Safety Harbor Montessori Academy Re-Entry Plan| Phase II
Please keep your child home if he/she shows signs of illness. It is essential that everyone cooperate in this manner to keep the spread of illness to a minimum. An ill child not only unnecessarily exposes his/her classmates to illness but also is more susceptible to additional illness. We realize that parents sometimes have very pressing schedules that make it difficult to keep children home from school, but alternate arrangements should be planned for since unexpected illnesses are an inevitable part of growing up. The school is not permitted to keep sick children in our care. If your child becomes ill during a school day, you will be contacted so that you can pick him/her up as soon as possible. We have an isolation area set up in case a child needs a place to wait for parents to pick up.
Your child needs to stay home from school if he/she:
Has a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher.
Has a contagious disease. (Please inform the school immediately.)
Displays any of the following symptoms: severe coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, a rash
of unknown origin, heavy or discolored mucus discharge from the nose, or unexplained eye
redness and/or drainage.
Children should be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
These suggestions should aid you in the determination of whether your child should or should not be sent to school. We rely on your good judgment. When in doubt, keep your child home.
SPECIFIC TO COVID-19
If a Child or Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19
Students should stay at home if they have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19. Please let us know right away if your child has a positive diagnosis for the virus. We will notify the Epidemiology Program, a division of the the Pinellas County Health Department. Students and staff members who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 may be asked to stay home and monitor their health. Affected school environments will be deep cleaned.
Health Resource for Parents:
Fl Dept of Health in Pinellas Epidemiology 727-824-6932
Our number one commitment is to safety. With that in mind, we understand we may need to deliver lessons, come together, share, and celebrate differently this year. We have continued to develop the strategies that worked well during the time we needed to close and will implement ideas that will allow us to more seamlessly crossover from in-person to online learning for safety and to give families more choices.
IN-PERSON LEARNING, ONLINE LEARNING, OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH
We plan to open for in-person and online instruction this fall. Here is a link to our 2020-2021 school calendar: https://d6dbbf6b-d8ec-4de6-8a6e-af4bc3fdbb7e.filesusr.com/ugd/f3c308_2d7b2720c1f64f71893d20f056de6239.pdf
Parents may choose to have children attend in person or online at any time during the first semester. This choice can be fluid. If you choose to keep your child at home for online learning, we will keep your child’s place in the classroom and vice versa. However, we ask that you communicate your wishes with your child’s teachers so that they may plan accordingly.
We will reassess our plan before the second half of the school year begins. In-person learning will include smaller class sizes, increased cleaning and sanitation methods, environments set up to encourage social distancing, regular handwashing at CDC recommended times, and additional food safety. We will also minimize or in many cases eliminate transitioning from class to class. Outdoor spaces will be used to for more instructional and social purposes. Shared items will be cleaned more regularly, and we will encourage families to limit personal items that go back and forth between home and school. Online instruction will include remote learning packets, live lessons, weekly assignments, and individual conferencing. We will continue to use Google Classroom as our online learning platform.
UPDATED AS CDC AND LICENSING RECOMMENDATIONS EVOLVE
We will continually monitor guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health, and Pinellas County Child Care Licensing. We will update our best practice procedures for health and safety as needed for the following items:
Considerations for staff and student temperature checks and health screenings
Staggered schedules for drop-off and pick-up
Enhanced sanitizing and cleaning schedules
Lunch and food prep procedures
Having parents and other visitors to our buildings
The use of masks