Our Guiding Principle:
Sweetbay will maintain an authentic Montessori environment while ensuring an appropriate balance between the physical, emotional, mental, and social needs of our students.
The entire Sweetbay community will work cooperatively, using reasonable precautions guided by local conditions, health officials, and other governing agencies, in a concerted effort to limit exposure to the novel coronavirus. With the small size of our school, our goal is to establish Sweetbay’s campus as a safe space so we can give our students the least restrictive environment possible within that space.
To maintain an authentic Montessori experience and appropriate development of students’ emotional health and social skills, we will continue to:
Sweetbay will monitor local conditions of community spread in coordination with local health officials to determine which precautions are appropriate for the safety of our students, families, and staff.
Sweetbay's Continuity of Education & Safety Plan will guide our actions and precautions in response to local conditions, and if necessary, the transition from on-campus to off-campus learning in the event that campus closures are again necessary to limit the transmission of the coronavirus.
We use technology only as a means to deliver lessons and provide safe interaction between the students and their teachers. The right mix of technology and other means to deliver learning is determined by what works for each individual child and their families.
All students have the opportunity to regularly meet with their classmates and teachers as a group and individually through video conference.
Students do not work online, nor do they have required screen time. Sweetbay provides videos of lessons, books read aloud, songs, and movement activities that families may use as they choose.
We also provide links to online resources to complement lesson plans so that families may choose to augment their child's learning with supervised, age appropriate research activities.
Younger students receive all of the supplies needed to complete the week's projects and crafts. Each project is bundled individually, with an accompanying 'how-to' video for parents or caregivers.
Older students receive readings, books, work, crafts, and Montessori materials to accompany their individual lesson plans.
We recognize that each family has a different situation for working and learning at home. Families can opt to follow a detailed schedule of lessons and activities for each day of the week, or they can work on an individual schedule of core lessons and work supplemented with learning-rich experiences such as gardening, cooking, bird watching, nature hikes, and more.
In addition to videos and resources provided to assist families with off-campus learning, parents and caregivers are able to meet with their child's teacher regularly.
Our teachers guide our families through all aspects of their home-based learning.
Sweetbay encourages families to adhere to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidance on screen time for children:
No more than 1 hour per day, with an adult co-playing or co-viewing with their child.