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10 reasons why Hanna Perkins School is the right choice after the pandemic

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Spacious classrooms: Encouraging play-based learning while allowing children adequate space for themselves.
  4. Self-contained classrooms: Students and teachers stay together in one room without switching for “specials” or meals.
  5. Dedicated lavatories: Each classroom has its own student bathroom.
  6. Separate playground: Separate fenced-in areas for preschool and kindergarten minimize the number of children handling toys or using equipment.
  7. Dedicated food service manager: Just one person handles food, delivering snacks and meals to each classroom.
  8. Cleaning staff: The same small team cleans every day, allowing consistency in cleaning and disinfecting.
  9. Arrival/dismissal: Transportation is provided by each family, reducing possible infection from common waiting areas, buses and carpools.
  10. Pandemic policies: Written policies and procedures for managing contagious diseases and pandemics continue to be updated to reflect emerging knowledge and best practices.

Social-emotional focus

With a focus on healthy social-emotional development, here’s how enrollment at Hanna Perkins can help your family with the transition back to school.

  • Work with children and parents in advance, to prepare for starting school again.
  • Provide parents and children with individual and group opportunities to process the pandemic experience we all share but react to in individual ways.
  • Recognize signs of upset that may be shown through children’s behaviors
  • Supporting children by meeting them where they are, providing individualized instruction, and helping them catch up with whatever they may have missed during the pandemic.
  • Listening to and responding to children’s feelings and questions.
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