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Lower School Reopening Details

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Opening Days: Nursery and Pre-K

    Teachers will be scheduling individual virtual meetings with families between August 31- September 8. More details to follow. 

    August 31-September 8
    N and PK virtual family appointments
    First Day: Monday, Sept 14
    8:45-11:00 a.m. 
    Tuesday, Sept. 15-Fri. Sept. 18
    8:45-11:00 a.m. 
    Monday, Sept. 21 
    Nursery begins regular schedule 
    8:45-11:45 a.m. (half day) 
    8:45- 2:45 p.m. (full day)
    Thursday, Sept. 10-Friday, Sept. 11
    8:45-11:00 a.m. 
    Monday, Sept. 14- Fri. Sept. 18
    8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Monday, September 21
    Pre-K begins regular schedule
    8:45-11:45 a.m. (half day)
    8:45-2:45 p.m. (full day)

  • Opening Days: Kindergarten - Class II

    August 31-September 8
    Kindergarten virtual family appointments
    Tuesday, September 1 
    Class II only 8:30-11:30 a.m.  
    Wednesday, September 2
    Class I only 8:30-11:30 a.m. 
    Thursday, September  3
    Class II: 8:00-8:15 a.m. arrival; 11:00-11:15 a.m. dismissal
    Class I: 8:15-8:30 a.m. arrival; 11:15-11:30 a.m. dismissal
    Friday, Sept. 4- Mon., Sept. 7
    No classes 
    Tues., Sept. 8-Friday, Sept. 11
    Class I & Class II continue half day schedule
    Class II: 8:00-8:15 a.m. arrival; 11:00-11:15 a.m. dismissal
    Class I: 8:15-8:30 a.m. arrival; 11:15-11:30 a.m. dismissal
    Wed. Sept. 9 - Fri., Sept. 11
    Kindergarten 8:30-8:45 a.m. arrival; 11:30-11:45  a.m. dismissal  
    Mon., Sept. 14 - Fri., Sept. 18
    Kindergarten, Class I, and Class II continues a half day in-person schedule (no lunch) with virtual classes offered in the afternoon. 

    Class II: 8:00-8:15 a.m. arrival; 11:00-11:15 a.m. dismissal
    Class I: 8:15-8:30 a.m. arrival; 11:15-11:30 a.m. dismissal
    Kindergarten 8:30-8:45 a.m. arrival; 11:30-11:45 a.m. dismissal 
    Monday, September 21
    K-II begin full day schedule with lunch
  • Arrival and Dismissal

    For arrival and dismissal, LS students will enter and exit from the 1026 Fifth Avenue door. Parents and other caregivers will not be permitted inside the building. There will be no early drop-off option. If you have more than one child in the Lower School, they may arrive at the same time and go directly to their classrooms. To relieve congestion, there will be 15-minute windows of staggered entry and exit. Teachers and staff will be on hand to receive the students at the front door and escort them to their classrooms. Teachers and staff will also accompany students to the 1026 doorway for dismissal. Parents and caregivers should line up outside the building, observing social distancing guidelines and being mindful to not block the sidewalk. Signage will be in place as a reminder.

    Class II
    8:00 - 8:15  a.m. 
    2:00 - 2:15 p.m.  
    Class I
    8:15 - 8:30 a.m.  
    2:15 - 2:30 p.m. 
    8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
    2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
    Nursery & Pre-Kindergarten
    8:45 - 9:00 a.m. 
    11:45 - 12:00 p.m. (half day)
    2:45 - 3:00 p.m. (full day)
  • Homeroom Cohort Groups

    Lower School students will be placed into consistent cohorts. A head teacher and an assistant will lead each cohort; the children will remain in the classroom throughout the day except for daily physical activity breaks.
  • Academics and Schedule

    In concert with the Lower Middle School, LS will follow a Monday through Friday schedule. Families will receive additional information in August, including class sections and schedules.
  • Daily Physical Activity

    To ensure each student’s health and readiness for learning, there will be a mix of movement breaks throughout the day, as well as physical activity. As much as possible, and as weather permits, recess and play will take place in Central Park for Classes I and II. We will not be going to the Ancient Playground. Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten will use the Courtyard at specific times and remain within their cohort. The Courtyard will be thoroughly cleaned between each cohort. Recess and physical education classes will occur on a rotating basis in order to maintain physical distancing requirements. Our physical education teachers will plan and teach activities that meet guidelines for exercising and moving safely. 
  • Wellness

    Our students need to feel safe and connected in school. In addition to our head teachers, our school psychologist will spend a great deal of time with the students learning new health and safety protocols as well as building classroom communities. The new cohort model will allow students and their teachers to form connections more quickly. Our school psychologist will be available to connect virtually with the students and their families in support of their social and emotional needs. 
  • Meals

    For Kindergarten through Class II, lunch will be provided in the classrooms in a grab-and-go format with single-use containers/utensils and no shared items. A variety of options will be available taking into account dietary concerns. If a child has specific dietary requirements, families may opt to send their child to school with a pre-packed lunch that does not contain nuts and does not need refrigeration. A morning snack will be provided as usual to all LS classes. Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten students in the full-day program should continue to bring their own nut-free lunch from home. The lunch should not require refrigeration.
  • Supplies

    Teachers will limit the sharing of objects, as well as the touching of shared surfaces. Each student in K-II already has been or will be issued an individual school-owned iPad. Each student will receive a set of individual supplies, which the School will provide. Supplies will be stored at each student’s individual desk or table spot. The use of cubbies will be restricted to ensure no accidental crowding occurs around these spaces. Any items that are shared such as touchscreens and dry erase markers/erasers will be disinfected between users. 
  • Extracurricular Activities

    There will be no in-person After School Activities (ASA) program for the first semester. This will allow our maintenance team additional time to thoroughly clean and disinfect the classrooms. It will also eliminate intermingling between students in different cohorts and grade levels. Some ASA programs may be conducted virtually. Information about specific programs will be communicated as it becomes available.
  • LS Events

    Marymount understands the importance of maintaining a strong sense of community for our students and their families. Weekly Chapels will occur virtually as they did in the spring. Special events such as Curriculum Night will likewise take place virtually.
  • Families Who Choose Online Learning

    If you would like to opt into online learning, please speak to your divisional head. Families choosing an exclusively online education will have their next opportunity to opt their child into in-person learning at the end of the first semester (January 2021). Please note that if students must quarantine, online learning will be available to them until they have medical clearance to return to school.