School Day Procedures

Last updated: Aug 7
Note: New content in bold

Safe Entry

Parents must certify that their child(ren) is well before leaving for school and submit the health form each morning on Parent Square.

Arrival

Staggered arrival times will help avoid crowds at the entry doors. Registration for a specific time is available in the Action Items for Parents section. Families who drive to school will be asked to commit to one of the following arrival times:

  • 8:15am
  • 8:25am
  • 8:35am

School transportation will arrive between 8:15–8:35am. The school day will begin at 8:40am.

Entry Points

We will have multiple entry points into the school.

  • Preschool enters through west door (near Arena)
  • Kindergarten–5th grade enters through main door
Getting to Class

Students must go immediately to their designated instructional space. When students arrive in their designated space they will engage in calm activities prior to the start of the day at 8:40am. Students may bring an item from home for this time prior to the start of the day, such as books, coloring books, or another quiet activity. Teachers will also provide quiet activities.

 

Social Distancing

Social distancing is one of our primary mitigation strategies. When in classrooms student seating will be socially distanced and teachers and Teaching Assistants will work to keep students distanced as they move within the classroom. Students will be distanced, 3-6 feet apart, when they move through the hallways. Students will wash / sanitize their hands before going out to recess and play will be limited to the students with their cohort, but students will not be required to be socially distanced from others in their cohort while playing. 

 

Lunch and Snacks  

Lunch will be eaten as a cohort in the instructional space. Our food service provider, Taher, will offer lunch service each day. Teachers will take a count in the morning of needed lunches, which will be delivered to the instructional spaces at lunchtime. Students may also bring a lunch from home.

On their Classroom days students will eat lunch in the classroom. On their Split days they will eat either in their TA’s instructional space or in a Specialist’s classroom.   Choices will include an Entree choice, Sandwich choice, or Salad. All items will have limited customization. Our food service director is using historical data to determine popular menu items. A lunch menu will be available as always so families can make choices together. Gluten free and vegetarian options will be available. Parents will submit menu selections, including special dietary needs, the week prior so that the food service staff can plan accordingly.

Because students will be eating in the classroom, the risks associated with allergy contamination cannot be controlled.  NO peanut products can be allowed into the classrooms. Gum is not allowed.

 

Recess

Both unstructured play and fresh air are critical for children. As such, students will have daily access to the playground and front lawn, weather permitting. Students will wash their hands prior to going out onto the playground and again upon entering the building. Cohorts will have scheduled times to be on the playground and front lawn; the playground will be zoned so that students remain in their cohorts and socially distanced from other cohorts, but students will not be required to be socially distanced from others in their cohort while playing.

 

Bathroom Breaks

Cohorts will take 2–3 bathroom breaks together each day. Individual students who need to go to the bathroom may go independently. S/he will wear a mask and use appropriate social distancing practices.

 

Safe Dismissal

Dismissal

Lower School students using school transportation will be dismissed at 3:05pm.

There will be staggered pick-up times. Families will be asked to commit to one of the following dismissal times:

  • 3:10pm
  • 3:20pm
  • 3:30pm

Students will be dismissed from their instructional space at these times; staff will release students from their exit door as parents come through the pick-up line.

Exit Points

We will have multiple exit points from the school:

  • Preschool exists through the west door (near Arena)
  • Kindergarten–5th grade exits through the main door

 

Extended Day Program

Care before and after school will be provided for children who are preregistered. No drop-in service will be available for this school year. Morning care will be available from 7:00–8:15am for students in K–5. No morning care is available for Preschool; they may be dropped off as early as 8:15am and go directly to their classroom. After school care is available from 3:10-6:00pm. Students will be with siblings or classroom cohorts and will social distance. 

Students may have cross-over with students from other cohorts, but multiple mitigation strategies will be in place to maintain a safe and healthy environment for students: 

  • Temperature checks when students arrive for after school care to be sure students are symptom-free

  • Check-out system for activities, cleaning and quarantine protocols for shared activities

  • Outdoor activities will be prioritized. Staff will utilize zones on the playground to limit the number of students playing in the same area.

  •  Parent drop-off and pick-up will be at the main doors. Staff will meet the child at the doors for drop-off and will bring the child to the doors for pick-up.

  • Programming for Preschool students will be in one of the Preschool classrooms. Programming for Kindergarten - 5th grade students will be in dedicated spaces on the lower level. 

In order to ensure that we’re able to maintain social distancing, we may need to limit the number of spaces available in order to ensure that we can maintain a safe environment. Registration for Extended Day is open.

Register

Lower School is OPEN

Middle School is OPEN ✅

Upper School is OPEN

When to Stay Home

Students and faculty must not come to school if they display any symptoms or come into close contact with COVID-19. Please use our decision tree when determining whether or not to come to school.*

*MA follows guidelines from the MN Health Department for reporting contagious illnesses, please let the school know if your child has a contagious illness or if your family has had close-contact exposure to COVID-19.

[T]he partnership between home and school ... elevates our trusted relationship to a higher level.

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