Remote Learning

Montessori Private Academy is committed to ensuring the safety and health of our community. Our sincere thoughts go out to all people affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus known as COVID-19. In an effort to keep our community safe and informed, we plan to share the latest information about how MPA is responding to COVID-19 via weekly emails which will also be added below.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging time. If you have specific questions that are not noted below, please email administrator@montessoriprivateacademy.com.

Communication, News & Updates

 

FAQs

How long will Montessori Private Academy be closed?

Our physical building is closed through April 7th to adhere to the Governor’s latest order, however, we are actively continuing education using remote learning.

How will remote learning work with the Montessori methodology?

A Tokyo Montessori school created this great Learning from Home handbook outlining how Montessori learning can work from home.

Our plan includes weekly lessons that include face-to-face time with your child’s teacher, opportunities to see classmates and a schedule for lessons and personal interaction between your child and teacher.

We are using:

  • – The Google platform for parent portal, video conferencing, setting up appointments and at some levels, Google classroom
  • – Transparent Classroom for classroom-specific communications
  • – This site for general information and updates

Although specific structure for remote learning will depend on your child’s age and program level, please know that students will not be “on screens” for the full day. Off-screen activities, assignments, and recommended time for movement are built into schedules at every level.

While Montessori Private Academy has never implemented a remote learning plan, our strategy has been informed by best practices and experiences of independent peer schools and resources from both American Montessori Society and Association of Illinois Montessori Schools. Our goal is to provide students with activity, engagement, support and structure that is on par with in-person learning.

How will tuition be affected by the move to remote learning?

We use tuition dollars to pay the teachers and staff, keep our building, and pay for technology like Transparent Classroom and G-Suite, all of which we need to continue doing during this temporary remote learning period, so at the current time, there is no change to tuition payments. If you have additional questions relating to this, please reach out directly to our interim director Sue Haney-Bauer or Board President Amanda Reisinger.

How should I handle childcare during this time?

The current stay at home order and social distancing recommendations are in place and MPA fully supports these, however, we are aware that they may be circumstances where families need to find care and/or situations where someone is able to provide care and parents would like to help support these efforts so have created a crowd-sourced childcare document allowing families to ask for and/or offer childcare during this time.

Please note this is a community sharing of information. Montessori Private Academy will not manage this list and is not responsible for childcare coordinated through this document. Montessori Private Academy is following all CDC, Local, State and Federal guidelines related to COVID-19 and recommends that social distancing recommendations be followed.

Can I pick up something my child left at school?

If the item(s) you need are absolutely essential, like medicine, class pets, emotional support stuffed animals, etc, you can email administrator@montessoriprivateacademy.com requesting to arrange a time for a no-contact (we can collect item(s) and leave inside the first door set, for example.

How do I ensure my child is not on screens all day?

Although specific structure for remote learning will depend on your child’s age and program level, please know that students will not be “on screens” for the full day. Off-screen activities, assignments, and recommended time for movement are built into schedules at every level.

What technology will I need to ensure my child's education continues during this closure time?

We are utilizing software and platforms that can be accessed via desktops, laptops, mobile devices and tablets to enable all students to benefit from the offering. If you do not have access to the internet, Comcast is providing a free 60-day “Internet Essentials” package. Additionally, you should ensure your email address is updated in Transparent Classroom and you have a supported browser or downloaded Google meet app on Android or Apple to enable the planned video conferences.

The physical MPA location is closed through April 7th
to adhere to the Governor’s latest order. Remote learning, rooted in Montessori philosophy, is taking place until MPA can open again.