2020-2021 Preschool FAQ
Can my preschooler physically go to school on October 12?
Yes, unless you have chosen the online learning option for Q2. In person childcare will be offered on all preschool campuses starting October 12.
How do I set up a lunch account for my child?
You will need your students date of birth as well as their student ID number to create a Titan account. You can get your child’s student ID number from their preschool teacher. More information can be found on our Food & Nutrition page
Does preschool have an online option?
Preschool students will have the option to continue to attend school online. Parents will pay the half-day rate for the online option and will need to commit to attending online for the entire second quarter (October 12-December 18)
What does the online option look like for preschool?The teacher will upload 2 components daily into Schoology (1 curriculum lesson and 1 aligned activity from the CORE Knowledge and/or Sanford Harmony curricula). We know that families are very busy during this time which is why we want to offer some flexibility around your participation expectations. Parents are expected to participate in the online option at a minimum of 1 family-teacher connection per week to maintain their in-person spot. The family-teacher connection can be:
- Responding to an email from the teacher
- Talking with the teacher on the phone
- Completing an online assignment/aligned activity and uploading it into Schoology, or participating in a Schoology discussion
- Joining a live session as scheduled
If I start my child in-person, and things get worse, can I choose online later?
No. If you choose to start in person you cannot transfer to online later. We will be adjusting rosters and we can’t make changes based on parent preference. If a specific classroom experiences an exposure and we need to quarantine, online activities will be provided by the home room teacher at that time.
Will the iPads be cleaned between parent sign in/outs?
Yes. The iPads will be wiped down between each use. Parents may also sign a permission slip to allow our staff to sign children in/out while the parent is present to avoid touching the iPad.
Will there be an orientation or a way for us to see the classroom/meet the teacher?
Yes. Orientation is scheduled for October 2 by appointment only to allow for physical distancing. Masks will be required for this visit.
Will a laptop be provided for my preschooler?
At this time, a laptop will not be provided to preschool students.
If I register online will I lose my priority for kindergarten?
No. Participating in the online option will hold your child’s in person spot and will maintain your priority spot into kindergarten.
Will I lose my priority for Kindergarten if I completely withdraw from preschool?
Yes. Priority registration for kindergarten is based on preschool attendance when open enrollment begins in December for at least half of the school year. Students that withdraw and do not attend preschool August-December will not be eligible for priority registration to the kindergarten of their choice in Madison. Madison schools do take open enrollment and parents would need to follow that process to enroll in kindergarten.
Can I pay to hold my spot but not send my student?
According to our preschool handbook students must maintain a minimum of 85% attendance to remain in our preschool program. If a student is registered and does not attend they will be withdrawn. Participation will be tracked for online students.
If I withdraw can I re-enroll when COVID-19 gets better?
Enrollment is always based on availability. We will take new registrations through the end of February. If our classes are full you can be placed on a waiting list.
My child is a late start, so I’m paying half day anyway. Can I still access the online materials?
Yes. Our 3 year old licensing requirements are only for in-person. Parents will have access to the recorded videos if they register for the online portion. Students that are not yet 3 will not be assessed or required to meet the attendance expectations, but they can at least see the material.
Can I use my scholarship online?
No. Scholarships must be used for in person attendance.
Do masks need to match school uniforms?
No! We are excited to see the fun designs your children have picked. We also hope that by allowing students to wear fun masks, they will be more excited to wear them.
Will alternative schedules be offered (e.g., ⅔ days per week)?
Our curriculum is scaffolded and requires 5 days per week attendance. Students that only attend a few days per week miss valuable learning and will fall behind. This is true for both in-person and online classes.
Will my child need to wear a mask for nap time?
As recommended by Quality First Child Care Health Consultants and Arizona Department of Health, children will not wear their masks during nap time. To help reduce risk, we will ensure that students’ faces are 6 ft. apart to maintain physical distancing during nap time. Procedures are in place to teach the students how to safely remove their masks and have a safe place for them during nap time.
Is it safe for my child to participate in strenuous outdoor physical activity with a mask?
Yes. After conferring with Madison’s doctor panel, they have shared research that oxygen levels are not impacted with the wearing of a cloth mask. This includes during strenuous physical activity. They feel wearing masks are safe for students during recess as we cannot maintain 6 ft. physical distancing.
What happens if my child has a hard time wearing a mask?
We will teach them! This is what we do best in preschool. We teach through modeling and reminders. Students at this age adapt quickly to new experiences. We will use age appropriate stories to explain the importance and remind them until they adapt.
How will I be notified if someone in class tests positive?
The Madison School District has implemented communication procedures for students who test positive for COVID-19. Additionally, DHS requires us to notify parents of any contagious disease in the class. Notifications will be sent via email as well as a posted on the door of the school campus.
How will my child with food allergies be protected if they are eating in the classroom?
Students will be eating at least 6 ft. apart from each other due to masking expectations. Students are required to use soap and water to wash their hands before and after eating instead of using hand sanitizer, as hand washing does a better job of removing the allergens. We can ask that other parents in the class do not send food with the allergen to class. We cannot guarantee classes will be entirely ‘free’ from the allergen.
What will happen if a student gets sick during the day?
Students showing any sign of illness will be immediately removed from the classroom and taken up to the site coordinator. The site coordinator will work closely with the school nurse who is the COVID-19 contact for the campus. If a student needs to be sent home. we will follow the expectations set forth in the District plan.
What are the classroom ratios?
At this time, our 3 year old classes will have up to 20 children and 2 staff members. 4-5 year old classes will have up to 22 children with 2 staff members.
How will you support the social/emotional needs of students as well as phonological skills with masks on?
Our staff is working with local early childhood educators to ensure our students continue to get the modeling of proper articulation that they need. Our teachers will continue to build on our strong social emotional curriculum to ensure students know how to deal with anxiety and concerns regarding this new school environment.
Are you taking temperatures or doing health screenings when students arrive at school?
We will not be taking temperatures at drop off. According to doctors, many people who have COVID-19 do not develop temperatures until later in the illness, if at all. All parents will sign off stating they will check their students for illness prior to taking them to school. You can use the CDC’s ‘Self-Checker’ as a guideline on what to look for. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
How will I drop off/pick up my preschooler?
Parents will not be allowed to enter far onto campus. When you arrive, someone will be stationed on the preschool playground. Gates to the playground will be opened so you do not have to enter the building. You will sign your child in on the ipad and a staff member will walk your child to their classroom.
At the end of the day, you will come into a designated area (varies by campus). A staff member will then go get your child to bring them to the designated area for you to take home.
Anyone picking up or dropping off when on campus MUST wear a mask.
How can I drop off my preschooler on the first day when they don’t know where to go?
Our experienced staff can help! We know the first day of school is a big deal and this year brings its own challenges. Your child will be walked to their specific room by a staff member and will be cared for as they transition to the new classroom. The biggest thing you can do is talk about it ahead of time. If you do come to meet the teacher ahead of time, walk through the process of where they will be dropped off. Tell them (and us) what time you will be back (after snack, playground, etc).
What are the procedures for eating lunch?
Students will eat outside whenever possible to encourage open air eating. Since students need to have their masks off while they eat, they may eat in shifts so they can remain 6 ft away from other students while eating. Students will still have the option of purchasing cafeteria lunch or bringing their lunch from home.