At Mill Valley Nursery School, the health and safety of our children, families and teachers is paramount. After a year of ups and downs, lefts and rights, disappointments and opportunities, we all know that nothing is impossible. While maintaining parent involvement and mutual support, we have implemented important changes to our traditional program to protect our school community during the ongoing pandemic:
- Agreement between families and the school that everyone in our community will be transparent in following all COVID-19 risk mitigation policies, procedures and behaviors.
- Outdoor play in all weather, rain or shine. The right all weather gear and covered spaces on campus allow for creativity and fun even in wet weather. Really.
- Increased personal protective behaviors such diligent hand hygiene (hand washing stations throughout school site + hand sanitizer available), children wearing masks and social distancing to the extent possible.
- Staggered, assigned arrival and pick-up times with daily health screenings.
If anyone in a child’s household demonstrates COVID-19 symptoms, that child must stay home. We follow the Marin County Office of Education Decision Tree.
- Developed a comprehensive COVID-19 Handbook as a companion to our regular Parent Handbook. The COVID-19 Handbook is designed to address the policies and procedures created to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at our school. The COVID-19 Handbook is a “living document” that evolves as scientific and regulatory guidance changes in response to the pandemic.
- Implemented a Communication Plan and Exposure Protocols. We follow Marin County Office of Education Exposure Protocols.
- Established policy to strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccination by all individuals eligible within our school community.
Our enhanced health/safety practices and protocols are based on guidance from the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE), Marin County Health and Human Services (MHHS), California Department of Education (CDE), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD). All policies are subject to change as we receive updated information from county and state offices.