June Update & Plans

A Message from the Head of School

June 2020 Update

June 30, 2020

Dear Meadowbrook Community,

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

I am excited to share The Meadowbrook School’s plan for reopening for our 101st academic year. While there will be some necessary changes, our unyielding commitment to our mission has never been stronger! As always, our commitment to the safety of your children, the faculty and staff, and our extended Meadowbrook family is our top priority. You can expect to hear from me every couple of weeks as we approach the start of the year.

Our strength is in our size. As a small, family-oriented community with a large facility, we are ideally positioned to promote social distancing. In order to further facilitate this, we will be capping our classroom sizes. If you have not yet returned your contract or if you have friends looking for a safer alternative to public school, please have them reach out for a tour of our campus as soon as possible. I anticipate some of our grades will reach their capacity soon. Once we are full we will be unable to accommodate new contracts.

Following the 2019-20 academic year, the Board of Trustees formed a Health & Safety Committee to implement CDC, national, and local guidelines and created strategies to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 at Meadowbrook. Rest assured, we are approaching reopening with meticulous preparation to make the on-campus, in-person experience safer for students, staff, and teachers.

Classes will begin on Monday, August 31st, 2020. Commencement is scheduled for Friday, June 11th, 2021. Our calendar is slightly longer than in past years to allow us to maximize outdoor learning spaces and allow flexibility. While our plan is to be on campus five days a week for all students, we will be prepared to utilize the highly successful MeadowbrookVirtual format again should the need arise.

Our Health & Safety Committee will continue to meet throughout the summer and establish policies and procedures for mitigating a COVID-19 outbreak in our school. Proposed changes include:

Social Distancing

  • Teachers will meet students at their classes
  • Students will bring their own lunch and have a fun lunch break in their classroom or in an outdoor space
  • Students will be using a few different entrances when they arrive and depart
  • Desks will be spaced six feet apart
  • The Extended Day program will be suspended until further notice

Protective Equipment

  • We will require everyone to wear a mask when they enter the building and walk through hallways
  • Teachers will wear face shields in the classrooms

Hygiene

  • A cleaning schedule of classrooms and the full facility will be implemented

The new protocols we plan to implement will help us as a school community maintain and improve the condition of everyone’s health and experience. Additional details will be released every two weeks throughout the summer as we learn the latest recommendations from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and the CDC.

At Meadowbrook, we know your family is the most important factor in your life. Our priority is the safety of our community and allowing you to return to your commitments with the comfort that your children are receiving the best possible education in the safest environment possible.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Reardon

Head of School

PS - Summer Camps are still on! Little Adventures will start on July 6th, and there is a Drama, Dash-n-Dot, and Writing camp, too. For more information about registering, please contact Lea Rahman at lrahman@themeadowbrookschool.org