What changes have to made to the Drop-Off and Pick-Up procedure?


All Adults and Children over the age of 12 will need to wear a mask while on campus and be mindful of social distancing. Markers and directional signage will be placed around campus as a visual reminder. Doors will be closed 15 minutes after start of class and late arrivals will not be permitted. Upon arrival at school, children, parents and caregivers will walk to a designated sign in associated with their classroom. A staff member will be there to greet your child and perform a visual health check while taking your child's temperature. We will also be inquiring about any health concerns in your family. A child exhibiting any signs of illness will be sent home. If a child has a family member who is exhibiting signs of infection they will be sent home. Cleaned and disinfected pens will be used for sign in and sign out. Parents, caregivers and unenrolled siblings will not be allowed entry into the building at drop off. Pick up: Parents and caregivers will not be allowed into the building for circle time or pickup. A teacher will bring your child to a designated area for pick up




Will my child be able to participate in other programs?


We have heard from some Windmill families that they would like to know whether their children can attend other classes or programs while also enrolled at Windmill. We did not allow our summer program children to attend multiple programs during the three-week session due to county order. For the academic year (and subject to change depending on local and state guidelines and orders), we do not plan to prohibit children from attending other classes or programs in addition to Windmill unless required to do so, as it would be arbitrary to single out this one practice while not regulating other potential risks that families may take.




Will class sizes be smaller for the 2020-21 year?


Class/Group Sizes. For the time being, classes will be divided into fixed groups of no more than 16 students. Some groups may actually have fewer than 16 students, depending on the total enrollment for each age level. This number is not specifically required under current orders and is conservative when accounting for Windmill’s large classrooms and dedicated outdoor play yards. Nonetheless, after listening to parent feedback and extensively researching best practices, we are choosing to err on the side of caution for the health and safety of our families and staff. Smaller group sizes will also offer a lower student to teacher ratio for every age level.




Has the start date changed?


Classes will begin the week of August 24, 2020, as originally planned. A calendar for the academic year will be provided shortly.




Have Class days and times changed?


As of now, class days will remain unchanged. 2s/3s classes will meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 3s/4s classes will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, and Pre-K classes will meet Monday through Thursday with one AM session and one PM session. In order to limit the number of people on campus at any given time and to adhere to the parking lot requirements from the Town of Portola Valley, classes will have staggered start times between 8:30AM and 9:15AM. Dropoff and pickup times will be strictly enforced. Please do not arrive before or after your designated time. The duration of classes for 2s/3s and 3s/4s programs will remain unchanged. Pre-K classes will be shortened to three hours per day, removing the scheduled lunch period in order to limit personal items brought to school and allow for additional cleaning between classes. Pre-K tuition will be adjusted accordingly.




Will my Child be required to wear a mask?


Face coverings or masks are strongly encouraged for young children aged 2 years and older, if they can be worn properly. We will encourage children to wear their masks, however we will not make them wear it. To limit touch around a child’s face the teachers will not be making adjustments to children’s masks.




What has been added to your Classrooms to ensure the health and safety of my Child?


The following items have been purchased for the school to enhance safety and protection: * Portable sinks for the outside patios. This allows for more frequent handwashing and enables us to distance the children at handwashing time * No-touch water faucets and soap dispensers. Classroom bathrooms and portable sinks have been upgraded * Cordless Electrostatic Disinfectant Handheld Sprayer * Benefect Decon 30 will be used in all classrooms and shared spaces * Sofpull Paper Towel dispensers * Rubbermaid Step-On Lid Trash Cans * Amplim Digital Infrared Ear/Forehead Thermometer * Hospital Grade Gloves and Masks





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