We are so looking forward to getting back to school and seeing everyone's smiling faces. And we know you are all wondering what school will look like in the fall. We will embrace whatever conditions are present in the fall and use innovation, technology and best practices to manage them effectively. We are a small but powerful team of amazing parents, students and teachers. We will work together to develop a perfect plan for the fall that will provide an incredible learning experience that is safe for all involved. We will exceed the safety standards and the limited learning conditions that will be implemented in schools governed by the local school system. Clearly, it is too early to precisely determine the specifics of how that would look. Now more than ever, it is the best decision to choose The IDEAL School to provide an extraordinary learning journey for your child.
We expect our school to be open with students enjoying classes in our beautiful school buildings when we resume August 24, 2020. We will consider all recommendations from the Palm Beach County School Board, Palm Beach County Health Department, Center for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Education. We will create a safe environment for our students and teachers. It may be necessary for students and teachers to wear masks and, of course, to hand wash and sanitize frequently. Student and teacher temperatures may need to be taken at entry and at certain intervals throughout the day. All parents/visitors would need to be temperature checked and required to wear masks. Students would not be shaking hands any longer. We would create a different approach for formal greetings.
There will be increased disinfecting procedures throughout the day and when the professionals clean and disinfect the school every night. We are in the process of purchasing a state-of-the-art UV light and carbon cell disinfecting system for all of our air conditioning systems. This system will cost about $25,000.00 and it will kill airborne viruses.
If a parent/student at any time prefers distance learning from home, the parent could provide a device that could sit on the student's desk and would allow the student to be virtually present in the class for the lessons. The teacher and classmates could interact with that student via Zoom. The teacher could provide all of the work product in a weekly packet for the student.
There are unique solutions to every potential issue. We will continue to closely monitor the situation as we move into the summer. The advantage of being a small boutique school with the owners present on campus and completely involved in every decision, is that we can create a customized operation and learning model that is safe and effective for all of our students, teachers and their families. We expect to have final detailed plans no later than July 31, 2020.
Thank you again for all of your support. Looking forward to a very successful 2020-2021 school year.
Sincerely, Dr. and Mrs. Soderman