District Releases COVID-19 Guidance for SY22

Monroe County School District Superintendent Theresa Axford released guidance regarding prevention strategies to be implemented in the new school year:

  • Vaccines are highly recommended for all who are eligible for them
  • Masks are optional but highly recommended, particularly for unvaccinated children and teachers
  • Persons who are exposed to COVID-19 and who are unvaccinated and unmasked will be asked to quarantine if exposed
  • Anyone showing symptoms should stay home

The latest recommendation from the CDC includes universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

The May Sands Montessori School is currently evaluating its COVID-19 policy and seeks input from parents and staff – please help by completing this short survey: https://forms.gle/RD2QwKpxicvGzS3b8.  Your response to this survey will help guide our efforts of providing an updated infectious disease control policy regarding layered prevention strategies for the protection of students, staff, and families.

The school anticipates full-time, in-person learning for all students and staff.  We maintain on-site health and safety protocols and require signed agreement from all students on campus and their parent/guardian, which includes:

A daily wellness check by the student’s parent/guardian before coming to school

A daily temperature check by school staff upon arriving at school

The promotion of face coverings indoors and when personal distancing cannot be achieved

Limiting items brought to school (no toys)

Frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer when handwashing isn’t available

Cleaning personal space before leaving the lunch area and before leaving school for the day

Agreement to keep the student home if any of the following symptoms are present

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Severe headache

Monroe County Schools Guidance for Parents/Guardians

May Sands Montessori Reopening Plan Charter Board Approved 7-29-2020

Instructional Continuity Plan Document – Updated 8/2020

May Sands Montessori Reopening Plan Amendment Approved 9/23/2020

May Sands Montessori Students, Lead Guides, and other members of our Instructional Team will connect using the Google Classroom platform for quarantine situations during the COVID-19 Pandemic: 

Students Connecting with a School-issued Device

  1. Turn on the Chromebook
  2. Select an available Wi-Fi network, enter the password, and click Connect.
  3. Log into the Chromebook using the same method you would typically use on campus.

Students Connecting with a Personal Device

Use this link to connect: http://launchpad.classlink.com/mcsd

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We are here to help! If you need support with a district-issued device or usernames and passwords, please reach out to IT Support:  305-293-1400 Ext 53313 and 305-293-1400 Ext 53326

Reach out to members of staff to facilitate content and program clarification questions Monday-Friday from 9:00-3:00: 305.293.1400, ext. 53418.

Students can reach out to their Lead Guide via email and should expect a response within 24 business hours.

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*Participation: Active engagement in online class activities, whether live or via recorded sessions and class discussion board. 

The Google Classroom calendar is a helpful organizational tool. Use it!

Make a daily practice of checking each area in all of your classes. Parents can help, too!

Resources

Learn how you can incorporate Montessori principles into your home, from the American Montessori Society

Technology Resources Handbook SY2021

QuickStart Guide for Using District-managed Chromebooks Off-campus 19-20

FDOE Guidance

MCSD Instructional Continuity Plan FAQ

Parent Tips: Supporting Children with Special Needs in Virtual Formats

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times

In response to the Florida Department of Education’s concern for the health and safety of its children, our school has added the DCF Report Abuse Hotline phone number, 1-800-962-2873, to give our students in crisis a pathway to help and healing.