Guidance & Updates

History
The Valley Montessori School buildings were closed from March 16, 2020 through June 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, WHOCalifornia Department of Public Health, the Livermore School District, AMS, CAIS, Community Care Licensing, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the joint guidance from the the Alameda County Public Health Department  (ACPHD) in partnership with the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE).

VMS opened 6/15/2020 for a summer program to support our families that were considered essential workers and those that needed to return to work outside the home. The program ended on Wednesday, August 5.

The 2020-2021 school year began on August 17, 2020. Toddler and Primary families were 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 is participating 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 childcare, providing them a place, supervised by VMS staff, to participate in Distance Learning.

Reopening Plan for In-person Instruction 
We continue to look to the ACPHD/ACOE Guidance regarding a return to in-person instruction. Effective, October 13, 2020, Alameda County elementary schools were permitted to open for in-person instruction with strict safety protocols in place and a published reopening plan submitted to the county and posted on the school’s website. VMS will begin a thoughtful & measured approach to return to in-person instruction to ensure the integrity of the Distance Learning program remains intact during the transition. The plan was  submitted to the ACPHD/ACOE on 10/15/2020 and is published below.

Published VMS communications since the onset of the pandemic:

October 15, 2020: Reopening Plan for Elementary In-Person Instruction

October 14, 2020: Wednesday News: Thoughtful and Measured Planning

October 7, 2020: Wednesday News: Caring for our Community

September 30. 2020: Wednesday News: Fall Events

September 23, 2020: Wednesday News: Colds, Flu & Covid

September 18, 2020: Waiver Submission for Covid-19 Reopening Plan for Elementary In-Person Instruction

September 16, 2020: Wednesday News: Covid Liaison & Elementary Waiver Process

September 9, 2020: Wednesday News: Peace Curriculum

September 2, 2020: Wednesday News

August 26, 2020: Week Two

August 19, 2020: Welcome to the new school year!

August 12, 2020: Back to School Checklist: See Class Pages for links

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