Coronavirus Information

REVISED November 29. 2021: Although we have had an unofficial policy of requiring COVID-19 tests for anyone excluded from the classroom exhibiting any symptoms that could be COVID, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, etc., we have formalized that policy of requiring a negative COVID-19 test to return to school. In addition, we have formalized the policy of requiring a negative COVID-19 test for anyone, staff or student, who has flown for travel. before returning to the classroom

REVISED June 22, 2021: All of our staff has been fully vaccinated for some time now. However, because vaccines are not yet available for children, we will maintain our facemark requirement for all staff, children, and visitors until a vaccine is available for children. However, because of the reduced risk of transmission from all adult members of our families being vaccinated, we will no longer require face shields for children as of June 30, 2021. Again, we will require masks for everyone.

Below is our original, unrevised COVID-19 prevention policy. Our disinfecting protocols will remain in place. The only other change as of June 30th is that we will take the children's temperatures twice per day, instead of four times per day.

Original COVID-19 Protocols

Our air exchangers, made by Mitsubishi Electric, are capable of exchanging all of the air in each classroom with outside air in about 20 minutes. That means that we are able to exchange all of the air in each classroom about three times per hour.

Language Garden Montessori School COVID-19 Mitigation Infographic

Language Garden Montessori is in an unusual position because both our Director and our Academic Director operated a school in Taiwan during the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003. They both worked closely with the Taiwan CDC and Ministry of Education to ensure safe and hygienic operations which included daily temperature checks of every person entering the facilities, including students and parents. Because the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19, is a very different virus, we have updated our infection control protocols as follows:

  • We use an Artificial Intelligence (AI) automated preliminary fever scanner. In cases where that system detects an elevated temperature, we will use a contactless thermometer to check for a fever.

  • In addition to the AI fever scanner, we take and log each child's temperature four times per day.

  • All people entering the classroom will have their temperatures checked manually, if the automated result requests a re-test. The system may ask for a manual check if it detects high forehead or facial temperatures. Causes of these re-tests are often someone who was wearing a hat (it holds heat it and makes the area around the forehead and eyes warmer) or having a car heater blowing on your face.

  • Effective 7/15/2020, we will begin using an electrostatic disinfection protocol to supplement our standard disinfection protocols.

  • Masks are required.

    • Anyone wishing to enter the school will need a mask. No exceptions.​

    • Students will be required to wear masks during the day, except when eating or drinking. Students will be separated by at least six feet when eating lunch.

  • We use Taiwan public school style table dividers during lunch to minimize air flow.

  • Face shields are required on all staff and children while indoors. We are making and can provide face shields.​

  • We now are able to offer sun hats with zip-out face masks for outdoor play and use. We have a very limited number of these hats and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Everyone must sanitize hands when entering classrooms through the front entrance.

  • We will continue to sanitize the surfaces and items in our classrooms and entry way every hour.

  • We sanitize the playground between each use.

  • Students will be required to immediately wash hands for 20 seconds using soap and water upon entering the classroom area.