During the COVID-19 pandemic, CPP has regularly adapted the format of preschool to meet the needs of the families as well as local, state, and federal health guidelines.
2020-2021: Cohorts held twice weekly 30 minute online video classes hosted by Teacher Elizabeth where students could interact and listen to storytime. Teacher Elizabeth also hosted monthly craft supply pickups for parents and opportunities for students to play outside and see one another in person (weather and COVID permitting).
2021-2022: This year has been entirely in person following the typical daily flow, with masks required indoors and outdoors for all students and adults present. Snacks are eaten outdoors (weather permitting) and everyone in class uses hand sanitizer regularly. It has been amazing to see how well all the students have done wearing masks, and how well they’ve been able to connect with one another while masked! This Spring we will be following Portland Public Schools in switching to masks optional outdoors, and continuing to assess the situation.
2022-2023: There are no set plans yet, as a lot can change before the start of next school year. Generally, we follow Portland Public School guidelines, and a wonderful aspect of being part of a small, tight-knit, and supportive group of families at CPP is we have been able to make group decisions very well through the pandemic that honor each families’ needs. We will make decisions with the health and safety of students and families as the top priority, while also hoping to move away from masks as soon as it is safe to do so, given the social and developmental benefits of being able to interact without masks.