Updated: July 28, 2020 06:55 PM
Created: July 28, 2020 05:36 PM
NORTH GREENBUSH - There's a feeling of excitement at Woodland Hill as children do activities and play with one another. The school felt it was important to offer summer camp for the sake of both the children and their families.
While some summer camps decided not to open this year, the day camp at Woodland Hill Montessori School in North Greenbush is in full swing.
As parents head back to work, child care is an issue.
"Parents need a place that they can trust to bring their children, that they can focus on their jobs throughout the day, and know that their children are being well cared for, that they're safe, and that they're coming back to them at the end of the day with some wonderful stories to tell," said Woodland Hill Head of School Michelle Edwards.
They've got classrooms with 12 or fewer children, ages 3 to 12.
"They have desks or tables in the classrooms, and they are spread throughout the room to give them the social distance, so that each child has their own space," said Summer Camp Co-Director Lourdes Ortega.
There's an emphasis on handwashing, the staff wears masks, recess is staggered, and children eat in their classrooms. They also get a daily health check.
"It's a very warm environment," said Ortega. "At the door, we greet them at the door, their temperatures are taken, and we ask them how they're feeling and ask them a handful of questions."
Woodland Hill is planning to reopen in the fall for toddlers through 8th grade with in-person education, while also offering the choice of live remote instruction.
They are learning from the summer camp experience and are happy to see children back on campus.
"It lightens the soul and it warms your heart to see the children enjoying each other and having an opportunity to connect in real time with real people again," said Edwards. "It's so important for children's social and emotional development, and we can't neglect the importance of that."
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