Summer Letter - A note from the Preschool Director - July 2020
Dear Preschool Families,
Our staff is cautiously optimistic about reopening in the fall. We have filed our intentions with the proper regulatory agencies and are excited about their recent approval. Many preparations are underway to provide a safe environment.
Due to the nature of the pandemic and changing regulations, we continue to research and plan to make opening a possibility. We are under the authority of the MD State Department of Education , Montgomery County, Office of Child Care, Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control. At any time there could be a mandatory shut down which we would be required to comply with.
Our target dates for opening are:
Tuesday, September 8 for our Monday thru Friday PreK class
Wednesday, September 9 for our MWF PreK class
Thursday, September 10 for our 3s class
Parents must provide face coverings for their children to wear during our school day. Each child will be issued a DCP book bag and assigned their own supply box including: needed craft supplies which will be left at school. We are working toward creating cubicles with protective plexiglass to provide safety while allowing for visual stimulation and interaction among the children.
Classes will be a maximum of 12 students, staffed by a teacher and an assistant. We must maintain a minimum of 10 students per class to make it financially possible for us to operate. We currently have openings in every class.
Separate bathroom facilities will be used for each class. Strict disinfecting regulations will be adhered to. There will be a maximum of 2 classes in the building at any time. This regulation will require that our 3s class time frame be moved to Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 until noon. We understand that some of the changes and accommodations may be inconvenient. However, they are necessary to ensure optimum safety and to maintain compliance with all regulations.
Drop off and pick up times will be staggered to allow limited exposure to others. Teachers will take children from their carseat after the family answers a medical questionnaire and the child’s temperature is taken. At dismissal, children will be delivered to the parents who will be socially distanced and waiting outside of our door. Licensing prohibits any adults except for staff to enter the building during school hours.
Our usual Parent Orientation will be replaced by a video highlighting school policy and procedures. The children will receive a virtual tour and greeting from their teachers prior to the beginning of school.
This school year will be different from what we have provided in the past. We remain committed to a hands-on approach to your child’s education. Being in a group (albeit, restrictive) is an essential element of Early Childhood Education.
I have great confidence in my staff and their creativity and commitment to a quality education for your children.
Each family must weigh the pros and cons to determine if you want to have your child enrolled in preschool in September. Your decision will be respected with no judgement. We must hear from you at your earliest convenience, regarding your child attending the class that they are registered in. We hope to make decisions about the viability of each class in early August. Be assured of our prayers and know that your child’s safety and education are our priority.
Every child must have a medical form completed by your pediatrician on file before the first day of school. Medical forms are available for download on our website. We cannot make any exceptions to this rule. If your child is a returning student, we have the necessary medical documentation.
Send any questions or concerns to our email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will respond promptly.