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School Year
& COVID-19

In our effort to communicate thoroughly, we recognize the value of having all of our information in one place. We will keep this page current with new information, communication, and updates.

RESOURCES 

  1. Fall re-opening FAQ's -Department of Elementary & Secondary Education -DESE
  2. Maplewood Daily Health Screening Form (program specific)
  3. Maplewood Health Guidelines 2020 

Maplewood Covid-19 Overview

Since the founding of Maplewood in 1965, nothing has ever been more important to us than the health, safety, and well-being of our families and staff.

We understand that this transition back to school may come with concerns and complexities, and we are committed to reorienting children, families, and staff to the new school year in the safest and most supportive way possible.  

It is impossible to eliminate potential health risks associated with COVID-19 entirely, but we believe our plan will allow us to bring children to Maplewood each day for important face-to-face instruction and social interaction while providing multiple layers of protection to best mitigate risk.  Our plan also provides the nimbleness for us to make adjustments if/when conditions related to COVID-19 change.  

In preparation for a healthy school year, we are implementing a wide array of additional procedures to minimize any possible effects of COVID-19.
Please find our step-by-step plan below:

Gather The Best Information

Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our Maplewood community.  We believe that a healthy environment is ultimately a secure environment, one in which children and staff are able to thrive.  At all times, we will seek to align our measures with guidance from the CDC, MDPH, EEC, and Governor Baker’s office.  As best practice recommendations and timelines are released, we are making informed decisions about the school year and communicating with our families about what to expect.  In addition, we are planning and re-imagining our program to operate the school year in a healthy manner.  


Dedication to Sanitation
We have raised our already thorough sanitation standards to match and exceed recommendations from health care professionals. Our maintenance team is already working hard to keep Maplewood clean.  We will increase the frequency with which we perform deep cleanings of shared surfaces and indoor facilities and deploy extra maintenance teams throughout the day and a professional cleaning crew at night.  

Personal Hygiene
While personal hygiene has always been an important part of our programs, it will be a point of special emphasis this year. Maplewood will utilize a comprehensive daily health check for all children and staff. There will also be additional hand sanitizing stations throughout our facility, and staff will be prepared to model best hygiene practices. 


Physical Distancing Measures/ & Masks
This school year we will modify certain elements of our program to achieve physical distancing standards.  Children and staff will stay with their assigned class (pod) throughout the day and will not interact with other classrooms. 

Staff will wear a face mask or cloth covering during indoor activities and outdoors, whenever 6 feet physical distancing is not possible.  When 6 feet of physical distance is not possible, face mask use requirements for children are as follows:

  • Children age 7 and older must wear a face mask
  • Children age 2.9-6 who can safely and appropriately wear, remove, and handle face masks must be encouraged to wear face masks and must be supervised at all times while wearing a face mask.

Children will have frequent mask breaks and face coverings must not be worn while children are eating/drinking.


Closed Community
There will be no visitors during the school year, and we will limit entrance into the property to essential business only. We will adjust the way we do drop-off and pick-up each day to minimize interaction between groups.


Quick Response Protocol
Maplewood is prepared to react swiftly if the need arises. In the event that someone does fall ill at Maplewood, we have established procedures that will allow us the time to determine the best response
.  
Thorough Communication
As always, Maplewood strives to communicate with parents in a thorough, accurate, and transparent manner. We recognize the importance of sharing the best information available as quickly as possible. This school year, we aspire to be better than ever; thoughtful, detailed communication is more important than ever in keeping our community well-informed and highly prepared.

If you have any questions about our approach to COVID-19 and preschool, please give us a call (508-238-2387) or send us an email leepinstein@maplewoodyearround.co

Remote Learning K-8th

Maplewood is pleased to be offering programs for K-8 grade students on days that are designated as “remote” learning days. This program is taking the place of our traditional after school program. This format will be offered for as long as Easton Public Schools embark on the Hybrid learning model.                 
Hours, Days, and Tuition:
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday
  • $85/day, $80/day sibling
  • $40/ ½ day. Please note that we are still awaiting guidance related to offering ½ day programs. Transportation from the Easton schools to Maplewood will not be provided at this time. 
Classroom Structure, Physical Distancing, and Masks
  • Teachers and students will be separated by grade and will remain with their assigned group (or “pod”) during the day. As an example: one pod may consist of 1st and 2nd graders from Parkview School.
  • Children will be separated into pods in line with current safety guidelines. Multiple pods will share the larger classrooms and the gymnasium, while also remaining separated by a barrier/partition to keep children both physically separated and avoid the sharing of supplies and equipment between pods.
  • We will maintain physical distancing of cohorts as they are established by the schools (i.e Easton cohort A and B).
  • There will be at least one staff member per pod.
  • Our spacious facility has large classrooms and expansive natural spaces around our campus for outdoor classrooms and play. 
  • In addition to our newly installed HVAC system, we recently installed air purifying devices called iWave-C to further enhance air quality.
  • Staff will wear a face mask or cloth covering during indoor activities and outdoors, whenever 6 feet physical distancing is not possible. When 6 feet of physical distance is not possible, face mask use requirements for children are as follows:
    * Children age 7 and older must wear a face mask
    * Children age 2.9-6 who can safely and appropriately wear, remove, and handle face
       masks must be encouraged to wear face masks and must be supervised at all times
       while wearing a face mask.
    * Children will have frequent mask breaks and face coverings must not be worn while
       children are eating/drinking.
The Same Experienced Teaching Staff and Outstanding Curriculum
Students in grades K-8 who enroll in our program will follow their school’s remote learning plan while at Maplewood. Staff will offer support and help facilitate the "virtual learning” portion of their day. In addition, staff will maximize opportunities for fresh air and social interactions during breaks and the “after school” portion of the day. Outdoor activities and physical education will be prioritized in order to balance out the screen-time associated with remote learning. Some of the activities offered will include, gaga ball, basketball, kickball, mini-golf, laser tag, arts & crafts, playground, and pedal karts.
Call 508-238-2387 or email us for more details

Preschool

Our administrative staff and teachers worked hard to prepare the early childhood curriculum for the school year.  First, we want our community to know that unless mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, our preschool will be full-time, in-person classes for the upcoming school year.  If a virtual teaching model is required by the State, our teachers are fully prepared to go online.  Below you will find details of what the preschool experience will look like for your child and your family.  As we have mentioned in past correspondence, the Governor and his advisory committee could alter dates and/or guidelines if deemed necessary.

3-Day Program - 2.9 to 3 years (turning 3 on or before 12/1/2020)
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Preschool Pricing:  September 2020 - June 2021 $4,295 with a $200 deposit
9 payments: $455 ( the deposit of $200 is applied)

Classroom Structure, Physical Distancing, and Masks

Teachers and preschoolers will remain with their assigned class (“pod”) throughout the day for the duration of the school year.
   
In the interest of ensuring the highest level of safety for our teachers and students, we will only be offering a 3-day program (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays) for children aged 2.9 years and older.  We needed to make this adjustment to put our best practices in place during this phase of the Governor’s reopening plan.  We invite families who have signed up for the 2-day program to enroll in our 3-day preschool.  

We can’t predict the trajectory of in-person learning for the school year due to COVID-19. However, by starting our school year with a robust, in person, curriculum, we believe we are maximizing the play-based learning environment for children of early childhood age.  

Kindergarten

Hours & Days:
  • 9:00-2:00 PM - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 
Entry Age:
  • 5 years on or before August 31, 2020
Teachers: While certain aspects of the program will look different, our incredible group of teachers bring both experience and warmth to a nurturing classroom setting. What follows is an environment that fosters curiosity, cooperation, and problem-solving skills.
Facilities: Our spacious facility has large classrooms and expansive natural spaces around our campus for outdoor classrooms. In addition to our new HVAC system, Maplewood is installing amazing air purifying devices called iWave-C to create a healthier environment

iWave-C / Air-Purifier

In addition to our new HVAC system we just installed an air purifying device called iWave-C on each of the HVAC units in the main building to create a healthier environment without producing any harmful byproducts.   This advanced technology significantly reduces a wide variety of pathogens in the breathing zone and on hard non-porous surfaces.  Independent lab testing has shown that this device is also effective against COVID-19. 

Please see links below:

Massachusetts Protocols (coming soon)

Massachusetts Child and Youth Reopen Approach
Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety