COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

Please be assured that RSSAA faculty and staff understand and share your concern for the well being of our students, our employees and our school families during this high-stress time. We are doing everything possible to monitor and prepare. Given the complex and rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to visit the public resources linked below for the most detailed and up-to-date information on COVID-19.  Please bookmark this page as we will continue to update it with information as it relates to RSSAA.
 
Updated May 26, 2020
RSSAA Updates
 
Due to the State of Michigan "Stay at Home" order, school offices are closed and cannot accept phone calls.  Teachers, School Coordinators and the School Administrator can be reached directly through the ParentSquare Messages feature. You can also reach the School Coordinators and Administrator directly.  Please limit non-emergency calls to M-F 9 am- 3 pm.  Outside of those hours, please email or text.
EC Coordinator Abby Kurlfink - akurlfink@steinerschool.org or 313-949-3166 
LS Coordinator Peggy Wilson - pwilson@steinerschool.org or 734-276-7687
HS Coordinator Laura Shope - lshope@steinerschool.org or 734-646-6374 
School Administrator Sian Owen-Cruise - sowen-cruise@steinerschool.org or 734-846-2095 (Please send a text with your name and Sian will call you back as soon as possible) 
 
Per State of Michigan order, RSSAA will not return to campus to complete the 2019-20 school year.  The school year will be completed via remote learning and students will receive credit and move on to the next grade.  Please check your ParentSquare or email for information on remote learning for students.
 
Public Resources and Information
 
Additional Resources 
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (NY Times permits viewing a limited number of articles without a free subscription)
Parenting Teens in Close Quarters (NY Times permits viewing a limited number of articles without a free subscription)
 
The RSSAA Remote Learning page also has educational resources grouped by grade level and a selection of online resources to help support students during this time.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
How will my child’s education continue?
Faculty will prepare lessons, assignments, activities, resources, etc. that will allow our educational program to continue as much as possible.  A combination of physical lesson packets and online resources including video calls, Google Docs and ParentSquare or StudentSquare will be used in varying degrees depending on grade level.  Students will receive credit and move on to the next grade level.
 
What are the new dates for the end and start of school?
  • Lower School Campus – Early Childhood and Grades 1 – 8.  School will end on June 5.  This is the regular last day of school for the early childhood program and four days early for Grades 1 – 8. These are not regular instruction days as they are usually filled with performances, festivals and parties.  We will be replacing this week of school by starting a week early in the fall.  The 2020-21 School year will start on Monday, August 31. 
  • High School Campus – Grades 9 – 12. School will end on Friday, May 29 for all high school grades.  This is the regular last day of academic instruction for the High School – as the last ten days of the school year are spent on trips, internships, and practicing the twelfth grade play.  None of these are possible in their normal shape this year. The 2020-21 School year will start on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

What about trips, events and gatherings?

All school trips, events and gatherings are cancelled for the 2019-20 school year.  It is advised that, to increase your chances of staying healthy, it is best to avoid crowded settings, especially if you are over 60 or have chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
 
How can I reschedule a tuition payment through FACTS?
During this unprecedented time, we are making it easy for any RSSAA parent to reschedule a tuition payment through FACTS. Payment dates can be changed to any date until May 31. This date will be reassessed . Important note: due to banking protocol, FACTS requires changes to be made 4 business days in advance of a scheduled payment.
The FACTS FAQs and FACTS Customer Service website link is: https://online.factsmgt.com/platform/customer-service
The FACTS website link is: https://online.factsmgt.com/SignIn.aspx.
If you need immediate assistance, contact our Finance Manager, Carolyn Raschke, at financeoffice@steinerschool.org. Tuition payment dates are easily changed from the Business Office with enough notice.

How can I put a temporary hold on my family’s tuition payments?
For those families most impacted by the sudden economic impact of this pandemic and needing to temporarily stop tuition payments, support is available. Contact our Finance Manager, Carolyn Raschke, at financeoffice@steinerschool.org. She will reach out to you via email for more information and to provide support.

If you need additional support or have other payment questions, please contact Carolyn Raschke personally at financeoffice@steinerschool.org.
 
What can families, students, and school personnel do to keep from getting sick and spreading COVID-19?
The CDC recommends the following preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick (and do not return to school until you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication). We ask you to strictly adhere to this policy.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
 
We continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated as things change.
 
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