Quest COVID-19 Protocols
Quest Montessori School remained open every day during the 2020-21 school year. Every child was able to attend every day. This was due in large part to the commitment of our families to doing their part to keep everyone safe. I am confident that the 2021-22 school year will be no different. As always we are exceptionally grateful to the members of our community for prioritizing the health and wellness of our students.
Quest is Prepared by Design
We are fortunate that Quest school building and naturally facilitates our adherence to the guidelines set forth by the Rhode Island Departments of Education and Health.
- Every classroom has an exterior door,
- Our class sizes are small; every child can be in school every day
- Our classrooms provide space for social distancing
- There is plenty of outdoor space for work and lessons
- There are enough bathrooms in the building to assign one to each classroom,
- Our students are already in the habit of cleaning and frequent handwashing (although it will have to happen far more often).
Masks are required for all adults and Elementary and Middle School students inside the building regardless of vaccination status. All students in our Primary classroom (ages 3 - 6) are required to wear a mask into the building each morning. Teachers will encourage those students to keep their masks on throughout the day. Children in our toddler program (18 mos to 36 mos) are not required to wear masks.
Masks are not required outdoors at this time.
Frequent handwashing is one of the things we know for sure that helps contain the spread of the virus.
- Children will be given demonstrations on what proper handwashing looks like both in terms of technique and length of time.
- This is also something that can be practiced at home
- Handwashing at set intervals, throughout the day, will be required of students and adults. Younger students will be observed by an adult to ensure proper technique.
- Signs with diagrams will be placed by all sink areas to remind adults and students of proper technique.
Air Quality in the Building
To help mitigate the potential for transmission of the COVID-19 virus, as well as other virus and bacteria pathogens, we have decided to upgrade all three HVAC systems at Quest with commercial-grade UV-C (Ultraviolet-C) treatment appliances. Located in the HVAC ductwork above the ceiling these appliances are capable of treating all of the air in the building, multiple times daily, as it passes through our HVAC systems. This equipment promises to substantially reduce the transmission of pathogens in the building by supplying a constant flow of treated air to our environment. Also note that the equipment chosen produces no ozone.
- High-touch areas will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day using EPA registered cleaners with short contact times (the amount of time the surface must be wet to kill viruses).
- Professional cleaning will occur daily.
- Whenever feasible, only Quest students, staff, and faculty will be allowed in the building.
- Visitors to the school will be required to wear masks and will complete a RIDOH self-attestation form before entering the main school building.
Quest strongly encourages all eligible students and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinated adults and students are required to show proof of vaccination as vaccination status impacts quarantine measures. Staff who are not vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR test result twice per week. At this time 95% of the Quest staff is vaccinated.
As with all things related to the success and well-being of our community, partnership with parents is vitally important. Your support is necessary to maintain the safety and wellness of our children.
- On a daily basis, parents will need to complete a self-attestation form via SchoolCues prior to leaving for school and answer specific questions regarding any COVID-19 symptoms. Students will not be allowed into the building until this has been completed.
- Provide your child with at least one, but preferably several, clean face covering for school each day. The best face covering is the one your child can take on and off independently and can wear comfortably over both their nose and mouth.
- Demonstrate to your child how to properly wash their hands and practice frequent hand washing at home.
- Most importantly, please do not bring a sick child to school no matter what the illness is. Even a cold that is spread from one child to other children or adults weakens each person’s immune system and makes them more vulnerable to the coronavirus.
We follow the guidelines outlined by the Rhode Island Departments of Education and Health and update our procedures/policies as needed.