Health & Safety

With the 2021-2022 school year approaching, Montessori Learning Center is in preparation for another successful academic year. We also want to assure you that the health and safety of our students and staff remain our number one priority. When the spread of COVID-19 shifted our learning experience from on campus to online, our teachers and staff rose to the occasion to provide our students with the best distance learning and commencement of the school year that we could. I commend our teachers for working so hard to complete the year with excellence and optimism. I also commend our students and parents for their resiliency and support. 

 

As we prepare for a return to on-campus learning, we have put an emphasis on the health of our students and staff by implementing a COVID Response Committee. The committee, which is composed of both staff and parents, will remain steadfast in making sure we are up to date on information regarding the virus and it’s spread, and will maintain a response plan of action that is best for the safety of our school. The MLC COVID Response Committee will work closely with the Okaloosa County Health Department, local physicians, and government officials to make sure we are putting our best foot forward where our plan of action and protocol are concerned. Our protocol is outlined below. It is important to allow flexibility, as we have seen how quickly information changes regarding the virus. You will be notified of any changes to our protocol or this document.

1. Facility

a. MLC has decided to lease the upstairs part of St. Simons, making it easier to provide each class the necessary space to socially distance, although social distancing will not always be possible.

b. MLC will be a closed campus. Only staff and students will be admitted in the school.

 

c. MLC is investing in UV lights to disinfect the classroom throughout the day. We will increase our daily and end of the day cleaning procedures.

 

d. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up in the indoor and outdoor playgrounds.

 

e. Materials have been modified for easy sanitization.

f. Bathrooms and handles will be sanitized throughout the day.

2. Students and Staff

a. Only Students and staff with a temperature less than 100.4 will be admitted into school. Temperature checks will be done each morning upon entrance into the

school.

 

b. Students will be seated at individual tables, individual workstations, or work mats throughout the day to increase social distancing. Social distancing guidelines

will be followed when more than one child (Max 2 per table) is sitting together at a table.

 

c. Students will be provided with individual supplies: pencils, scissors, clipboard and glue sticks, and work mats. These items will be sanitized at the end of each

day.

 

d. Students personal items: sweaters, water bottle, mask, bookbag, lunchboxes will be sent home daily. Students will be asked to bring snacks in disposable

containers. We will not be using recyclable bags at this time.

 

e. When walking through the halls, students will remain in a line with their hands behind their backs.

 

f. Staff will wear protective face covering throughout the day when possible.

 

g. If you elect to send your child with a mask, you must provide them. MLC will not be providing masks, and students will be expected to keep up with their mask. I would strongly encourage you to purchase more than one.

 

3. Schedule

a. Drop off and pick up times will be staggered to reduce the flow of traffic and contact in the hallways.

 

b. Classes will not commingle. Students will remain with the same group through the day.

 

c. All students, as always, will eat in their own classroom and keep all items in the lunchbox. They will still be provided with a place mat that will be disinfected

(habit we always had throughout the years).

 

4. Illness

a. If at any time your child has a fever of 100.4, MLC will expect for your child to wear a mask. Please go over this with your child and help them feel comfortable

if they are asked to wear a mask. Also explain to them that they should never touch anyone elses mask.

 

b. You will be asked to pick up your child if they present a combination of any of the following symptoms: Fever, Chills, Excessive Coughing, Shortness of

Breath, Congestion or Runny Nose, Nausea or Vomiting, Diarrhea, Body Aches, Headache, Fatigue.

 

c. Please arrive within 30 minutes if you are called to pick up your child.

 

d. If we send your child home with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, you must have a doctor’s note to return

 

e. If your child is out of school for two or more consecutive days, no matter the illness reason, your child must have a Doctor’s Note to return.

 

f. Should we have a suspected case of COVID- 19, parents will be notified immediately.

 

g. Should we have a suspected case of COVID-19, students in that class will begin hourly temperature checks, and an immediate sanitization process will begin.

 

h. Should we have a confirmed case of COVID-19, parents will be notified and we will follow the advice of the CDC and Health Department. See Attachment A,

The updated COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines dated Dec 8, 2020. Click here for Updated Quarantine Guidelines

 

i. If a student is required to quarantine, we will provide online learning and send any needed worksheets home.

 

j. If a teacher has a confirmed case of COVID-19, that teacher’s classroom partner must immediately undergo testing. The results of that test and the guidance of the Health Department will determine if the classroom is to remain open or go to a virtual learning format for the recommended quarantine period.

 

k. If two staff members from DIFFERENT cohorts (i.e. Lower Elementary and Pre-k) have a positive COVID-19 result within 72 hours, operations of the entire school will halt and the entire staff must receive testing and complete the contact tracing analysis with the Health Department.

 

l. Sibling protocols update: If one sibling’s class has been instructed to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19, the other siblings must prove a negative test

result to return to their class. We understand this differs from the recommendations of the Health Department but the Covid Committee feels that the nature of our small school and the inherent contact between siblings warrants this extra measure to ensure containment of the virus.

 

m. If a parent tests positive, they must share their test results with the Okaloosa Health Department and let Montessori Learning Center know. The child of the

positive parent must be quarantined in guidance with the Okaloosa Health Department. Before the child can return to school a letter must be provided by the Okaloosa Health Department showing their release date.

Updated: 1/25/2021