Newsletter August 2020

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Primanti Montessori Academy
Upcoming Dates
First Day of School
-Kindergarten &
August 10th
August 24th
Preschool “Fun-A-Day
Summer Celebration”
August 10th- 21st
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Summer is almost coming to an end and we are getting ready for the new
school year. We are carefully incorporating all mandated state
orders in our preparations for the academic year. Amid all uncertainties
and fluidity surrounding us due to the recent spike in the Covid-19 cases
in Los Angeles County, we are searching for productive pathways to
continue to be committed, relevant, and resourceful to our devoted
The best interest of every child takes precedence in all our decisions. Due
to the evolving state of affairs, we are modifying our programs. We will be
offering both online and in-person instruction for all the classes except
Infant and Toddler. Meanwhile, we will continue and further improve all Covid-19 health responses
to protect our families. Hygiene measures (including handwashing), respiratory etiquette (coughing
and sneezing), physical (distancing measures), cleaning procedures, safe food preparations, and
serving practices, as well as multiple temperature checks, will be strictly implemented. We are
honored that you entrust us with your child’s education and safety.
Open Enrollment
“It is in the darkest
skies that we see the
We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Kindly submit
brightest stars.”-
the registration fee of $200.00 for Preschool and $250.00 for TK through Elementary to
Richard Evans
reserve a spot for your child. Spots may be limited due to Covid-19 social distancing
Preschool End of Summer Bash: “Fun- A- Day Summer Celebration”
We are excited to end Summer 2020 with the “Fun- A -Day Summer Celebration”.
Each day will be energetic and exciting with Messy and Musical Mondays,
Topsy- Turvy and Tasty Treat Tuesdays, Wet N’ Wild West Wednesdays, Theatrical
and Throwback Thursdays, and Fitness Fridays ending with a Fun Friday Carnival.
So... please get ready to get very messy, wet, topsy -turvy, fit, and much more!
10947 Valley Home Ave, Whittier, CA 90603 || Open Monday-Friday 6:30am-6:30pm || (562) 943-0246 ||
Mandatory Uniforms
School uniforms are compulsory for students from Pre-Primary to Middle
School. Uniforms may be purchased at the French Toast store using the link and the school code QS5BVPT. The
embroidered logo is mandatory on all pieces being offered. Please ensure
that your child comes to school in uniform every day unless specified
otherwise for special events. All students must wear close-toed shoes for
their safety.
Childcare - An Essential Service During the Pandemic
In the wake of school closures, many families are searching for solutions for
their childcare needs while parents are at work. Under the strict guidelines of
the Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the
Department of Social Services, we are finding ways to support our families
and community while keeping the group sizes small and our facilities safe and
clean. Our flexible programs are structured to support children’s academic needs as
well as their social and emotional needs. We understand this great need as families
navigate through with the challenges of Covid-19. Our goal is to help maintain a sense of
normalcy for our students and for all parents, especially those who are working as everyday heroes.
Our school will provide care for children under 14 years from 6:30am-6:30pm.
Classroom Instructions for Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, & Kindergarten
In-person, face-to-face classroom instructions will continue for children under six
years of age, promoting not only the academic but emotional well-being of our
students. Selecting a quality early care and education program is one of the most
important decisions a parent can make. Please call our office to learn more about
the various programs we offer that cater to the individual needs of each family.
Montessori- based Distance Learning Program for
Children 2-14 years
In accordance with Governor Newsom’s state orders for the state of
California and county of Los Angeles, we will be offering a Distance Learning
program for our Pre-Primary to Upper Elementary children who are not
yet ready to return to school. This program will be available for the Fall term
based on demand.
Come Discover our Facebook Page
Our Primanti Facebook page keeps you updated with announcements and our
day to day activities. We post photos daily. Please feel free to like and comment.
Childcare for Children under 14 years
We are implementing a flexible daycare program to provide childcare
for students under 14 years old for our working parents who do not have
other options for their young kids while they are at work. The children in this
program will be provided with a computer to follow a distance learning
program according to their level. Our staff will support, facilitate, and
supervise children in completing students’ distance learning
assignments. We will maintain a low student-to-staff ratio and ensure
appropriate social distancing. This will be a temporary program
until Governor Newsom’s state orders are lifed. This hybrid program
will immediately convert into a classroom-based, in-person learning
program as soon as the waiver to provide classroom instruction is approved.
10947 Valley Home Ave, Whittier, CA 90603 || Open Monday-Friday 6:30am-6:30pm || (562) 943-0246 ||
Do you need help paying for childcare?
You may qualify for free or reduced-cost childcare if you are working, seeking
employment, going to school, or training, once your basic eligibility is assessed.
Very valuable information that has been recently released is that the Los
Angeles County Board of Supervisors has allocated $15 million from its CARE
Acts funding for childcare vouchers that will help essential workers and
low-income families who are relying on daycare centers to take care of their
kids while they are at work. This amount of money translates to three months
of childcare for 5,000 eligible families. Please contact our office if you need more
information on getting qualified for a child care financial assistance program based on
income and eligibility guidelines.
What We Know so far about Covid-19 and Children
Even though there is limited data, research suggests that children are less likely to
get, spread, or suffer from Covid-19. Compared to adults, children in their toddlers
through primary school years are believed to some how able to fight off
coronavirus infections. Even though it is an evolving situation, the findings
currently point to the likelihood of lower risk to young children. While a
multi-system inflammatory syndrome called MIS-C affects some children
infected with the coronavirus, it is rare and most recover from it. However, a
recent study from South Korea also suggests that children over 10 years transmit
the virus the same way that adults do. The reasons for children being resilient to
catching and spreading the virus are currently obscure, and it might take years for us to
fully understand how Covid-19 infection affects children.
Three New Symptoms of Coronavirus
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, congestion or runny nose,
nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea are now considered symptoms of Covid-19. These are in
addition to fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, head-
ache, loss of taste and smell, and sore throat.
Symptom Screening and Keeping Sick Children at Home
We continue to learn more about Covid-19 every day. For the safety of our
entire student population and staff, we will be conducting symptom screening at
the drop-off and monitor for any developing signs of symptoms throughout the
day. If a child develops any symptoms at school, parents will be contacted for
immediate pick-up. We strongly encourage our parents to monitor their children for
signs of symptoms every day and keep them home if there are any signs of an
infectious illness. Children are more likely than adults to be asymptomatic or have mild
symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days afer exposure to Covid-19.
Close Contact and Potential Exposure
We strongly encourage our parents to notify us immediately if their child has had close contact
with a person who is confirmed for Covid-19, within 6 feet for at least 15
minutes. You must also please notify us if your child has had close contact with a
person under quarantine for possible exposure to Covid-19 within 6 feet for at least 15
minutes. We recommend that the student be evaluated by a healthcare provider if the
student was exposed to the above scenarios.
Return-to-School Policy
A negative test or a physician note is required for the student to
return to school if the child was positive or exposed to Covid-19. The
student will be afforded the opportunity to participate in classwork
and make up any missed classwork.
Coronavirus Vaccine Update
The Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to have a coronavirus
vaccine widely available by January if the ongoing studies are successful. Pharmaceutical
companies have announced that they are entering the third phase of clinical trials.
10947 Valley Home Ave, Whittier, CA 90603 || Open Monday-Friday 6:30am-6:30pm || (562) 943-0246 ||

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