Dear AMS Community:
As the impact of the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States and Texas, the Austin Montessori School administration and Board of Trustees have been working diligently on a COVID-19 preparedness/action plan. Please know that we are continually monitoring our local, national, and global resources including Austin Public Health; Travis County Health Department; Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS); Centers for Disease Control; and the World Health Organization for updated information, recommendations, and mandates as circumstances unfold.
AMS Risk Evaluation and Action Matrix
Please reference the comprehensive AMS Risk Evaluation and Action Matrix
. Austin Montessori School is currently at Risk Level 2
, though that is subject to change as new information becomes available.
Current AMS Social-Distancing and Mitigation Measures
Based on the CDC’s recommendations for schools for ongoing mitigation
, AMS is putting in place measures designed to minimize cross-community contact within the school. These measures are effective immediately and will continue through March 31.
They will be continually reevaluated and are therefore subject to change.
- All school events, with the exception of core programming, are canceled. This includes parent gatherings, parent workshops, coffees, and PA events.
- AMS will not host any outside visitors including observers, trainees, practice teachers, etc.
- The Adolescent Community Service Day scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020, is canceled. This will now be a regular school day for all Adolescent Community students.
- AMS parents may still observe but only in their child’s classroom community.
- The next scheduled 4-week module of our Parent/Infant class is canceled.
- Elementary Spring Break camp is canceled.
Please note: Our All-Day/All-year programs will be in session next week. The cancellations currently in effect are in accordance with the CDC’s current recommendations regarding social distancing and cross-community contact. We are making no changes to our core programming at this time.
Austin Montessori School fosters a community wherein everyone is consciously responsible for the health and well-being of our community. In this spirit, we are asking community members to fill out our travel questionnaire
. We are collecting this information proactively so that we can make the most informed decisions possible regarding measures the school should take to ensure the health and safety of all. Thank you in advance for your attention to this.
Going forward, the school will send weekly updates regarding our Risk Level status and any additional health and safety measures we may be taking. The website
will be updated with any status changes.
Remember, the best preparation is prevention. To help stop the spread of any illness, the CDC recommends that we follow everyday preventive actions such as:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Children and staff must stay home if they have an oral temperature of 100 or above, and cannot return to campus until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. We encourage everyone to consult with their healthcare professional if they’re experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Please visit the FAQ below and the CDC’s Coronavirus web page
for more information. If you have any further questions, please reach out to me directly.
Head of School
Frequently Asked Questions
Will families be notified if an AMS staff member or student is diagnosed with COVID-19?
Yes, we will follow the guidelines of Austin Public Health and the Travis County Health Department ensuring everyone in the community is aware of potential risks.
What is being done to address the loss of instructional time if schools close?
We are preparing contingencies for this situation that include alternatives for instruction and developmental work that can occur outside of the classroom.
Will school events (field trips, social events, etc.) be canceled?
All school events (outside of core programming) are canceled through March 31, 2020.
What can I do to ensure the safety of myself and others?
Follow the guidelines outlined in the messages above, courtesy of the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Are additional cleaning measures in place?
Yes, we are taking elevated measures to clean, disinfect, and sanitize our environments daily.
My child has a compromised immune system. Should I send them to school?
Please consult your medical provider for guidance.