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.
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.