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Preschool FAQs

(updated September 10, 2020)
 
Do you plan on re-opening in the fall?
Our first day of school was Tuesday, September 8. We've had a fantastic start to the year! The children and teachers are so happy to be together again.
 
From where are you getting your guidance on re-opening?
Our re-opening guidance comes from the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), our regulatory agency. Their guidance is based on the recommendations of the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education. VDSS issues guidance specific to childcare settings. To see the guidelines and updates, visit VDSS.
 
Based on what you know right now, what will classes look like in the fall?
Classes will have fewer children and each class will be its own "bubble." Classes will not mix during the day. There will be no whole-school programming (such as gathering in the chapel for Kabbalat Shabbat). Classes will not play together in the social hall. Drop-off, nap time and pick-up will happen in the classrooms. The same two teachers will stay with the same small group of children all day. When feasible and if developmentally appropriate, classroom activities will be re-imagined to allow for greater physical distance between children.
 
What about playing outside?
Children will play and be outside as often as possible. We will divide the playground into sections so the classes don't mix.
 
What is the mask policy?
Children and teachers will wear masks throughout the day when social distancing cannot be maintained, except when eating or drinking or during rest time. We know that it is challenging for some young children to wear masks for an extended period of time, therefore we will take into account the age and medical and developmental needs of each individual child when implementing the mask policy.
 
Will you still offer STEAM, music, movement and Ivrit (Hebrew)?
Our STEAM Lab will become a classroom, though we will endeavor to bring STEAM to the children in other ways. We are looking into having music, movement and Ivrit via ZOOM.
 
Will your hours change?
Yes, we've had to adjust our hours of operation.
Boker Tov: 8-9 a.m.
Gan Chaverim: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sha'at Mischak: 1-4 p.m.
(Erev Tov is no longer offered)
 
Will you still provide snack?
The children will still have snack time, but parents are asked to send their children to school with lunches AND snacks.
 
Will there be any additional fees?
Yes, parents will pay an additional $50 per child per month Health and Safety Fee (starting September 10, 2020) to cover the unexpected costs of enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, additional cleaning supplies and PPE.
 
Do you have any open spots right now?
While most classes are at capacity, we currently have a few open spots. Please contact us for information about current availability.
Sun, September 27 2020 9 Tishrei 5781