COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures
We are excited to open our campuses for the 21-22 Academic Year on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 and continue our mission to provide an authentic Montessori education for our students. We can't wait to see your children in person and welcome them back into the classrooms.
Our highest priority continues to be the safety of our students, staff, and families. HMS follows strict guidelines as a licensed facility. We are in consistent communications and follow the latest requirements dictated by the NJ Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) and NJ Department of Health (DOH).
Using these guidelines and best practices, we have developed the following protocols to minimize the risk of illness to our community.
'21-'22 Health and Safety Protocols
Screening & Admittance Protocols
Hand Washing will be required when entering the building for all staff and children.
Drop off times will be staggered by classroom in 15 minute intervals.
Parents will be required to wait in the pick up area to drop off and pick up their child.
Temperature checks and screenings will be required for each staff member and child upon arrival. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 (38.0C) or above, or other signs of illness, will not be admitted into the facility.
Stay home if sick. Parents must be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick for at least 48 hours.
HMS is required to maintain attendance and screening results on file review of the Office of Licensing.
CDC travel guidelines will be monitored and adhered to throughout the year.
Social Distancing Measures
Outdoor time will be staggered and each child will be required to wash hands upon return.
Students who require rest and nap will be at least 3 feet from other students and/or laid head to toe.
No visitors will be allowed in the building during school hours.
Safety & Hygiene Inside the School
Hand washing for each child upon arrival and through certain intervals during the day.
Staff shall be required to wear cloth masks while working unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.
When feasible, children shall be encouraged to wear cloth face coverings within the school. Cloth face coverings will NOT be put on children under age two or during nap or meals times.
Gloves will be worn while changing diapers, handling food, or other high contact activities.
Cleaning & Sanitizing Procedures
Frequent cleaning, disinfection and sanitization of classrooms and common areas throughout the day.
Sanitizing pumps in each classroom and common areas.
Children's bedding and nap mats are stored individually and separated.
Food Preparation and Meal Services
Staff must ensure children wash their hands prior to and immediately after eating.
Parents must provide lunch or order from our external service provider. We encourage containers and items in which the child can independently open.
Children and staff will be required to wash hands before and after lunch.
Outdoor Time & Off Site Activities
Field trips and other off-site activities are prohibited, with the exception of off-site activities within walking distance of the facility.
While outdoor play time is permitted on shared playgrounds with conditions, HMS plans to conduct walks and utilize the open areas near the school for outdoor activity.
Children will be escorted to the classroom by an HMS employee.
Your child will go to the sink and wash their hands before the beginning of their day, before snack/lunch, and after recess.
Each child will be assigned a table in the classroom. The table is where the child will do any table work as well as eat snack and lunch.
Materials are cleaned frequently throughout the day and items that are 'mouthed' will be set aside to be cleaned right away.
Every child will have their own work materials when possible such as their own colored pencils, erasers, etc.
Licensing & Inspections
Our operations are inspected and monitored on a regular basis by the Department of Children and Families. Governance and oversight helps ensure all staff and school procedures consistently operate according to state laws and provides our families with an additional level of comfort and security.
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