COVID-19 3/14/20

Dear CMS Families,

I want to thank you all for your kind support over the last weeks. I realize that the uncertainty of the current situations has brought anxiety to many, and I want to bring you up to date as to our future plans. It is our heart to keep our students, staff, and families safe as well as to support our community by following directives of local and federal agencies. As many of you know, Governor Inslee directed all public and private schools to close through April 24th. What was unclear was how that would impact early learning and childcare facilities. Some specific direction was finally given this morning from the Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

At this time childcare and early learning programs are encouraged to remain open. Capital Montessori is a licensed childcare center and early learning provider. Many families rely on childcare for economic survival. The directive to close public and private schools was made to minimize large group gatherings from diverse populations. Most childcares are small entities and have fairly closed populations. This is especially true at Capital Montessori, and there is no reason for us to close at this time. If we stay vigilant in keeping sick staff and students home, and continue to use increased sanitation procedures, I do not foresee a change to the service we can provide to our families. If there is a confirmed case within our direct school community, things would be re-evaluated at that time with direction given by the Department of Health and/or CDC.

Some families may need to keep students home for various reasons. We want to support families who are struggling financially while still providing income to our wonderful teaching staff. If your student will not be able to attend in the month of April, please contact the school office and we will work with you individually. As we all move forward into next week, here is what each family needs to know:

  1. Capital Montessori will continue to operate with regular hours unless directed otherwise by officials or licensing agencies.
  2. Families must decide what is best for themselves in regards to attendance. There is no pressure to attend school/childcare and no repercussions for remaining home.
  3. Staff members and students must remain home if they have any symptoms of illness, especially a fever and/or cough.
  4. If a student or staff member will be absent, they must notify the school office in order for us to best track absenteeism and report to the proper healthcare officials.
  5. The school will encourage “social distancing” through canceling all field trips until at least the end of April as well as the Spring Presentation. We will continue strict sanitation procedures.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Again, thank you all for your support during this time, and we wish you all a healthy and fun weekend.

Sincerely,

Merissa White

Capital Montessori School

Director

(360) 438-3639