Frequently Asked Questions for COVID-related Closure
I am considered an essential employee, will I be able to bring my child to the school?
After many conversations and research regarding what opening for essential employees would entail, the school has determined we need to remain closed until the stay at home order has been lifted. However, if you are an essential employee, please send an email to the school requesting a list of potential babysitters.
I have been laid off from my job and paying tuition is not an option right now. What are my options?
This is an extremely hard time for everyone on multiple levels. As part of our Montessori community, we are here to do whatever we can to help your family. Please contact the school as soon as possible to discuss payment options if you are encountering financial difficulties due to loss of work.
Is there anybody at the school in case I need to call, or drop something off?
Yes. There will be somebody at the school every weekday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00. p.m. Family door codes have been deactivated, so you will need to be let in by the person working the front desk. Calling ahead is advised.
What is my best source for information about the school during this time?
All decisions about the school are sent out via MemberHub directly to your email. Our school website (www.montessoricenter.org) and Facebook page are also good sources of communication.
Information for Infant, Toddler, and Children’s House Programs
How and when will the missed time be made up?
Our plan is for this missed time to be made up after June 5<, which is the last day of the school year as per our original calendar.
Beginning on June 8, the Infant/Toddler, Two’s and Children’s House programs will be in session for eight weeks to make up for the missed time. This make-up session will end on July 31st.
If we end up missing more than eight weeks, we will more than likely continue to add additional time during the weeks following July 31st.
Why am I still needing to pay school tuition if the school is not open?
We are very grateful to all families who have maintained timely payments during our closure. This revenue is essential in ensuring we can pay our teachers and staff throughout this difficult time. Again, if you are concerned about tuition payments, please email the school to discuss a payment plan. firstname.lastname@example.org
Will we have to pay additional tuition for the make-up time?
No. Your current tuition payments are guaranteeing you a space in this make-up period. The only additional charges you may accrue would be for childcare (if you are not already enrolled in our Annual Childcare Savings Plans) and / or other incidentals, such as field trips.
Please note that the childcare charges and your current schedule will reflect the pricing and details in your enrollment contract for the 2019-2020 school year for the duration of the make-up weeks.
Will there still be a summer program?
Our summer program was scheduled to run from June 15 to August 14. If our make-up session ends on July 31st as planned, we will offer an abbreviated summer program based on a weekly cost. Details on this will be available soon.
What if my child is going to a different school and won’t be there over summer for the makeup period?
If your child’s new school has a start date that coincides with our make-up time, please contact the school to discuss options.
How can my younger child continue to learn at home? Are there any resources available?
The school has set up an account with ABCmouse which is a research-based educational program. This program can be used on computers, tablets, and smartphones, and you can add up to three children per account!
1. Click on the link here: www.ABCmouse.com/redeem
2. Enter this School Code: SCHOOL5853
3. Create an account using your personal email address and a password of your choice.
If you have questions or need help with using your School Code, please email Customer Support at Support@AofL.com.
Also, our enhancement teachers, Ms. Andrea, Mr. Brian and Ms. Clara, have all set up YouTube channels which we are posting via our school Facebook page as well as on MemberHub. Make sure you are checking in, as you don’t want to miss their fun lessons!
Why aren’t Toddlers and Children House teachers hosting online classes?
Our teachers, whether or not they are working, are all very much missing their children and are also posting wonderful content and staying in touch with their classroom families. We appreciate their dedication!
Due to the nature of a Montessori classroom, we cannot replicate the engagement the children have with materials and their environment. The teachers are trying to interact socially (in a virtual setting) with their children online. With the make-up period happening during June and July, our teachers are currently on break.
A few teachers are technically working during this time. However, essentially, this is summer break for the others. Our teachers, whether or not they are working, are all very much missing their children and are also posting wonderful content and staying in touch with their classroom families. We appreciate their dedication!
Information for Elementary and Adolescent Programs
Do elementary students have to make up this time?
Our elementary and MAP students are engaged in distance learning, they will not be required to make up this time.
If the younger ages are using the summer for makeup time, will there be summer camp for elementary and up?
Yes. Administration will be sending out details in the coming weeks.
Are teachers tracking attendance during distance learning?
Yes. It is very important that students log on each day and complete all assignments on time.
Will the students still be expected to complete the end of year IOWA testing?
We are still waiting to hear from the Department of Non-Public Education on this topic. As of now, no decision has been announced on testing requirements.
This is a stressful time, and so much is up in the air. Trying to get my child to do their work regularly is really a struggle! What happens if this work doesn’t get done?
This truly is a remarkable time, filled with all kinds of stressors. We will continue to meet the individual needs of our students to the best of our ability and will do what we can to be supportive of you all as a family. Ultimately, based on unique circumstances and preferences, each family is in the best position to determine what workload is realistic without placing additional stress on you or your children at this time. Know we’re all in this together, and please let us know how we can help.