In effect as of July 1, 2021
Pod Size: None
Masks Inside: Yes if unvaccinated
Masks Outside: No
Parents on Campus: Yes
Visitors on Campus: Yes
Visit the VTDH FAQ page here.
*In response to a frequently asked question about child care and masking outdoors, the Vermont Department of Health provided the following:
“Following the Vermont Forward Plan, the masking policy requires masks outdoors when you are in a crowd or with other households where you can’t maintain a 6-foot distance. Given that children in child care are with other households and generally not able to maintain a 6-foot distance, they should be masked outdoors. This will be revisited as we enter each new step of the Vermont Forward Plan.”
Hilltop Montessori School’s Re-Entry Plan was most recently updated in March, 2021. We have great appreciation for the staff, teachers, Board members, and parents who offered and helped to develop this plan. It is nimble and able to adjust to changing situations.
Every decision and action we take in preparation for the reopening of Hilltop Montessori School, HMS, for the 2020-21 school year is guided by the following core principles:
The year ahead will require a strong partnership between families and the school. Please read through the attached document carefully and thoughtfully to begin that shared commitment, and set both ourselves and our children up for a safe and successful year ahead.
We are no longer required to complete daily temperature checks, though will continue with the health screen questionnaire.
Health checks will be done prior to the student getting out of the car at drop-off.
A staff member will ask a series of questions contained in a COVID-19 Daily Health Screening Questionnaire shown below. If a parent, guardian, or caregiver answers “yes” to any of the questions, the child will not be allowed to be on the school campus until they have been symptom free for 24 hours.
It is the responsibility of our entire HMS community to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and greater community. The following are three important areas that our parents must support to promote the health and well-being of the entire school community:
We trust that our parents will comply and be forthcoming with information provided as part of the screening process, and will not bring children to school who have been given fever reducing medication. We also are requiring that families follow the guidelines for travel out of State in order to send their children to school.
Hilltop Montessori School has put together a handbook in an effort to translate both the sense of community that Hilltop provides, along with the academic and “whole child” offerings that are regularly given by our school. We are continuing to apply lessons learned from the spring experience to further improve the experience from home, should we be called upon to do that again.
Aid to Life – A straightforward advice based on Montessori principles that are easy to understand and apply
Talking to your child about COVID-19 – National Assocation of School Psychologists
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus – NY Times article
A Comic for Kids about COVID-19 – by NPR editor Malakra Gharib teaching early elementary children about coronavirus
HMS is following the guidelines and recommendations of state and federal government agencies, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Vermont Department of Health (VTDH), the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE), and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to the best of our ability and with consideration for children’s ages and developmental stages.
By choosing to send your child to school, you are agreeing to possibly curtail other activities so as to keep our community safe. We ask families to stay informed about travel and comply with the changing Vermont State Travel Guidelines in Vermont
Visit our website here to learn about the current Admissions Process. We look forward to hearing from you.