Information about Safely Maintaining On-Campus School Operations

We are sensitive to how the limitations on school operations due to COVID-19 affect our families, and we continue to ask questions as well as seek guidance from the Monroe County Department of Health as well as the Centers for Disease Control.  On its website, the Monroe County School District recently posted ‘The Top 10 Must Knows’ for operating schools during the current level of community transmission, and I have included additional/specific information regarding our school’s practices below:

  1. All students will receive instruction via Google classrooms, while in-person space restrictions are in place.
  2. Attendance and active participation in our learning environments are mandatory, whether in-person or online. Observations of student performance occur daily.
  3. Due to the 6’ distance requirement between students in classrooms, our school limited the number of students receiving instruction on campus with a priority for vulnerable populations.
  4. Our school is not able to offer childcare before school or after school, while in-person space restrictions are in place. This will not preclude our cohort of on-campus VPK students from accessing extended day care until the regular dismissal day.
  5. We have 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

Face coverings at all times except for when seated at a designated space at the lunch area

Limiting items brought to school (no toys, furniture, or backpacks)

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

Our home-based learning initiative maintains support for our students during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  

May Sands Montessori Students, Lead Guides, and other members of our Instructional Team will connect using the Google Classroom platform: 

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.