Other Tuolumne County Schools
Sierra Waldorf School
Our school rests in the Rawhide Valley, a rural community in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, near the towns of Sonora and Jamestown.
“Sierra Waldorf School returned to school this week (a week later than planned) with kindergarten scheduled to start Monday, Sept. 21.” -Mike Morris, Development Director, Sierra Waldorf School
Our school will be celebrating its 30th year in 2020. We have 180 students in parent tot, nursery, kindergarten, and grades 1-8. Our faculty is an extremely dedicated group of teachers, many of whom have graduated their own families from our school. We are committed to working out of anthroposophy and the indications of Rudolf Steiner, as well as working with consensus. Our programs include; Eurythmy, Puppetry, Gardening, Woodworking, Music and Spanish.
For this school year, the one-room schoolhouse is once again serving as a classroom. Using the building as the eighth grade classroom was a perfect fit as large gatherings are on hold due to COVID-19 and school officials needed space large enough to accommodate 17 socially-distanced students.
“I feel blessed and honored to be able to re-enliven the historic Rawhide building with the energy of its original intention, which was to be a classroom for children,” said eighth-grade teacher Kristi Robinson, who was one of the first local educators to pivot to online learning in March.
Sierra Waldorf School’s website is here.
Gold Rush Charter School
Gold Rush Charter School has three different operational sites – the Country School (located on the Sullivan Creek campus-serving students in grades K-8), the High School campus (located on Village Drive) and the Independent Study suites (also located on Village Drive).
When is the First Day of School?
Answer: The first day of school is Wednesday, August 19, 2020. We will be starting
school in a Distance Learning program.
How long will GRCS be on distance learning?
Answer: As of today, we don’t know. Our current plan is to implement Distance Learning for all students in grades TK-12 for a 6-week timeframe . By September 18, we will make a determination based on the status of the virus in the community and our ability to adhere to the mandates, recommendations, and guidelines set forth by the state of
California and the Tuolumne County Public Health Office. We will continue to evaluate our school status every 6 weeks (roughly each grading period) from here. When we are able to bring students back to campus we will begin with our younger grades and have those options clearly communicated with you.
Hickman Charter Elementary
Hickman Charter Coronavirus Updates are here.
What will School Look Like in August?
Paul Gardner, Superintendent says, “We are planning for several contingencies. The most likely situation for August is that we will be in Phase 2 of California’s Pandemic Roadmap. In this phase, schools would open but need to provide safety precautions – physical distancing, face coverings, extra cleaning and disinfecting, etc. This will have little effect on homeschooling except for our onsite and vendor classes. As you can imagine, this is impossible to separate students adequately with our onsite classes full. Therefore, we are working with staff and families to come up with the best way to keep students, their families, and staff as safe as possible. HCS Directors Ms. Reynosa and Ms. Hansen will be reaching out for input from you in the near future.”
Homeschool teachers were asked to provide some GENERAL tips that our campus program parents might benefit from during our closure. Here is their advice.
- Begin each day with breakfast , conversation, a good quote to talk about, journaling, read aloud and/or a walk.
- Make a schedule of goals/tasks the kids can see (could be simple as a page taped to the fridge of some of things that your teachers have provided). Give them agency to complete work on their own time frame but keep them accountable to get those things done. (I.e. “this is your math assignment”, not “you have to do an hour of math”)
- Be sure to take breaks with a snack and head outside. Go for a walk, trampoline, exercise. Anything physical.
- Read, read, read. Read together, read to them, read and discuss what they have read. Start a family book club. Your student’s teachers are providing lots of ideas in their packets/online information.
- Spend a minute or two at the end of each day to record/reflect on what your kids did for “school” that day. Have kids teach you something about what they practiced that day.
I encourage you to read Teaching kids at home due to coronavirus? Homeschooling moms share their tips.
Mother Lode Adventist Junior Academy- Sonora Campus
Mother Lode Adventist Junior Academy’s 9th and 10th grades are affiliated, as a branch campus, with Central Valley Christian Academy of Ceres, California. Their website is here.
Mother Lode Christian School
Mother Lode Christian School’s website is here.
Mountain Oak School
Mountain Oak School’s website here.