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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 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.

Here are 9 more reasons the Hanna Perkins culture supports your child’s safety on a day-to-say basis as schools reopen after the pandemic:

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

Since publishing this post, here are some other measures we’ve solidified based on increasing clarity from the State of Ohio.

  • Teachers will wear masks.
  • Children will have the option whether to wear masks.
  • Temperatures will be taken daily.
  • Classes will be held in-person Monday-Thursday.
  • Classes will be conducted remotely on Fridays to reduce disruption if another pandemic lockdown becomes necessary.

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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