2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR:
We planned for many adaptations related to coronavirus and adopted additional ones along the way. Some of the adaptations we made for this year include:
– smaller class sizes with fewer adults in daily classroom
– required mask-wearing for everyone over age 2
– exclusive playground use for one class of students at a time
– more outdoor play time
– one-way traffic in the building for non-volunteering adults
– Coway and Levoit air purifiers in each classroom
– intensified hand-washing routines when entering and exiting school building as well as before and after snack
– outdoor snack time
– personal water bottles
– all members to acknowledge Covid vaccinations for all eligible household members over the age of 12
NEXT YEAR (2022-2023):
Moving into the 2022-23 school year, we hope to enroll our typical class sizes of 8, 14 and 16 students (which we decreased in the 2021-22 school year to reduce the total number of people and more specifically the number of adult volunteers needed in the classroom) with 2-3 adult volunteers in the classroom daily. We will continue to have air purifiers in each classroom, require adult volunteers to have Covid vaccinations and stay vigilant about immunization requirements for children under the age of 5. Our Visioning Committee of our valued teachers and parent volunteers will continue to navigate the adaptations and accommodations as the coronavirus climate continues to evolve.
LAST YEAR (2020-2021):
We had a fully enrolled membership for the 2020-21 school year but, like all programs in March 2020, our school closed at that time. We rehired our teachers in June 2020 to support the visioning and planning of the 2021-22 school year. Two-thirds of enrolled families joined us for a year of adaptive phased programming we called Cooperative Connections which provided weekly engagement both in person and online for all students. Over the course of the year, students experienced weekly activity totes, virtual class meetings, recorded story times and 1:1 outdoor teacher home visits, 1:1 outdoor teacher activity time at school and eventually small group outdoor play time at school with teachers. Our member families contributed fundraising efforts and with the support of a grant we successfully made it through the year without a significant financial deficit. Building upon the creative momentum and appreciation of Cooperative Connections, we fully enrolled membership for the 2021-22 school year via two virtual open houses and a summer of in-person outdoor playdates in the park.