Campus is CLOSED & Modified Learning
is offered for the duration of the stay-at-home state order in response to COVID-19
UPDATE 3/18/2020: MdMCS will be closed Monday, March 16-Tuesday, April 7. We will evaluate extending the closure as the situation evolves. Thank you to our students and parents for their patience and understanding. Thank you to our Board of Directors and staff for their conscientious efforts. THANK YOU TO ALL FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO AND SUPPORT OF OUR SCHOOL.
Notice to Montessori del Mar Community March 12, 2020
The Board of Directors and I met this morning and discussed what role our school will play in mitigation of the spread of the coronavirus in our community. Community mitigation differs from the initial strategy of containment. Containment strives to stop the spread of infection by identifying those at risk for infection based on specific criteria and uses quarantine or self-isolation for specific groups or individuals. Containment is the initial phase of a response to an infectious disease and does not typically disrupt life for the community at large. Response is focused on exposed or at-risk individuals. At this point, the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and other organizations monitoring the coronavirus pandemic have determined it to have passed the containment and moved into mitigation. Community mitigation is a set of actions that persons and communities can take to help slow the spread of respiratory virus infections. Community mitigation is especially important before a vaccine or drug becomes widely available. Mitigation focuses on slowing the spread of the disease and minimizing severe cases and fatalities by protecting communities, and especially vulnerable populations, through hygiene precautions and social distancing. Mitigation strategies can be scaled up or down depending on the evolving local situation.
This morning Governor Gavin Newsom and the CDPH made a statement advising restricting gatherings of 250 people or more and that people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people. As described in the attached SF Chronicle, the goals of social distancing and prohibiting and limiting gatherings are "...to delay the rates of transmission and death by reducing the number of people who contract COVID-19 before an effective treatment or vaccine is available, protect the elderly and chronically ill, and to preserve and protect the health care system's capacity to respond". For more information on guidance for gatherings from the CDPH see the attached Gatherings Guidance pdf.
Every organization considering implementation of mitigation strategies must take into account the characteristics of the community and their population and all aspects of a community that might be impacted, including populations most vulnerable to severe illness. In the case of our school, we have determined that in the face of the rapidly changing situation, and out of an abundance of caution, we are closing school tomorrow with a timeline and criteria for closure and reopening to be developed over the weekend.
We have grappled with the logistical and educational impact that closure has on families and students, as well as with the ethical and medical implications of our chosen course of action. Ultimately, the mental, emotional, and physical health of our families, staff, and community are our priority. We believe that taking preemptive action with school closure tomorrow is best for all.
From an administrative perspective, closure allows me to focus on designing and implementing contingency plans that will best protect and serve our community as the situation evolves. As noted, criteria for continued closure and reopening will be identified and a multi-phase plan for continuing instruction either in the classrooms or at home will be developed. Decisions will be made with consideration to public health recommendations as they evolve and the particular characteristics of our school community. In addition, an extra deep cleaning of our facility is scheduled for Saturday and a plan will be made for continued hygiene and disinfecting practices.
Remember that at this time there is no reason to think any in our MdMCS community has been exposed or is carrying the coronavirus. As outlined in school policy, parents will be notified immediately of any cases of all reportable infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Mitigation strategies are not about identifying or quarantining high risk individuals. Mitigation is a proactive approach to minimizing community spread by minimizing person to person interaction through social distancing.
At this time, school closure is scheduled only for tomorrow with the next update to be communicated on or by Sunday, March 15. I have attached several resources to help make sense of the issues related to the COVID-19 response. I wish for all to be healthy. Please contact me with any questions.
The current COVID-19 pandemic and response to it will seriously impact all families in the MdMCS community. Our school will face difficult decisions and financial strain as the situation continues. Now is an especially important time for people to make donations to support local nonprofits and community organizations. If you can, please donate today to help us continue to offer a Montessori education to all
who want one.
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THE ELEMENTARY EXPERIENCE AT MDMCS
Our elementary program reflects the core principles identified by the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA). These are as follows:
Integration of the arts, sciences, geography, history, and language that evokes the native imagination and abstraction of the elementary child.
Presentation of the formal scientific language of zoology, botany, anthropology, geography, geology, etc., exposing the child to accurate, organized information and respecting the child's intelligence and interests.
The use of timelines, pictures, charts, and other visual aids to provide a linguistic and visual overview of the first principles of each discipline.
Presentation of knowledge as part of a large-scale narrative that unfolds the origins of the earth, life, human communities, and modern history, always in the context of the wholeness of life.
A mathematics curriculum presented with concrete materials that simultaneously reveal arithmetic, geometric, and algebraic correlations.
Emphasis on open-ended research and in-depth study using primary and secondary sources (no textbooks or worksheets) as well as other materials.
Montessori-trained adults who are "enlightened generalists" (teachers who are able to integrate the teaching of all subjects, not as isolated disciplines, but as part of a whole intellectual tradition).
"Going out" to make use of community resources beyond the four walls of the classroom.
Studies are integrated not only in terms of subject matter but in terms of moral learning as well, resulting in appreciation and respect for life, moral empathy, and a fundamental belief in progress, the contribution of the individual, the universality of the human condition, and the meaning of true justice.
MdMCS is a non profit organization. Without the donations made by families, and funds earned through fundraising, Montessori del Mar could not operate. Over half of our students are accepted with reduced tuition. Donations are what allow us to serve a socioeconomically diverse learning community. Please help!
Nutrition Education Program
Montessori del Mar has a Nutrition Education Program that offers organic vegetarian lunch options for students and staff. There is a monthly fee collected. To register: Nutrition Program Agreement
Montessori Aligned with CA State Standards
Our program approaches the common core state standards from within the Montessori framework and with the Montessori materials.
Partnerships with Families & Community
Montessori del Mar was built on the core principles of Montessori philosophy and parent-teacher collaboration. Parents played an integral role in developing our program and participate in parent-teacher agreements that support student learning, and maintain the home-school connection by being informed about Montessori philosophy and the school's values. We are extending this spirit of collaboration to our community as we develop opportunities for our older students to serve and learn from community organizations and members.