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://doh.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2022-03/821-165-K12SchoolsChildCare.pdf

COVID-19 Health and Wellness Policies

Effective Tuesday, March 15th, 2022 we will be making the following changes to our COVID-19 Protocols:

 

Masking:

  • Masking will be optional both indoors and outdoors for children. Masking indoors is still highly recommended by state and local health officials.

  • Masking will be optional for staff, but highly encouraged.

  • There may be periods of time when masking becomes required for all staff and students due to exposure in the classroom or an increase in COVID cases in our area. Families will be notified if changes in masking are required.

 

Screening:

  • We will continue with temperature screens upon arrival.

  • Daily screening will no longer be required through Transparent Classroom’s Health Screening tool.

  • Staff will continue to diligently monitor students for symptoms throughout the school day.

  • Please continue to monitor your children for any symptoms that could be COVID, flu, or cold related. If any symptoms are present, please keep your child/children home and get tested.

 

When illness occurs:

  • Stay-home time for COVID positive diagnosis regardless of vaccination status will reduce from 7 full days to 5 full days. Children may return after 5 full days if symptoms have cleared. When returning to school after day 5, children will need to wear a well-fitted mask during days 6-10 or show proof of a negative antigen or at-home test before returning to school. 

  • In the case of a sibling or family member who tests positive for COVID, we will presume that the rest of the family is positive and will follow the appropriate protocols.

  • We will continue to work with families on return to school dates, as well as notifying families of potential exposures when necessary.

 

Testing:

  • Rapid tests are readily available from the school. Please contact the administration if you need access to testing supplies.

  • At home COVID-19 tests are also available through The Say Yes! COVID Test portal (SYCT). Households can order up to two test kits per month by visiting SayYesCovidHomeTest.org to order. Each order/kit contains 5 tests.

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

Decisions regarding in-person events including field trips will be made on a case-by-case basis. Parent-Teacher Conferences and Parent Education Nights will continue to be held online via Zoom. 

For additional details regarding our COVID-19 Health and Wellness Policies, please review the links on the right of this page.