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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,

Last week I wrote that our city is at a point in handling the pandemic that has us believing that it is reasonable to allow our children to return to school. Our families need their children to be learning in their terrific early childhood environment, together with other children and with their superb teachers. This reopening must be done while keeping our entire community of children and adults as safe as possible. While other parts of the country are pulling back from physically opening schools and conflicting advice is coming from conflicted sources, NYC is an oasis of sanity and good sense.

That said, this is obviously not business as usual and we are devoting countless hours to designing the physical and supporting online programs. Our school has been working out how best to reopen since the end of March, when we all imagined a return after Spring Break, then a return mid-May, and now we are asking our staff to come to school during the last week of August so that we may train in all of the safety and health protocols that are mandated by our city and state as well as our own guidelines that go beyond these governmental requirements to reopen in September.

Things continue to change and we understand that along with all of the schools in our country, there are ways to face challenges that will be the best we can possibly do while remaining imperfect. Each of our administrative staff is engaged in creating a full description of how the physical program will work and the health procedures that we will follow, and you will receive a full depiction of our reopening guidelines next week but I want to give you some information on what we are considering at this time.

Obviously, we will follow:

· Stay home if sick
· Physical distancing
· Wearing a face covering – both adults and children
· Practice healthy hand hygiene.

In addition:

· Children will be in “pods” with their teachers and limited contact with other pods.
· Drop-off and pickup times will be staggered
· Children’s temperatures and health will be monitored
· Cleaning and disinfecting will be done several times a day with advanced equipment
· Children will be escorted into the buildings by staff.

These are just a few of the actions we will be taking. We believe that the procedures that we are implementing will create the safest model to reopen our school for our children and grown-ups.

Together while apart AND don’t forget that it’s summer!

Ronnie

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