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The Washington Market School is now accepting applicationsLearn More

December 2020

Tue
01

Sibling/Legacy Application Deadline

Mon
07

8:00-9:00p: Rachel Henes Parent Workshop — Why Did They Do That? Slowing Down to Honor our Children’s Needs & Development

Mon-Fri
07-11

City Harvest Food Drive

Thu
10

10:00-11:00a: Eva Peck Parent Workshop — Parenting in a Time of COVID-19

Mon-Fri
14-18

Winter Sings

Mon-Fri
21-01

Winter Recess — NO SCHOOL

Mon-Fri
04-08

Online Learning for all Students

Mon
11

WMS Reopens for Children and Staff

Mon
18

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

School Closed

Mon
15

Presidents’ Day Holiday

School Closed

Tue
16

Staff Development Day

School Closed For Children

Mon-Fri
29-09

Spring Break

School Closed (Includes Good Friday & Passover)

Mon
12

School Reopens For Children And Staff

Mon
31

Memorial Day

School Closed

Fri
18

Last Day Of School For Children

Mon
28

First Day Of Summer Program

Mon
05

Independence Day Weekend

School Closed

Fri
06

Last Day Of Summer Program

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Letters from Ronnie

A Letter from Ronnie

Dear Washington Market School Community,

We have all been reading and listening to stories concerning the concept of opening schools safely. Our team has been imagining scenarios for a possible reopening since the beginning of April. One thing we have learned with our Online learning platform, our Enrollment and Operations groups, and our burgeoning experiences with technology is that we continue to make decisions that we have never had to make before. As we each continue to say, no decision in a pandemic is an easy one.

That said, we are looking ahead to September when we will reopen our Duane and Hudson Street sites. There are two spheres of interest that we are dealing with. The first is the critical need to keep our community—children, teachers, staff—safe from Covid-19. The second is the critical need to educate our children in the best way possible and that means having them physically be in school with their teachers and friends.

The question that we are facing is whether there is a zone of safety where these two spheres overlap and allow both health protection and physical attendance. According to the best scientific information, this can occur when the Covid-19 infection rate in a population is less than 5%. In NYC the infection rate is less than 2%, so we feel comfortable physically opening and we are supported by the NYC public schools opening and the approval for school openings from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

But rest assured, we approach the opening with extreme caution and will be following strict guidelines to maintain the health of the community including requiring social distancing for adults and, as much as possible, with young children, temperature taking of children and staff, mask-wearing by the staff and, possibly the children, extensive and intensive handwashing, disinfecting with sophisticated electrostatic sprayers, and much more. You will be receiving a memo shortly outlining all of the safety measures we will be taking but please know that we are on the case.

We remain together while apart,

Ronnie

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