This winter we’re offering hybrid options for both our Pre-3s and 3-5s classes that include virtual learning through interactive online classes and in-person learning through small-group outdoor classes.
Using guidelines set by North Seattle College, Public Health, and Washington state’s Organization of Parenting Education Programs (OPEP), we’ve developed a fun, quality program for our preschool students and their families. Safety is our top priority, and having fun is our main focus. We’ll be teaching our students how to engage online as well as how to socialize safely when together.
While King County is in Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan, we will be meeting outside rain or shine at a local park. We are able to meet in person because we as a community have agreed to abide by some practical health guidelines.
When a family arrives for an in-person class, they will be greeted by our Gatekeeper. This Gatekeeper will check the family in without requiring them to contact anything. The Gatekeeper will ask the family the following questions and check their temperature with a contactless thermometer. If they answer YES to any of the questions, they will be asked not to participate in class.
- Do you or your child/children have any of the following symptoms that are not attributable to another condition now or in the past 3 days (72 hours)?
- A cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- A fever of 100.4 °F or higher or a sense of having a fever
- A sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle or body aches
- Congestion/running nose – not related to seasonal allergies
- Unusual fatigue
- Does anyone in your household have any of the above symptoms?
- Have you or your child/children been in close contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
- Has your child had any medication to reduce a fever before coming to class?
- Does your child have any other communicable diseases or open sores?
We would like everyone participating in our in-person classes to wear a mask at all times. (Although infants under two years of age are exempt from mask wearing, and everyone five years and older is required to wear a mask.) We’ve asked all of our families to discuss and set mask wearing as the expectation with their children. Teacher Kristin made the following video talking about mask wearing to help families set expectations.
That said, we understand that there may be times that a two, three, or four year old either can’t or won’t wear a mask. We will find ways to keep these children participating at a safe distance while continuing to encourage mask wearing.
For years we’ve allowed babes-in-arms in both our Pre-3s and 3-5s Classes. Babes-in-arms means any sibling under the age of one can attend class in a wrap or soft-structured carrier on their enrolled caregiver.
However, we know some of our families now have multiple children at home because many schools have moved to virtual learning. To help accommodate these families’ needs, we are open to allowing siblings to attend class with their enrolled caregiver. Siblings must be listed on the roster and daily sign-in sheet, submit the same health and safety paperwork as enrolled students, and meet our contactless sign-in requirements. They also must not detract from the class.
Our Class Schedules
– Pre-3s Class –
- Virtual Circle Time: Tuesday and Friday from 9:15 am – 9:45 am
- In-Person Outdoor Time: Monday from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm or 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
– 3-5s Class –
- Virtual Circle Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:15 am – 10:00 am
- Virtual Social-Emotional Learning Time: Tuesday from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
- In-Person Outdoor Time: Thursday from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
We are also offering families the option of virtual-only participation at a reduced tuition rate if they are not comfortable with in-person learning.
We still have a few spots open in both our Pre-3s and 3-5s classes. We’d love for you to join us! Contact either our Pre-3s Class Parent Coordinator or our 3-5s Class Parent Coordinator to let them know you’re interested and then apply online.
Preschool may look a little different this year, but we’re finding ways to make it fun and engaging for all ages (parents, too). Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to see more of what we’ve been up to.