COVID-19 Related School Updates
Please continue to check back for updates in the coming days and weeks. Due to the evolving nature of the global situation around COVID-19, information is subject to change quickly, both on a local and national basis.
Above all, we encourage our community to continue to live out our Montessori values of kindness, generosity, and peace day to day in all situations. In a time of uncertainty, let us continue to remind our children and ourselves of Maria Montessori’s enduring words: “Of all things love is the most potent.”
Update 3/30/2020, 8:26PM:
FAQs have been updated with important information regarding tuition. We currently remain closed through April 7, 2020.
Update 3/20/2020, 4:02PM: FULL SCHOOL CLOSURE WILL CONTINUE THROUGH APRIL 7, 2020
For the safety and well-being of our children and community, and in accordance with Gov. Pritzker’s mandate, MSCU will be closed through APRIL 7, 2020. NO SCHOOL OR CHILDCARE. Our building will be closed.
UPDATE THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 at 4:44PM: LETTER FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL and FAQs
Dear MSCU Families,
We hope this information finds each and every one of our families safe and healthy. We know that each day lately has brought national and global news that has sparked uncertainty, sometimes confusion, and many more questions than answers. Now is a time to find ways to support one another as a community as never before, even as we must provide a physical distance from one another to protect our most vulnerable populations. We deeply appreciate all that you are doing to live Montessori values of grace, respect, and courtesy outside of school, from the notes of support people have written to support the school, to community events that can be done by individual families in isolation like the Shamrock Walk in Urbana founded by our own Tracy and Ian Mertes and neighborhood spirit-lifting by our very own Margot and Ruby Crull! We have never before been more in admiration of the creativity and generous spirits of our Montessori community.
As a school, we have not been immune to the complexities of navigating these unprecedented times, and we have been working hard to provide answers to crucial questions related to each child’s education at MSCU. Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). If your question is not answered below, please contact the school at one of the email addresses listed below for more specific information.
In the meantime, let’s remember the words of Dr. Montessori: “We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” Please continue to find creative ways to reach out to support others in the C-U community while practicing and encouraging social distancing:
– Do not go out to public areas except for essentials.
– Do not go out if you have any kind of respiratory symptoms, even if you do not think you could possibly have COVID-19.
If we all work together to do this as much as possible, we may as a community be able to “flatten the curve” of asymptomatic spread and avoid harsher future restrictions from city and government officials.
As we go into our first week of remote learning next week, please think of this as an opportunity to model creativity, flexibility, and adherence to public health guidelines for all of our children. These may be the most important lessons of all to share with our children in these unprecedented times. Our collective effort will be what gets us through all of this, together!
As always, thank you for supporting MSCU and the greater C-U community.
MSCU Staff and Scott Davis, on behalf of MSCU Board of Directors