Reopening After COVID-19 Plan

We have decided to open all classes the week of September 8, 2020, for in-person learning.  This is REGARDLESS of the Phase King County is in.  

IN-PERSON LEARNING:

Early Preschool (Blue) Classes:

    • The EPS Classes will meet Tues/Thurs, 9:30-12:00.  
    • There will be no more than 8 kids in each class, and two teachers.  
    • Teachers will wear masks, but kids will NOT be asked to in this age group.
    • Kids will be dropped off and picked up outside the classroom—no parents or siblings will be allowed into the classrooms.  We will have 6 ft markers outside to use while you are waiting.  The drop off and pick up will be scheduled over a 15 minute period, to avoid crowding.
    • Frequent hand washing and sanitation protocols will be followed.
    • The Lunch Club will not be available for this group until further notice.
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Preschool (Red) Classes:

    • The PS Classes will meet Mon/Wed/Fri, 9:00-12:00.
    • There will be no more than 10 kids in each class, and two teachers.
    • Teachers AND KIDS will be as to wear masks.
    • Kids will be dropped off and picked up outside the classroom—no parents or siblings will be allowed into the classrooms.  We will have 6 ft markers outside to use while you are waiting.  Drop off and pick up will be scheduled over a 15 minute period, to avoid crowding. 
    • Frequent hand washing and sanitation protocols will be followed.
    • The Lunch Club will not be available for this group until further notice.

PreK (Purple) Classes:

    • The PreK Classes will meet Mon-Fri, 1:00-4:00..
    • There will be no more than 10 kids in each class, and two teachers.
    • Teachers AND KIDS will be required to wear masks.
    • Kids will be dropped off and picked up outside the classroom—no parents or siblings will be allowed into the classrooms.  We will have 6 ft markers outside to use while you are waiting.  Drop off and pick up will be scheduled over a 15 minute period, to avoid crowding. 
    • Frequent hand washing and sanitation protocols will be followed.
    • The Lunch Club will not be available for this group until further notice.

Kindergarten (Green) Class:

    • The Kindergarten Class will meet Mon-Fri, 8:00-12:00.
    • There will be 12 kids in the class, and two teachers.
    • Kids will be dropped off outside the classroom over a 15 minute period.  No parents or siblings will be allowed in the classroom.  We will have 6 ft markers outside to use while waiting.
    • Pick up will happen at 12:00 (unless your child is signed up for Lunch Club).  Parents will wait outside on the 6 ft markers, and we will release kids to them.
    • Teachers and kids will be required to wear masks.  We will provide masks with “windows” to the kids in this class, which we’ll keep at school, and sanitize daily.
    • Frequent hand washing and sanitation protocols will be followed.
    • The Lunch Club WILL BE AVAILABLE, AT $10 PER DAY, FOR THIS CLASS.  Kids will stay in the kindergarten classroom for lunch on the days they are signed up, and can be picked up outside the classroom at 1:00.

After School (Orange) Program:

  • The After School Program will be open Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00, as long as SPS is offering distance-leaning only.
  • Parents can drop off and pick their kids any time in the 2:00-6:00 window, outside the classroom.  Parents and siblings will not be allowed in the classroom.
  • If/When SPS offers in-person learning, we will go back to picking up children from Magnolia Elem. and Blaine K-8 when they are dismissed from school.  Note: If SPS offers a hybrid program at some point, we will pick up kids from school on days they are there, and they can be dropped off by parents at Kaleidoscope on days they are not in school.
  • Teachers and kids will be required to wear masks.
  • Frequent hand washing and sanitation protocols will be followed.
  • The Lunch Club is not available to this age group.

DISTANCE LEARNING OPTION:

If you are not comfortable sending your child to Kaleidoscope in September, but want to keep them enrolled, we will offer a “distance learning” program for them.  NOTE: This is available to the EPS, PS, and PK Classes only—not Kindergarten or After School.

It will involve:

  •  A Monday morning in person visit from you child’s teacher. Your child can spend 30 minutes (outdoors and masked) with their teacher, doing activities related to that week’s theme. They’ll also receive a bag of materials that will be used that week.
  • Weekly email to parents, detailing the schedule for the week, giving instructions for the activities, and including a “developmental info for parents” section which explains why what we’re doing is important for child development and gives more ideas you can support your child with at home. 
  • Weekly Zoom meetings (2 times per week for Preschool ages kids, 4 times per week for PreK) where teachers and kids will sing, share, chat, and hear stories together. 
  • Stories, yoga, and dances posted daily on our Facebook page. 
  • Arranged weekly FaceTime calls to your child from their teacher. 

TUITION:

Whether your child is participating in-person or distance-learning, we will require that you pay full tuition (or, partial tuition if you have already asked for and received a scholarship).

Kaleidoscope School COVID-19 Protocol

This is really important information for all kids attending in person—please read thoroughly and understand!

It should not surprise anyone that we will need to be very strict about not letting kids attend who show even mild symptoms of illness.

Symptoms which will exclude children/staff from attending are:

—cough

—shortness of breath

—temperature of 100 degrees or higher

—congestion or runny nose

—headache

—muscle or body aches or chills

—sore throat

—fatigue

—nausea,vomiting,or diarrhea

—new loss of taste or smell

—other signs of new illness unrelated to preexisting

condition (such as seasonal allergies)

We will be taking children’s temperatures daily when they arrive, and again during the day at school.  Kids with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher will not be able to attend.

  1. If a child or teacher attending Kaleidoscope is confirmed positive for COVID-19, we will close for 2 weeks (all classes in the building where the positive case was locatedThe preschool classes are in one building, the kindergarten and after-school are in a separate building. Although the kids won’t mix, teachers teach more than one class) and require all kids/teachers to be tested negative before returning.
  1. If a family member of a child or teacher attending Kaleidoscope tests positive for COVID-19, that child/teacher will need to quarantine for 2 weeks (not attend), and have a negative test before returning.  We will inform all parents in that class.
  1. If a teacher or a family with a child attending Kaleidoscope is notified that they have been in contact with someone outside of school that has tested positive for COVID-19, that teacher/child will be required to quarantine for 2 weeks (not attend school), and test negative before returning.
  1. If the governor requires a state or county wide “stay at home” order, we would close and move to the distance learning model for everyone.  Tuition would need to be paid to maintain your child’s spot.
  1. Teachers will be tested within a week of starting school, and need to test negative to work.  After that, they’ll follow the rules above.
  1. Children will be required to be tested following the rules above. 
  1. Each child and teacher will have their temperature taken upon arrival to school daily, and parents will be asked a series of screening questions, required by the King County Health Department.  If a child or teacher shows any (even very mild) symptoms of illness, answers yes to any screening questions, or has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, they will not be allowed to attend school.
  1. If a child/teacher is absent (or sent home) from school due to illness consistent with COVID symptoms, they may return after:

-If they have had a negative COVID test, they may return as soon as they are fever free for at least 24 hours, and symptoms have improved.

-if they have not had a COVID test, they must stay home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.  After that 10 days, they may return when symptoms have improved and are fever free for at least 24 hours.

  1. Travel—-If your family will be traveling please notify us prior to travel for additional guidance or requirements. When returning you may be asked to do a 14 day quarantine, and/or have a negative COVID test for your child.  While making plans, please remember that the steps we each take outside the school to protect ourselves and our families (social distancing, wearing a mask, limiting travel, etc.) have the potential to not only protect our individual families, but also ALL the families and employees at Kaleidoscope School, and all the people they come in contact with outside of school. The more we do to protect ourselves and our families, the more likely it is that our school can remain open during the pandemic.

If you are attending any kind of social gathering, consider:

  • Will you be with a group of five or less people outside your household?
  • Will you stay outside the entire time?
  • Will the group be socially distancing?

 

One Last COVID Precaution:  We are asking all families that have children attending in person to be very thoughtful about the exposures to others their child is having outside of school.  While this is not something Kaleidoscope School can enforce, remember that we are all counting on each other to maintain the healthiest environment possible for our kids.

Since your kids will be with their classmates weekly, we ask:

  • That you don’t schedule play dates with kids outside of your child’s class
  • That you not have carpools, etc, with kids outside your child’s class
  • That you limit contacts your family has, and wear masks in public.
  • THANK YOU!
 
If the governor requires a state or county wide “stay at home” order, we would close and move to the distance learning model for everyone.