Since both my husband and I have medical backgrounds (Jim is both a Plastic and General Surgeon, and I am a Pulmonary Clinical Pharmacist), we are taking extra health safety precautions and are following the current guidelines & recommendations very closely to keep both families and teachers as safe as possible.
On a personal note, I will have 2 children at the school, and I’m also pregnant with a little girl arriving in the Fall that will start school in December. Both sets of grandparents live in Atlanta, have regular interactions with our kids, and one of the grandfather’s is immunocompromised. As a mother, wife, and daughter, I want to keep the risk of transmission as low as possible for everyone.
I would encourage you to come by and see the school, how we’ve designed the classrooms, and we can further address any concerns. Please contact us to schedule a 1-on-1 tour @ 404-777-QUAD (7823).
Here are some of things we have implemented:
- We’ll be spraying down the classrooms & outdoor play equipment daily with an ionizer and VITAL OXIDE (8.644-292.0), which is EPA Registered for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. It is safe for humans, but deadly against viruses and bacteria
- We follow State immunization guidelines by age and require all children be up-to-date on vaccinations before attending The Quad. This helps keeps the risks of all illnesses lower and helps prevent anything that may masquerade as COVID-19
- We have installed sinks in every classroom for hourly hand-washing
- Children will stay in their homeroom class throughout the day (including lunch) and the teachers will rotate for language lessons at least until the end of December 2020
- To make sure kids have plenty of space to spread out, rooms will be capped at lower ratios
- The Infant/Toddler class will have a maximum of 5 students
- Toddler 1 and Toddler 2 rooms will have a maximum of 6 students
- Toddler 3 and Pre-K rooms will have a maximum of 9 students
- The Elementary room will have a maximum of 8 students
- You’ll see we have smaller tables in the classrooms to separate children where possible
- We’ve opted to use waterproof silicone mats instead of rugs because they can be easily disinfected daily
- Temperatures will be checked on every person that enters the building daily, and any person with a temperature above 99° will not be permitted in the building
- Per the Bright from the Start Executive Order, only teachers and students can enter the building. Drop-off and pick-up will occur at the car or front door to the building
- You’ll notice we have cameras in every room to monitor who enters should the need arise for contact-tracing
- Vendors have been canceled for the foreseeable future
- We have a teacher on staff that was a pediatric emergency room nurse in France before moving to the US in late 2019 that will help us to implement daily preventative measures
- We’re asking teachers and families to alert us if they have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, and self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school
- Full-time families will be given 2 weeks per 12 months to take time off from school without paying tuition
- In the event of a shelter-in-place, we do not plan to close the school. We have many families that are healthcare or essential workers that will continue to need childcare
- We will close for 14 days if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19
- Parents will be given the option to participate in virtual classes at a significant discount anytime the school temporarily closes
- Parents that do not want to participate in virtual classes during a 14-day school closure will not be charged tuition
- We are not charging registration fees, and do not require a long-term contract for the 2020/2021 school year. The goal is to give families as much flexibility as possible
- A 30-day notice is required to withdraw a child from the school for any reason
- It is not possible for foreign language teachers to wear regular masks covering a huge portion of their face, but they will be wearing either a clear face shield or a clear mask. These masks have just become available, and we’re excited to test them out: https://www.theclearmask.com/
- Masks are optional for students, and should be laundered daily if worn
These plans are fluid and will modified as required by regulatory bodies and shared best practices.
Returning to school is a risk, and you have to make the decision that is best for your family. We hope you’ll trust us to do everything we can to balance safety with the need for your children to return to school and a normal routine.