Guidance & Updates

The Valley Montessori School buildings were closed through 6/9/2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our dedicated teachers and staff implemented distance learning during that time. VMS is committed to ensuring student and staff safety as we navigate this uncharted territory. We are continuously monitoring the guidance offered by the CDC, WHO, the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, the Livermore School District, AMS, CAIS, state licensing, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and many other related resources.

VMS opened 6/15/2020 for a summer program to support our families that are essential workers and those that need to return to work outside the home. The program ends on Wednesday, August 5.  The 2020-2021 school year will begin on August 17, 2020. Toddler and Primary families are being welcomed back to VMS with a complete on campus program including strict safety protocols. (A Distance Learning option is also available for Primary students.) The balance of the community will participate in Distance Learning due to state mandate. For those families that have parents that need to return to work, we are offering Elementary and Middle School students an option to sign up for childcare, providing them a place, supervised by VMS staff, to participate in Distance Learning.

Status Updates:
Following is a communication archive with links to emails sent since the onset of COVID-19, information about our summer program and plans for school opening on August 17:

August 5, 2020: Wednesday News: Gearing up for 2020 – 2021

July 29, 2020:  Wednesday News: 2020-2021 Programs

July 24, 2020: Childcare for Distance Learning Students

July 22, 2022: Wednesday News: FAQs

July 17, 2020: Special Update Regarding School Reopening

July 15, 2020: Wednesday News

July 8,2020: Wednesday News including classroom video tours

July 1, 2020: Wednesday News

June 24, 2020: Wednesday News

June 17, 2020: Wednesday News: Summer Session Underway

June 10, 2020: Wednesday News: Year End Update and Important Dates

June 3, 2020: Wednesday News: Last week of School

May 27, 2020: Wednesday News: Summer Update & Clarifications

May 20, 2020: Wednesday News: Looking Ahead to Reopening

May 20, 2020: Registration is Open for Essential Worker Program

May 19, 2020:  Essential Workers Childcare Program Protocols

May 13, 2020: Wednesday News: Community Impact Fund & Essential Worker Childcare Program

May 8, 2020: Free Online Parenting Workshops

May 6, 2020: Wednesday News Update including Learning Assurances

April 29, 2020: Wednesday News Update including Essential Worker Program

April 22, 2020: Weekly Wednesday News including Summer Update

April 15, 2020: Distance Learning Extended through June

April 3, 2020: Spring Break and Beyond

April 2, 2020: California Department of Education Update

March 27, 2020: Elementary and MS Update: Website Pages

March 27, 2020: Early Childhood Update: Website Pages

March 25, Update: Remote Learning extended through May 1, 2020

March 18, 2020: At Home Learning Update

March 16, 2020: Shelter in Place & Distance Learning

Common Sense Media – De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty

Child Mind – Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

March 13, 2020: School Closure

March 12, 2020: Gala Live Event Cancelled

March 10, 2020: Door Notice

March 6, 2020

March 4, 2020

February 28, 2020

February 5, 2020

Preventive Measures are Key!

  • Teach your children to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Modeling this action as an adult reinforces its importance. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Practice Social Distancing