Many of our schools are staying open to provide childcare and education to families in their communities, including children of essential workers.
By adhering to strict company sanitation protocols, health and safety best practices, and following the CDC guidelines for schools, we are providing a safe and much-needed service to families across the country.
“I think it’s a great thing that we are able to stay open for those families,” said Amy Hill, the School Leader at Step by Step Montessori School in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. “Parents know that we are here for their families and they’ve just been so appreciative and glad for that.”
In Minnesota, just like in many other states, many schools have been shut down and people are urged to stay at home. However, essential workers, including healthcare and food retail employees, must go into work and need a place to bring their children.
At Silverline Montessori School in Pearland, Texas, about half of the children’s parents are essential workers and the school has stayed open to take care of those families.
“I just think it’s wonderful that we’re able to do this,” Silverline School Leader Teresa Conn said. “It gives me have a sense of pride. There are people who really need all day childcare to take care of what they need to do and it’s truly great that we can help them.”
Keeping Schools Safe
Endeavor Schools has been at the forefront of school safety since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Danielle Millman, our Chief Operations Officer, has been in regular contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state health agencies, to ensure each of our schools are following all state and federal guidelines.
“She has made sure we are provided all the services and information we need to protect our children and remain open,” Conn said.
This includes an array of procedures, including having school facilities thoroughly and professionally cleaned and sanitized each day, using electrostatic disinfecting, performing health screens and temperature checks of each staff and student before they enter the building, and not allowing parents or any visitors inside, to name just a few.
Despite the extra measures, parents have been happy to know that their child’s safety is a priority at Endeavor Schools.
“Families are super appreciative of all the precautions we are taking,” said Chloe Murillos, the co-School Leader at Carpe Diem Preschool in Richardson, Texas. “And they’ve never once wavered in their trust of us. Even though they can’t come inside the building to see their child, they always know their child is being well taken care of.”
Giving Children and Families a Sense of Community
Although many children are learning at home instead of the classroom, our schools are committed to maintaining children’s sense of community by keeping them in contact with their classmates.
In addition to keeping in regular contact with families about lesson plans and learning at home activities, our schools look for other ways to help children and families feel a sense of togetherness.
At Step By Step in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, children learning at home sent their teachers photos of themselves to be put on the classroom wall so children going to school can see them every day.
“We’re making sure to keep the children connected,” Hill said.
Our families have also taken it upon themselves to stay connected.
At Carpe Diem Preschool in Richardson, Texas, parents formed a group that provides a pizza lunch for the children every Monday.
“That’s parents supporting parents,” Murillos said.
These are difficult times, but at Endeavor Schools, our teachers are working hard to make sure that children have a safe space to be and learn.
“Every morning, our kids walk into their classroom with a smile on their face and they see a teacher smiling back,” Murillos said. “We’re dedicated to do whatever it takes to provide a service to our families and our community.”