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COVID-19 UPDATES

Elementary and Middle School

We are happy to share the Elementary and Middle School moved to distance learning beginning March 23rd. Our team of teachers have come together to research, train and prepare for shifting our learning environment from classroom learning to online learning. We could not be more excited with how successful this transition has gone. Parent’s continue to share your experience and feedback!  

We are using the following technology stack (list of programs and applications) across all grade levels: Google Classroom, Google Hangouts, FlipGrid and Zoom. Our teachers have sent home specific instructions and links to ensure all families are able to adequately connect with their homeroom and special area teachers while at home. We understand these are unusual circumstances and there is a general level of uncertainty impacting our daily lives. Our teachers fully recognize the requirement to offer families flexible options and we encourage them to work with their child’s teacher to best meet the educational needs of their child based on any restrictions the current situation imposes. We hope to provide our students and parents with a consistent structure while maintaining the flexibility we know they will need, given these unique circumstances. 

We recognize there will be continued updates, guidelines, and changes shared by state and federal agencies. This may require us to make adjustment to online learning and may extend distance learning. We applaud our teacher’s again for their dedication as they have also begun planning for necessary adjustments should distance learning be extended. I hope that you can share my pride in our teaching team as we begin this new style of learning!  

Preschool following the Governor’s Guidelines 

On March 14, 2020 Governor Hogan stated, “we are committed to doing everything in our power to maintain our essential services, including child care, especially for those who are on the front lines helping us combat this public health threat.” With this guidance we are still offering care at our Maple Lawn location! We are adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Child Care programs must take extraordinary precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus including: 
  • Mandating social distancing and keeping children in small groups (no more than 10 children clustered in an activity); absolutely no large group activities 
  • Instructing staff to monitor for symptoms and stay home if they are sick 
  • Instructing parents/guardians to keep children home if or any member of the household exhibits symptoms 
  • Mandating frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing one’s nose. Teachers should help young children do the same.  If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands 
  • Advising persons to avoid touching their face (especially eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands) 
  • Increasing the early childhood program’s cleaning and disinfection routine to multiple times per day, while being careful with children in the near vicinity.  Emphasizing cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces 
  • Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and cleaning hands with soap and water  
  • Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional handwashing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • Restricting field trips 
  • Restricting outside visitors and volunteers 

What do we need parents to do? 

Steps parents must take to reduce the spread of germs:  

  • Use hand sanitizer prior to touching the keypad and after exiting the building 
  • Upon entrance to the building, have temperatures taken (all parents and children) 
  • Wash your child’s hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water 
  • Older siblings may NOT enter the infant classrooms 
  • If someone in your household is sick, everyone should stay home 
  • Monitor for symptoms and stay home if you or any family member is showing possible symptoms 
  • Avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands) 
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash hands for 20 seconds- use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash hands 
  • Limit interactions and potential exposure, do not make unnecessary stops while traveling from home, work or school 

What we all need to do 

Discouraging vacation, gatherings and travel:  

  • The CDC recommends that families avoid traveling  
  • The latest guidance recommends you avoid gatherings of more than 10 people 
  • Families returning from high-risk countries are not permitted to enter our schools unless they are symptom-free for 14 days after their return  

Follow general guidelines from CDC regarding COVID-19: 

  1. Protect your personal health-CDC Guidelines on Prevention 
    1. Know how it spreads 
    2. Take steps to protect yourself 
  2. Clean hands often 
  3. Avoid close contact 
  4. Take steps to protect others 
    1. Stay home if you are sick 
    2. Keep your child home if they are sick 
    3. Cover coughs and sneezes 
    4. Wear a facemask if you are sick 
    5. Clean and disinfect 
  5. Know the symptoms- Fever, cough, shortness of breath 
  6. Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people 
  7. Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, social visits 
  8. Avoid close contact with people who are sick 

We would like to extend our sincerest thank you to our team of preschool teachers, administrators, and our families for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy. It is a proud moment for us all to walk in to our Maple Lawn location and to see the students and teachers working together, smiling, laughing and learning despite what is going on in the world around us. Thank you to our school community for their flexability, positivity and collaboration to ensure our preschool students have a sense of normalcy in these unusual circumstances!

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Additional Resources

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Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 _ CDC

COVID-19_ Resources for Households _ CDC

Checklist to Get Ready