March 30, 2020
Dear Montgomery Montessori Families,
I know we are all facing uncertainty in our daily lives due to COVID-19. I want to reiterate that I am in no way trying to compromise or capitalize on your individual situations. I genuinely thank and appreciate all the first responders who are putting their lives and the lives of their families on the line to deal with this virus head on. MMS will gladly seek a waiver when the school is properly equipped to due our part to meet your needs as well. I will remain informative to all with regards to that process. The upgrades that I spoke of yesterday are not mere cosmetic ones, but ones that are directly related to the world we are ALL living in today. At this time in our lives, more than ever, it is precedent that we equip the school in a way that has never been required before for the safety and well being of our students and staff alike. I have been working at MMS for more than 34 years and in that time we have never faced anything like COVID-19. The only attack is fighting back with safer sanitary practices. I know at home during this Social Distancing period, you and I alike are doing all we can by washing and rewashing in order to keep everyone healthy. The school is a wonderful, nurturing, stimulating, fun, loving environment where each and every child is encouraged to embrace learning to its fullest. However, with the necessary demands of washing minimally for 20 seconds per child; we have a problem. The teachers are presently diligent with this task but we would be constantly filling and emptying the temporary water sources so that each child’s needs could and would be met. Consequently, we have contracted with a plumber to run piping to the four remaining classrooms so that permanent sinks can be installed. This will allow the teachers to do their jobs more effectively, all the while looking out for the well being of all those enrolled. In addition to the installation of the sinks, the staff and I have been brainstorming about how we would be able to keep the children cleaner and healthier during their much needed outside time. As a result, we are having the wood chips removed on the younger playground and having a synthetic grass with padding installed. This surface will allow us to sanitize the areas in a much more essential and effective way. Our children need to have the freedom to grow and explore without feeling anxiety or hesitation. Once the quarantine is lifted, I know that none of us are going back to business as usual. We Have All Been Changed as a result of this virus. These changes are not frivolous by any means and quite honestly, I am very nervous about implementing them at this uncertain time. I am responsible for making sure the everyday health and safety of your children is secure. I have been blessed to work in an environment that is caring, compassionate, and forthcoming when it comes to things that ensure the well being of all involved. The staff of MMS are truly wonderful and dedicated individuals. They are the backbone of our school and the true lifeline to all your children. They have been wonderful during this crazy time and eagerly anticipate being reunited with their students.They are not taken for granted and remain connected in every way. I am not expecting any member of our MMS family to compromise their own positions at this time, nor have I ever. Our doors are always open to support any and every life event that might be thrown your way. We are always considerate of personal needs and situations and we ensure personal integrity throughout. That is one characteristic that I cherish the most and don’t plan on changing. That is one of the reasons we speak of past, present and future MMS family members so endearingly. The updates with regards to the financial demands on All businesses has been changing drastically from the onset of the closures. I am trying to keep abreast of all pertinent information so that MMS can continue to operate for many years to come. My frustration is that I, like you, don’t have all the answers but I will continue to evaluate any and all options that are represented. I would like to personally Thank all of you who have called, sent texts, sent photos or offered assistance in many different ways during this scary time. Your support is the fuel that keeps me on task. Thank You As Always For Being Part Of Our MMS Family. Please feel free to contact me directly with regards to any of the information presented. Respectfully, Karen Slifer
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)- Update March 27, 2020
Dear Montgomery Montessori Families,
We are reaching out to keep you informed of the influence that COVID-19 is having on Montgomery Montessori School and our operations. On March 13, 2020, to limit the spread of coronavirus, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered the closure of schools and early childhood facilities and implemented a Stay at Home Order with non-essential business closures that affect our ability to operate normally. This new order will be in place indefinitely and applies to our County. We understand that this provides a hardship for some but we are bound to comply and do so willingly in order to assist in all efforts to get back to normal as quickly as possible.
At this time, we are hopeful that the virus will be short lived and look forward to getting back to business. We encourage families to stay engaged and know that we are here to support you. Keep an eye on our social media pages as we will continue to provide information as it comes available.
Some of you have reached out regarding the monthly fees for childcare. At this time, in order to be ready to open our doors again, we request that you continue payments as normal. For those facing hardship, we can offer a deferral form which will allow you to catch up once the crisis passes and your work returns to normal. In order to continue normal operations, we need to either receive your normal monthly payment or receive a referral request form. Find the link attached and return to email@example.com for processing.
Know that we are also using this time to invest in the facility and taking advantage of the closure to provide improvements that are difficult to schedule when school is open. We will continue to invest in your children and are proud of the service we provide to our families.
As we navigate this new landscape, we want all of our families to be safe and healthy and look forward to getting back to what we all Love. Thanks for your support during this time. We are thankful for the families that make up this organization.
Montgomery Montessori School Monthly Deferral Request
Date Of Request: ____________________________
Child’s/Children’s Names: ________________________________________________
Responsible Party For Payments:
Request For Temporary Deferment of Monthly Payments For March 2020 or April 2020.
I understand that tuition payments will resume once the children resume a normal schedule.
Processed By M.M.S. ____________________ Effective Date: ___________________
Please submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright 2013. Karen Slifer. All rights reserved.