Sandhurst Cooperative Preschool transitioned to a hybrid education program during Phase 2 of King County’s Safe Start plan in 2020. Our curriculum and conduct have been and will continue to shaped by public health guidelines, The Organization of Parenting Education Programs (OPEP), and recommendations from North Seattle College. We are still firmly committed to our play-based learning model, even in remote learning, and are helping our students gain pandemic-appropriate social skills during our outdoor sessions.
We plan to return indoors at Sandhurst’s campus for the 2021-2022 school year, while some classes will keep outdoor play as part of the program. If local public health recommendations necessitate returning to a hybrid curriculum during the school year, Sandhurst will do so.
For our outdoor school, Sandhurst has been taking the following measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. They may change for the 2021-2022 school year. Each class will be updated by their Class Chair on procedures as needed. Please contact our parent coordinators for more information or any questions you may have.
2020-2021 School Year:
When we play outside, we maintain physical distancing between family groups – we do not currently offer a drop-off option for classes. Masks are being worn by all adults and children over the age of 2.
If your kiddo is not used to mask-wearing, you might be pleasantly surprised at how quickly they adjust – especially when their peers and teacher are also wearing masks. We believe it is an important piece in keeping our school community safe and that it helps the kids grow accustomed to a new set of social expectations during this pandemic.
Upon arrival at the Toddlers and Pre-3s classes, families begin at our hand-washing station, use a QR-code to answer a health questionnaire, and have their temperatures taken with a contactless thermometer. If they meet the expectations set by the questionnaire, including temperatures within a normal range, they can then proceed to our hand-washing station and it’s off to play!
For our 3-5s students, families are expected to wash their hands and take their temperatures at home before coming to class. When they arrive, they use a QR-code to answer a health questionnaire. To avoid public restrooms at this time, hand sanitizer is available during class. If families meet the expectations set by the questionnaire, including temperatures within a normal range, it’s time to explore!
Sandhurst Co-Op understands that for families with school-aged children, coming to co-op might be challenging at this time of widespread virtual learning. Older siblings are welcome at the park during our 3-5s in-person classes and if coming often, will be enrolled at no cost. If they are fully participating in class we ask that they be enrolled as a paying-student. Babes-in-arms are also permitted at all of our class levels.