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Current COVID-19 Policies

We have worked closely with our child care licensing specialist at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as well as representatives of Columbus Public Heath to make adjustments to our operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The list below is an outline of current adjustments with a focus on responsibilities among staff, visitors, and families. We will continue to make adjustments - as needed, recommended, and required - throughout this challenging public health emergency. Please check email and this webpage frequently for updates.

  • All current CMC staff are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19. Only individuals fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 will be invited to join our team going forward.

  • Fully-vaccinated team members will wear masks throughout the day to model their use among children and visitors. However, our team will remove masks - indoors and out - in any case a mask would compromise our ability to support the healthy development of the children in our care.

  • Only adults fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 may spend time in our Children's Houses while we are in the care of children. Unvaccinated and not-yet-fully-vaccinated adults will continue to be offered opportunities to visit our learning environment in the evening and on weekends. Full-vaccination against COVID-19 occurs two weeks after an individual's only or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

  • All visitors to CMC over the age of six must wear masks at all times. Masks should be worn in a way that creates a reasonable seal around mouth and nose.

  • All children two and older are encouraged to wear masks while in the building, especially during drop-off and pick-up and while sharing space with visitors. We will offer support to children who choose to wear a mask while in their Children’s House and outdoors. However, we cannot guarantee that children will remain in a mask throughout the day. Consistent with our Montessori approach generally, we will be responsive to each child’s developmental needs, abilities, and culture when encouraging and supporting mask use at CMC. This means that many children, especially the youngest in our care, do not wear a mask throughout the day. 

  • Children will be engaged in additional hand washing and other hygiene and social distancing activities to offer them proactive ways to participate in keeping us all as safe as possible. We do NOT assign individual work stations in the Children’s House nor do we enforce strict social distancing among the children in our care. Like mask wearing, this is an issue of maintaining developmentally appropriate expectations and opportunities for children at CMC.

  • Drop-off and pick-up will take place at our front-desk, just south of the interior doors to our program. We will provide reusable, cotton masks and hand-sanitizer just inside the main exterior doors to the building (the mid-building double doors connected by white sidewalk to the parking lot behind the building).

  • Ideally, only family members fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 should drop-off and pick-up children. Please reach out to Taylor at 614.212.4702 or taylor@communitymontessoricolumbus.com if this is not possible for your family and we will determine the next safest possible alternative together. 

  • At drop-off and pick-up, all families will be required to keep as much distance as possible from one another with the aid of blue circles on the floor of the hallway leading up to our front desk. Please wait on the next available blue circle for your family’s turn to drop-off or pick-up; do not approach our doors or front desk until the previous family members have passed you in the hall. Please also wait to enter the building if you observe the blue circle visible from our exterior doors is already in use by another family. This will limit congestion in the building at drop-off and pick-up.

  • At drop-off, each child will undergo a quick wellness check at our front desk. Family members dropping off may also be asked about COVID-19 symptoms among those in their household.

  • Developing a short and positive drop-off routine with your child(ren) will be especially helpful in supporting a safer drop-off experience for all right now! Please model proper mask use for your children while in the building; do not remove your mask for any reason while at the front desk!

  • Children with a temperature of 100 °F or above and/or any of the symptoms of illness listed in our Family Handbook and/or our COVID-19 symptoms list will not be eligible for care at CMC for at least 24 hours. We will follow-up mid-morning with families of children who did not pass their wellness checks to determine requirements for returning to CMC on a case-by-case basis.  

  • Any suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 among our community (including among anyone anywhere in the building at the invitation of or employed by Karl Road Christain Church) will be shared with all appropriate public health authorities immediately. We will develop a plan of action, including notification of our community, on a case-by-case basis, according to public health authorities’ recommendations and requirements. 

  • We appreciate and depend on your timely and forthright communication of any suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases among your family in keeping everyone in our building and community as safe as possible.   

  • We look forward to once again planning and hosting outdoor community and family education events and opportunities this summer, provided pandemic conditions continue to improve.