Once again we are adapting our Covid-Safe Practices in Spring 2021. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we continue to navigate this new normal together. These are the following changes we are making to continue to take precautions against Covid-19, as well as to (hopefully) continue our record of no cases reported this summer/fall:
Are we still doing Nests?
Yes, with some key changes. Everyone will arrive and leave at the same time rather than staggering our starts / finishes. Everyone, including children, will be expected to mask at arrival. Our two nests (of 6 children : 1 adult each) will be instituted at snack time and lunch time. Each lunch nest will be separated such that co-mingling in the larger SOL community at pick up will be minimized ( for example, on Mondays at Pine Flats we'll have one nest stay and eat at the site, while the other heads up to the picnic table. On Thursdays at Faulty, one nest will remain in the upper site, the other will head down below). Siblings will be kept together in a nest and we will direct you to your nest/lunch/pick up location on your first spring session day.
Daily Health Screen:
Perhaps the most important thing we can do right now is to continue to monitor for symptoms. PLEASE STAY HOME if you or your child has any cold/flu symptoms. Potential Covid-19 symptoms: fever above 100.4F, cold-like symptoms, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, runny nose (not allergy related), muscle aches, fatigue, sleepy, rash, abdominal pain.
We will still need ONE parent volunteer each day (from either the first or second nest) to be available should an urgent issue or emergency occur, as well as to assist in running the session. There are 16 session weeks so we will need each family to sign up for at least one day per child's enrolled day (per semester). We know this can add up if your child attends multiple days and/or if you have more than one child. We are looking to develop a volunteer program in the future, but it is safest to keep things within our community whilst Covid is still with us, so please know WE APPRECIATE YOU!
Drop-off and Pick-up Times:
All Treeschoolers should arrive at 8:45am for our 9am sharp start. Sessions will end at 1pm, with a 15 min grace window for pickup. We will no longer stagger arrival and departure times for families. There will be separate sign in clipboards for each nest. Again, we will let you know where you will meet your child/children at pick up on your first spring session day. Parents or other adults dropping off or picking up are expected to mask until further notice.
We are happy to announce that once again, SOL will be providing a wholesome, healthy snack! Having a shared, group snack with our SOL blessing of thanks is an important part of building our Community. We will continue to have snack and story in smaller nests of 6 students : 1 teacher, and continue our extra measures of masking, handwashing, using serving tongs and/or gloved hands, and increased spacing between Treeschoolers.
Please pack a nutritious lunch for your Treeschooler/s to drop off with your nest teacher in the a.m. Please consider bento-box type containers where granola bars, cheese sticks, etc.can be placed ready to eat for your Treeschooler/s, minimizing our need to touch your child's food. (If possible, take it a next step and consider the environmental impact of so much packaging and buy cheeses, snacks, etc. in bulk, consider baking, and change up how you pack!) Since our inception, we have invited parents to join us for lunch, and this has always been a wonderful time to socialize and meet other parents and families. We will re-introduce our shared lunch in these smaller nests for now, and eagerly look forward to when it’s safe to gather together again in a large community group!
Child masking policy:
Treeschoolers will still be required to mask at drop off & pick up, as well as Morning Circle time, when we will all sit (spaced) together. We will not enforce mask use during forest play, nor snack/lunch time (obviously). Our teachers & parent volunteer will, of course, continue to mask throughout the session, and we are always happy to encourage your Treeschooler/s to mask throughout the session, too, if this is your wish.
We will continue to encourage increased spacing between Treeschoolers during Morning Circle and snack/lunch times. We will continue to wash our hands multiple times per session, & staff will use antibacterial /alcohol wipes to sanitize shared group materials such as chalk boards, books, tools, etc. after use.
We will continue to be ready, if need be, to stagger start/finish times &/or return to a fully separated nest model, or return to the virtual forest. These are unprecedented times and we are ever-grateful for your adaptability and positivity, SOL community!