We are a not-for-profit private school serving children and adolescents. We follow Maria Montessori’s proven model of education as the key to freeing each human’s full potential and moving toward a more peaceful society.
Through individualized guidance, we help students develop the intrinsic motivation, self-reliance, and self-discipline necessary to thrive in academics and in life.
We do this while maintaining a respectful, caring environment that nurtures and celebrates the personal, academic, and professional growth of our staff, our students, and their families.
The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.
- Maria Montessori -
COVID-19 SCHOOL SAFETY PLAN 2021-2022
UPDATE, effective March 1, 2022:
"The CDC has adjusted its system for determining the level of Covid-19 risk in local communities, with a new emphasis on hospitalization and death rates as opposed to transmission rates. These adjustments move York County into a 'low' risk category. We will be making the following changes to our existing policy, effective Tuesday, March 1, 2022:
* Masks will be mandatory at arrival and dismissal time for all students and staff.
* Masks will be optional once students are within their respective classrooms.
* Social distancing will be strictly observed, especially within the Primary classroom where ~25% of students are ineligible for vaccines.
— Parents may send a written request (via email) for their masked children to work only with other masked children.
* No partner work will be conducted in the mornings at all, in the Primary classroom.
* Windows will be opened to increase circulation, and classroom spaces will be extended outside, where possible.
* For all students and staff, masks will continue to be optional when outside for lunch/recess/phys. ed./etc.
* We reserve the right to adjust these policies should the need arise.
We are grateful in advance for your adherence to this adjusted policy."
Our goal is to protect our students, staff, and their families from transmission of the novel coronavirus. While it is widely understood that no publicly-shared space can guarantee zero risk of coronavirus infection, the following protocols are designed to help us stay open for in-person learning. The school reserves the right to adjust these protocols as new research becomes available or as local, state, and federal guidelines dictate.
We are not in charge of bussing protocols; these decisions are up to those school districts who offer it to private school students. Please contact your school district for more details on their policies and plans.
Daily Entry and Wellness Checks
A daily symptom checklist (including daily temperature checks) is required to be completed by every student, staff member, and guest prior to entrance into the school building each day.
All members of the community are expected to wear masks while indoors. This includes mandatory face masks for all adults, regardless of vaccine status. Students will have multiple opportunities for "mask breaks" throughout the day. Medical exemptions are possible in some cases and with a doctor’s note.
Social Distancing and Cohorts
Classroom tables and mats have been spread throughout each room to ensure a minimum 3 feet of distance between each learning space.
The only “communal” spaces will be outside (recess) and the downstairs multipurpose room. As much as possible, lessons and even lunches will be held outside. Students will often be outside, except in the case of extreme weather.
All Montessori students are already taught proper hand washing, as well as proper nose-blowing and “cover your cough” techniques. Lessons on proper use of face masks will be added as necessary, and all elementary students will be required to wash hands before using any school materials. All students will be expected to bring their own standard supplies (pencils, erasers, etc.) to minimize sharing of these materials; supply lists will be emailed to families directly.
High-touch surfaces (doorknobs, chairs, table tops) and learning materials will be disinfected regularly. Restrooms will be disinfected at least twice daily. Drinking fountains are off-limits (students must bring their own water bottles).
The school will open windows in classrooms and public spaces a minimum of 12 out of each 24 hours, to allow for a healthy exchange of air. In addition, each classroom is equipped with a HEPA-filter air purifier.
Lunch and Snacks
Whenever weather permits, lunches will be held outside. When lunch must be inside, tables will be partitioned with plexiglass. Trays for student lunches will be disinfected daily.
Recess and Phys Ed
We will follow the latest CDC guidelines regarding youth activities (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html). Emphasis will be placed on individual skill building over competition, and there will be limited use of shared equipment. When appropriate social distancing cannot be followed, masks will be required.
When Someone Gets Sick
If a member of the school community falls ill with symptoms, or learns of exposure to a confirmed case of Covid-19, that individual will immediately refrain from entering our building until a negative test result (or a doctor’s written explanation of permission to return) is submitted to the office.
In the event someone falls ill at school, regardless of symptoms, he will be isolated until someone can pick him up. He will refrain from re-entering our building until a doctor’s written explanation of permission to return is submitted to the office.
Any member of the school community confirmed to have Covid-19 will refrain from returning to school until a medical professional has given written permission to return.
Email is our regular, and most effective, method of communication with our families. In the event of a confirmed case we will immediately send notification to all families with next steps for all members of our community (including contact tracing and, where necessary, instructions for testing).
In the Event of Extended Closure
In the event we are forced to close for an extended period of time, all students will transition to live, online lessons via Zoom. Schedules will be based on the individual needs of each student.
We will limit school-day visitors by scheduling appointments and tours during non-class hours. For parents who wish to observe, we will schedule such visits in advance and limit the number of attendees to one person at a time. Health screenings (including temperature checks) are mandatory for all visitors, as are masks.