Safety Harbor Montessori Academy Re-Entry Plan| Phase II
Each morning in carline, a staff member will take your child's temperature before he/she exits the car. Children with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) or higher will not be permitted to enter the school.
We will also ask a series of COVID-19 screening questions. Those questions are as follows:
Does your child have a fever, respiratory infection, cough, or shortness of breath?
In the last 14 days, has your child had any contact with someone who has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19?
In the last 14 days, did your child or anyone in your household travel to countries or states with wide sustained community transmission of COVID-19?
In the 14 last days, have you been asked to self-isolate or instructed to quarantine by a medical professional or local health department official?
Parents need to be able to answer no to each of these questions in order for the student to join the class.
All SHMA Employees must answer these screening questions and get a temperature check before entering the building.
Personal Protective Equipment
Updated August 27, 2020
As we have come together for back-to-school nights, orientations, and the first days of school, we are learning how to work together safely while honoring individual needs and wants as much as possible. Many of our SHMA community members feel they are most comfortable having students wear cloth face coverings with elastic bands or ties to hold them on while in class.
We also got advice and further recommendations from Epidemiology. Once again, we were told that masks help to protect others. When everyone in a classroom wears a mask that prevents respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people, the risk of being infected by COVID-19 is significantly lower.
We share this information because first and foremost, we want our community members to stay safe and healthy. If there is any chance that wearing such a mask will keep even one of our loved ones from becoming seriously ill, we want to do all we can to increase our odds of staying healthy. Also, we desperately want to keep all of our classrooms open.
Because of recent discussions with the Pinellas County Health Department, we are updating our mask policy to the following:
While inside, staff members will wear masks when around others.
Students in elementary and middle school are required to wear masks.
We strongly suggest that students in primary who are three years old and older, wear cloth masks as well.
With written permission from a parent, two-year-olds may wear a mask. If parents would like, two year olds may also try a face shield.
Children will not wear masks during rest time.
We understand students with certain health concerns may not be able to wear masks to the same extent as others. For this reason, we want to continue offering the option of the face shield. Please note that face shields must fully cover the nose and mouth, wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face, and extend below the chin. We have some of these shields at school that we can provide if needed.
We truly care about our SHMA family. We want the best for all of you. We thank you in advance for your help, understanding, and cooperation.
Staff members and children will wash hands regularly at CDC recommended times. Please see the resources below if you would like to know which guidelines we are following or if you would like to talk to your children about handwashing.
We understand maintaining a greater than usual distance from people will be difficult for children, but we will do our best to set up the environment to more naturally encourage this behavior. We will offer multiple activities spaced out around the rooms.
Lunch and food prep procedures
Children will eat in their own classrooms or areas. We will have children spread out. For the time being, we ask for parents to send lunches and snacks in disposable bags. We are temporarily asking parents to provide at least two snacks for the day. We will have individually packaged snacks on hand for children who need something. Please limit the number of personal items your child brings to only items that are needed. Disposable paper products are recommended over cloth bags.
Staggered drop-off and pick-up
You will receive information about your child's specific drop-off time and pick-up time in a back-to-school email. We hope to keep these times as close to the regular pick-up and drop-off times while staggering them so that the groups do not mix. As an added layer of protection, we are asking adults to wear masks during drop off and pick up while in the carline.