Face Coverings: We have not changed our indoor mask policies but, initially, we will be wearing face coverings outside as well and monitoring how children at all ages do with distancing and interactions. We are still asking you to pack a minimum of 3 clean cloth masks each day – please also include a “clean” ziplock bag and a “dirty” ziplock back so the masks don’t mingle after a change.
Hydration Station: We are in the process of upgrading our existing water fountains to include a no-touch bottle re-filler. We ask that, for the first few weeks of school, you bring 2 filled water bottles and clean them at night. If additional refills are necessary, staff will be able to refill.
Shoes de Nous: In past years, we have had students wear shoes outside and slippers inside to help keep the school clean. We are continuing that practice, however, we will be storing the shoes in separate bags in a sealed container outside so they do not enter the building. Students will wash hands after each time they handle the outdoor shoes – putting on or taking off. This updates any prior discussions we have had with some of you regarding our shoe policy – apologies for any confusion.
Pod Squads: As you know, we have 4 classrooms and we are making every effort to keep students separated by class – each will have separate recess and lunch time. Taking into consideration our small enrollment and staff resources, we will be dividing the 4 classes into 2 pods: a Preschool and K-1 pod and an Elementary & Middle School pod. The occasions of moving within the pod include staff covering recess or providing breaks for each other, and also for the academic needs of some children that may need to move within the pod. Otherwise, classroom populations will remain separate. The CDC pod recommendations are for groups of 50 or less – we will be around 15 in each.
The rest of the Reopening Plan remains as it was in the August 11 version – please feel free to contact the school to discuss any of these items or the protocols in general.