COVID-19 Related Announcements

REOPENING PROTOCOLS

LMDN is committed to providing an engaging, and age appropriate curriculum for its students while keeping a strong sense of community and connection and continuing its philosophy of emotional and social education.

Following the guidelines of the DOH, our school will OPEN for in-person learning, Monday through Friday, including After School. 

Our aim is to open for the start of the new academic year on

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

OUR GOALS FOR THE FALL TERM

  • Protect the physical and mental health and safety of students, faculty, and staff
  • Provide a safe and healthy space for children and teachers
  • Provide LMDN emotional education/hands on academic experience in an in-person creative environment
  • Focus on individual growth, constructive communication, and group work
  • Be compliant with guidelines of the NYC Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Maintain our strong sense of community
  • Deepen school–parent partnerships
  • Establish innovative and effective use of school spaces in door and outdoor
  • Create new ways of expressing ourselves, new ways of communicating and new ways of being human in our new restricted environment

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

We are implementing protocols for health screening of students, faculty, and staff before and during their arrival at school.

ARRIVAL

  • Arrival will be staggered so that each class arrives at different times, older children arriving first.Arrival time will be 8:15 – 9:00 am. Parents will need to arrive at their allocated time.
  • Parents will complete a Health Check before they arrive or as they are arriving. (teachers will also be completing this check prior to arrival).
  • All parents will enter with children on Basement level. Wash hands, then bring children to the First Floor. Parents will leave from the First Floor and children will be taken to their classrooms
  • No strollers are permitted
  • No toys from home are permitted
  • Lunches from home are permitted

DISMISSAL

Parents will wait outside school and children will be brought to the front steps by teachers.  This will be done on schedule and the schedule will be announced at start of school. 

Departure time will be from 2:30 – 3:00 pm.

TRAFFIC/ADULTS

  • There will be uni-directional traffic only, arrows will show direction
  • Adults must wear masks in building at all times – children are not expected to wear masks in school, but must do so when going to the park, or on any other trips outside the school building
  • Children will stay in their own groups and will not interact with other groups
  • Teachers will stay in their own group and will not move from class to class
  • Teachers will maintain distance from other teachers and wear masks
  • No delivery people are allowed in the building

CHANGES IN ARRIVAL DEPARTURE SCHEDULES

  • There will be no flexibility in arrival and departure, and no early pickups or dismissals. In case of emergency parents will call the school and the child will be brought out to the parent or babysitter. 
  • There will be an adjustment period in September as we adapt to this new schedule and changes may be made.

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING

LMDN has implemented heightened cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting procedures for our classrooms, public spaces, and high-touch surfaces.

CLASSROOMS

  • All classrooms all have windows and access to fresh air
  • All classrooms have fresh air–fed air-conditioning units or fans. AC filters will be replaced with new filters
  • All classrooms have access to sinks toilets and wash hand basins
  • Every classroom has hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies
  • Every classroom will be sanitized at the end of the day. This includes items touched by children as well as areas where teachers touch – food prep areas, refrigerators, etc.

BUILDING

  • All high-touch surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day and all common use spaces will be cleaned every night.
  • In the morning when parents have left the building, any areas parents have touched will be sanitized
  • Strollers will not be permitted in the building.
  • Items brought from home such as pacifiers, comfort toys, must remain at school. They may be brought home periodically to be cleaned.
  • Teachers and children will wear smocks or coveralls.  These smocks remain in school and will be regularly washed.

Lunch

Parents will provide lunch. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms and be spaced well apart.  No sharing of food is permitted.  School will provide individual snack portions. Children may bring water bottles, or will be served filtered water in disposable cups or bottles. Teachers will wear protective gloves while serving food or water.

OUTDOORS

We will utilize our roof deck and back yard space on a rotating basis, with no plans currently to take trips away from school.  Our outside spaces will be sanitized between classes.

AFTER SCHOOL

After School enrollment is strictly limited to 15 children.

There will be specific teachers for this program, no rotating staff

Parents will wait outside and children will be brought out individually

PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

Students are not required to wear a mask to school. Use of a mask will only be required for trips to the park.  We will notify parents when if we decide to take such trips. Teachers wear masks when closer than 6 feet from other adults, and in groups of children.  Parents may bring children into school with masks but must take those masks home with them. If this rule changes due to DOH regulations, we will notify parents.

All adults in common spaces and classrooms will be required to wear a face covering.

Teachers and children will wear smocks which will remain in school and be laundered on the weekend or as needed.  Soiled clothing will be sent home at weekends.

HEALTH SUPPORT

We will have a designated person in each classroom who will take a child’s temperature with a NO TOUCH thermometer if fever is suspected.  There will be one central administrator who will be responsible to notify parents of fever or other symptoms.  We are able to isolate a child who may have fever while awaiting parent pickup.  We have developed protocols in conjunction with DOH for reporting of COVID 19 confirmed cases.  Children will need to remain at home for a quarantine period, if diagnosed with COVID or if a family member has been diagnosed with COVID.

COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY

Keeping our community safe and healthy will be achieved through a strong partnership between our school and our families. We strongly urge all families to maintain a firm commitment to physical distancing and to limit travel to areas of concern for the two-week period leading up to their child’s return to school.

  • Sharing toys, books, games, and other learning aids will be avoided or limited.
  • Children will have their own daily set of toys for limited sharing
  • Children will have their own set of art supplies/materials for activities

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING

All staff members are participating in professional-development classes that will prepare them for safety and emotional responsiveness in the classroom. Thanks to the empathic and secure guidelines of the DOH we are confident we can maintain our emotional and academic curricula with minimal adaptations.