Maria Montessori School Reopening Plan

Last updated Oct. 8, 2020

This plan outlines the preparations, policies and procedures the Maria Montessori School will implement when our community returns to campus. Our leadership team is evaluating medical and educational recommendations in our community to determine whether each environment will return to campus on our original start date. You will receive more information from your guide about the specific policies and procedures for your child’s classroom in the near future. Until then, please read thoroughly the policy and procedures outlined below to prepare for what we hope will be a return to campus in the fall.

A letter from Maria

To my MMS Family – 

For more than 25 years, I have cherished every opportunity to gather together as a community. Since March, I have longed to bring our students together again, but ultimately have not felt it was in the best interest of our health to do so. 

After months of collaboration with health care officials, and in close conversation with Montessori schools across the nation whose communities mirror ours, our team has developed a plan that will help us return to school safely this fall. 

This webpage will serve as your back-to-school guide, and we will work diligently to keep it updated. If we’ve learned anything since March, it is that circumstances are ever evolving. Our plan will grow and adapt as it needs to. 

While the practices we’re integrating will make this school year feel different, it will ultimately allow us to pursue our mission of providing an exceptional Montessori educational experience to our students. 

I am grateful for each and every one of you, for your messages of support and encouragement, and for your decision to engage with us as a member of our educational community. Ultimately, the success of this plan will hinge upon the full cooperation of our community – and I have full confidence that our family will rise to the occasion for the well-being of our children. 

I look forward to seeing you all again very soon. 

– Maria Schuermann-Cole, founder and headmistress, Maria Montessori School

How to navigate this webpage

  1. Start by reading the opening acknowledgments. This acknowledgment frames all of the following policies and procedures.
  2. Review our back-to-school schedule.
  3. Thoroughly review the policies and procedures. This section contains critical information that is relevant to all members of our community and must be followed to promote community health. 
  4. Read the essential information for the environment(s) in which your family participates. These will be available in the near future.

 Opening acknowledgments

After considerable planning and deliberation, Maria Montessori School will reopen our campus on Tuesday, Sept. 8, for all environments.

Reopening the MMS campus entails some increased risk of contracting COVID-19, because attending school involves daily human contact among children and staff, who will then be in contact with others in their own homes. 

Our decision to reopen our campus recognizes that:

  1. For MMS families and staff, that risk is balanced against the educational, social, economic and other costs of remaining closed.
  2. Our school must reopen with many new health and safety protocols to responsibly mitigate that risk to the fullest extent possible.
  3. Each family and staff member must decide how to balance those risks and whether to return to campus.

Our classroom environments are designed to harness each plane of a child’s development for the child’s own optimal self-construction through experiential interactions with the environment. Our ability to guide that development is diminished in the absence of a face-to-face learning environment. By reopening our campus, we are aiming to fulfill the mission of Maria Montessori School, which is to guide the intellectual and character development of each child along a path towards their full and unknown potential in ways that honor the complementary needs of the individual and the group.

This webpage explains the policies and procedures we are employing to mitigate COVID-related risks at school. That approach is built around intensive new health monitoring and screening procedures, as well as new classroom and school-day procedures designed to reduce the number of contacts and limit the group size and interactions. Nevertheless, we believe reopening with these new protocols represents an important first step in responsibly living with this virus.

MMS has concluded that reopening our campus under these conditions is in the best interest of the community and that each MMS family will make its own decision about the balance of risk, and what is best for their children. The information in this document will provide clarity around the practices and procedures MMS has established to minimize exposure to our community but in no way guarantees that COVID-19 or other communicable disease infection will not occur through participation in our programs.

Please know at this time the campus is limited to staff members and students only.

Modifications to the information on this webpage may be made as new information is provided by the CDC, the state of Tennessee, Shelby County Health Department and other resources. Additional information will be provided for each classroom prior to the beginning of school and as needed throughout the school year. 

Orientation

Orientation is Wednesday, Sept. 2. Hear a message from MMS head directress Maria Schuermann-Cole welcoming you to the new school year and reviewing additional protocol and guidelines.

In partnership with the City of Memphis, Maria Montessori School has agreed to participate in Test to Protect. On Thursday, Sept. 3 from 3-6 p.m., MMS will offer COVID-19 testing for staff and students who will be attending classes on campus for the 2020-2021 school. We strongly encourage families to test their child in case they are asymptomatic. To learn more about the importance of this program, please watch the video below. For more about Test to Protect at MMS, click here.

Schedule

MMS will reopen for the 2020-2021 school year Sept. 8, 2020. 

The final day of school will be determined at a later date. 

Return to traditional arrival/dismissal times

Beginning Monday, Oct. 19, MMS is returning to our traditional arrival and dismissal times. Drop off is 8:15-8:30 a.m. and pick up is 3:15-3:30 p.m.

Please read the arrival and dismissal guidelines thoroughly in the policies and procedures section below.

Policies and procedures

Parent contact and communication

Each guide has a school email address for parent communications. Guides will respond to emails within 24 hours during the week. Guides do not respond to phone messages during the day. Time-sensitive contact with guides can be facilitated by calling the main office at 901-527-3444 and/or emailing MMS1986@bellsouth.net.

Conferences

Conference schedules will be determined and communicated for each environment.

Observations

Due to restrictions in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, regular parent observations are suspended.

Parent gatherings

Parent gatherings will be determined and communicated as applicable.

Children's meals

All snacks and lunches must be provided by parents/guardians. Refrigerators and microwaves will not be available on campus until further notice. Detailed information will be provided for each classroom prior to the beginning of school.

Arrival and departure

Our existing assisted arrival and departure procedures, with added procedures for health screening and hand hygiene, meet the state guidelines for social distancing and limited contact.

 

  • Assisted arrival
    • Prior to arrival each morning, every child must have a health screening completed and logged by a parent/caregiver on SchoolCues by 7:45 a.m.
    • Walk-up and bike arrivals cannot be facilitated during this time.
    • Everyone in the vehicle (primary age and older) must wear a face mask during assisted arrival.
    • Drive your vehicle parallel to the curb, pulling in as close as you can get.
    • Stop at the designated arrival area for your classroom and wait for the OK to exit the vehicle.
    • A staff member will motion for everyone to exit the vehicle.
    • If you have a child that needs assistance exiting a car seat, they can remain in the car with seatbelt on.
    • Please stand together beside the car, near the curb.
    • A staff member will take everyone’s temperature using a contactless thermometer.
      Please note: If anyone has a temperature at or over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the staff member will verify the temperature with another thermometer. Anyone with a temperature at or over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will result that the entire car not be admitted.
    • Your child(ren) will be invited to enter their class.
    • If a child needed assistance with a car seat, you are now invited to unbuckle the seat belt and assist them onto the sidewalk.
    • If you are dropping off children for different environments, they will all be dropped off at the first environment and assisted by a staff member to their classrooms. You will NOT drop off at multiple environments.
    • Return to your vehicle, and as soon as your car door closes and your child is safely away from the car, you may pull up to await your turn to enter traffic and proceed off campus.
    • During carpool, passing is NOT allowed. Please be patient as we follow these protocols for the safety of the children and staff.
    • Staff members will clean hands after each child’s arrival.
  • Late arrival – To accommodate our adjusted procedures, late arrival must be scheduled in advance with the main office. Please limit late arrivals as much as possible. Follow this procedure:
    • Contact the main office and indicate the exact time of your child’s late arrival.
    • Office staff will notify the classroom community to make arrangements for receiving the child at the prearranged late arrival time.
    • At the prearranged late arrival time, please pull up to the curb and wait.
    • Classroom assistant will observe the arrival area at the prearranged late arrival time and proceed to assist the child with arrival following the regular arrival procedures.
  • Assisted departure
    • Prior to departure, the child will wash hands, use hand sanitizer, gather belongings and be escorted to the vehicle by designated staff.
    • Walk-up and bike departures cannot be facilitated during this time.
    • Everyone in the vehicle (primary age and older) must wear a face mask during assisted departure.
    • Please pull up and park at the designated departure location for your classroom.
    • Wait in your car and your child will be walked to you.
    • If your child needs assistance, you are invited to exit the vehicle and help them into the car.
    • Once your child is in the car and buckled in, you are free to proceed through the carpool line to the next environment you need to pick up from, or you may pull up to await your turn to enter traffic and proceed off campus.
    • During carpool, passing is NOT allowed. Please be patient as we follow these protocols for the safety of the children and staff.
    • Staff members will clean hands after each child’s arrival.
  • Early departure – To accommodate our adjusted procedures, early departure must be scheduled in advance with the main office. Please limit early departures as much as possible. Follow this procedure:
    • Contact the main office and indicate the exact time of your child’s early departure.
    • Office staff will notify the classroom to make arrangements for assisting the child with departure at the prearranged early departure time.
    • At the prearranged early departure time, please pull up to the curb and wait.
    • Classroom assistant will observe the departure area at the pre-arranged early departure time and proceed to assist the child with departure following the regular departure procedures.
    • Once your child is in the car, the parent/caregiver will finalize the seat buckle.
Face coverings

Face coverings will be worn by adults when social distancing is not possible. Face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. Face coverings are not surgical masks, respirators or other medical personal protective equipment. Please note that due to the nature of some of the presentations given in our early childhood programs, face coverings may be removed for part or all of the presentation. 

    • Staff – Staff will be required to wear face coverings at the following times:
      • Assisted arrival and departure.
      • When performing health screening of staff and children.
      • When assisting an ill child or staff member.
    • Children
      • MMS will provide face-covering protocol for each environment.
    • Parents/caregivers
      • Parents/caregivers are required to wear a face covering during assisted arrival and departure.
    • Guests
      • MMS cannot accommodate guests until further notice.

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Cleaning and disinfecting

Maria Montessori School follows the national standards for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection of educational facilities for children provided by Caring for Our Children (CFOC).

These efforts include the following:

  • Staff will routinely clean, sanitize and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, especially materials.
  • All bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day.
  • Clean and Sanitize Materials
  • Materials that cannot be cleaned and sanitized will not be used.
  • Materials will be cleaned and sanitized between each use by the assistant.
  • Materials that children have placed in their mouths or that are otherwise contaminated by body secretions or excretions will be set aside until they are cleaned by hand by a person wearing gloves. These materials will be sanitized prior to use by the next person.
  • Machine washable cloth materials will be used by one individual at a time and will be laundered before being used by another child.

Clean and disinfect bedding

Each child’s bedding is kept separate and stored in individually labeled bins. Cots and mats are labeled for each child. Bedding is cleaned at least weekly.

Cleaning and disinfecting procedures if an infected person (staff or child) has been in a school building:

  • Close off areas used by the individuals with COVID-19 and wait 24 hours before beginning cleaning and disinfection to minimize the potential for exposure to respiratory droplets. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
  • Staff will clean and disinfect all areas used by the ill persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces. Staff must follow CDC’s guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.

Cleaning and disinfecting products

Maria Montessori School uses disinfecting products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19.

 

Resources:

    Return to school decision support algorithm

    Low risk symptoms: sore throat, nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, myalgia, headache, fatigue.

    High risk symptoms: fever of 100.4 or greater, new onset of a cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell.

    Symptomatic students:
    A student with a COVID-like illness (high risk or more low risk symptoms) should be assessed by a physician and tested for COVID-19 as well as influenza, RSV and group A Streptococcus depending on the signs and symptoms.

    • If the test is negative or another pathogen is identified and the person is not a contact of a COVID case, then the student can return to school when symptoms have improved and afebrile for 24 hours or more with a note from physician.
    • If the test is positive, no test is done or no other pathogen identified, the student must stay home for a minimum of 10 days and be afebrile and symptom free for 24 hours or greater.
    • A student with an illness that is unlikely to be COVID-19 (low risk symptoms) who has not been in contact with an individual known to have COVID-19 may return to school when symptoms have improved and afebrile for 24 hours or more.

    Asymptomatic students:
    Anyone who comes in contact with a known COVID-19 case must isolate at home for 14 days from last potential exposure.

    • If the student chooses to get tested after exposure, they may return to school if symptom free and have 2 negative tests taken 24 hours or more apart.
    • If any child shows signs and symptoms, they will be removed from their classroom, given a surgical mask and isolated in a safe environment. A staff member will be with them at all times dressed in proper PPE. Guardians will be notified and asked to retrieve children within the hour.

    Please click here to view the Tennessee Department of Health’s Public Health COVID-19 Return to School Decision Support Algorithm.

    Physical distancing strategies

    Maria Montessori School does not expect that young children will distance themselves from other children or adults while at school. Young children learn by engaging with their environment, which includes the other people in it. However, Maria Montessori School will employ the following strategies for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our communities:

    • Children shall not change from one group to another during the day.
    • Groups shall not mix with each other.
    • The guide and assistant will remain with a single group each day. In the case of illness, a designated substitute for the group will assist with caregiving.
    • Outdoor space will be utilized when possible.
    • The physical distance between children will be increased in daily work locations, group gatherings, meals and snacks.
    • At nap time, children’s naptime mats will be spaced out as much as possible, with alternating head to toe arrangements to reduce the distance between children.
    Health screenings

    Daily staff and child health screenings are important to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 at school.

    Health and temperature screening protocol

    • In the previous 14 days has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19; or
    • Is under investigation for COVID-19; or
    • In the previous 14 days has traveled beyond the tri-state area or another country. A negative COVID-19 test result taken at day seven will allow re-entry into the program.
    • All children and staff who meet any of the criteria below will be denied entry:
      • A temperature at or over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or if medications were used to lower an individual’s temperature.
      • Exhibiting any of the following symptoms at a frequency greater than what is normally experienced:
        • New cough.
        • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
        • Runny nose.
        • Chills.
        • Repeated shaking with chills.
        • Flu-like symptoms.
        • Muscle pain.
        • Headache.
        • Sore throat.
        • Loss of taste or smell.
        • Diarrhea.
        • Vomiting.

    Staff self-screening prior to arrival at school

    • Staff members will conduct self-screening prior to arrival at school. If a staff member self-identifies as having symptoms listed in the screening criteria above, she/he will contact the designated administrator, not come into work, and follow the procedures outlined in the COVID-19 response section.

    Staff screening at school

    • A designated administrative staff member will conduct and record staff health screening for each staff member upon arrival at school.

    Parent screening of child prior to morning arrival

    • Parents are encouraged to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick. Parents are required to conduct the pre-screening each morning by 7:45 a.m. using SchoolCues. Parents who have not completed pre-screening prior to arrival must complete it prior to entering the carpool line.

    Staff screening of child at school

    • Upon arrival, a staff member will take everyone in the vehicle’s temperature using a contactless thermometer.
    • If anyone has a temperature of or over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the staff member will verify the temperature with another thermometer.
    • Anyone with a temperature of or over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will result that the entire care not be admitted.
    • Staff will conduct and log the temperature checks of each child and adult in the community two times each day, at arrival and before lunch. Additional temperature checks will be conducted if needed.
    • Staff will make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue or extreme fussiness. If the child exhibits any of these symptoms at arrival or at any point during the day, the child will be isolated and parents will be required to pick up their child within one hour of being contacted by MMS.
    COVID-19 symptoms and COVID-19 cases in school

    This section provides details and procedures for the COVID-19 symptom presentation, potential or confirmed exposure and diagnosis within the school community.

    COVID-19 symptoms at school – children

    If COVID-19 symptoms begin while at school, the child must be sent home as soon as possible. Sick children will be kept separate from well children and staff contact will be limited as much as reasonably possible, while ensuring the safety and supervision of the child until they leave.

    Classroom staff will follow these isolation procedures:

    • Classroom staff will take the child to the designated isolation location.
    • The classroom staff will inform the office staff of symptoms exhibited.
    • Office staff will contact parents to come to school to pick up the child.
    • The office staff will supervise the child until the parent arrives.
    • Once a parent has left with the ill child, the isolation room is cleaned and sanitized by office staff.
    • Materials, toys and furniture touched by the child who is sent home will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
    • Families are encouraged to coordinate decision-making around the child’s care with the family health care provider if there are specific health concerns, chronic disease, or complex social or emotional dynamics in the home.
    • In the case of a child who has symptoms that could be attributed to COVID-19 and does not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, the child is assumed to have COVID-19, and cannot return to the community until the individual has met the criteria for return under “Children or staff with positive case of COVID-19.”
    • A child who has exhibited symptoms that could be COVID-19 can return to school if the parent has obtained a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on a negative COVID-19 test and an alternative diagnosis.

    COVID-19 symptoms at school – staff

    Staff is encouraged to monitor their health and is required to perform daily health screenings for symptoms of COVID-19. Staff is encouraged to stay home if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and to contact their health care provider.

    • Staff exhibiting new or worsening symptoms of possible COVID-19 at school should:
      • Put on a disposable face covering.
      • Leave the classroom.
      • Obtain a COVID-19 test.
      • Follow the recommendations of their health care provider.
      • In the case of a staff member who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and does not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, the individual is assumed to have COVID-19 and the individual may not return to work until the individual has met the return criteria for children or staff with positive case of COVID-19.
      • If the staff member has symptoms that could be attributed to COVID-19 and wants to return to work before completing the above self-isolation period, the individual must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for the return based on a negative nucleic acid COVID-19 test and an alternative diagnosis.

    COVID-19 exposure – staff and children

    If a staff member or child has been identified as someone who came into close contact with someone outside the classroom community who is diagnosed with COVID-19, that staff member or child will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days per the CDC guidelines. Close contact means being closer than 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes when the person was infectious.

    Positive case of COVID-19 in the classroom community – children or staff

    If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member in a classroom community, all persons regularly in that community will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days per the CDC guidelines. The following actions will be taken by school administration:

    • Contact Child Care Licensing to report the presence of COVID-19 our school.
    • Notify the Tennessee Department of State Health Services.
    • Notify staff and parents/caregivers that a member of the classroom community has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Confidentiality will be maintained.
    • Notify the school community that a child in the school (not their community) has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Confidentiality will be maintained.
    • Close the specific classroom community for 14 days to allow self-quarantine for all children and staff in the classroom community who have been in close contact with the person diagnosed with COVID-19 (per CDC guidelines). Decisions about extending closure will be made in consultation with the Tennessee State Department of Health.
    • Complete disinfecting procedures. 

    Children or staff with positive case of COVID-19 who have exhibited symptoms and who have stayed home (home isolated) can return to school/work when the following criteria are met:

    • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and
    • The child or staff member has improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, or negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 molecular assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens).

    Quarantine and isolation – definitions

    • Quarantine – Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
    • Isolation – Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

    Communication

    Maria Montessori School will communicate:

    • With families, if their child has been in close contact with someone at school who has then tested positive for COVID-19.
    • With staff, if they have been in close contact with someone at school who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • With the entire school community if a classroom community has been closed temporarily due to COVID-19 exposure.

    Resources:
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine-isolation.html
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.htm

    Monitoring absenteeism

    Any unusual patterns will be considered when evaluating the need for temporary or long-term building or campus closure. Decisions about extending closure will be made in consultation with the Tennessee State Department of Health.

    Healthy hand hygiene

    Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of infections from one person to the next. All children and staff will engage in hand hygiene at the following times:

    • Arrival to the classroom and after breaks.
    • Before and after each work choice.
    • Before and after eating or handling food.
    • After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom.
    • After coming in contact with bodily fluid.
    • After playing outdoors or in sand.
    • After handling garbage.
    • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because that is how germs enter our bodies.
    • After assisting children with handwashing, staff should also wash their own hands.

    Follow these five steps to wash your hands the right way

    1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
    2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
    3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
    4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
    5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

    Use hand sanitizer for adults when you can’t use soap and water

    Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations.

    How to use hand sanitizer:

    • Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
    • Rub your hands together.
    • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.
    Food preparation and serving

    Maria Montessori School will not serve family-style snacks or meals. Each child will bring their own lunch and snacks from home. Refrigerators and microwaves are not available until further notice.

    Staff will ensure children wash hands prior to and immediately after eating Staff must wash their hands before assisting children and after helping children to eat.

    Travel policy

    Click here to download MMS’ pretravel questionnaire.

    Click here to download MMS’ post travel questionnaire.

    Because travel poses unique risks, including spending time in security lines, in cabins where social distancing is not possible, in vehicles that may have previously driven other contagious individuals and in enclosed areas with poor air circulation, your risk of exposure to COVID-19 during such travel increases. 

    While traveling, please wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing. Please make these prudent choices and do your best to live safely. We are depending on you and your families to follow the best safety practices so we can continue to stay open. After all, staying open and keeping everyone safe and healthy is our ultimate goal; we are relying on you to help us do that.  

    We know that families will be traveling throughout this school year. In addition to following all of the safety protocols while traveling, it is equally important that, after trips, students only return to campus if they are well and have no known exposures. If you know of anyone traveling with you that has had possible exposure, stay home and consult your family practitioner prior to returning to campus. We are happy to support your student in remote learning if there is any probable exposure until it is safe to return. Thank you for taking this seriously and keeping the MMS community safe! 

    Reminder: Masks should be multilayered, fit well and stay in place. Valve masks should not be used. We do not recommend gaiters at this time because most are not multilayered.

    Resource:

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

    Restricted travel

    Students who travel under the following circumstances will be required to “quarantine” away from school for 14 days after their return. 

    • Travel by common carrier, including airplane, train, or bus 
    • Domestic travel to a location with a spike in COVID-19 cases (defined by the CDC as reporting 5,761 cases or more in the previous 7 days) 
    • International travel 

    If parents make plans to travel that meet one or more of the categories listed above during the 2020-2021 school year, you must notify the school office and nurse of those travel plans in advance. Upon return from travel, you must notify the school again via email to confirm the date of your return in order to calculate the beginning of the quarantine period to determine when the student may safely return to school. Prior to returning to school, the student must quarantine for 12 days or receive a COVID-19 test with documentation of a negative result after 72 hours.

    Unrestricted travel

    If you travel by means other than those listed above, parents will also be asked to complete the student travel questionnaire as soon as possible. At this time, unrestricted travel includes travel by car and overnight stays in a hotel, motel or rental property. A post-travel questionnaire must be filled out and submitted at least 24 hours before your planned return to school. The information provided in these travel questionnaires will be considered in MMS’s decision as to whether a student must “quarantine” away from school for a period of time before your return to campus. 

    Things to consider when planning an unrestricted trip: 

    • Will you be attending any large gatherings of 50 people or more?
    • Will you be partaking in any activities where you are unable to socially distance? 
    • Will you be dining out?

    Reminder: Masks should be multi-layered, fit well and stay in place. Valve masks should not be used. We do not recommend gaiters at this time because most are not multilayered.

    Individual environment plans

    Toddler
    ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
    • Parents arrive at the entrance. Temperatures will be taken before exiting the car.
    • Parents will exit the vehicle to remove the child from the car seat. The Toddler guide will assist entry to the classroom. Belongings will be put away, shoes changed and hands washed and sanitized.
    • Parents are asked to provide a morning snack with necessary utensils and one labeled water bottle.
    • Lunches must be prepared from home. Microwaves will not be available at this time. A labeled drink of choice should be included with two cloth napkins. All items must be labeled and will be sent home on a daily basis.
    • One labeled fitted sheet and blanket should be provided and will be sent home on a daily basis for cleaning.
    • Children will be dismissed from the classroom door. Parents will exit the vehicle and assist their child with the car seat.
    CLASSROOM PROTOCOL AND SCHEDULE
    • The classroom space will serve as an indoor/outdoor environment. The outdoor area off the classroom space will be accessible when possible with water activities, gardening and purposeful movement.
    • Toddlers will have their own art materials and caddies provided by the school.
    • Additional materials and potty chairs will be sanitized after each use.
    • Napping mats will be spaced six feet apart and placed in a head/toe configuration and sterilized after each use.
    • Handwashing will be practiced after each classroom activity and as an ongoing activity.
    • Daily explorations (walks) will occur, weather permitting.
    Primary 1 and 2
    CLASSROOM PROCEDURES

    Please note that school policies will be flexible and nimble in responding to new information, and MMS will refine approaches when specific policies are not working.

    • Children will arrive at 8, 8:30, and 9 a.m. Upon arrival, children will be greeted by the directress and guided in putting away personal belongings and changing into classroom shoes and apron, followed immediately with a reminder to wash their hands prior to beginning their work cycle.
    • Adults and children will wear face coverings. We ask that you provide these for your child. Children should arrive daily wearing a face covering, and they should keep two extra face coverings at school in their clothing bag.
    • Whenever social distancing is not possible, face coverings will be worn.
    • Parents will provide a labeled water bottle, snack, two cloth napkins and any utensils needed for preparing and eating a complete lunch.
    • We will utilize outdoor spaces whenever possible. Please dress children accordingly.
    • The outdoor porches will be used on a daily basis with socially distant seating.
    • Group gatherings will be kept to a minimum. When needed, children will be spaced out accordingly.
    • Each child will be assigned an indoor table that will be labeled with the child’s name and will rotate weekly.
    • Children will have their own mat and work caddie with pencils, crayons, scissors and other utensils provided by the school.
    • Tables and chairs will be disinfected at the end of the morning and afternoon work cycles and as-needed throughout the day.
    • Bathrooms will be disinfected throughout the school day.
    • Hand washing will be the beginning and ending step of each work that is chosen by the child throughout the day.
    • Adults will disinfect materials after every use to maintain cleanliness.
    • During the dismissal procedure, each child will wait at their assigned table until dismissed.
    • Classrooms will receive deep cleaning and sanitation procedures with approved PPE equipment at the end of each workday.
    SUPPLIES

    Indoor shoes

    Children are now required to keep a pair of indoor shoes at school at all times. These shoes will be used inside the classroom only and should be simple, child friendly slip ons such as slippers, moccasins or classic clogs. These shoes need to be soft rubber soled with no characters or flashing lights. Please label the shoes with your child’s name.

    Work aprons

    Parents are asked to provide two work aprons or smocks for their child at school. These will be sent home daily for cleaning. Maitri Learning is a good source for aprons. Those with hooks, loops or Velcro are easier for children than tie aprons. Please label with your child’s name.

    ALL primary children (half day, nappers and extended day) are required to bring:

    • A complete change of clothes, including underwear and socks.
    • A sun hat.
    • A bottle of sunscreen to remain at school.
    • A winter hat and gloves.

    Note: Please be sure to label every item with your child’s name.

    Primary all day children (nappers) should bring:

    • A fitted crib sheet (preferably patterned).
    • One child sized blanket to remain at school.
      • Please do not bring any toys or napping stuffed animals.

    Note: Please be sure to label every item with your child’s name.

     

    DAILY SCHEDULE

    Arrival/Morning Work Cycle
    8, 8:30, 9 a.m. – Children arrive – work cycle begins.
    11:30 a.m. – noon – Half-day dismissal and mid-day temperature checks.
    11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Recess.
    12:15 – 1 p.m. – Lunch.
    Afternoon Work Cycle
    1 – 2:45 p.m. – Afternoon work cycle and resting.
    3 – 3:30 p.m. – Dismissal.

    In the event of closure or absence due to quarantine, work packets will be sent with individual children. In the event of “safer at home,” shut-down plans are in place for morning Zoom calls at 9 a.m., since that’s a time all children would normally be at school, allowing them to have a familiar way to start the day. Recorded videos of directresses giving lessons, showing how to use materials, reading books and singing songs will be uploaded to a private YouTube that will be shared with our families. “Office hours” will be set so parents can call or Zoom to ask questions.

    Elementary - on campus
    A MESSAGE FROM MS. EMILY AND MS. DONNA

    In the elementary environment, we will spend the beginning of the school year helping our children be together again in a safe and supportive way. We will take the time needed to calmly introduce new policies and practice them until the children feel comfortable. This pandemic has made many children feel anxious, unsafe, lonely, angry or depressed. We will help our students express their feelings and practice different strategies to counter stress and anxiety. With some extra attention and care, we hope that we are able to successfully navigate this new school year in the safest way possible.

    – Emily Farris and Donna Hulbert

    QUARANTINE/AT-HOME LEARNING

    If our class or school closes due to COVID-19, you will be contacted with plans for at-home learning. Please be sure that you have a stable internet connection, a working printer, a working computer or tablet, and a quiet workspace prepared for your child should that happen.

    NEW AREAS OF CLASSROOM

    Entry area: Children will only use the side door to enter and exit the elementary environment. The two upstairs doors will be used for emergency exits only. There will be an entry area in the cafe where children will keep their lunchboxes, water bottles, coats, backpacks and outside shoes. A backpack with a full change of clothes, extra face coverings, a yoga mat and a skein of yarn is to remain at school. This area has ample space and will be set up to accommodate social distancing.

    Cleaning station: This area will be monitored by an adult and will be a place for children and adults to wipe down materials in between use.

    OUTDOORS

    We believe one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is for us to be outside as much as possible. Children are encouraged to work, eat and play outside. We will take advantage of all the new outdoor spaces on our campus. For this reason, children need to arrive dressed appropriately for outdoor conditions.

    CLEANING

    Materials will be disinfected at a cleaning station in between uses. The designated lesson area will also be disinfected between each group lesson. The bathrooms, doorknobs and entry areas will be cleaned frequently throughout the day. After school, the classroom will be cleaned and sanitized.

    SOCIAL DISTANCING

    We will encourage our students to remain at least six feet apart. The classroom is rearranged so that each child has an independent workspace with individual supplies. Workspaces are spread apart upstairs, using both rooms. This will provide ample social distancing space. Children are encouraged to work outside as much as possible.

    LUNCH

    We will eat lunch outside as much as possible. Children who eat inside will be socially distanced. We will no longer use the microwave or any communal dishes. Everything your child needs for lunch and snack must be provided in your child’s lunchbox daily. Each child should also bring a water bottle. The water bottle and lunch box should be taken home each day, sanitized and brought back the next morning.

    RECESS

    There will be more than one space to play at recess to allow for smaller groups during this time.

    FACE COVERINGS

    Adults and children will wear face coverings. We ask that you provide them for your child. Children should arrive daily wearing a face covering and should keep two extra face coverings at school in their backpack. 

    HANDWASHING

    Handwashing is another priority in our environment. As a daily practice, children should wash hands when they enter the room, before and after lunch, after recess and before dismissal. We will have hand sanitizer available to use as necessary.

    INDOOR/OUTDOOR SHOES

    Children are now required to keep a pair of indoor shoes at school at all times. These shoes will be used inside the classroom only. These shoes can be slippers, moccasins or Crocs (classic clog or Mary Jane style only.) These shoes need to be soft-soled, solid colored and very simple. No commercial characters or lights allowed.

    SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH

    Most children will remember how their family home felt during this pandemic more than anything specific about the virus itself. Children are watching us and learning how to respond to stress and uncertainty. Here are some articles and resources that may serve as positive support for your family.

    Helping kids through crisis:
    https://www.mercycorps.org/blog/tips-helping-children-through-crisis

    Taking care of you in the face of uncertainty:
    https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/

    Five helpful responses for families:
    https://consciousdiscipline.com/covid-19-five-helpful-responses-for-families/

    Help kids feel calm article:
    https://www.heysigmund.com/help-kids-feel-calm/

    What happens in your brain and body during anxiety:
    https://www.heysigmund.com/what-happens-in-your-brain-and-body-during-anxiety/

    Elementary 1 - virtual
    A MESSAGE FROM MS. SANTINA

    Welcome back, families! I hope your summer has been a happy and healthy time. 

    My plan for at-home learning is to offer a fully online, Montessori educational experience. This includes taking attendance, giving assignments, having daily lessons and weekly meetings, being flexible and creative, allowing for individualization, igniting each child’s desire to learn and having fun. We are in this together! With children this age, you will have to be very involved to make this learning experience happen. Setting a reasonable daily routine and workspace will foster independence, allowing your children to be more responsible for their own learning and work. This is an important goal of every Montessori program. 

    We want to help make this process as successful as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out!

    – Santina Campbell

    CALENDAR

    The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 8. Our virtual classrooms will align with our in-person school calendar. Therefore, for the first week of school, we will have half-days ending at 11:30 a.m. The first six weeks of school for this group will be at-home learning. During the week of Oct. 12, we will reevaluate based on what we’ve learned and decide if in-person learning with a group of our size is safe. From that date forward, we will reevaluate both in-person learning and at-home learning on a monthly basis.

    WEBSITE

    For the most updated information on our MMS COVID-19 policies, plans and procedures, please visit our website and click the Reopening Plans tab.

    Our website will also have a resource page for children who are participating in virtual learning. Here you will find my Zoom link, Google Drive and links to needed websites and other resources. We are receiving large amounts of digital information, making it hard to keep track of everything. I hope that having all these links in one place will help.

    SUPPLIES

    The following will be needed for a successful at-home learning experience:

    • A calm, quiet workspace.
    • A stable internet connection.
    • A device on which to use Zoom. A computer or larger tablet is best.
    • A printer with ample paper and ink.
    • A storage space for work, e.g. shelf, folders, storage box, etc.
    • A Gmail account.

    Before school begins, you will be given a package of preprinted materials and a beginning set of school supplies to use at home. I’ll let you know when these are ready for pick up. Each household will be responsible for printing weekly plans and any additional documents for weekly lessons.

    AT-HOME LEARNING

    My at-home learning plan is composed of these parts:

    1. Group lessons.
    2. Independent weekly assignments.
    3. Independent work.
    4. Group presentations.
    5. Individual and group meetings.

    Group lessons will be given daily on Zoom. Unless otherwise stated in your weekly plan, every lesson is available to every child. It is important for each child to attend at least one lesson daily. The schedule for these lessons will be in the Google Drive.

    Independent weekly assignments are works that are important for children of this age to focus on daily. These will include reading, writing and math problems. Schedules for practicing this work will be in the Google Drive.

    Independent work is the Montessori follow-up work from lessons. It is chosen by the child and worked on independently.

    Group presentations are every Friday at 10 a.m. Some weeks we will have show and tell, and others we will present work.

    Individual and group meetings will happen frequently throughout the week. If children need help with anything, I am available to meet with them during the virtual school day. Group meetings will be a time to check in and talk together.

    As always, we can adjust these components as needed. It is important that this learning process allows for individualization, growth and is consistently assessed.

    VIRTUAL NEEDS

    I plan to use Google Drive, Zoom and Gmail for this class. Everyone will need a Gmail account to use our Google Drive. Please take the time to familiarize yourself and your child with these programs before we start at-home learning.

    SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH

    I plan to spend the beginning of the school year helping children in our virtual classroom connect again in a safe and supportive way. This pandemic has made many children feel anxious, unsafe, lonely, angry or depressed. Therefore, we plan to start this year helping children express their feelings and practice different strategies to counter stress and anxiety. Most children will remember how their family home felt during this pandemic more than anything specific about the virus itself. Children are watching us and learning how to respond to stress and uncertainty. Here are some articles and resources that may serve as positive support for your family.

    Helping kids through crisis:
    https://www.mercycorps.org/blog/tips-helping-children-through-crisis

    Taking care of you in the face of uncertainty:
    https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/

    Five helpful responses for families:
    https://consciousdiscipline.com/covid-19-five-helpful-responses-for-families/

    Help kids feel calm:
    https://www.heysigmund.com/help-kids-feel-calm/

    Elementary 2 - virtual
    A MESSAGE FROM MS. JULIE

    Welcome back, families! The start of school is just around the corner, and I am so happy to be teaching our E2 students virtually for as long as we need to!

    My plan for at-home learning is to offer a fully online, Montessori educational experience. This includes taking attendance, giving assignments, having daily lessons and weekly meetings, being flexible and creative, allowing for individualization, igniting each child’s desire to learn and having fun. We are in this together! 

    I want to help make this process successful. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out!

    – Julie Meiman

    CALENDAR

    The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 8. Our virtual classrooms will align with our in-person school calendar. Therefore, we will have half-days ending at 11:30 a.m Sept. 8 through 10 and a full day on Sept. 11. The first six weeks of school for this group will be at-home learning. During the week of Oct. 12, we will reevaluate based on what we all have learned and decide if in-person learning with a group of our size is safe. From that date forward, we will reevaluate both in-person learning and at-home learning on a monthly basis.

    WEBSITE

    For the most updated information on our MMS COVID-19 policies, plans and procedures, please visit our website and click the Reopening Plans tab. 

    Our website will also have a resource page for the children who are participating in at-home learning. Here you will find my Zoom link, Google Drive and links to needed websites and other resources. We are receiving large amounts of digital information, making it hard to keep track of everything. I hope that having all these links in one place will help.

    SETTING UP YOUR HOME CLASSROOM

    Supplies and environment:

    • A calm, quiet workspace with a table and chair.
    • A device that supports Zoom. A computer or larger tablet is best.
    • A printer with paper and ink to print supporting documents for lessons.
    • A shelf nearby for work, books, folders and other materials.

    All other supplies needed (paper, pencils, markers) will be provided by MMS and delivered to you prior to school start.

    Digital needs:

    • A stable internet connection.
    • A Gmail account (under parent’s or student’s name).
    • The ability to scan and upload student work into our Google Drive folder.
      Note: I use the free app called “Genius Scan” – it works great! There are other scanner apps available for smartphones, or you may have a printer with a built-in scanner.
    GOOGLE DRIVE AND ZOOM

    Google Drive:

    • Every E2 student must have a Gmail account by Aug. 28 if they do not already have one. Please submit your child’s email directly to your guide.
    • By Sept. 1, I will connect each student to their personal folder in Google Drive. In this folder, they will find a welcome message, the schedule for the upcoming week, planned lessons and any other documents I know the child will need. This folder will also contain a “Submit Work” folder where they will upload work for me to read and edit.
    • You and your child must familiarize yourself with this folder and practice scanning/uploading a document before the first day of school.

    Zoom:

    • All lessons will be held on Zoom. By Sept. 1, I will send you the E2 Zoom link that will be used every day for lessons. You do not need a Zoom account to click on the link and enter the ID and password to attend a lesson. The Zoom link will also be posted in our Google Drive.
    • Please familiarize yourself with Zoom before school starts.
    • To ensure we have peaceful and productive lessons, all students must read the E2 Zoom rules before our first Zoom. We will go over them again on the first day of school.
    • Having trouble with Zoom? To troubleshoot, please visit the Zoom Help Center at www.support.zoom.us.
    ATTENDANCE AND WORK EXPECTATIONS

    Attendance:

    • I will take attendance for each lesson. Tardiness and absences will be recorded. If your child cannot attend or participate, please email, text or call me ahead of time. 
    • Please help your child establish a daily routine. This will encourage prompt arrival at lessons each day and support independent learning.

    Work expectations:

    • At the beginning of each week, your child’s Google Drive folder will have the schedule and lessons for the week.
    • There will be a mixture of synchronous (meeting together on Zoom) and asynchronous (on their own time) learning. The synchronous meetings will be small group lessons with some one-on-one instruction. Once a week, I will meet with each child to help them develop personal work goals and for social-emotional check-ins. The asynchronous learning will include independent and small-group projects that do not require an adult.
    • I will strive to give the students plenty of breaks from the screen as well as time for independent work and relaxation.
    • Students are expected to submit their work each week according to my instructions. I cannot gauge how a child is progressing if I can’t see their work.
    COMMUNICATION

    How I will communicate with you:

    • On Friday, Sept. 11 at the end of the first week of school, I will host a lunchtime parent Zoom meeting at noon for the parents of E2 virtual students. This is to gather your feedback on how it’s going.
    • After the first week, I will email you if I need to pass along information about your child’s learning. If the matter is urgent or time-sensitive, I will give you a call.
    • I will host another parent Zoom meeting and/or schedule an individual check-in with you at the end of the first six weeks of school.

    How you may communicate with me:

    • You may call or text me as needed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • I will check my email throughout the day and on weekends as well.
    SUGGESTED DAILY WORK CYCLE

    Below is a suggested schedule for your child to follow for at-home learning:

    8 a.m. – Wake up and prepare for the day.
    8:30 a.m. – Log on to Zoom for morning lessons (with breaks and individual work periods)
    11:30 a.m. – Lunch and exercise
    12:45 p.m. – Read aloud story time
    1 p.m. – Group meeting on Zoom to discuss project work
    1:30 p.m. Practice lessons and individual meetings with Ms. Julie as scheduled*
    3 p.m. – End of school day

    *Some afternoons, we will offer special classes led by guest teachers.

    SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH

    Most children will remember how their family home felt during this pandemic more than anything specific about the virus itself. Children are watching us and learning how to respond to stress and uncertainty. I am always interested in knowing where your child is both socially and emotionally. Here are some articles and resources that may serve as positive support for your family.

    Helping kids through crisis:
    https://www.mercycorps.org/blog/tips-helping-children-through-crisis

    Taking care of you in the face of uncertainty:
    https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/

    Five helpful responses for families:
    https://consciousdiscipline.com/covid-19-five-helpful-responses-for-families/

    Help kids feel calm article
    https://www.heysigmund.com/help-kids-feel-calm/

    What happens in your brain and body during anxiety:
    https://www.heysigmund.com/what-happens-in-your-brain-and-body-during-anxiety/

    Middle school

    A MESSAGE FROM MR. JOSH AND MS. RACHAEL

     Hello, middle school families! 

    We are excited to welcome your kids back to school, virtually and in-person. We are preparing our classroom, upgrading our technology and planning our courses so that we can provide our middle schoolers with a meaningful and dynamic learning experience this fall. We aim to create a curriculum that will bridge the gap between our in-person and at-home students, bringing us together as a strong, supportive middle school community.  

    We know you probably have a lot of questions, so we wanted to provide you with an outline of what we are planning. More detailed plans will follow in the weeks to come, but if questions or concerns arise in the meantime, please feel free to reach out!

    – Josh Campbell and Rachael Grant

    CALENDAR

    The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 8. Our virtual classrooms will align with our in-person school calendar. Therefore, for the first week of school, we will have half days ending at 11:30 a.m. During the first six weeks of school, your middle schooler will remain with the group you have chosen (virtual or in-person). As of right now, we have 10 students in-person and five students learning virtually. During the week of Oct. 12, we will reevaluate based on what we’ve learned and decide if in-person learning with a group of our size is safe. From that date forward, we will reevaluate both in-person learning and at-home learning on a monthly basis.

    CARPOOL

    In order to streamline our morning and allow us to check-in with students virtually and in-person, we are consolidating our carpool into two 15 minute slots: 8:15 – 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Please email us to request your preferred time. Drop off will be behind the school on Harbor Bend Circle. We will meet students curbside and conduct temperature checks from the car.

    GOOGLE CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL GMAIL ACCOUNTS 

    We have a Google Classroom for each subject and will teach all students to use it efficiently so that learning will not be disrupted throughout the school year. In order to integrate calendars, video conferencing and Google Classroom, we established a GSuite for Education account. We will provide every middle schooler an MMS Gmail account. We will send you an invitation to login. Once you receive the invitation, please help your child login and create a password. 

    LAPTOPS

    As previously communicated via email, we will not use shared desktops this year. If you responded that your middle schooler has a laptop, please have them bring it to school daily. We have some classroom laptops for students who don’t have their own, but not enough to cover all in-person learners. 

    Note: Classroom laptops will not be assigned to specific students. They are only for use during the school day and will not go home with students. Thanks to Richie Trenthem for providing us with updated machines for the classroom!

    DAILY SCHEDULE

    Monday-Thursday
    Arrival/independent time – 8:15 – 10:45 a.m.

    • Students work on independent science projects. These projects culminate in a museum where students present their work every six weeks.
    • Students have an assigned seat but are encouraged to use the back porch and other socially distant outside work areas during independent time, too.
    • Math lessons meet from their assigned tables during this time block with virtual learners video conferencing in.
    • Individual check-ins with at-home learners also take place during independent time to keep them on track with project work. Weekly schedules for math and individual check-ins for at-home students will be shared every Sunday, so that they can effectively plan their week. (Math lessons are approximately 30 minutes and check-ins are approximately 15-20 minutes.)

    Today in history – 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

    • All students participate in this current events class discussion together.

    Recess – 11:15 a.m. – noon 

    • Recess is not required for at-home students. 
    • In-person students take class walks or play no-contact games (such as kick-ball, ultimate frisbee or horse) at the field or black top. We will not have recess with other environments.

     Lunch – Noon – 12:30 p.m

    • Weather permitting, we will eat lunch outside. If that is not possible, students will eat from their assigned spots in the classroom. 
    • Students must pack lunches that do not need to be refrigerated or heated in the microwave. Please bring any utensils or napkins needed. Each child should also bring a water bottle. Please bring water bottles and lunch boxes home each day and sanitize them before bringing them back to school.

    Jobs – 12:30 – 12:50 p.m. 

    • At-home students are encouraged to do chores at home at this time.
    • In-person students are assigned a job at the beginning of the week. Their supplies will be in separate caddies on the back porch, and they will be the only ones to use those supplies for the week. 

    Reading – 12:50 – 1:10 p.m.

     

    • All students listen.

    Afternoon classes – 1:10 – 3:10 p.m. 

     

    • Monday: etymology, history, work study. 
    • Tuesday: Shakespeare, language arts.
    • Wednesday: history, trip appreciation, middle school makers. 
    • Thursday: novel seminar, language arts.

    : all students will participate in these classes. There are five minute breaks between these lessons and will be taught outside whenever possible. 

    Friday
    Note: Friday is our community day, so the schedule will look a little different.
    Arrival – 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
    Today in history – 8:45 – 9:15 a.m.

    • All students participate in this current events class discussion together.

    Friday speakers – 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

     

    • Professionals in our community visit our classroom via Zoom to share their expertise and passion.
    • All students attend.

    Community service – 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

    • We will do a variety of projects socially distanced in the classroom and on campus. 

    Recess – 11:15 a.m.- noon
    Lunch – Noon – 12:30 p.m.
    Reading – 12:30 – 12:50 p.m.

    • All students listen.

    Town meeting – 12:50 – 1:20 p.m.

    • All students participate.

    Gardening and art – 1:20 – 2:40 p.m.
    Jobs – 2:40 – 3:10 p.m.
    Dismissal – 3:10 – 3:45 p.m

    IN PERSON SAFETY PROTOCOLS
    • Adults and students will wear face coverings. Middle schoolers should arrive daily wearing a face covering, and they should also keep two extra face coverings at school in their cubby.
    • Our classroom is rearranged so that each person has a workspace distanced from classmates.  
    • Students will be encouraged to work outside as much as possible. We have a new awning over our back porch, as well as tents on the amphitheater so we will be able to fully take advantage of our outdoor space. 
    • Supplies will be in individual caddies that will be kept in assigned cubbies and brought to their individual work space (pencils, pens, highlighter, journals, glue stick, scissors, calculator, hand sanitizer, etc.).
    • Students will wash hands when they enter the room, before and after lunch, after recess and before dismissal. Hand sanitizer is available to use as necessary in addition to a cleaning station for shared supplies.
    • For the most updated information on our MMS COVID-19 policies, plans and procedures for the entire school, please see our website at  www.mariamontessorischool.org and click the Reopening Plans tab.
    AT-HOME LEARNING

    Supplies and environment:

    • A calm, quiet workspace with a table and chair.
    • A device that supports video conferencing (computer or larger tablet is best) and a stable internet connection.
    • A printer with paper and ink to print supporting documents for lessons.
    • A shelf nearby for work, books, folders and other materials.
    • All other supplies needed such as paper, pencils and markers will be provided by MMS and delivered to you prior to school start.

    Attendance:  

    • We will take attendance for each lesson. Tardiness and absences will be recorded. If your child cannot attend or participate, please email us ahead of time or text/call. 
    • Please help your adolescent establish a daily routine that will foster prompt arrival at lessons each day and as much independent learning as possible.

    Work expectations:

    • Every Sunday, your middle schooler will receive an email with the schedule for math and independent check-ins for the week.
    • There will be a mixture of synchronous (meeting together on Google Meet with our in-person students) and asynchronous (on their own time) learning. The synchronous meetings will be at set times on our schedule and Google Calendar. Asynchronous learning will include work on independent projects and class assignments. 
    • At-home students are expected to meet assignment deadlines and submit their work via Google Classroom. They should check email daily and respond to questions from instructors. 
    SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH

    The past few months have been challenging for most of us, especially for adolescents. If there are any particular hardships or issues your middle schooler has been struggling with that you would like us to know about, please feel free to reach out. We want to do our best to support them however we can. We hope coming together again, from home and school, will offer a sense of security and peace and give them a chance to grow, learn and laugh together again.