With the 2020-2021 school year approaching, the team at The International Preschools have been preparing to welcome back children into our 76th Street and 86th Street locations. This will be the first time since mid-March that classes will take place in person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IPS faculty and administration have put into place several increased safety and hygiene practices and protocols in order to keep our students and staff as safe and healthy as possible. Some of these practices will include more frequent sanitizing of equipment and common use areas, limiting interactions between classes, and smaller class sizes.
Additionally, our arrival and dismissal procedures will look different. Children in most classes will be dropped off and picked up in our front lobby. All adults will be required to wear masks.
Children may already be used to seeing their parents and caregivers (and quite possibly their siblings) wearing masks when out and about. However, for those returning students who attended the 2019-2020 school year at IPS, it may be jarring to have such different routines in place, in what was/is a familiar setting. The IPS faculty and administration plan to incorporate “health and hygiene” into each classroom’s curriculum, so that the safety precautions that we as a school are taking will become familiar and “normal” for the children.
Parents and caregivers can do things at home to help with this transition as well. Reading books and role playing give children a place to ask questions and “act out” occurrences in every day life while safely situated in a “play setting.” Here are a few books that you can read to your children about germs and keeping healthy:
- Get Up and Go! by Nancy Carlson – A book about taking care of your body.
- The Berenstain Bears Come Clean For School by Jan and Mike Berenstain – A book about keeping each other healthy by covering our sneezes and keeping germs at bay…and what happens when people don’t do that!
- Germs by Judy Oetting – An “early reader” book about germs, where they come from, and what we can do to get rid of them.
- Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! by Maureen Wright – A funny book about a bear who is constantly sneezing.
We at The International Preschools are looking forward to a happy and healthy 2020-2021 school year!
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