COVID-19 SCHOOL FAQs

 

UPDATE 7/16/2020: MSCU will offer our quality Montessori learning experience via in-person schooling 5 days a week, for all programs (Toddler, Primary, Elementary, and Secondary) this fall! Please see our Fall Return to School FAQs and our Return to School Protocol Highlights pages for more details.

MSCU COVID-19 FAQs (March-July 2020)

Q1: When do you estimate school will re-open again?

We follow state mandates set forth by Governor Pritzker, as well as guidelines set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). We are currently closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year (May 22, 2020), per Governor Pritzker’s mandate for all schools in Illinois.

Q2: What is the plan for school between now and May 22? What is happening with tuition?

    • Toddler and Pre-K families: The Montessori Toddler and Primary programs will be closed through April 30. You will receive a credit on your next tuition payment for the final week in March  when there was no school; tuition thereafter will be suspended starting April 1, 2020 until we reopen. Once we reopen, tuition will be prorated to reflect only the remaining days in the school year.
    • Kindergarten: We will continue to provide instructional materials for learning and tuition will be discounted to $540 a month.  
    • Elementary: We will continue to provide instructional materials for learning and tuition has been discounted to $680 per month. 
    • Discounts: All discounts and scholarships will be temporarily suspended until we reopen.

We realize these necessary measures will impact each family. In addition, we’re continuing to monitor the federal and state decision level regarding the stimulus package. If there’s any financial relief that we can pass along to our families we will do our best to do so.

We will be arranging credits for the following:

    • Extracurricular activities: If your extracurricular class does not offer an acceptable online alternative, you may request a credit to your account at businessmanager@montessorischoolofcu.org.  
    • Elementary lunches: Please wait until we return to school so that we can total the actual number of days you did not use and issue the amount to you as credit to your account. If this does not work for you, please contact businessmanager@montessorischoolofcu.org to make other arrangements.
    • Spring Break lunches (Elementary only): If you paid extra to have lunch delivered for your child during Spring Break, a $25 credit will be applied to your account.
Please note that during this time we will continue to pay salaries for our full time teachers and as a non-profit organization run on relatively tight margins. If your family is interested in converting the credit into a charitable contribution, we would be immensely grateful.

Q3: What if I signed up to re-enroll, but my family is now facing financial hardship due to COVID-19?

Anyone facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 needs to contact the Head of School or Business Manager for options. We are in the process of implementing programs to help during this time.

Q4: How will this affect the summer program?

Our hope is that this will not affect the summer program. We will continue to monitor the situation and update parents as we get closer to that timeframe.

Q5: Will the school remain a viable option in the fall?

We are currently still enrolling and planning for school in the fall, and this is an area in which we need every family’s help. As a non-profit school whose funding comes 100% from tuition, we depend on accurate records of anticipated enrollment to plan our budget and understand which programs we can or cannot offer based on our enrollment. If you already know your family is coming back this fall but haven’t filled out the re-enrollment form yet, doing so ASAP would help us know what we can anticipate operating on for the fall.

Official re-enrollment packets will be arriving via email by March 20 at the latest, to those who have already signed up and paid the enrollment fee. However, we understand that the global situation regarding COVID-19 has introduced great uncertainty into many families’ lives at this time. If for any reason paying the enrollment fee or signing the tuition agreement at this time presents a hardship for your family, please do not hesitate to contact businessmanager@montessorischoolofcu.org and let us know. We are deeply committed to working with all of our families to support our community needs.

Q6: What if I (or someone in my family) is considered “critical personnel” for the community and we urgently need childcare?

Please reach out to our community manager Kerry Rossow at communitymanager@montessorischoolofcu.org if your work falls under the community “critical personnel” category and you urgently need care for your child. Healthcare providers, EMS/first responders, police, fire, pharmacists/pharmacy techs, community support, and government workers count as “critical personnel.” (Examples of community support include banks, grocery stores, public works, MTD, etc).

Q7: Is there anything else I can do to help?

MSCU is dedicated to serving our community through its ups and downs. Many of our families have asked for a list of local businesses or MSCU family businesses they would like to support. If you would like to be part of that list, please contact Kerry Rossow at communitymanager@montessorischoolofcu.org.

We’re also continuing to monitor the federal and state decision level regarding the stimulus package. If there’s any financial relief that we can pass along to our families we will do our best to do so.

Q8: What can we expect in the near future?

Teachers and staff will be reaching out individually to families to support them during this transition. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help.

Q9: How can I contact the school if I have further questions?

If you need to contact the school between now and when we re-open, please email any of the following:

We will continue to add to this FAQ as more information arises. Stay safe and healthy out there!

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