Early Childhood in-person, five days a week for 2020-21
We understand that the in-person preschool and kindergarten are vital for the community! It is what we are here for!
Early Childhood programs are in-person this Fall (after our summer session restarted in June). While maintaining all the warmth and care you are accustomed to, we are following all new guidelines from county health and licensing departments. On our 38-acre campus and our EC play-yards, we are spending the lots of time each day outside. We feel so grateful to be part of this independent school – with small class sizes and a 38-acre campus! We have separated indoor classrooms, with no big shared corridors or large common bathrooms! All these physical features as well as a wonderfully creative pioneering faculty, staff and parent body mean that we are well set up to care for children during these unusual times!
PHASE A: Regular Early Childhood Programming
This is what we expecting throughout this year: Early Childhood children in our preschool and kindergarten in-person classrooms, following new Health guidelines and with our regular small class-sizes (same as last year).
Programming and child class-sizes will be very similar to last year, when school is in regular session. Tuition prices are the same as they were planned in March. There will be a one-time COVID fee of $500 to account for slight staffing changes and cleaning requirements. Temporary shutdowns are expected if and when anyone in a room tests positive; we use that time for a deep clean.
Phase B: County-Limited EC Programming
If Licensing or Health Departments should require that, due to COVID-19 health guidelines, our EC programs will limit the class sizes to below our current licensing limits, we will need to reduce our class-sizes and change our programming to reflect these changes. Note: this scenario is only triggered if the health department limits our enrollment and you can choose to opt in now or not.
Phase C: Distance Learning; Optional and available for those who choose
If at any point during the coming school year BVWS is shut down again, you will not be required to pay. If we are shut down for more than three days due to Covid in this coming school year, you will get a prorated credit to your Smart Tuition account for each day after the third. Note: Distance learning for EC will only be offered to those who sign up.
Our state licensed Early childhood program works with different expectations that the school-aged programs, as it is considered part of “essential services” in response to our current circumstances. While the EC program is an important part of the whole school, it operates under a license that is separate from the grades school program. WIth that distinction and the unique support it provides, we will have the ability to be working closely with our licensing and health advisors to respond to incidents of potential exposure on a case by case basis.
New Procedures to be Aware of:
Questions? Please contact EC Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
EC First Day of School – Wed, Sept 2nd
Health, Well-being and Safety
- Student Cohorts
- Health Screening
- Physical Distancing
- Increased, cleaning and disinfecting
- Essential protective gear
- Ensure health, well-being and safety of all students, faculty and community members
- Maximize student academic and social-emotional growth
- Provides support to faculty
- Assure operational and financial sustainability
Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health Executive Director on in-person learning: