FAQs Answered: Closures, Tours, and the Upcoming School Year

Spring has sprung, and although Children’s House is currently closed due to the coronavirus outbreak and Virginia statewide shutdown, we are optimistically looking toward the future and anxious to get back to school! 

We hope you are all safe at home, keeping your distance, and washing your hands! If you are a first responder or healthcare professional, we thank you for your service and appreciate all you are doing to keep our community safe!

As we look to the future, we’d like to address some questions we have recently received. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out (from 6’ back, of course!) and ask!

Are you closed?

Our building is closed, but our key staff are working remotely from home. We are able to access email, voicemail, and Facebook Messenger, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns, or just to say “hi!” 

We make twice-weekly trips to school to collect the mail and check on the fish in our fish tank, but are careful to maintain strict social distancing guidelines. Don’t worry — the fish are fine!

How are you currently serving your families?

At CHMS, we have been able to take advantage of the many resources online and create our own schedule to connect with our students and their families. We provide services in the form of online learning platforms such as Zoom and Seesaw.

Seesaw allows us to post activities, record stories and lessons, share general resources and provide support to parents and students. Students are able to post their responses to activities and teachers can comment on those as well.

Additionally, we have students connect through daily Zoom meetings for a variety of activities, such as story time, sharing and lessons together. We are also using Readworks with our Kindergarten students to provide more in depth reading and comprehension work. 

While we never imagined a situation like this we are truly lucky to be living in the time of technology so that we may connect, in a small way, with our school community during this difficult time.  

When do you plan to reopen?

It is our intention to reopen once the restrictions are lifted and we are able to safely return to work and school. Although we can not predict when that will be or what that will look like, we are continuing to enroll for the upcoming school year. 

As a small business, we find ourselves in the same financially challenging situation as many. We are grateful to our current families who continue to support us through this trying period.

Can I schedule a tour?

We are not conducting in-person tours at this time, but are happy to talk with you over the phone and answer whatever questions you may have. We can also do virtual tours via FaceTime! We also encourage you to check out past videos on our Facebook page to get a glimpse into life at Children’s House before the shutdown.  Ms. Cinthia did a number of Facebook live videos this past year, sharing Specials, circle time, special events, and playground time. Be sure to check them out!

What’s the best way to contact you?

You can send an email through the form below, call us at 703-481-6678 and leave a message, or send us a message through our Facebook page. We will make every effort to get back to you by the end of the next business day.

Are you accepting applications?

Yes! Although it may feel like time has stood still, it will be August before you know it! We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 school year and are excited to welcome new families to Children’s House!

You can fill out the application online but please touch base with Cinthia so she knows to look for your application. 

We’ll get through this!

We are a small school community and we are missing our families, greatly! We can not wait to get back to normal and move forward, together. If there is anything we can do to help please reach out and let us know. We are here for you and looking forward to the day that we can welcome you back to Children’s House!

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