We care deeply for our students, our staff and all of our VMPS family. That's why we're taking precautions to keep our school safe. As a mother, my first priority is the health and welfare of my children and I know this is every parent's top priority. I believe that parents should have the right to choose what is best for their child.
In keeping with Montessori's philosophy of "freedom of choice and movement", we will respect each family's choices when it comes to how to protect themselves, i.e., wearing a mask. However, there may be times we request or require mask-wearing, such as in the event of a "close contact" case or an actual case of COVID-19.
Just as we are striving to continue to provide our services of care and instruction to our students, we ask that our families strive to support us in our decision-making regarding how to best protect our students and staff. We are a Village, a community of people who value others' need to feel safe and feel heard.
We trust that each family who chooses to send their child to our school for care or education services fully understands the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and other illnesses. We trust that those who enter our facility are taking precautions to avoid exposure and spreading of illness in our facility.
Thank you for your understanding and your flexibility as we work diligently to keep our children, staff and their families safe.
Lisa Gerard, Founder & Owner
The following is a list of precautions we follow, which are based on SC DHEC and CDC guidelines:
- Adjustment to School Hours: We are currently open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. We hope to extend our hours in August.
- Temperature Readings: We use a 'no touch' forehead thermometer to take temperatures of each person entering our buildings - adults and children. Teachers will take temperatures after lunch as well. If a person has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, that person will not be allowed to enter.
- Indoor Shoes: All students must bring indoor shoes and wear them inside the classroom.
- Hand-Washing: We supervise frequent hand-washing of our students; students and staff must wash hands for 15 seconds each time.
- Disinfecting: We regularly disinfect hard and soft surfaces with the applicable cleaner.
- Social Distancing: When possible, students and staff will maintain 6 feet of distance from others who do not work in the same classroom, whether or not they are wearing a mask.
- Cohorting: When possible, we will keep children and staff together and limit interaction with children from other classes.
- Air Quality: We practice techniques such as ventilation, running A/C fans on auto-mode, and limiting soft surfaces/dust; we are exploring more sophisticated ways to improve air quality in our classrooms, including replacing existing filters with a higher MERV rating and ultraviolet lights to inactivate viruses.
- Communication: We will communicate promptly with parents and staff should we have a case of "close contact" or if a student or adult who spent time in our buildings tests positive for COVID-19. We will also follow DHEC's reporting guidance for a positive case at our facility.
- Isolation: A child or staff member with COVID-19 symptoms or who has been in close contact with a person who tested positive must quarantine and not attend school for 14 days from the date of contact.
- Cases in Classroom: If a person in our facility tests positive for COVID-19, we will follow DHEC guidelines for "Cases in Classroom".
Link to S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
Following is a link to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control which fully outlines the Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Providers: http://www.scdhec.gov