At Hanna Perkins School, we focus on social emotional development to help children develop empathy, self-esteem, self-management and the other vital “soft” skills they need to enjoy success in school. That’s especially important now, after missing a year of the socialization experiences they would ordinarily have before starting school.
Here are 10 more reasons the Hanna Perkins culture supports your child’s safety on a day-to-say basis in the context of the pandemic:
- Personal space: We empower children to be in charge of themselves and their bodies, which means there is far less physical contact among students and teachers than at most schools.
- 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio: Some of the smallest class sizes available in any school – public or private, and far smaller than required by state regulations.
- Spacious classrooms: Encouraging play-based learning while allowing children adequate space for themselves.
- Self-contained classrooms: Students and teachers stay together in one room without switching for “specials” or meals.
- Dedicated lavatories: Each classroom has its own student bathroom.
- Separate playground: Separate fenced-in areas for preschool and kindergarten minimize the number of children handling toys or using equipment.
- Dedicated food service manager: Just one person handles food, delivering snacks and meals to each classroom.
- Cleaning staff: The same small team cleans every day, allowing consistency in cleaning and disinfecting.
- Arrival/dismissal: Transportation is provided by each family, reducing possible infection from common waiting areas, buses and carpools.
- Pandemic policies: Written policies and procedures for managing contagious diseases and pandemics continue to be updated to reflect emerging knowledge and best practices.