Current Information for the 2021-22 School Year

Vision

Our vision is to develop a robust, flexible and durable program that can offer a full and authentic Montessori education while keeping our Sagebrush Community (students, staff, families, extended families and caregivers) safe.

Guidance

Sagebrush Montessori adheres to the recommendations of the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD). Please visit the following link for the most current school guidance from BFHD: https://covid19.bfhd.wa.gov/school-guidance/

COVID-19 Health and Wellness Policies

For the complete Sagebrush Montessori COVID-19 Health and Wellness Policy, please reference the Sagebrush Montessori 2021-22 School Handbook (pages 30-38). See link on the right of this page.

 

In short, at Sagebrush Montessori:

 

  • Masking is still required for all students, staff, and visitors regardless of vaccination status

  • Staff will be asked to wear a three-layer paper mask or higher grade when children are present (according to L&I guidelines)

  • Until community transmission rates are down, we will also be masking during outdoor time

  • We'll keep on opening windows, doors and using air filters

  • Distance is encouraged at 3 feet but with layering strategies (masking, handwashing, only coming to school healthy) can be less

  • Health checks will continue along with a "stay home when sick" policy

  • Frequent, healthy handwashing routines will continue

 

All health policies are in compliance with the Benton-Franklin Health District and Washington State health agencies.

Health Screening

Daily temperature and symptom screening for all students, staff, and all their household members is required. Screening should take place each morning before leaving for school and again upon arrival. Screening results will be reported through Transparent Classroom.

 

 

Protocols for Cleaning and Disinfecting 

Sagebrush Montessori School follows the national standards for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection of educational facilities for children provided by Caring for Our Children (CFOC). 

 

Each classroom community has a detailed cleaning and disinfecting plan, including frequency of cleaning, cleaning protocols for specific materials, and staff responsibilities. 

 

Throughout the day staff will disinfect common surfaces a minimum of three times. A janitorial service with professional cleaning equipment will service the building, including disinfection of common surfaces, routinely. Cleaning logs will be made available for parents to review. 

 

Staff will clean and disinfect all areas used by the ill persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces. Staff will follow CDC’s guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.

 

 

Healthy Hand Hygiene

Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of infections from one person to the next. All children and staff will engage in hand hygiene at the following times: 

  • Arrival to the classroom and after breaks

  • Before and after eating or handling food 

  • After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom 

  • After coming in contact with bodily fluid

  • After playing outdoors or in sand 

  • After handling garbage

  • Before and after touching the eyes, nose, or mouth because that’s how germs enter the body.

Community Events & Gatherings

The following in-person events will be suspended until further notice: 

  • Large community events (i.e., Onsite parent teacher conferences and parent education will be held remotely) 

  • Parent observations of the classroom

  • Field Trips

  • Parent events will occur via Teams or Zoom until further notice.

For complete details regarding our COVID-19 Health and Wellness Policies, please review the link to the Sagebrush Montessori School Handbook (pages 30-38) on the right of this page.