Lamplighter Montessori Coronavirus Update – 3.10.2020

There is one confirmed case in Shelby County. That individual is on the mend. There are no additional cases. Lamplighter knows it takes a while to learn new habits so we are implementing safety measures now so that our students and families are already practicing great hygiene in the event of an outbreak.

What the school is doing:

  • All students wash their hands immediately upon entering the school. They also wash their hands regularly throughout the day.
  • Students are receiving hygiene lessons on proper cough and sneeze techniques as well as touching their face.
  • All classrooms are equipped with hand sanitizer that students are using after touching their face, sneezing, coughing, etc.
  • Classrooms are disinfected at the end of the day.
  • The school has purchased a full fleet of cleaning supplies, gloves, etc. to properly sanitize the environment.
  • The school has enacted additional cleaning measures.
  • Students are receiving lessons on “social distancing” so if and when we need to enact this measure, we are ready.
  • Field Trips are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. As of right now, the only one that is canceled is to a literary conference in Middle Tn.
  • The school has regular communication with other school leaders to share and examine safety protocols and procedures.
  • The school has increased the regular 24 hr fever-free guidelines to 48 hrs.
  • In an abundance of caution, the school requests that any family traveling to a high-risk area (amusement parks, conferences, cities with outbreaks, out of the country, etc.) self-quarantine out of respect and safety to fellow families.

What Parents can do to help:

  • Ensure your child is washing their hands immediately upon returning home in the afternoon and before traveling to school in the morning. We strongly encourage that hand-washing remain a high priority during times when school is not in session (weekends, breaks, before/after school).
  • Students stay home if they have a cough, excessive sneezing, fever, nausea, or fatigue. Students remain at home for an additional 48 hrs. from the time they are fever-free and/or free from symptoms.
  • Families traveling to a high-risk area (amusement parks, conferences, cities with outbreaks, out of the country, etc) will self-quarantine in an abundance of caution.
  • Families will communicate to the school if their child is not feeling well and describe the symptoms. Any severe illness will warrant a doctor’s note clearing the child to return to school.


Good Morning Lamplighter Families - 3.5.2020

Tennessee now has its first confirmed case of the Coronavirus just down the street in Williamson County. We are asking all members of our community to step up preventative precautions to try to keep our students and families as safe as possible. Currently, we have already been doing the following:

  1. All students wash their hands immediately upon entering the school. 
    • You can help by reminding them of this new routine so it quickly becomes a habit.
    • Have your child wash their hands as soon as they get home in the evening and before school starts in the morning. And as many times as you can in-between!
  2. We are teaching children to "Vampire Cough and Sneeze" in their elbows not their hands. We are also teaching them to use tissues. 
    • You can reinforce this habit in the home and also remind them to wash their hands afterwards.
  3. We are drawing attention to children about touching their faces. We want them to wash their hands prior to (and after) touching their eyes, nose, or mouth (or use hand sanitizer). We know this is a hard habit to break or retrain. We want to reduce the risk of transmission by teaching children about how it can be transmitted and then minimize those opportunities.
    • You can reinforce this at home by reminding them to sanitize their hands before/after touching their face.
  4. We have equipped all classrooms and common spaces with plenty of antibacterial soap, tissue boxes, and hand sanitizer. We are encouraging frequent hand washing.
    • Teach children to wash hands regularly in the home
    • Teach children to use tissues.
  5. We are sending home any child who has a temperature and they are immediately brought to the front office away from other children. Students can return home after being fever-free for more than 24 hrs and displaying clear respiratory pathways.
    • You can help by being diligent to keep your child home if they have a fever.
    • Take your child's temperature immediately if they display any signs of feeling ill or are coughing.
    • Keep them home until they are completely symptom-free.
    • Communicate their progress and diagnosis to the school as soon as you know more information.
  6. We are sanitizing materials, door knobs, tables/chairs, water fountains, etc. on a daily basis. 
    • You can help at home by sanitizing water bottles, lunch boxes, and any other personal belongings that children touch regularly.

We appreciate your help in teaching and reinforcing these habits in the home. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Attention Lamplighter Families - 2.25.2020


As you are likely aware, on Tuesday, February 25th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave a press conference updating the country on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and what steps should be taken moving forward. We wanted to share with you some of the steps our school is taking to prevent the spread of illness, and plan for the possible spread of the coronavirus in our community. 

As the CDC emphasized, there is not currently a coronavirus pandemic in the United States. A pandemic occurs when a disease is spreading from a variety of sources across a large region, and the number of cases across the US is still small. However, given how quickly the global situation is evolving, we are monitoring new developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions daily. 

In the meantime, the most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to follow basic health best practices like: 

  • Enforcing great hygiene, like washing hands thoroughly and covering up coughs/sneezes.
  • Asking all faculty, staff, and students who are feeling ill to stay home until they recover.

We are also thinking ahead regarding the impact spring travel, upcoming school trips, and other non-typical school activities will have in the context of the coronavirus. We will communicate any changes affirmatively when the time is appropriate. Please exercise these same precautions if your immediate plans include international travel.

It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the World Health Organization, CDC, or local governmental organizations should be followed. 

In times like this, we are particularly grateful for the strength and togetherness of this community. Please continue to look for further communications from us on this matter.

Astrid French