Beginning October 5, 2020, Saratoga Kirk House Preschool will open for in-person learning classes from 9:00-12:00, Monday through Thursday and attendance options are 3-day and 4-day classes. October through December, SKP will use Fridays and our afternoon hours to clean and disinfect the learning environment in order to help keep SKP children, families, and staff safe. We plan to offer Lunch Bunch and a longer school day when we believe it is safe.

SKP is committed to providing a quality program that is safe, educational, child-friendly and fun! We have adopted new COVID-19 procedures for the safety of the whole school community, while meeting children’s developmental needs for socialization and play.

• We are offering two classes, and each class will have 2 adults and up to 12 children. We will group children by age and each class will be a stable cohort or “family group” with the same dedicated teachers and children, to the fullest extent possible. Each family group will have separate classrooms, arrival and departure times, bathroom use, outdoor playground spaces, and will not co-mingle with the other.

• Two-thirds to three quarters of the day will be spent outside, weather permitting. The physical set up of the classroom and playground allow for children to socially distance naturally. Adults will always wear masks and children will be encouraged to wear them as much as they can.

• Children will be dropped off and picked up using valet-style system with an electronic sign in/out system. Parents and other visitors are not allowed on campus at this time.

• Extra hygiene measures and procedures will include thorough handwashing throughout the day, increased cleaning and disinfecting, and increased ventilation.

• Learning materials that aren’t easily disinfected have been removed from the classroom and children will be given their own set of items such as markers, scissors and sensory materials so items aren’t shared.

• A strict health policy for families, children and staff will be enforced, including temperature taking, health-screening form, and exclusion due to most illnesses.

• Children must be 3 years old and potty trained when they start in person learning this school year. Independent toileting is an important step to safe social distancing.