LEARNING PODS at CATOCTIN SUN:

IN-PERSON EDUCATION DURING THE TIMES OF COVID


POD LEARNING in the Reggio Emilia-style classroom during the time of COVID will align with Reggio’s mixed-age classroom philosophy. Though we share one classroom, we will rotate indoor play, outdoor explorations, and lunch groupings based on numbers of children enrolled in each pod.

A limited number of spots are available (per age grouping, or “pod”). This will bring balance in Catoctin Sun’s learning activities, through the formation of Reggio Emilia-style age-groupings; your child’s pod (number of children within same age range). For part of the day, we will use this pod model to build friendships, attend to differentiated learning styles, and aid in group distancing as we are guided by CDC & MSDE.

Additionally, prior to entering school each morning, CDC regulations may still require us to take & record temperatures with a no-touch thermometer. Adults (in vehicles & on-campus) may also be requested wear a properly fitted, nose-covering, cloth mask. We ask that you wear your mask anytime you are on Catoctin Sun Property; this includes standing in the grass, lot, or sidewalk, unless otherwise requested by Head of School. *Siblings are not yet allowed to visit inside classroom this year.* If they step outside your vehicle (age 2 +), a mask must be worn. If you need to enter classroom past the door, please wait for an “okay” from the teacher and any PPE needs. Thank you!


GUIDELINES for POD GROUPINGS

Little Acorns Pod

Preschool

3 yrs of age by September 1st

Sunflower Pods

Preschool

3.5 ys of age by September 1st

Pre-Kindy & Kindergarten

Kindergarten

4 to 5 yrs of age by September 1st

Maple Tree Pod

Virtual Kindergarten Support

5 yrs of age by September 1st