A quick guide for parents to help with the daily Garden routine around bringing and picking your child up from class.
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Your child will bring their backpack to and from school daily. You can choose any backpack your child likes. Please print your child’s name on their backpack and bring the following each day:
- Extra Masks: bag of clean and bag for dirty
- Water Bottle: labeled with child’s name
- Snack: No nuts-we are a nut free campus. If you send a sunflower butter snack please let us know it is nut free.
- Extra Layers: hat, extra gloves/mittens, etc.
Please check their backpack after every session, for changing out wet or used clothes, and beautiful art work or news from the class.
Driving in and Out of the school
The Children’s Garden has two parking lots, the upper gravel lot and the lower grassy lot. Our upper lot cannot hold everyone at once so please use the lower lot if the upper lot is full or just for faster easier parking.
Upper Lot: The upper lot has a dozen available spots and an open area near the hillside that serves as the driveway for the residence. The driveway is coned off and not for parking.
The upper lot is a busy space at the beginning and end of class and requires back in parking to help keep this area as safe.
When you park in the upper lot be sure to:
- back in: we ask you to back into a spot for clearer line of site and smoother exiting.
- resident driveway: it is a safety issue to retain access to the residence by not having unattended cars blocking the space. Please do not park in this coned off area.
Lower Lot: The grassy lower lot has parking for staff and families.
Exiting the School- Left and right turn lanes onto Issaquah Hobart Road
When you exit the school, please use width of the driveway to form two lanes, a left turn lane and a right turn lane, creating smoother traffic flow out of the school.
Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start of class. Being on time allows for an easy flow with their classmates to the start of school. If you come too early, their energy can get wound up in the car seat, as well as their anxiety. Although things happen to make us run late sometimes, habitually late arrival is a disservice to the student, and the flow of the day.
Please be careful in driveway and parking area and wear masks upon exited car and HOLD HANDS with your child in the parking lot. One caregiver per family will walk with their child to check-in at their designated cohort area before proceeding to help their child wash hands and await the start of class.
- Ladybugs-Tuesday and Thursday. 8:15 -10:45 am
- Crickets-Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:15 – 11:15 am
- Honeybees-Monday-Thursday. 12:15-3:15 pm
If you are running late you can text the school at (425) 392-1563. Brin will help you get your child to class.
Please download the Brightwheel app on your mobile device. Each cohort specific drop off area has QR codes that you will scan with your Brightwheel app to check-in and confirm Health Screen Statements.
Upon scanning one of the QR codes and entering your check-in code (listed at the bottom of your screen prior to scanning) you will see a series of Health Screen Statements to confirm for your household. If you agree with each statement, confirm by checking it off and you are ready to head to the handwashing area to help your child wash hands.
If you cannot confirm the statements and check each box, it will not be safe for you to come to school and please return to your car.
Statements you will need to confirm before heading to class:
- No uncontrolled cough, shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing (for students with allergies or a diagnosed chronic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
- No fever of 100.4 or higher
- No sore throat
- No diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain in the last 24 hours
- No onset of headache, particularly associated with fever
- No chills, fatigue or extreme weariness
- No new loss of taste or smell
- No close contact (within 6-feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person currently displaying symptoms or having a confirmed case of COVID-19
- No out of state travel by an unvaccinated household member in the past 7 days
Drop-Off and Pick-up
- Drop-off : Outdoor Cohort can head over to the ‘Landing Pad’ to Luna’s Forest – scan the QR code and check in your student before heading up to the hand washing station, help your kiddos wash their hands and hang out and visit until the teachers ring the bell which means it’s time for adults to go back to the cars and kiddos to go and play!
- Pick-up: Just as at drop off, you will carefully come in to parking lot and back into the first available space. Mask up and exit your car to wait on the deck outside the movement room. Only one adult per student please.
- Drop-off : Hybrid Cohort will enter through the gazebo and check-in. After checking in you can take your child up to the hand washing station and wait in the courtyard area until the teachers ring the bell, letting the kids go to hang up their backpacks and head out to the playground to play. This is time for kids to visit, parents to visit, but please no running, or building up high energy before they go to class.
- Pick-up: Just as at drop off, you will carefully come in to parking lot and back into the first available space. Mask up and exit your car to wait in the gazebo. Only one adult per student please.
The children will be dismissed one at a time to greet their adult. The children will be exhausted, as they held it together for the whole session. They might greet you with tears, yawning, or an ear to ear grin. The teachers will use this gathering time to share with the group what we did during session today, and might take you aside if they want to talk to you about your child individually. As the year progresses, and you read the news each week and get to know the children in your cohort, it is a great modelling exercise to comment to the other kids. “I hear you got a new bike!” “Welcome back from your trip to Disneyland!” etc. Modelling interactions with each other and community building.
Is your child: Traveling out of state? Have a runny nose?
We have adjusted our programming and incorporated additional health safety practices and protocols to directly address the continued health concerns associated with COVID-19. Please view our Health and Wellness page for our health safety practices and protocols for the 2021-22 academic year.