Cottage Covid-19 Agreement & Smurf Village

Cottage Covid-19 Agreement

BEFORE SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS:

  1. All ​POD***​ members must get tested for COVID-19 prior to the start of school. All members must show negative COVID-19 test results no later than September 4th with a testing date no earlier than August 26th.
  2. Each page of this agreement must be initialed and the Cottage Covid-19 Agreement Signature Page​ ​must be signed and dated Signature Page.

***For the purposes of this agreement “pod” refers to everyone who lives or works in your home or visits on a regular basis***

DAILY required Parent Self Check and Child Check

  1. Everyone in your pod must do a self-check on themselves in the morning, as well as assessing their child ​BEFORE leaving for school. ​Please check your temperature daily before departing for Cottage.
  2. We ask that you not come to school nor send in your child if you, anyone in your household, anyone who regularly visits your household or your child exhibit any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Nausea
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • The new loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Unusual skin rash
  3. 3. ​CONTACT SADYE immediately upon a POSITIVE COVID-19 test result anywhere in your pod or two degrees separation away from your pod (SEE NEXT BELOW)


Procedures for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection

I​f we consider Cottage the center point, each degree of separation would be one move away from Cottage

0 degrees​ (A child at Cottage):
  • Your child feels ill but feels CONFIDENT it is NOT COVID
    • Your child cannot attend Cottage until they are fully well plus an additional 24-hour wellness period. If anyone else in your pod feels ill, your child may not attend school until that person is well plus an additional 24-hour wellness period.
  • You suspect your child has COVID
    • ALERT SADYE IMMEDIATELY​.​ School moves to online learning until everyone in the possibly infected pod tests negative.
  • If your child tests POSITIVE for COVID
    • ALERT SADYE IMMEDIATELY​.​ School moves to online learning until ALL families’ pods test negative. Students can return to school as soon as their pod tests negative on a child-by-child basis. Affected child can return to school when ALL members of their pod test negative TWICE.



1 degree​ (A parent, caregiver, sibling or other in-home pod contact):
  • If a member of your pod feels ill but feels CONFIDENT it is NOT COVID
    • Your child cannot attend Cottage until fully well plus an additional 24-hour wellness period. If anyone else in your pod feels ill, your child may not attend school until that person is well plus an additional 24-hour wellness period.
  • If a member of a child’s pod suspects they have COVID
    • ALERT SADYE IMMEDIATELY​.​ Affected child cannot return to school until everyone in their pod tests negative. Other children and teacher will closely monitor for symptoms.
  • If a member of a child’s pod tests positive for COVID
    • ALERT SADYE IMMEDIATELY​.​ School moves to online learning until all families’ pods test negative. Students can return to school as soon as their pod tests negative on a child-by-child basis. Affected child can return to school when ALL members of their pod test negative TWICE.

2 degrees ​(A coworker of a parent or family member/ roommate of a caregiver, sibling, etc..) :
  • If a coworker, roommate of a caregiver, etc... suspects they have COVID
    • ALERT SADYE IMMEDIATELY​.​ Affected child cannot return to school until they and their entire pod test negative. Other children and teacher will closely monitor for symptoms.
  • If a coworker, roommate of a caregiver, etc...
    • ALERT SADYE IMMEDIATELY​.​ Affected child cannot return to school until they and their entire pod test negative. Other children and teacher will closely monitor for symptoms.


Procedure for Travel

If a child or someone in a child’s pod travels (long car trip, plane ride, public transportation) to visit others they must quarantine outside of school for at least one week and show a negative COVID-19 test before rejoining school. If you take a short overnight trip with those in your pod and do not interact with anyone else, you may send your child to school without testing.


Procedure for overnight visitors to a family pod

If a child’s pod has a visitor staying in their home, the visitor must test COVID negative before interacting with your pod in order for the child to attend school. Alternatively, if the visitor interacts with your pod before a COVID-negative test result, the child may not attend school until EVERYONE IN THE POD plus THE VISITOR TESTS NEGATIVE.



Cottage Covid-19 Agreement Signature Page


We ​ ​(parent) and ​ ​(parent) of __________________(child) understand this agreement and we fully commit to abide by the rules and procedures outlined and initialed above. We understand that the actions of our family and of our child will directly impact the health and safety of the Cottage Enrichment school family including other children and the teacher. We cannot hold the school responsible for any illness during a pandemic. However, we pledge to do everything in our power to protect the health and safety of every parent and every child at our school by wearing masks when outside the home, washing our hands frequently, engaging in social distancing and following ALL school protocols for COVID safety. We also promise to be honest and transparent with the understanding that this is what will help us all get through this time together.

________________________________ (parent)
________________________________ (parent)

________________________________ (date)



Cottage Handbook COVID-19 Addendum

COVID-19 related essentials

(not including Cottage Enrichment essential requirements in Handbook, i.e. water bottles, rain suit etc.)​ ​These items will live at school.

  1. Small hand sanitizer of your choice with your child’s name on it.***
  2. Small sunscreen of your choice with your child’s name on it.***
  3. Small mosquito spray of your choice with your child’s name on it.***

***I will also have extras of all of these items at school; however, I will be making individual baskets for each child with their OWN essentials. It will be part of embracing self-care empowerment. As well, this allows you to have the products that best suit your individual child.***


Additional new items that will live at school
  1. Wings​ of your choice for distancing. These will live at school. To be worn daily.
    Example:​ https://www.etsy.com/search?q=wearable%20wings%20children
  2. Extra mask​ to live at school. MASKS MUST FIT. The one your child wears to school in the morning and the extra mask that lives at school must be appropriately fitted. They must be EFFECTIVE. Masks must be a minimum of 2 layers with no gaps. I realize that this takes some homework on your part but you would not send your child to school with shoes that keep falling off or shoes your child did not like. There are good children’s masks out there, as well as great tutorials for making your own masks. ALSO - there are wonderful mini videos that speak to the effectiveness of masks. Check out Bill Nye the Science guy! NOT ALL MASKS ARE EFFECTIVE (please no bandanas, or flimsy cloth, etc..) Please have an awareness of the loops around your child’s ears, you may need to adjust. As well, have an awareness as to the comfort.
  3. School only shoes​ or boots that your child will change into upon arrival at school. These will live at school.
  4. An adult, cotton, long-sleeved shirt​ (great opportunity to borrow from a parent’s closet) to live at school and to be used as a school smock for painting, etc.
  5. Coziness s​uch as pillows, blankets, and extra stuff to live at school in your child’s tent.
  6. Tent​. We have chosen the tent for the children that meets our requirements. I would like to purchase in bulk and have you reimburse me. The cost is $60. This will be your tent and return home with you at the end of the school year.
  7. Air cooler ​for tent such as a mini swamp cooler.

Car drop-off and pick-up in alley

  1. Drop off occurs over a 15 minute window.***
  2. Parents line up in cars as they enter the alley and stay inside the car until they reach the angel gate (you can exit the alley by following it up the hill and turning left at the dead end).
  3. Parents and children must have masks on.
  4. The parent will jump out, undo their child’s seat belt and bring their child to the gate.
  5. Parents will keep social distance with Sadye at drop off.
  6. Only one adult shall accompany the child to the Angel gate.
  7. Every child will have their temperature taken at drop-off. Yes, this is in addition to the temperature you took at home. I will be using a No-Touch thermometer that literally displays in one second. If elevated above his/her normal temperature, the child shall remain home until s/he is fever free for 3 days.
  8. All adults will have social distance with other parents whilst dropping off/picking up.

***​If a window, as to not hold up the line. This should be a quick transition, in other words not a time for discussion just drop off, parents can refer to the Cottage Enrichment Handbook for details.​


Upon Child Entering School (Sadye will facilitate)
  1. Hand sanitizer.
  2. Change into “school shoes” that live at school.
  3. Put our wings on!

COVID Changes

  1. Earlier Day!
    We will be starting the school day earlier and thus ending earlier.
    ​ The intention of changing the start time (thus end of school-day time) during COVID-19 is to assist the schedule of families now working from home on Zoom. Additionally, as all school will take place outdoors we want to avoid having the children outside during the hottest hours of the day hence we will end the day earlier.
    • Monday thru Thursday
      8:30am to 2:30 pm
    • Friday (If your child goes to swim)
      8:30 am to 11:15 p/u for swim
    • Friday (If your child opts NOT to swim)
      8:30 am to 12:30 pm
  2. Our beautiful tents!
    Our sweet, magical little tents will be socially distanced in the upper yard. The tents take the place of our library/nap room. This is your child’s very own special space where they can take off their mask and still be safe. They will be able to eat lunch in their tents, nap and rest. We chose a tent that is waterproof, breathable, stable and UV-protected. They have a large section of mesh and a D-shaped door with dual zippers, a ground vent and two windows which provide better ventilation, increase air circulation and help to stay cool and comfortable. We will help the students hang/tape family pictures inside, set up cushions, pillows, twinkly lights... you name it!
  3. Handwashing stations!
    There will be handwashing stations in every “area” of the property, as well as at the door leading into the house and at the gate upon entering. (6 stations)
  4. Extra cleaning!
    Sadye will clean and disinfect throughout the day, and everyday after school. Additionally, the school will be deeply cleaned twice weekly. The cleaning person (who must also have a negative COVID-19 test prior to the start of school and periodically) will come once a week, have zero contact with Sadye and will wear a mask and gloves whilst cleaning.
  5. Outdoors!
    Our days will be planned using the multiple areas of outdoor space,​ including the castle, sandbox area, vegetable garden, Kindi house, front structure etc. I have created multiple magical outdoor "spaces" at Cottage.
    "Being outside lowers the risk 18 fold." -- Dr. Sanjay Gupta
  6. Smaller Class Size!
    Whilst we are battling COVID, I will limit our number of students.
  7. Zoom Spanish!
    Spanish will be on Zoom but at school. That serves two purposes: it limits the adults at school and it keeps the children current in a Zoom world.
  8. Violin!
    Phoebe (our violin teacher) will visit the school once a week but will teach in the vegetable garden. She will not come on to the premises beyond the garden gate. YOU MAY OPT OUT, or set up a Zoom class with Phoebe. Phoebe will be wearing a mask the entire time she is at school.
  9. Swim class on Friday!
    S​ee Below.

Swim Class during COVID

Swim has been a core part of the Cottage Enrichment curriculum since we opened in 2005. I am pleased to share that the Rose Bowl is providing “Family-Safe” lessons during COVID-19. The process is as follows:

  1. The Rose Bowl saved our swim time slot, which is 11:50 am on Fridays.
  2. The Swim Schedule you received in your School Year Packet remains the same.
  3. You (or your Nanny or Grandparent or other caregiver) will drive your OWN child to the RoseBowl.
  4. You will get in the water with your child and take the class with your child.
  5. The instructor will not be in the pool but will be instructing you from the pool deck with a mask on.
  6. The class will be separated in the water by the COVID requirement of 6 feet.
  7. Please see the Rose Bowl website for more detailed information on their COVID safe swim lessons https://www.rosebowlaquatics.org/programs/swim-lessons-2
  8. Everything else will remain the same on Fridays, the only difference is that you have the option to bow out of swim class and have your child remain at school for the day. (Designated pickup time will be determined by start time.)
  9. Swimmers will come to school on Fridays with their swim gear on. (See Cottage Enrichment Handbook)
  10. Pick-up time for swim class remains the same (11:10am to 11:15am) via Angel gate.

Rain contingency plan
  1. We love to play in the rain so our zip up all in one rain suit and rain boots will come in handy! (part of required essentials see the Cottage Enrichment Handbook)
  2. I have reorganized the Kindi house which is wonderful in the rain and gets good airflow!
  3. Our tents will have rain tarps.
  4. We have 2 air purifiers plus open windows creating cross ventilation if we need to be inside the house
  5. As a reminder, the inside of the house is set up with 4 areas so the children can be distanced inside if we need to be indoors.



Smurf Village

We really pulled our thinking caps on tight to design a safe space for our little ones to nap, eat lunch, and have a responsible and safe mask break. Voila! Smurf Village!

When we moved to become a 99.9% outdoor Nature School (the children go inside only to go to the bathroom), nap became the question. We have such a sweet library/nap room in the school house that the children love but because of COVID, indoors is not an option. So, we created Smurf Village, a group of tents on the upper ground that are spaced apart with no door opening up to another tent door.

Each child has their own personalized tent which is UV protected, and completely able to withstand a rainstorm whilst keeping the little ones dry. Each tent is equipped with a bed for nap on the left side, with cozy blankets, pillows and stuffed animals! On the right side is an air conditioner and small table for lunch! Photos of family, friends and pets are taped on the inside of the tent to make the space their own. Mini lights and dragons on the ceiling make the tents purely magical. The children LOVE them. They rest, take their mask off responsibly and safely, eat their lunch and nap inside their own little home away from home. It is a very special place.

Outside the tent is their own little lamppost complete with an umbrella, working lantern, a sunhat, and a bag for hand sanitizer, bug repellent and sunscreen. On the left side is their very own mailbox with their name on the post!

"Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul,
And sings a tune without the words, and never stops at all."
- Emily Dickinson


U. S. Mail

With the US Postal System in need, we decided to create an opportunity for the children to learn about the US Postal System, it’s history, the need to protect it, and create an opportunity to take action to participate in saving it. So, we asked the parents to physically mail their children personal letters c/o Cottage Enrichment. When I receive the letters, I place them in the children’s mailboxes before the children arrive in the morning. Every day, before the children get into their tents they check their mailboxes for mail! It is so exciting when they have mail!


Learning to print one’s own name, writing numbers and creating sentences, now has become even more exciting! When you put all of that together . . .you create a letter to be sent! The letters are put into envelopes where we learn how to address an envelope, a stamp is adhered and then the letter is put into their mailbox with the red flag raised so that the mailperson knows that there is a letter inside to be picked up for delivery! So much fun! Parents have shared the intention with the grandparents, family and friends….we have created a good little US Postal Extravaganza!