June 5th, 2020

As we close out the 2019-20 school year under such surreal and baffling conditions, we are already looking ahead to next fall.  We are listening to our governor, the scientists, and public health officials and wish someone had a crystal ball! 

Understanding that September is still months away and conditions change week to week, we are planning for the 2020-2021 School Year as we would for any year.  The difference is that we aren’t yet sure what the format for Co-op Preschool education and parent education will be.  Be confident that we will resume normal operations as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. 

To make decisions regarding the format of Co-op Preschool we will follow guidelines from the CDC, WA State, WA State Department of Early Learning, King County Public Health Department, Seattle Public Schools, South Seattle College, Organization of Parent Education Programs (OPEP) and local landlords.

At this point some possibilities that we are considering include, but aren’t limited to:  

·         Limiting the number or children and adults in the classrooms

·         Combination of in class and on line content

·         Outdoor sessions

·         Taking temperatures before entering

·         Wearing masks

·         Extra hand washing and hand sanitizing

·         Individual snacks

·         Extra room cleanings before and during class

It is uncomfortable for all of us not to have concrete knowledge regarding the format for Co-op Preschool next year.  If we need to continue in an online format to start the fall, we will take all we’ve learned the last 3 months to create best practices so that content delivery across sites and classes will be consistent.  If we can meet in person to some degree, we will follow previously listed options.  More definitive directives are likely still weeks away. 

SSC Faculty, Preschool Boards, and the Parent Advisory Council will be called into service in a big way well before school starts up again to help make decisions.  If you would like to help your preschool navigate these decisions, please reach out to us with ideas and inquire about serving in a leadership capacity for next school year. We value your input.

Know that your Parent Educators and Children’s Teachers are in this with you.  We have appreciated your flexibility and commitment this spring. Please continue to share your thoughts and concerns with us as we move forward.

With gratitude,

SSC Parent Education Faculty