Montclare is ensuring thoroughly planned protocols to create a safe space for our students to learn and our faculty and staff to work.
HEALTH SCREENING & TEMPERATURE CHECKS
Those who come to the door will be asked a few simple health questions such as:
– Has the individual or any household member had contact with anyone who received a positive COVID-19 test result?
– Has the individual or any household member shown any signs of COVID – 19, including but not limited to:
- Fever at or greater than 100.00 degrees (F)
- Drainage from eyes or nose
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Abdominal pain, or diarrhea
- Has the individual or any household member been told to quarantine or is the individual or any household member waiting on a COVID – 19 test result?
A member of our staff will also visually inspect for signs of illness such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, flushed-cheeks, rash, runny nose, etc. Finally, a member of our staff will take your child’s temperature with a touchless thermometer. Anyone with a fever will be asked to return home for 24 hours. Temperature checks for all staff and children will be repeated during lunchtime and at the end of each day.
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
Members of our staff will greet families outside our front entrance. After the Health and Temperature Screening described above, children will be escorted to their classrooms. Currently, we are requesting that parents say goodbye to their children at the main entrance to minimize the spread of “germs.” If possible, we ask that parents identify a consistent guardian or authorized person/caregiver for drop-off and pick-up.
LIMITED VISITORS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
For the duration of the current health crisis, we must limit visitors to our school. Only teachers/school staff will be permitted in classrooms. All pre-approved visitors must successfully clear the Health and Temperature Screenings before entering the school. Vendors and deliveries will not be allowed past the school front lobby.
Social Distancing Protocols: This fall, our specialists will be visiting the classrooms to avoid having students traveling in the hallways unnecessarily and sharing common spaces. Each classroom will have its designated stalls in the bathrooms and its own changing tables or mats. All schoolwide, staff, and parent meetings, conferences, workshops, and social “gatherings” will be held virtually for the time being.
Teachers and school staff will wear washable cloth face coverings/masks during Health and Temperature Screenings and during close contact care routines. Teachers, school administrators, staff including any non-faculty will also wear masks in the building.
Unless mandated by the state of New York, local, or other licensing authority, at this time, once again, we will strongly encourage all children to wear a mask in school as tolerated.
ENHANCED CLEANING AND SANITIZING PROTOCOLS
Prior to school opening and nightly thereafter, cleaning will be completed using EPA approved disinfecting products.
Teachers and school staff will be cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day, paying attention to high-touch areas. Soft toys, sensory bins, and sand play will be removed for the time being, and we ask that children leave toys at home. Classroom toys will be carefully sanitized at the end of each day.
Only one group of children will be permitted to use the playground at a time and equipment will be sanitized between each group.
Will students be attending Montclare on a staggered schedule?
Montclare will not be adopting a staggered schedule. We have sufficient classroom space for children to maintain safe social distancing protocols while adhering to their daily planned school schedule.
What will you do to ensure your school and staff are safe?
We will be performing pre-opening procedures to include a deep cleaning and disinfecting as well as a full inspection of the premises for any maintenance needs. As stated above, our janitorial providers will continue cleaning procedures that include disinfecting with EPA approved products.
Our staff will be trained on the latest health and safety procedures to reflect the most recent guidance from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as from local, state, and federal authorities. These procedures will include enhanced cleaning throughout the day, guidance on social distancing strategies with children, and tools for protecting themselves and the children in their care from the spreading of pathogens.
Staff will adhere to the same health screening and temperature checks as the children in attendance.
If there are cases of COVID-19 at the school, what will you do?
If there is a case of COVID-19 within our school, we will notify local health officials and follow their guidance. The school will notify families of any cases as well (as always, we will respect confidentiality and will not identify infected individuals), and share the guidance given by local health officials.
Montclare is prepared to close if necessary, to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The duration of the closure will be at the guidance of local health officials.
Will class size ratios be impacted this year?
We will follow the state ratio guidelines as well as the CDC childcare guidelines for health, safety, and class sizes.
What will separation/phase-in look like this fall?
Our separation and school attachment process will look different this year with individual school visits for our 2s, followed by a visit of 2 children at a time, then small/half groups, and finally full groups. Teachers will be reaching out at the end of the summer before school begins to get to know their new students virtually.
Of course, as always, we will be working with each individual family to ensure that the start of school goes smoothly! As the class lists are distributed, we encourage families to set up playdates while socially distancing with their classmates so the children (and parents) can get to know one another. It’s always helpful for children to see a familiar face when they come to school.
Distance Learning; What if I decide to attend Montclare virtually until I feel safe to send them to school?
Montclare is prepared to welcome your child virtually until that time you are comfortable sending them to school. Here is a brief outline of what you can expect to see should you choose this option:
- Children will be assigned to the appropriate classroom
- Families will receive a welcome packet and an invitation to the parent/teacher meeting and remote home visit as well as be added to StoryPark
- A remote learning packet will be sent or picked up
- Teachers will create a schedule with the parents specifying the times of day their children will be invited to participate synchronously-Teachers will work with parents to modify and personalize this time
- Asynchronous information will be delivered through Storypark or email if StoryPark is still being developed
- Families are invited to begin on-site education when they are comfortable
Working together it’s going to be a safe and wonderful year of learning and connecting at Montclare!