For full details on our health and safety procedures please refer to our 2021-2022 Reopening Plan document. Updates to the plan and latest information on school-specific health and safety procedures are communicated to families via e-mail and posted on our website as well as the Scoop.
At the Co-op we believe that our students’ academic, emotional, social and physical well-being are best served by being physically in school when possible. We are fully prepared to shift to distance learning should it become necessary.
We are living in a time where facts and updates are occurring on a daily basis. Our guide attempts to capture most if not all of the issues that are important to families, students and staff members based upon feedback we have received from our Co-op families and the advice and guidelines from our Covid Response Team and the wider medical community. Please refer below to the compilation of all Health & Safety Protocols, Practices, and Guidelines for full details.
The Co-op is open for full time in-person instruction. Our relatively small class sizes provide us with the flexibility of creating small, stable cohorts in each class and some classes will be relocated to accomplish this task. Lessons are conducted outdoors as much as possible, with extra ventilation, safety, and social distancing protocols implemented both indoors and out.
The school enforces adherence to all health and safety guidelines spelled out in greater detail in our Covid Response Plan, as well as communications by our Medical Subcommittee.
Our teachers and staff adhere to strict safety protocols to insure their personal safety as well as those of their students. We have put many safety measures in place to support reopening and mitigate risk from the virus, including:
- Weekly testing for all individuals
- Strict mask wearing and physical distancing protocols
- Enhanced hygiene and cleaning practices
- Daily health screening and a strict illness/attendance policy
- Use of outdoor spaces
- Opened windows, doors and window fans to ventilate and provide airflow
While we have considered the CDC guidelines, we are requiring that all those who enter school buildings, including all students, staff, and visitors must wear masks or appropriate face coverings at all times, regardless of vaccination status, except for outdoors and during scheduled and organized “mask breaks.” This is being done out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety of all.
In an effort to keep our community as safe as possible and to limit the number of visitors coming into our school, we will continue to have our General Membership Meetings, assemblies and parent education programs take place virtually on the Zoom platform.
Due to the risks involved in traveling and visiting unfamiliar places, daytime field trips will be limited to open outdoor areas such as parks and forests. Carpooling is permitted if the parent is vaccinated and masked, the students are masked and the windows remain open.
Overnight trips will be reviewed by the COVID response team on a case by case basis. We will review the safety protocols in place at the trip location.
We understand that field trips are an integral part of a Co-op education and we look forward to the possibility of resuming all field trips once it is safe to do so.
Careful and consistent personal hygiene is critical to fighting the spread of infectious disease. All members of the Co-op should wash their hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer (especially before and after classes, meals, or using the restroom), Hand sanitizer is available in all classrooms and in various locations throughout the school.
The Co-op follows cleaning and disinfecting protocols provided by the CDC to reduce the transmission of COVID19. This includes:
- Daily thorough cleaning of the facility and daily frequent wipe down of high touch areas using the EPA approved disinfectants.
- Every classroom and office will be equipped with disinfectant wipes.
- Teachers will ensure that high-touch classroom surfaces such as door handles and desktops are cleaned multiple times per day, and especially between uses by different groups.
- Staff will do the same for their offices and conference spaces.
- Sharing of materials by students will be limited to the extent possible, and all shared items will be cleaned between uses.
Weekly saliva batch testing will continue to be required for all students and staff members.
The CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.
In the event of a positive case, contact tracing and response protocols laid out in our guidelines will be followed.
In an effort to guard against the possibility of an outbreak at MCS and its potential consequences, MCS, in consultation with our COVID19 response team and our Medical Sub-committee, has decided to require all faculty, staff and eligible students to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. “Fully vaccinated” means that the individual has received either the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
MCS will only consider approved legal exemption to this mandatory vaccination policy.
Health and Safety
Helpful information from health agencies and other sources
- How will New Jersey distribute a COVID-19 vaccine?
- Novel Coronavirus News – Montclair Township
- NJDOH: COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) Weekly Reports
- How To Get Tested For COVID-19 In New Jersey
- NJDOH: Which states are on the travel advisory list? Are there travel restrictions to or from New Jersey?
- CDC: Understand the potential risks of going out
- CDC: How to Protect Yourself & Others