In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Montessori Preschool has made several changes in its operations to ensure the safety of children, staff, and our families. We piloted several procedures – without incident – over a three month period in the summer to refine our protocols, incorporating best practice from CDC guidelines and Texas Health and Human Services.
- Temperature checks upon arrival. Children, Montessori Guides, and School Administrators complete a temperature check before entering the classrooms. Parents complete a temperature check at the school entrance, but they are not permitted in classrooms at this time.
- Our Health and Safety policy ensures our entire school community – teachers and parents – are committed to common health and safety principles. We embrace a common principle that no matter where a member of our school community goes, we carry all children, teachers, and their families with us.
- Each classroom has its own A/C unit, so air is not circulated from one room to another.
- We have organized separate, child-friendly sick spaces in the event of a sudden fever spike, while waiting for parent pick up.
- Our modified operating hours allow for additional, targeted sanitizing. Teachers are on site before children arrive and after children leave to actively sanitize materials, shelves, and other frequently-touched surfaces.
- Our schools are equipped with large outdoor spaces and/or covered patios to bring learning outside, maximize social distancing, and circulate fresh air for classroom ventilation.
- Our large classrooms support increased social distancing, and we have modified Montessori activities for the table and floor so children actively spread out through the classroom space. We are regularly cleaning surfaces subject to potential contamination.
- All adults on campus are required to use a face covering. Per Harris County, children ages 10 and under are not required to wear a face covering, but we do welcome children who choose to wear a face covering. Our children and families understand that a child’s face covering is their personal responsibility.
- Nap time room layouts are well-designed so children do not face each other while resting and remain spread apart.
We have learned that the success of precautionary measures depends on the commitment of a close-knit parent and teacher community. We are grateful to have a community that takes the pandemic and its precautions seriously and value early education. Our school administration remains agile and can adjust operations quickly as the public health situation evolves.