Important Documents:

Covid-19 Safety Plan (Including Covid-19 Prevention Plan and School Guidance Checklist)

Middle School Re-opening Plan

Elementary Re-opening Plan

Covid Protocol Quick Reference Guide: What do I do if my child or household member has symptoms or is exposed?


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, 2020.

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 was also available for Primary students.) The balance of the community participated in Distance Learning due to state mandate. For those families with parents that needed to return to work, we offered Elementary and Middle School students childcare which provided a place, supervised by VMS staff, to participate in Distance Learning.

Reopening Plan for In-person Instruction 
We continued to follow 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 began a thoughtful & measured approach to return to in-person instruction to ensure the integrity of the Distance Learning program remained intact during the transition. The plan was submitted to the ACPHD/ACOE on 10/15/2020. As case numbers decreased in Alameda County in March of 2021, VMS submitted a plan to the ACPHD/ACOE for expansion of in-person instruction in the elementary program and re-opened the Middle School for in-person instruction. All students wanting to come back to campus were permitted to do so. Those students that opted to stay home, remained in the Distance Learning program.

Summer Program and 2021-2022 School Year
VMS has moved to 100% in-person learning for all program levels, toddler through middle school. Safety protocols will continue in order to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 transmission, including masks for all students and staff while indoors. 

Following is a list of VMS communications published since the onset of the pandemic:

May 5, 2021: Wednesday News

April 28, 2021: Wednesday News

April 21, 2021: Wednesday News

April 14, 2021: Wednesday News

March 31, 2021: Wednesday News

March 24, 2021: Wednesday News

March 17, 2021: Wednesday News

March 10, 2021: Wednesday News

March 3, 2021: Wednesday News

February 24, 2021: Wednesday News

February 17, 2021: Wednesday News

February 10, 2021: Wednesday News

February 3, 2021: Wednesday News

January 27, 2021: Wednesday News

January 20, 2021: Wednesday News

January 13, 2021: Wednesday News

January 6, 2021: Wednesday News: Looking Ahead in 2021

December 16,2020: Wednesday News: Staying Diligent over Break

December 9, 2020: Wednesday News: Health & Sickness Reminder

December 4, 2020: Stay at Home Order

December 2, 2020: Wednesday News: Staying Grateful

November 18, 2020: Wednesday News: Staying the Course

November 13, 2020: New VMS Travel Policy

November 11, 2020: Wednesday News: Collaboration

November 4, 2020: Wednesday News: The Value of a Montessori Education

October 28, 2020: Wednesday News: Conferences & Guidance regarding Symptoms

October 21, 2020: Wednesday News: A Message from our Board President

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!

    • Wear a face covering indoors.
    • Practice social distancing by staying 3-6 feet from others outside your household.
    • Wash hands frequently 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.
    • 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.

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