Let the learning resume. Mountain View Lutheran School reopened August 10 with its strong mix of traditional and mind-broadening lessons, and in-person instruction with adjusted class sizes and additional safeguards against the coronavirus.
Mountain View Lutheran’s elementary school features co-curriculars including instruction in the visual and performing arts and computer/library for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and sign language instruction for third- to fifth grade students.
Class sizes are limited to 17 students for most elementary classes to comply with Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s mandate to keep classroom capacity at 50% of fire code capacity. Larger classrooms will allow for physical distancing to accommodate larger second-grade, fifth-grade and kindergarten groups.
Temperature and health checks for every student and employee upon arrival to campus. Mandatory face masks, covering nose and mouth for all students and staff. Touch free hand sanitizer stations in common areas. Demonstrating and encouraging proper hand washing as students begin the day and throughout the school day. Additional lunch tables so students can eat together, spaced safely apart. Implementing “one way” hallways. Cleaning desks and other frequently touched areas during the school day. Temporarily changing how group events are done. Morning assembly and chapel done via You Tube live and streamed to the classrooms.
“We’ve put systems in place to better ensure our students can return safely to the classroom in compliance with Nevada state mandates, ” said Mountain View Lutheran School Principal Kris Schneider. “Our systems and professionalism enabled us to move to distance learning without missing one day of class back in March when schools were mandated to close due to risk of coronavirus and we carry that same dedication to our community as we move forward.”
Mountain View Lutheran School has double accreditation through the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (it was the first Nevada elementary school with this distinction) and National Lutheran Schools Accreditation. Preschool classes follow the Quality Rating and Improvement System, which assesses quality and works to better early and school-age care and education programs. A Quality Rating and Improvement System licensing coach visits the school regularly to track progress and offer advice on improving the program.
Core-subject teaching lets students learn widely and advance quickly. In math, for example, fifth-graders can enter accelerated learning in the second semester and regularly qualify for prealgebra for the sixth grade. Social studies lessons start local and widen. Fourth-graders study Nevada history; fifth-graders focus on American history.
Mountain View Lutheran School also offers a full-time preschool for children ages 2 to 5. It has openings for children starting at age 2, as well as full-day and half-day preschool for 3-year-old and up. For enrollment information or to view a virtual tour or schedule an in-person tour, please visit mvlcs.org/school or mvlcs.org/preschool for information.
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