Happy Monday,


As always thank you for reaching out to provide additional feedback that I was able to share with our board last week. Currently the board has allowed us to move forward with the outline below, nothing from a few weeks ago has changed.

We now need to move into the placement stage of the plan from the choices below, please complete the linked form; one per student. It is extremely important to complete this document so that we know which learning experience you are requesting for the first quarter of school. In addition, we are asking families to commit to an experience by quarter. For example, what you choose will be your experience for the first quarter; July – October. During conferences in October you will choose your experience that will run October – December. As always know that things could change depending on local and state officials.

As of now we do not know what teachers will be teaching what experience (we only know grades and/or content) so please choose based on what your family’s comfort level is being on-campus and not teacher. Please have your choices complete by Friday, July 3rd.


Learning Experience ChoicesJuly – Oct Enrollment



  • Five days per week on campus
  • Physical distancing practiced (please see Shared Belonging, Volunteer/Visitors and Food Service sections for additional information)
  • Enhanced cleaning and safety protocols
  • Electives/specials will observe safety protocols
  • May participate in extracurricular activities and school athletics
  • May transition to Hybrid or Home-Based learning experiences at quarter break



  • Five days per week (2 days on campus/3 days off campus)
    • On-campus choices to include Monday & Tuesday or Thursday & Friday
  • Blended model that provides on-campus and Home Based learning experiences
  • Allows for physical distancing by reducing the number of students in the classroom
  • May participate in extracurricular activities and school athletics
  • May transition to On-Campus or Home-Based learning experiences at quarter break
  • May enroll in extended-day programming and programming on days students are not on campus (fees apply)



  • Five days per week
  • All students will need a laptop or desktop
  • Classes led by San Tan teachers
  • May transition to On-Campus or Hybrid learning experiences at quarter break
  • May participate in extracurricular activities and school athletics


School Health Screenings

CDC Guidelines

  • If feasible, conduct daily health checks (e.g., temperature screening and/or symptom checking) of staff and students.
  • Health checks should be conducted safely and respectfully, and in accordance with any applicable privacy laws and regulations.

San Tan’s Plan

  • Staff members will be temperature checked daily upon arrival.
  • A staff member will visually check each student upon arrival.
  • Any student with visible symptoms of runny nose, cough, shortness of breath or vomiting will be taken to the health office, where parents may be contacted for pick up, with the following exceptions:
    • If the student has a runny nose and no other observable symptoms, the nurse/health aide will contact a parent to determine if other symptoms are present or if there is exposure to COVID-19 in the home. If not, the student will return to class.
    • If the student has health information that confirms a diagnosis of asthma or other respiratory condition, the nurse/health aide will contact a parent to confirm that the student has no other symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 at home. If not, the student will return to class.

Shared Belongings

CDC Guidelines

  • Discourage sharing of items that are difficult to clean or disinfect.
  • Keep each child’s belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas.
  • Ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high touch materials to the extent possible (e.g., assigning each student their own art supplies, equipment) or limit use of supplies and equipment by one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect between use.
  • Avoid sharing electronic devices, toys, books, and other games or learning aids.

San Tan’s Plan 

  • For younger grades and where possible, student belongings to be kept in individual bins or cubbies labeled with each student’s name.
  • When feasible, sharing of school supplies among students to be restricted.


CDC Guidelines

  • Limit any nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations as possible – especially with individuals who are not from the local geographic area (e.g., community, town, city, county).

San Tan’s Plan

  • Limited visitors will be permitted on school campuses. Volunteers on campus will be postponed until after October break.

Face Coverings

CDC Guidelines

  • Use of simple cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms.
  • Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks, respirators, or other medical personal protective equipment.
  • Teach and reinforce use of cloth face coverings.
  • Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear.
  • Face coverings should be worn by staff and students (particularly older students) as feasible.

San Tan’s Plan

  • Voluntarily wear face coverings at any time, students and staff will not be required to wear face coverings.
  • Plastic face shields that fully cover the face, including below the chin and around the sides of the face, are an acceptable alternative to cloth face coverings.

*San Tan’s legal counsel has confirmed that the statement in the Town of Gilbert’s Emergency Order dated June 19th, 2020; “This emergency order shall not strictly apply to the extent that it frustrates the primary purpose of a business” would apply to the educational setting. However, please note that if local, state, or federal officials provide additional information requiring face coverings this plan could change.


Food Services

CDC Guidelines

  • Have children bring their own meals as feasible, or serve individually plated meals in classrooms instead of in a communal dining hall or cafeteria, while ensuring the safety of children with food allergies.

San Tan’s Plan 

  • Students will continue to have the option to buy hot lunch or they may bring meals from home.
  • Students will eat in their classrooms, cafeteria or patio, physically distanced, depending on the weather.
  • All water fountain bubblers will be turned off and bottle fillers will be installed and operational.

Events/Field Trips

CDC Guidelines

  • Pursue virtual group events, gatherings, or meetings, if possible, and promote social distancing of at least 6 feet between people if events are held. Limit group size to the extent possible.
  • Pursue virtual activities and events in lieu of field trips, student assemblies, special performances, school-wide parent meetings, and spirit nights, as possible.

San Tan’s Plan

  • Field trips will be canceled for the first quarter (mid-October).
  • Other extracurricular activities such as clubs and sports will not be canceled.
  • Teachers will use virtual learning opportunities (such as virtual tours of museums) to enhance students’ educational experiences.
  • Large-scale school events such as “OPEN HOUSE” will be reconfigured in order to maintain social distancing. Small-scale activities like parent-teacher conferences may take place over the phone or other electronic means.

Ventilation Systems

CDC Guidelines

  • Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible such as by opening windows and doors.
  • Do not open windows and doors if they pose a safety or health risk to children using the facility (e.g. allowing pollens in or exacerbating asthma symptoms).

San Tan’s Plan

  • Changing air filters on a regular schedule.
  • Exploring where improved filtration can be used without damaging HVAC equipment.
  • Exploring options for additional supplemental air filtration including HEPA, ozonification and UV light air sterilization.

All the best,

Kristofer Sippel
CEO/Superintendent of Schools
San Tan Montessori School INC

2013 – 2018 East Valley Tribune Best Charter School
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