Friday, April 17, 2020

How A School Reopens During the Coronavirus? South Loop Montessori Shows How

A nice read about South Loop Montessori reopening for kids of families with essential workers (via Chicago Tribune):
Mornings at the South Loop Montessori School now begin with thermometers, a change of shoes and diligent hand-washing. When staff arrive from their commutes, they are already wearing gloves and masks. Children are escorted, one by one, into the building after getting their temperatures checked at the front gate.
As a newly licensed emergency child care center, the school is allowed to remain open during the stay-at-home order so essential workers ― doctors, first responders, critical government employees and grocery store workers ― have a place to drop off their kids during the day.

We were curious to hear about some of the logistics:
Drop-off and pickup procedures were also changed. Parents are not allowed inside the school and must call the school prior to arriving so a staff member can meet them at the entrance, Dadrass said. School workers, who are also subject to temperature checks, make sure the children don’t have a fever and bring them into the school after they change into indoor-only shoes. For lunch, children receive individually packaged food from an organic catering company.

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