As we get closer to the start of our 2020-2021 school year, there are still so many questions and concerns regarding the safety of returning to the classroom.
Here at Children’s House, we want you to know that we are ready to get back to work!
Will there be a learning curve as we navigate the challenges of teaching three to six year olds during an ongoing pandemic? Of course there will be. We’ll take it one day at a time and adjust course as needed.
Do we have all the answers? Of course we don’t, but we are committed to following science-based recommendations to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, students, and families.
Teacher Training Week
Our teachers have returned to school for the week in preparation for our re-opening. This is traditionally a week to reconnect after a long summer; a time to gather, reflect, and plan. We usually bring in inspirational trainers who reignite our passion for teaching and remind us why we do what we do. There are staff meetings, classroom team meetings, and time spent preparing the classroom for our students’ arrival.
This year will look a little different.
We’ll talk about sanitizing procedures, our new drop-off and pick-up procedures, and all of the other changes to our daily schedule that we have made to adhere to CDC and health department recommendations. Most importantly, however, we will talk about how to connect with our students, how to be there for our families, and how to make the best out of a challenging situation.
There are many unknowns ahead of us as we head back to school this year, but we know one thing for sure: we’ve missed the children! Let’s do this!
Meet the Teachers
We may be facing a year unlike any other, but we have the best staff in town to take on the challenge! Meet the smiling faces behind the masks!
The Sunrise Room
The Sunrise Room is the larger of our two classrooms and we are so lucky to have so much space! The room is open and airy, with large windows that can be opened at the top for plenty of fresh air and ventilation. This room will be for our pre-k and kindergarten children. Our decision to temporarily re-group our students by age, rather than adhere to our usual mixed-age classrooms, was based on guidelines from the Virginia Department of Social Services. Separating the children by age will allow us to keep the two classrooms from sharing space.
The Sunset Room
The Sunset Room is the smaller of the two classrooms and it is the perfect space for our three and four year-olds! This classroom also has large windows that face the playground and can be opened at the top for ventilation. It has its own bathroom, which makes it really easy to keep the children from this classroom separated from the Sunrise Room.
Ms. Cinthia might be wearing a mask this year, but you can rest assured that she will still be her usual upbeat, smiling, self! She will be leading tours, managing registrations, and doing all of the millions of little things she does so well.
Ms. Arlene will return as our Spanish teacher later this fall when we resume Specials. We will also have music again this year and are in the process of finalizing that program.
It’s sure to be a memorable year and we don’t want to do it without you! There are just a few spaces left in each of our programs. Contact us to schedule your tour! You can give us a call at 703-481-6678 or email us through the form below.