August 14, 2020

Covid-19 Guidelines and Variant

COVID-19 and Variant GUIDELINES September 2021


All Montessori personnel are required to wear masks during school hours, including during our Before/After care programs. To keep our families and our staff safe, children also will be required to wear masks while indoors at this time. Parents may decide if their child needs to wear a mask when outdoors. Staff will be asked to wear a mask indoors at all times as well.

Child’s mask must fit snuggly around mouth and nose.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures
Everyday, Montessori staff will take their own temperature before coming into the school. When students arrive at the school, we will take their temperature. Please do not leave your child until after his/her temperature has been taken.If your child has a temperature of 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit or higher temperature, they will need to return home until they are fever-free for 48 hours.
Please inform staff if your child has had a fever, or if you have administered fever medication.
Temperature checks are performed at the front porch or the playground gate, depending on the weather and other eventualities. A staff member is located in these locations to greet your child. Only staff and children are permitted in Before/After Care room and the classroom.
Please wear a mask while dropping off your child and picking them up.
Now more than ever, we ask parents to keep their children home if they have a sore throat, a cough, or other symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing or congestion. If your child has seasonal allergies or asthma, we will take these conditions into consideration, but please be proactive and keep your child home if they are exhibiting any sign of communicable illness. Doing so will help Montessori children and staff stay healthy and help ensure we can keep our school open.

Hand Washing
When your child arrives at school, after having their temperature checked, each child will wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before playing. Throughout the day, children will be asked to wash their hands on an ongoing basis. Please talk to your child about this expectation and stress the importance of hand-washing.
Indoor Shoes
To limit children and staff bringing germs into our clean school on the bottoms of their feet, all children will need washable indoor shoes to keep at school. After playground time, children must remove their outdoor shoes and put on these indoor shoes. We recommend Natives, Crocs or similar rubber shoes which can be easily wiped down and sanitized each day. Please make sure that your child can remove and put on their own shoes without assistance.
Water Bottles
Montessori children will need reusable water bottles for daily use. Please pick a unique water bottle design for your child, so that they can easily identify which is theirs, and be sure to write their name on it with Sharpie. These bottles will be washed daily by staff. This is what children will drink from during lunch time as well as during the day.
Please send healthy lunches for your child.
Field trips – Mask must be worn
Blankets and Pillows
Children may bring blankets for nap time in after care. We do not take naps in Extended Day. Children may bring special lovie if needed. Lovie can stay in your child’s nap bag until nap time in after care.
Our facility is cleaned daily by our hardworking staff. Bathroom light switches, toilet handles and sink faucets will be wiped after each use.
*If you, your child, or anyone in your family has been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, variant or a person suspected to have COVID-19, please alert us as soon as humanly possible. If you or your child has been in contact with COVID-19 individual you must quarantine at home for 14 days. If your child has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or exposed to a person with COVID-19, they must quarantine at home for 14 days before returning to school.
The school will close down for three days and disinfect at that time.
If any member of our school and or staff is diagnosed with COVID-19 or variant, the school will close for 14 days. All will be asked to Quarantine 14 days in this case. The school will disinfect during this time. No one may return to school or work until COVID-19 free and symptom free.
*If you have planned vacations to highly populated areas where social distancing will be impossible and mask are not worn, such as Disneyland, or if you are traveling out of the country, you will be asked to keep your child at home for 7 days before bringing them back to school. Please help us keep our school open and our families healthy by limiting your travel plans as much as possible.
I understand that we are protecting your family, our staff and their families with our guidelines.
We cannot refund tuition for days missed due COVID-19 virus.
Please keep abreast of all possible warning signs and symptoms of COVID-19, which can occur 2-14 days after exposure. Known symptoms at this time include:
• Fever or chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to update their COVID-19 guidelines, The Montessori School pledges to listen, learn, and continually revise our safety measures as necessary.

Your Child’s name:
By signing this document, I acknowledge the receipt of The Montessori School St. Clair’s COVID-19 Guidelines.I understand I cannot hold The Montessori School St. Clair responsible in the case that my child is exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that my child(ren) and I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending The Montessori School St. Clair and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at The Montessori School St. Clair may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, school employees, students and their families.
I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to my child(ren) or myself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I or my child(ren) may experience or incur in connection with my child(ren)’s attendance at The Montessori School St. Clair or participation in school programming. On my behalf, and on behalf of my children, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless The Montessori School St. Clair, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of The Montessori School St. Clair, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after school participation.
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(Above “Covid 19and Variant Guidelines” nullifies any contradicting guidelines set by Montessori School’s Illness/ Sick Child Policy)