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COVID Safety Measures Update

| Montessori Admin |

The school’s COVID-19 Safety Protocols for 2021-22 can be found in the footer of the school’s website – The most recent updates are listed below:

5-11 year olds are now eligable for COVID Vaccinations

When fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (2 weeks after their final dose), MCS will no longer require students to quarantine following an exposure.

  • Following an exposure, vaccinated students and their parents should remain vigilant for COVID symptoms and seek testing within 5-7 days.
  • Upon receiving the final vaccination shot, please submit your child’s vaccination record to
  • Please note, face masks are still required to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Red Risk Level

MCS will continue to operate at the Red risk level of our safety measures until further notice. The following adjustments have been made to various aspects of our plan.

  • Campus Access:Teachers in training and schools wishing to improve or develop their programs will be able to arrange on-campus observations. The following safety measures are in place for all visitors: proof of vaccination, masking, and health screening.
  • Hygiene & Cleaning Protocols: The benefit of bed rolls being laundered daily is being re-examined.
  • Program Elements: Food Prep- classrooms are able to resume shelf-works involving food prep for consumption by school and household pets. Teacher led classroom cooking projects may also be resumed; Field-trips & Presentations- classes may consider in-school presentations with the parameters mentioned above in place for all visitors.

Close Contacts

All EC-El classes have established assigned seating for lunch and spaces for resting. Classroom mapping of those assigned spaces will facilitate contact tracing of close contacts following a classroom exposure. Individuals determined a close contact will be required to quarantine; parents of students outside of the close contact zone will be able to choose whether their child quarantines or not. ​MCS will continue to notify the classroom affected and the entire community when a positive case occurs within the student and staff bodies.

On-Site COVID Testing

MCS has decided to move forward with implementing the UDOH’s on-site COVID testing program. The community is invited to attend a virtual Information Night on November 16 to hear details of the testing. An invitation will be sent closer to the date. So we can make the best use of our time that night, please submit your questions or concerns to in advance of the event. We are very grateful to the following parents for their help in facilitating this program:

  • Elena Dicus, JD/MHA, is an administrator at Primary Children’s Hospital. She has extensive experience in healthcare compliance and regulatory issues, as well as hospital and clinic operations. Her 2 year old Charlie is in Stars and has just learned how to perform his own nasal swabs!
  • Tera Purkey, MPH, is a program manager at BioFire Diagnostics. She just can’t get enough of diagnostic testing, so she’s teamed up to help coordinate COVID testing at MCS. Her daughter June is an infant in the Sego Lily classroom.
  • Matthew Nicholaou is an Associate Professor and the Dumke Endowed Chair of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Department at Weber State University. He has worked as a clinical microbiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, earned a Doctor of Public Health in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh, worked as a consultant for the US Department of Defense, and has over 20 years of expertise in infectious diseases and diagnostic testing. He also validated one of Binax’s first rapid antigen tests for detecting strep throat in pediatric patients. He is the father of Eleanor in Willows.
  • Sophie Lake has been a Toddler Teacher at MCS for the past 12 years. She is the proud parent to Frankie (Willows) and Georgia (Moons) who have both attended MCS since they were just 6 months old! She recently achieved her CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) licence and is extremely excited to collaborate with this team as the health and safety of our community has always been a priority for her.