Daycroft's Coronavirus Response
Daycroft School’s updates on COVID-19
March 12, 2020
Dear Daycroft Community,
As we move forward with our decisions around safety, I find it important to reflect on the Montessori principles and values that are firmly held at Daycroft School. First, we are rooted in the beliefs of creating a flexible and dynamic classroom that fosters creativity, inspiration, and engagement. Second, we are a school and community that is committed to fostering human relationships that are rooted in mutual respect for all members of the community.
Tonight the full Board of Directors in consultation with the Daycroft administration has decided to close school starting on Monday, March 16th. The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus through-out the United States and the lessons from abroad have shown us the need to act quickly to help minimize the risk to our children, family, and our community. While our decision was based on the need to keep our children and our community members safe, we feel reassured that other schools are acting in unison in Michigan to stymie the spread of COVID-19. While many schools are using April 6th as a target date to return after spring break, it is important to be realistic around the rapidly changing situation and that we may be closed for longer. We will remain connected with the Washtenaw Health Department and locals schools around the decision of when to re-open the school.
We will complete our parent-teacher conferences tomorrow Friday and will hold half-day classes ONLY for both of our toddler classes. While we have been preparing for remote learning for several weeks, our full staff will meet tomorrow at 12:30pm to start working on specific lesson plans and activities for our students next week as we embark on remote learning. Our teachers will meet again on Monday and Tuesday of next week to finalize lessons, activities, and projects for your children to begin working on by Wednesday, March 18th. Each classroom teacher will communicate with you their plans on how they will engage with each family and student. We have identified three platforms that we will be utilizing for our instruction: Seesaw as an asynchronous learning and sharing platform, Zoom to connect live with whole classes and individual students and Google Classroom for the upper elementary students to share projects and assignments. Any family that is in need of an iPad can sign one out of the school to be used at home during our break. Classroom teachers will send out notices to families if there is a need to pick up supplies, books, assignments, and materials on Tuesday, March 17th from the school.
We are in new territory collectively, and we are embarking on an unexpected adventure. Our teachers are upbeat and optimistic around the opportunities that this adventure is likely to impart on our students and one another. We have the potential to grow in new ways and for our students to utilize the Montessori principles and skills that they have honed during the course of this year and prior years. While we recognize the closing of school is going to impose many new strains on families, the health and safety of everyone in our community is paramount.
Thank you for your understanding and support during this new chapter. We will be communicating with each family collectively as a school and directly from your classroom teachers. We are all in this together and it is important that the Daycroft community stays connected and supports one another through these unchartered times. I am hopeful that our actions will help to keep everyone in our community safer.
David Lee Heather Grisham
Head of School President of the Board
Head of school updates
Washtenaw Health Department Updates
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus — New York Times
Washtenaw County Update — March 11, 2020
Washtenaw County Update — March 16, 2020
Washtenaw County Update — March 19, 2020
Minimize the Spread of COVID-19 — Washington Post
Need for Social Distancing — Ariadne Labs