WELCOME TO TRINITY MONTESSORI
|With the thoughts of returning to school on the horizon, we are sure that you have questions about the protocols set forth by New York State Education Department, the Department of Health and New York State Office of Religious and Independent schools.|
On Friday, July 31, 2020, Trinity Montessori School submitted our intention to return to campus in-person in the fall.
– All Extended Day Primary and Elementary students will attend in-person 4 full days and 1 half day a week.
– All Half Day Primary students will attend in-person 5 mornings a week.
– All Toddler students will attend in-person. As part of the phase-in re-entry effort to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff, some toddlers will start later in the fall and others will start in January.
The above intentions may change as we anticipate hearing the latest updates, mandates, and directives from NYS and the Governor sometime mid-August. Our reopening plan will be available for you to view after that time.
Masks are required for all students 3 years and older. Masks can be lowered during times of social distancing, snack times, and lunch times. Mask breaks will be built in to students hourly schedules. All faculty and staff are required to wear masks at all times.
Our reopening plan includes details on our U of R pre-screening health application which requires your daily participation to be sent to our school nurse for review before students enter the building. Additionally, temperature checks will be performed before entering the school and before dismissal for buses.
While much has changed since we all left our building last spring, it is still our priority to ensure the physical, mental and social well being of every student, staff member and family here at Trinity. As part of our plan, we have incorporated a combination of health monitoring, social distancing, face coverings, enhanced hygiene, cleaning and ventilation as sources of additional forms of protection. The investment in our ionization system for our HVAC along with the purchase of the Sani Spray system will greatly improve our air quality and disinfecting abilities.
Due to health regulations, only students, staff and specialists will have access to the interior of the school. At this time parents are not permitted in the building.
Our spacious building allowed for many adaptations of space and light to provide more classrooms allowing for smaller class sizes. Our expansive campus allows us to take advantage of the much-recommended directives for fresh air activities in learning and exploration. The procurement of two 20′ by 40′ high ceiling tents with sides, allows for additional classroom areas during the fall and spring seasons.
Over the past many weeks, we have been meeting with our Board of Directors, our Task Force, local administrators and community experts to help guide our decision-making process. We will be meeting with our faculty and staff this week to continue our discussions regarding reopening. We have met with a local facilities management group that is partnering with us to reassess our current space to accommodate the anticipated changes in our floorplan.
Thank you for your patience as we wait for further guidance from the state. As you are aware, the situation remains fluid regarding reopening policies across our state. We will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments as we are made aware by DOH, NYSED, and the Pittsford District.
We are so impressed by the steadfast commitment of our faculty and staff and by so many parents who desire for their children to thrive in a nurturing environment such as Trinity. In order for us to succeed in this endeavor, it is vital and imperative that we have your support and commitment for the requirements of our reopening policy when it is finalized. We ask that until that time, you know that we are concentrating on building a flexible and reflective approach to a safe reopening of our school.
Lorraine E. Scarafile
Head of School
Trinity Montessori School Inc. is non-discriminatory on the basis of race, religion, sex or national origin.