Preschool Covid-19 Update
A message from Matt Allio, Head of School, and Sue Krishna, Lower Campus Director
Dear ECP Families,
We hope all of you are doing well. We certainly miss all of you, especially the children, and look forward to hearing their chatter and laughter in the classrooms. Our summer has been optimistic and busy as we anticipate the August 19 reopening by exceeding all health and safety mandates put forth by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing, and the CDC.
The intent of this note is to expand upon the press conference given by Governor Newsom on Friday. You likely know the Governor announced reopening guidelines that refer to mandates for K – 12 schools. Trinity School’s Early Childhood Program, Licensed by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing, is considered an essential service and therefore relies on licensing guidelines for reopening. This is a different agency from the K – 12 noted by the Governor. We have worked diligently through the summer to understand, exceed and implement the most stringent licensing protocols to support a safe, healthy and happy reopening of the classrooms for our entire community.
The emotional and physical well being of our children, families and teachers continues to be our highest priority. We look forward to sharing the measures we are implementing towards that priority in our Phase II Reopening FAQ in a few days and in an orientation scheduled for August 18th at 9:00am. At that orientation we will speak to the staggered schedules, the wellness checks, the disinfection crew contracted with to be on campus daily and facility changes that have been made, in detail. The teachers will have clear masks and face shields, along with the full support of the administrative team, to implement the safety protocols, along with the disinfection and sanitizing procedures, in and out of the classrooms.
We are also iterating from the spring and designing a robust, engaging distance learning program for the children that are unable to be on campus. Should we have a significant number of families opt for distance education, the Seesaw platform will be augmented with Zoom check in twice a day, along with a carefully designed curriculum that addresses the cognitive, language and social development of young children. Material packets will also be distributed every Friday to support the Seesaw activities each week. In addition to the curriculum on Seesaw, the children will be able to access all the specialist lessons on Zoom and, should conditions permit, gather for brief weekly outdoor playdates, facilitated by the teachers.
Your thoughts and partnership are really important to us as we develop these plans. We would greatly appreciate your feedback on this email through a Reopening Survey which will follow our Phase II Reopening FAQ, sent in stages over the next week to 10 days.