FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DO YOU DO IF THERE IS A THUNDER AND LIGHTENING STORM?
Our teachers are trained to know the distance a thunderstorm is from our location. If a thunderstorm becomes too close and could jeopardize the children's safety, we have a small camping cabin we can gather in if needed to wait out a thunderstorm. The children will never gather in this building for anything other than an emergency. Heavy rain is not always accompanied by thunder and lightening, and when thunder or lightening is not present but rain is strong, the children can gather under their class tarps.
WHAT DO THE CHILDREN DO WHEN IT IS FREEZING?
One of our school's mottos is "There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." Our exhaustive clothing requirement list ensures children will be warm on the coldest of days. When the children are playing and moving their bodies, they will naturally keep warm and their winter insulating layers will keep the heat close to their bodies. We will build campfires with the children for warmth as well. When we have a combination of temperatures well below freezing, heavy precipitation, and high winds, we may cancel class.
WHERE IS VFS LOCATED?
VFS is located in Catawba, Virginia. It is 30 minutes from most areas of Roanoke or Blacksburg. Our children play on 36 acres of forests and rolling hills land that is characterized by old and new growth forest.
Preschoolers take field trips once per month and co-op students take field trips twice per month to various areas around Roanoke.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON FOREST SCHOOLS?
Forest School League
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY AT VFS LOOK LIKE?
Preschool League(Parents welcome to stay):
8:45 - 9:15 am: Programs begin(parents welcome to stay)
9:30 am: Morning Forest School Welcome Circle- songs, weather, and stretching, followed by snack
10:00 am: Exploration and recreation with crews
11:15 am: potty break, wash hands, and lunch followed by free play
12:10: Sit Spots and Nature Journaling
12:45- 1:15 pm: Programs End
2:30: Co-op pick up
ARE TEACHERS TRAINED IN FIRST AID AND CPR?
All of our teachers are trained in Wilderness First Aid and Infant/Child/Adult CPR. Substitute teachers are not expected to be trained in Wilderness First Aid or CPR, but will always be placed with a teacher who is trained.