COVID-19 Information

A Message from the School Nurse
August 2020

Dear CMS Families,

I hope that you are enjoying the last bit of your summer.  As you all know, coming back to school this year will certainly look different for all.  There are new procedures in place, new daily habits that we must constantly practice, and new ways that we will interact with one another.

Important Reminders:

 
COVID-19 TRAVEL ORDER - CMS families and staff are expected to follow the
Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order, which requires a two-week quarantine period
for those who have traveled out-of-state to any of the higher risk areas for COVID-19.
Please see link: COVID-19 Travel Order. If you or a member of your family have traveled to a state that is not low-risk within the last 14 days, PLEASE CONTACT ME PRIOR TO COMING TO SCHOOL at mzizzo@cambridgemontessori.org

DAILY ATTESTATION - CMS will require that all students and staff fill out a screening questionnaire daily BEFORE 7:30 am. Teachers will be able to confirm that parents have completed their child/children’s questionnaire before drop off each morning. IF THE QUESTIONNAIRE IS NOT COMPLETED, STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE SCHOOL BUILDING. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. To practice using the questionnaire, please use this link: bit.ly/CMSDaily.  
I will be checking responses every morning starting at 7:00 am. Please
leave the best contact number for me to reach you if you have answer YES to any of the questions. I will call you as soon as I can, before 9:00 am at the latest.

COMMUNITY AGREEMENT - To minimize the risk that we will be exposed, or expose others, to COVID-19,  it is expected that all members of the CMS community (students, families, faculty, and staff) will adhere to the following guidelines:
 
  • Wearing a face covering over nose and mouth at all required times at school.
  • Keeping at least 6-feet physical distance from others whenever possible.
  • Completing the daily screening questionnaire honestly prior to arriving at school each day and staying home when sick or after possible exposure to COVID-19. 
  • Committing to pick up a sick child from campus within 60 minutes of receiving a call from the school nurse. Be sure your phone numbers, and those of your emergency contacts, are up-to-date in OnCampus.
  • Following basic health precautions including frequent hand washing/sanitizing and shared-space hygiene.
  • Participating in testing and contact tracing when required, and isolation and quarantine protocols when required.
 
CMS will do its part by:
 
  • Strictly enforcing mask-wearing, physical distancing requirements, and hand washing
  • Restricting access to buildings
  • Thorough and regular cleaning, with extra attention paid to high-touch surfaces
  • Minimize any cross-pod/cohort contact
  • Training staff on COVID-19 policies and procedures
  • Sharing information in a prompt, consistent and confidential manner
Please send your child/children to school with two masks, one to wear and an extra one in case one breaks or becomes dirty. Be sure to put your child’s name clearly on each mask. CMS IS NOT ALLOWING ANY BANDANNAS, SCARFS OR TUBES. CMS will
provide paper bags for students to store their masks during mask breaks.
 
Please see the following CMS quick reference guide which outlines the various procedures for COVID-19 events: 

CMS Quick COVID-19 Reference Guide

 
Lastly, CMS will work in close coordination with both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and The Cambridge Public Health Department in making a determination regarding room or building closures based on the latest guidance and information available. I will also be in contact with them for assistance in monitoring for any patterns of student or employee absences that could indicate a possible outbreak.

NON-COVID INFORMATION:
Please be aware that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has added the influenza vaccine as a requirement, for all K-12 students, to be completed by December of 2020. If you plan to send in medications for your child/children, such as epipens, etc, please contact me at mzizzo@cambridgemontessori.org beforehand. 
 
Thank you for your continued partnership, and your collective efforts to keep our school as safe as possible this school year. 

Sincerely,
Mary
Located in the heart of Cambridge, MA, CMS is a private school serving children twenty-one months through grade 8 in four distinct programs: Toddler, Primary, Elementary and Middle School. CMS educates the whole child, applying the Montessori philosophy in a joyful learning environment.

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