Proactive Protection Plan

The outpouring of support and love from our families is astounding! We are proud to support the essential workers in our community! We are here for you during these unprecedented times!

COVID-19

HOW WE’RE KEEPING OUR SCHOOLS SAFE

We’re committed to helping provide safe and healthy learning environments for children and families at our campuses.

In these extraordinary times in all of our lives, we want you to know that Stepping Stone School is here for ALL of our children and families, whether your child is still attending school or if they are learning from home.

Stepping Stone School is providing you with access to our weekly At Hometm learning plans and activities to keep your children engaged and learning. Learn More

We care deeply for the well-being of your children and cannot thank you enough for entrusting Stepping Stone School with their care, nurturance, educational and social and emotional learning. We are here for you!

INFORMATION FOR STEPPING STONE SCHOOL FAMILIES AND FACULTY

Stepping Stone School’s number one priority is upholding our commitment to a maintain safe, healthy environments for your children. We understand and share the growing concern about COVID-19 and its effects on our families. We want to provide you the information you need to make the best decisions for yourself and your loved ones.

Below are the measures we are taking to keep our children, their families and the faculty members safe, as our campuses remain open at this critical time.

We are grateful for your continued trust and confidence in Stepping Stone School. We will get through this situation by working together and remaining focused on doing the right things.

SCHOOL OPERATIONS

Stepping Stone Schools are following the guidance and directives from our federal, state and local governments, including local health departments. Many of the children enrolled in our campuses have family members playing essential roles in this crisis, including parents who work as nurses, doctors, grocery store clerks and more. All of our campuses serve parents who work to support their families.

In addition to Stepping Stone School’s own rigorous health and safety protocols, we’re reinforcing the CDC-recommended preventative measures, described below.

STUDENT INFORMATION

Serving you and your families is a privilege, and we thank you for trusting Stepping Stone School to provide safe, healthy environments for your children. Stepping Stone School has developed numerous safety plans and procedures that our campuses are following to help protect our children.

How is Stepping Stone School keeping our children safe?
All Stepping Stone Schools regularly follow strict cleaning procedures, which already align with the CDC’s recommendations. Also, our administrators and faculty members frequently sanitize all high-touch areas, such as hard surfaces, bathrooms, light switches, doorknobs and learning materials.

As each child arrives at the campus, we are taking their temperature and performing a health scan. Teachers are monitoring the children in their classrooms throughout the day for any signs of illness and we will inform parents to keep children home if they are unwell. At this time, local regulations are not allowing parents/guardians to enter our buildings and we are checking children in outside our front doors. Teachers are also having their temperatures taken twice a day along with a health assessment.

We have postponed in-person campus tours and instead will be using Zoom so families can have an on-line video meeting with our principals. We can even conduct a campus tour using Zoom on our iPads. We’re keeping the lines of communication open with families as we encourage them to actively partner with us to protect the wellbeing of our students and families.

What should I do if my child is sick or a family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19?

For the safety of your child and the other children and families at Stepping Stone School, anyone who is ill must stay home. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with COVID-19, immediately alert your campus principal and stay home. Please follow the CDC’s recommendations if you’re unwell or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

For more information about how your school is handling health and safety protocols, please contact your campus principal.

FACULTY INFORMATION

Faculty members at Stepping Stone School provide care, comfort and education for our children, so their continued health and safety are important. Stepping Stone School’s stringent cleaning and disinfecting procedures protect the teachers and staff, too.

Stepping Stone School teachers have received resources, policies and procedures to help them protect themselves and the children in their classrooms.

Sincerely,


Rhonda Paver, M.A., Child Development
Founder, Owner & Executive Director

Welcome Back ALL Central Texas Families!

On May 18, 2020, Governor Abbott issued an order expanding the opening of Early Care and Education providers in Texas to be open to all.

From the first day of this pandemic, Stepping Stone School has continued to provide valuable, safe care and education for the children of essential service employees and we are so happy to welcome back ALL of our wonderful children!

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Summer Starts Early!

Stepping Stone School Summer Camp begins
May 1st!

We are pleased to announce that Summer Starts Early at Stepping Stone School, beginning May 1st in response to the ISDs and private schools remaining closed!

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Family Resources

At Stepping Stone School, our mission is to offer not only exceptional nurturing and education for our students, but also extraordinary support and care for all parents and families.

Many families are finding new and creative ways to engage and educate their children while at home. We compiled a list of fun and educational activities and resources for you to use with your family!

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From Surviving to Thriving

Stepping Stone School is being featured in a video series produced by ChildCare Exchange!

Childcare organizations around the world are all in this together, and care deeply for the families and communities they serve.

See how Stepping Stone School and other Expert Educators are nurturing children and reinventing childcare during the COVID-19 Pandemic in “From Surviving to Thriving” series.

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Coronavirus/Covid-19 Memo, April 23rd 2020
Coronavirus/Covid-19 Memo, March 18th 2020
Coronavirus/Covid-19 Memo, March 17th 2020
Coronavirus/Covid-19 Memo, March 16th 2020
Coronavirus/Covid-19 Memo, March 13th 2020
Coronavirus/Covid-19 Memo, March 10th, 2020
Coronavirus/Covid-19 Memo, February 27th, 2020

CDC – Water and COVID-19 FAQs (Information about Drinking Water, Treated Recreational Water, and Wastewater)
CDC – Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs
CDC – Talking with children about Coronavirus

Stepping Stone School – “Good Friday Earthquake” March 27th Letter from Rhonda Paver, M.A.
Stepping Stone School – Ten Tips for Working at Home with Your Children
Stepping Stone School – Seven Practical Tips for Helping Your Children Feel Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) – Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
Yale School of Medicine – Kids and COVID-19: What Parents Should Know
Education Week – How to Teach Social-Emotional Learning When Students Aren’t in School
ChildCare Aware – Coronavirus News & Resources for Families
National Geographic – What to do now that kids are “back in school”.
Mindheart – Printable Coronavirus book for Kids

NAEYC – Supporting the Development of Creativity
NAEYC – Turn Any Walk into a Nature Walk
NAEYC – 7 Tips for Vegetable Gardening With Your Toddler
NAEYC – Math in the Bath
NAEYC – Math at Home Toolkit

Mayor Adler Proclamation, March 17th 2020
Judge Becerra Proclamation (Hays County), March 17th, 2020
Stepping Stone School Handwashing Procedures 

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