Reopening


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Charter Admissions

For general information about Sterling Montessori's admissions and lottery process, please visit our Charter Admissions page.


Please click the button above to access Sterling's Guide for Families on our reopening plans for the fall. As new information from the CDC and NCDHHS becomes available, these plans may need to be updated and we will share that information with our community and update the document.

In the meantime, we are very interested in hearing your questions and concerns about reopening. Many of you will likely have the same or similar questions, so we may not answer your email individually, but will collect your questions and address them in community-wide emails and/or on our website.


To withdraw from Sterling's program, please complete this form and submit to dkimble@sterlingmontessori.org.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS on REOPENING

If we enroll in WCPSS Virtual Academy, do we lose our spot at Sterling?

Sterling Montessori is considered its own district separate from WCPSS. If you choose to enroll in the Wake County Virtual Academy, you will need to withdraw your child, losing their seat at Sterling.

How do I withdraw my child from Sterling’s Charter?

Send all withdrawal forms to dkimball@sterlingmontessori.org

Is there an option to try the Distance Learning track for the beginning of the year, or potentially go back to regular in-class instruction before the end of the school year?

Sterling Montessori has a unique placement process. Due to scheduling, planning, and the many other variables in placement decisions, any student wanting to return to campus for in-class instruction will be put in a waiting pool until there is an opening in a classroom. There will be no guarantees that a student can switch learning tracks during the school year. We will still maintain NCDHHS and CDC requirements and protocols around half capacity, which affects how students are placed in classes.

Is there an option to try the Distance Learning track for the beginning of the year, or potentially go back to regular in-class instruction before the end of the school year?

Due to scheduling, planning, and the many other variables in placement decisions, any student wanting to return to participate in the Distance Learning track will be put in a waiting pool until there is an opening in a classroom. There will be no guarantees that a student can switch learning tracks during the school year.

How do I change my child’s learning track?

We will have a Request to Change Learning Track form available on the website for those who would like to enter the waiting pool.

Who will be my child’s teacher for the Distance Learning track?

We will assign Distance Learning teachers based on the number of students enrolled in the Distance Learning track. This teacher will not necessarily be your child’s class assigned teacher.

When will we know our class placement?

This will be shared in late July, early August. 

What is half capacity?

The number of students in a classroom will depend on the size of the classroom.  Half capacity is determined by the square footage of a classroom. In order to be at half capacity, Sterling will provide 50 square feet per child in each classroom.

What is the face covering requirements for students?

To adhere to updated State requirements, all Sterling students in K-8th grades will be expected to wear a clean face covering each day when they are anywhere on school grounds.  Any exemptions are detailed in our Reopening plan. Faculty and staff will also adhere to this requirement. 

What does social distancing look like?

Learning new ways to interact will be a primary focus moving forward. We will be teaching and reinforcing safe distancing practices: keeping 6 feet between yourself and others when not wearing a mask and avoid touching others. There is a student responsibility in these reinforced practices.

How will students interact on the playground? How will the playground equipment be cleaned?

Students will be paired into smaller groupings or cohorts (2-4 classes). We will limit mixing of cohort groups as much as possible. All equipment will be cleaned in between each group of students after they play and given time to dry before the next group comes out.

What type of cleaning products will be used.

Our EPA cleaner is a hospital-grade, one-step cleaner, virucidal, mildewcidal, fungicidal and disinfectant.

What is the plan for cleaning within the classroom?

All students will keep their own supply boxes (pencils, glue, scissors, rulers, etc.) not to be shared. We will be reinforcing social distancing throughout the work cycle as much as possible, incorporating frequent handwashing opportunities throughout the work cycle, monitoring children closely to determine if the material needs to be cleaned and sanitized based upon how the child works with the materials (did they sneeze/cough on materials, put hands in mouth and then touch material, etc.). Allow time between activities for proper cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces: Paper-based materials, such as books and loose-leaf paper, are not considered high-risk for COVID-19 transmission, and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection procedures.

How will devices be cleaned?

Our EPA approved cleaner will be used on our technology devices.

What will sick procedures look like?

Sterling will continue to follow our sick policy as well as follow all requirements from CDC and NCDHHS. This information will be updated in version 2 of the Reopening plans late July.

How will carpool be handled? When will families receive a schedule?

We are working on carpool plans that will meet the requirement of limiting the number of people on campus. More information will come shortly. All parents K-8th grade will need to remain in their cars and staff will ask the required health questions. All students will receive a temperature check upon arrival.