School Planning Update and Progress
At this time we would like to clarify and reiterate some frequently asked questions as we lead up to our return to campus. Mask-wearing for students: All students must have a clean face covering (i.e. masks) that securely covers the student’s nose and mouth. The school expects children and adults to wear masks, except for mask breaks, mealtime, and when people can be 6 feet apart realizing that younger students will adjust and take frequent breaks. The school will provide back-ups for just-in-case situations. Ideas for children and students to begin to embrace mask-wearing are developing all over the internet. Health officials are helping guide parents and school officials on many tips and tricks for success. Here are a few that may serve your family in the days to come.
- Look in the mirror with the face coverings on and talk about it.
- Put a cloth face covering on a favorite stuffed animal.
- Decorate your face covering. They are personalized and fun.
- Show your child pictures of other children wearing them.
- Draw one on their favorite book character.
- Practice wearing the face-covering at home to help your child get used to it.
For children under 3: It’s best to answer their questions simply in language they understand. If they ask about why people are wearing cloth face coverings, explain that sometimes people wear them when they are sick, and sometimes people wear them so they don’t get sick.
Classroom mask breaks: Each classroom teacher will devise mask breaks to ensure that students are spending time free of their face covering. Mask breaks for the class will be spent outside social distancing. Just as restroom breaks are individualized periodically we realize that students may need to have a mask break at the discretion of the teacher.
Cohorts on campus: We have many cross-divisional teachers at CSS. We look to continue to provide a rich and robust education for all of our students while limiting the amount of foot traffic across the campus and into buildings. The students and faculty will cohort by building as much as possible.
Head of School