20 School Year) – The Parent Handbook is a living document that is reviewed on a regular basis. Please note that it is a requirement of the school that each family read this document and become familiar with school procedures which may impact their family during the school year.
As our school seeks to limit our environmental impact, we rely on electronic files. However if you wish a paper copy, please let us know and we can provide one for you.
2. Family Engagement Volunteer Hours - Each family at Comox Valley Waldorf School is required to fulfill volunteer hours and service agreements will be signed each school year along with registration and tuition agreements. Please follow this link for more information about our school's volunteer policy.
3. Electronics & Media Expectations: Exposure to news stories, television, videos and other visual media including computer games, can significantly interfere with the educational work of the school. Waldorf education seeks to nourish and develop each child’s creative capacities. The young child’s ability to imagine is crucial to the development of creativity. This capacity to imagine is compromised by media images and television. In the process, the child is also taught a passive relationship to the world and can be exposed to content that is inappropriate for their age. Recent studies are questioning the effects of television watching on the nervous systems of growing children, on healthy social development and its adverse effect on learning. Parents ultimately decide how much screen time their children will have. In general we recommend following the guidelines listed below:
Preschool through grade three: Ideally, no television or video games. Fourth grade and up: Ideally no television or video games during the school week, especially in the morning before school. Avoid cartoons and programs that are vulgar, over stimulating and those that feature violence.
4. School Dress Code: Our school environment is one where we wish to encourage and nurture reverence and a strong relationship to the living images and ideas that the Waldorf curriculum strives to provide. We value the importance of warmth, comfort, neatness, simplicity and a scent free environment and ask that the students reflect these values. Our aim is to provide a classroom and learning environment that is free from distraction and unnecessary visual noise and which is conducive to allowing the imagination and individuality present within each child to flourish under the guidance of their teachers. Our intention is to inspire individual creativity and expression and to create and nurture a healthy learning environment by limiting visual distractions and excessive marketing messages, whilst maintaining a spirit of expression and openness around dress.
Students should come to school dressed appropriately for the weather
No heavy dangling jewelry including earrings and necklaces
We respectfully ask that students’ indoor clothing, lunch bags and athletic wear be free of logos
Media influenced and visible branding on clothing is not permitted when images are larger than fist size
Any images or slogans should not be scary, disrespectful, offensive or overtly distracting (at teacher’s discretion)
Spaghetti straps (less than two fingers-wide), halters, and midriff baring clothing are not appropriate for school
Skirts and shorts should fall to the student’s fingertips when standing
To allow for safe movement and various physical activities clothing should be reasonably sized for the student (at teacher’s discretion)
7. Anti-Discrimination Policy: Waldorf Education: Diversity and Inclusiveness; A Declaration of British Columbia Waldorf Schools and Institutions UPDATED September 8, 2016
8. Issues Management Procedure - If you have a concern with regard to any aspect of the school, please read our Issues Management Procedure HERE to learn about steps that can be taken so solve the issue.