The COVID-19 outbreak is a global challenge on an unprecedented scale, but Preschool of the Arts remains committed to offer a vibrant, innovative and supportive learning community committed to child-focused exploration and creativity. We aim to meet the significant impacts this crisis has on our children with love, compassion and understanding. We believe children are capable. We value play as both means of developmentally appropriate learning and processing the world. We will continue to structure our curriculum around these constructs, while incorporating ongoing best health practices regarding COVID-19.
Keeping our families healthy has never been more important than it is today. Our world changed drastically in March of 2020, and we continue to battle COVID-19 on every front. Preschool of the Arts understands the conflict between needing to get back to work and wanting to keep your family safe. We take your concerns seriously, and we want to provide a healthy environment as well as an environment that nurtures, inspires, and allows your children to flourish while keeping our teachers safe.
In response to the pandemic, PSA has created an Emergency Response Task Force made up of staff, board members, and parents who help us navigate the ever-changing guidelines to keep our community safe. The task force works to ensure policies are updated often following the guidance from the CDC, Dane County Public Health, and the Department of Children and Families. Our staff wear masks indoors at all times, as do children over the age of two. We have a vaccine mandate in place for our staff.
Even with our COVID precautions, our school is a joyful place! The children continue to enjoy art, music, stories, free play, projects, and plenty of outdoor time, and their laughter can be heard throughout the school. This, above all else, is what’s important—the children are thriving and growing in their relationships with one another and their teachers. As we know, social-emotional learning is crucial for preschool children, and together, even in smaller groups, is better than being apart!
If you have questions about PSA’s COVID-19 response, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.